Garden 337

A cottage garden in an urban setting

It’s Daylily Time!

They are, of course, my favorites.  A couple decades ago I was happy with the orange ditch lilies that someone gave me.  I then moved on to some orange double day lilies that a friend gave me.  From there I went to what my elderly neighbor called lemon lilies.  It was at Meijer Garden that I saw my first pink day lily.  There was no going back after that.

The day lily bed at the heart of the Secret Garden. The bright red in the back is crocosmia.  This picture reminds me that I need to trim Tardiva!  I don’t know the name of the dark wine day lily in front.  I bought it from a day lily farm in Byron Center years ago and transplanted a piece from my garden in Portland to the garden at 337.

Our weeks of heat haven’t seemed to bother the day lilies.

First Knight is my favorite, though I never thought I’d say that about a yellow daylily.  First Knight was introduced in 1995 and is a tetraploid, meaning it has four sets of chromosomes. Tetraploids tend to be larger and the flower colors are usually more intense.

First Knight

Another tetraploid (and another favorite) is Storm of the Century.

Storm of the Century

Barbara Mitchell is a diploid daylily that has soft peach petals.  The picture on the tag showed it to be a bluer pink, which is what I prefer, but Barbara sends out large scapes and large flowers that show up well against the red crocosmia.

Barbara Mitchell

Near Barbara Mitchell is Georgette Belden. This tetraploid was introduced in 1979.  The flower has an interesting texture.

Georgette Belden

Crystal Pinot was hybridized in 2006.  It is diploid and may be cross breeding with another diploid, something that can happen quite easily.

The garden book says this is Crystal Pinot, but it looks different this year and may be cross breeding.
Crystal Pinot








Prairie Blue Eyes is another diploid that does quite well in the Secret Garden.  It does give me that wonderful bluish pink that I love.  No peachy tones here.

Prairie Blue Eyes

I bought Druid’s Chant because of the name (and the color of the flower on the tag).  It isn’t as vigorous as I’d hoped it would be, but it does have lovely pink flowers with a darker throat.  I’d just like to see more of them.  It is a tetraploid.

Druid’s Chant

Sea Urchin reminds me a bit of Storm of the Century, though it is lighter.  It’s another tetraploid and was introduced in 1990.

Sea Urchin 

Below is the unamed gorgeous day lily that I initially planted in my Portland garden.  When I sold that house, I took a toe of this day lily and healed it in at 337.  It has large leaves and sturdy flowers that are the darkest I’ve seen.  I thought it might be Nosferatu and so planted that in another spot in the day lily bed, but Nosferatu, which was not blooming today, is lighter.

Mystery day lily. It has a name, but I don’t know it.


There are a few other day lilies blooming, but not today.  I try and deadhead every morning, although it is a task I dislike, not because it is onerous but because some of the scapes no longer have any buds on them.  It means the end of flowering.  Some plants like First Knight have a long bloom season.  But others only stay for a couple weeks and then bow out until next year.


About Me

I haven’t always been a gardener, but I have always loved gardens. It has taken 16 years to get my gardens into the shape they are today. And, I’ve had help. I’m 74 years old, have rheumatoid arthritis, and had a late stage cancer six years ago. I am, though, intrepid. I’m the kind of person who plods along, tailoring my goals as I go. Last November I had a long overdue knee replacement surgery and I’m hoping this spring, summer, and fall will be able to maintain and find even more joy working in all of my garden beds. Full disclosure, though. I have a garden guy who comes once a week to work in my gardens.


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