Sunday, July 20, 2008

Day Lilies

Early in the spring my sister in Stouffville, Ontario (who is an avid - and excellent - gardener) sent me some day lily tubers.  We potted them up and put them in the greenhouse, so by the time they we ready to plant in mid-June lots of new scapes and blossoms were already forming.

This is one of the daylilies with the interesting name 'In Schubert's Day'.  It has a beautiful buttery colour and nice frilly edges on the petals.

This one is called 'Strutter's Ball' with lovely burgundy petals and a yellow throat.

This daylily was bought from a local nursery as a dormant tuber.  It did really well, producing lots of these white blossoms with a burgundy throat.

We're hoping they will all overwinter.  They are rated as USDA zone 3 plants, so should be fine.

Day lilies are so named because they produce a bloom that only lasts for one day.  When the darkness of night comes, the blossom fades and its life is over.  However, they are such prolific bloomers that another one quickly takes the place of the faded one.

An interesting thing we discovered is that during the almost 24-hour daylight encountered from June 21st to almost the end of July, the daylilies continued to bloom and lasted for several days before fading.  Another advantage to being a 'Northern' gardener - we can enjoy our daylilies longer!

1 comment:

  1. Just found your blog on Blotanical, it looks great. I love daylilies, the white & burgundy remind me of some I planted late in this years season, called 'Canadian Border Patrol'. :) Rebecca