7.09.2010

Daylilies


I once knew a man who was crazy about daylilies. He planted them in clumps all over his backyard, near boulders, at the edge of the cove, by the deck, massed near trees, everywhere you looked there were different kinds of daylilies. They sent up colorful sprays of flowers, like fireworks, throughout the summer. He showed me how to snip a blossom at its neck, and float it in a bowl of water. The deer munch the buds off the ones I planted behind my house, but the ones behind the fence in front have survived. I like to keep one or two on my desk while I work, so I can admire the ruffle of an edge of the wash of a color. The bloom lasts all day. Just remember to shake out the earwigs, ants, and spiders that might have found a home in the flower so that they don't move in with you.

11 comments:

Nan said...

This man's place sounds very much like mine. Right now I see orange everywhere I look, and the other colors have begun to open. Mine are planted without any thought to color or size. I love them beyond words.

pve design said...

"sprays of flowers, like fireworks throughout the summer" I love that.
pve

lostpastremembered said...

I have had a love/hate relationship with day lilies for many years. They used to propagate furiously in my garden no matter how often I whacked away at their root system to keep them in their place. I just read at HunterAngleGardenerCook that those roots are delicious!!! If only I had known. They are beautiful for their moment in the sun... as pve says, like fireworks!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

I thought I would visit today and had a few me too moments while scrolling through........my lilies are everywhere but they stain my top whenever I reach over them to turn on my outdoor tap (bad planning), I almost had my cards read last week in Chicago but had the men with me and they thought I was crazy (so will book one local soon) and I almost bought a pair of men's pajamas in Ralph Lauren in Chicago last week (they were on sale so should have ) but the only reason I didn't do all these things was because I have been so lazy, lazy all week. So it does kind of sound like my last few weeks have been much like yours. I have been watching my two e reader sources (Kobo in Canada, Amazon in US) for the e reader version of your book but no luck so far, do you have any information on when it would be available? It sounds like the perfect read while I am in my humid and lazy mood. Have a great weekend.

Madgew said...

Love Lilly's as long as I remember to take off the little yellow stems in the middle. They have stained more than a few places.

Anonymous said...

They are magnificent! Love lilies! Even named our lab, Lily! Beauty for a day!

isomimpact@aol.com said...

Well, this is the first time I have ever responded to a blog, or even read one past a few lines. But, having had my position in business development eliminated with the IBM SEF Credit Union last week, having lost my husband to suicide last year, having lost my mother-in-love last month, and having a host of other out-of-the-norm things squeeze into my already full life over the past 18 months, I was compelled to explore this path you have been on. I also have two college age children - daughters - and several other things in common with you, including being a writer (on a far smaller scale). So, as I try to decompress on day nine of my new challenge / forced direction in life, I shall enjoy your musings, though I must say that what you have come to appreciate is actually what I have always delighted in, but have hardly had the time to breathe since January 2009, much less time to actually smell any flowers along the way. If you truly want to slow down one day, try reading On Walden's Pond by Thoreau (hope I have all that right). You may truly find time stopping cold, slowly turning around, and marching backwards as you plough through his detailed accounts.:) Loved your interview on GMA as well. - Heidi, Georgia

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

White lilies are my favorites! I have some of the orange ones, and they're beautiful too. As my trees have grown, they don't get as much sun as they need. I would love to grow more.

Anonymous said...

Hi - Do you know what the name of one on the right is and is it red or deep orange? Thanks!

Dominique said...

I'm so sorry to be useless about names, having planted the lilies at a time when it never occurred to me someone might want to know what it was called. It is a deep orange, nearly red.

to Isomimpact: I am so sorry to hear what you have been through, more than anyone should have to handle, much less all at once. I hope this blog gives you some respite, and some sense of community--and some ideas for finding those quiet moments of celebrating the miracle of life around us. I have read Thoreau several times, over the years, but not in at least a decade, and so I'm going to take you up on the suggestion. A friend, Abby, used to live near Walden Pond, so before she and her husband sold their house, we made a little pilgrimage to Thoreau's shack at the edge of the pond. I was stunned by it--how small everything was, and how near to his friends. But rather than find that disappointing, I was overjoyed to realize that you don't have to disappear into the deep wilderness to experience what he writes about. As Emily Dickinson might say, you need not even leave your own garden.

Anonymous said...

Yellow daylilies love 'em as well as the stargazer and oriential lilies. These are my favorites!

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