The first year I gardened in our first house, ages upon ages ago it seems now, I was such a novice. I had no idea what a daylily was from an Asiatic lily or a calla lily, but, the cover on the box from Frank’s Nursery with a bunch of leaves sticking out looked pretty and seemed like something that would look nice against our then white garage. I bought it and plopped it into the soil, watered it and checked it each day. Lo and behold, just like a fairy tale, it grew and grew and grew. Buds formed and then one bloomed. It was so lovely. I snipped it and put it in a bowl, where it sat on the kitchen counter for most of the day – until it started to fade and shrivel and die. What had I done wrong?
This was before the internet and 24 hour library hotlines and long before I knew anything about flowers. I lamented over the telephone, the kind with a long cord that allowed you to wash dishes while you were talking and not have to worry about dropping it. I lamented and my friend asked if it could have anything to do with its name.
Daylily. Duh? It lasts one day.
I’ve learned a lot more about plants since then. The daylily has made great strides as well from the common, bright orange, roadside plant that is prevalent in much of the US. I’ve learned a great deal and remain eager to learn more and to grow like my flowers do.
I love these daylilies, flowering now in our front island. Our neighbors refer to it as the teardrop garden, a remembrance of when it was first put in by the previous owners. Our teardrop island, where wonders appear each and every day of the year. It is lush this summer from the heavy rainfalls and there is a new surprise out there every single day.
How about you? How does your garden grow, or, if you don’t have a garden, what would like to grow if you could? Have you ever been as foolish as I when I cut a daylily, thinking it would last for a while?