|The front of our house, this week. Daylilies!|
Above is one of my seedlings. I call it 'Dixie Highway,' although I haven't registered it yet. It's my favorite seedling (so far!).
'Dominic' forming a wonderful clump, left, and a single bloom, right. It's such a deep, saturated blood red in the full sun, it's amazing. It's tall, too - about 30" - and stands above the rest in the back row of plants. In the sunset light it glows.
An assortment of daylilies by the wall. 'Bela Lugosi' is dark violet, up front, then 'Jambalaya' and what I think is 'Bahama Butterscotch.' 'Bela Lugosi' fits in with the warm colors better than I thought it would (I thought it would be a little darker when I planted it). It's certainly eye-catching, and laughs at the heat - no fading at all.
It's a big plant, and a massive flower (some almost 8" across).
This was actually the first seedling that I decided to keep, sown in 2006 (I think - it may have been 2005) at the old house. Oddly enough, I haven't named it yet. I should - it just improves with age. It's sturdy, has nice foliage and strong scapes, blooms generously, and is a lovely bloom with good form. Unusually for gardens farther north, the heavy ruffled edge of the bloom opens reliably and without fuss even when it's cooler in the morning. This has been a hot summer, so it's been stunning every day. It needs a special name, preferably after a classic rock song (like my other seedlings so far). 'Take It Easy'? 'Ventura Highway'? 'Sister Golden Hair'? I'm in an Eagles/America frame of mind for this one. Or maybe 'Going To Carolina' after the James Taylor song.