I know I mentioned recently that I have lately taken a liking to spider-type daylilies. It's main daylily season here now and my spiders are blooming like crazy; big beautiful flippy blooms that really bring a smile to my face. I don't know why, I just like them. Just take a gander at the recent spidery blooms on this page. Who could ask for prettier daylilies? Certainly we couldn't ask for bigger daylilies; 'Slender Lady' is almost 10 inches across.
I was reminded again a few nights ago, however, that there is no accounting for taste. I hadn't realized until recently that I was essentially alone in my household regarding my admiration of spider daylilies. That realization came when I took a walk with Mrs. ProfessorRoush and we were discussing the many blooming daylilies in the yard and she mentioned that she didn't like the "long-flimsy looking ones."
Mrs. ProfessorRoush and I have a long-term and wonderful marriage, but every day I thank my lucky stars that she doesn't interfere with, or try to join in, my gardening. Because it turns out that the daylilies she really likes are the brassy orange ones, like 'Tuscawilla Tigress' (Hansen, 1988) for instance, pictured below. This is the exact color of daylilies that I like the least (I prefer mostly pinks, light yellows, reds, and purples, except for 'Kwanzo'). The orange daylilies are the ones that give daylilies a bad name, in my opinion. In fact, all the orange daylilies I grow were accidents that happened when I didn't realize how much the pukey color of a particular new daylily would resemble 'Stella de Oro' in a bigger bloom. Mrs. ProfessorRoush is lucky that I've been too lazy to eliminate the ones I have and believe me, I'm trying hard not to acquire any more. I stay completely away from the "orange" table at the local Daylily Society sale. What kind of a name is "Tuscawilla" anyway? It's not even a valid Scrabble word. Yuck, Yuck, and doubleYuck.
What can I say? I prefer to view our differences as the spices of our marriage and as proof that opposites sometimes really do attract. Mrs. ProfessorRoush does have her redeeming points, even if her choices of garden perennials would get her kicked out of any respectable local gardening venue.
Say, come to think of it, Mrs. ProfessorRoush and my daughter are both afraid of spiders (the arachnids) and they force me to keep an EPA-registered chemical-hazard zone inside of my house to repel the hairy little invaders. You don't reckon, deep down, that I like spider daylilies because of the unsettling feeling they invoke to keep the female members of the family out of my garden do you? Nah, couldn't be :)