July is prime season for daylilies. Yes, there are varieties that bloom as early as April/May, and more and more are being bred to bloom as late as September/October, but, the majority of this beloved plant family will bloom their hearts out in the month of July.
I've not collected any new varieties this year...at least not yet...there's still time! Even with the extra wet conditions we've had this spring, I found quite a few plants not to perform as well as last season. Buds stunted and misshapen, petals not fully opening and color saturation tends to be a little uneven, especially the darker shades. And the reliable branching of scapes and bud count did not meet expectation. Overall, the look of the plant (lots of yellow leaves) isn't as pleasing to the eye.
But, even with all these 'issues', I delight in the faces that open daily to greet me...
Here are a few of my favorites~
'Pandora's Box'...great name, eh?
Another view of 'Scarlet Orbit'...notice the bumpy buds?
While typing away at my desk a few days ago, movement out the window caught my eye...
Hmmph...she'd had a healthy serving of 'Dallas Star' by the time I shoo-ed her out...jumping effortlessly over the 6ft. fence!
At least I had taken this pretty picture to catalog.
Our heatwave has finally relented and I can get back to enjoying the daily chore of deadheading mush-mummies in somewhat cooler mornings...what a relief!
Enjoy your day, friends! And, hopefully, you'll want to add one or two daylilies to your garden before the season is out. There are but ONLY 60,000 different varieties to choose from ;)