Friday, July 31, 2009
Our gardens have exploded... the mighty daylily reigns supreme these days. The scientific name for daylily is Hemerocallis. Many dictionaries spell it as two words, but I always seem to see it as one word. The etymology of the word Hemerocallis comes from two Greek words meaning "beauty" and "day," referring to the fact that each flower lasts only one day. They seem to last forever, because they have many buds on each stem. Really, by mid August their beauty has faded away to just ugly stems. We have many different colors in our gardens. My favorites are the bright yellow ones; however, these with the purple centers are stunning. Daylilies are everywhere today. Pick your favorite and enjoy!