Sorry everyone, I've been in a bit of a posting funk this past week, probably as a result of the lack of green vistas or other garden stimulation to get me moving.
Thankfully, I was momentarily rescued last evening by an email from a daylily hybridizer/AHS volunter asking to use my 'Final Touch' daylily picture to serve as the picture of that particular cultivar for the online AHS database. I got a little excited about the thought that, however anonymous and unanticipated, I am able to make a contribution to the database. That got me to looking at my other daylily pictures from last season, which led further to this post.
A standout daylily picture that caught my eye this morning was that of 'Milady Greensleeves'. I captured 'Milady' on the 3rd of July, just at the beginning of our summer heat wave. She is a delicate but large blossom, 7 inches in diameter, and fragrant as a rose. I love the gradation of the green throat morphing into yellow and leading to the pastel lavender petals, marred in this picture only by the orange pollen staining the top petal. 'Milady' is a dormant midseason daylily, and despite her size is supposed to be only a diploid. Hybridized by Lambert in 1978, I think she displays her color better on cloudy days here in the Flint Hills, where a harsh mid-day sun will bleach her out in minutes.
It interests me that I have used a number of pictures of daylilies from this 2011 group, but that until now this picture had escaped my notice. Am I so hungry for color and the start of the new garden season that I've widened my criteria of beauty? Or did I just get overwhelmed last year in the midst of all the blooms and photos and miss this delicate prize?
Unknown Yellow Daylily
Regardless, if there was ever a perfect yellow daylily, it is pictured at the left, another forgotten photo that I ran across. This one is an unknown for me, but the soft yellow hue and perfect form has no peer in my garden. Those frilly petals and ribbed sepals rival the finest ladies lingerie, I think.
Gracious, what am I thinking about? I most definitely must need some warm weather, sunshine, and flowers to work off my pent-up winter energy. For now, still in the grip of January, a cold shower and dreams of daylilies will just have to do.