First Lily (day) of the Season

Happy Returns the cutest little day lily of them all.  First bloom peeked out yesterday and from the look of the many buds this will be a good year for her.  I transplanted these from the very shady neglected backyard to the somewhat more sunny front yard, last year.  It’s actually growing rather than surviving, and I get to see it everytime I go in and out.  Brings a smile to this gardeners face.

I lifted this from the American Hemerocallis Society’s page.  Do you think their members carry cards announcing as much?  Anyhoo I found it interesting.  My daughter’s pet peeve is people (her mom?) who spell lilly with two L’s.  The  AHS people are very clear that daylily is indeed one word.  Just in case you’ve been losing sleep over this matter.

The scientific name for daylily is Hemerocallis, most recently considered to belong in the plant family Hemerocallidaceae. Previously, many older works placed daylilies in the Lily family, Liliaceae. Notice that the preferred spelling is “daylily” as one word. Many dictionaries spell it as two words. The word Hemerocallis is derived from two Greek words meaning “beauty” and “day,” referring to the fact that each flower lasts only one day. To make up for this, there are many flower buds on each daylily flower stalk, and many stalks in each clump of plants, so, the flowering period of a clump is usually several weeks long. And, many cultivars have more than one flowering period 


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