|'Stella de Oro'|
Take, for instance, his opinion about 'Stella de Oro'. If you've read his blog for more than a few days, you know he detests the orange-yellow color of 'SDO'. You've seen him rant about how tired he is of seeing it everywhere, often displayed in combination with a purple barberry or a group of banal junipers. One of the reasons that ProfessorRoush believes in a single deity is that creating 'SDO' as the most reliable, easy to propagate and longest-blooming daylily on Earth is surely a little cosmic joke made while God was in a good mood and resting on the Seventh Day.
Don't get me wrong, I grow 'Stella de Oro' in spades. ProfessorRoush wouldn't, with his unlimited mental budget for plants, but I do. In fact, a few weeks ago, it was the primary blooming plant in the landscaping in front of my garage, as you can see below. 'SDO's are almost all of the yellow that you see here, with the exception of a single 'Happy Returns' at center left. In my defense, I'd like to tell you that I was a beginning gardener at the time and didn't know any better, but, truthfully, I grew 'SDO' in a garden before this one and I also hated it there. Unfortunately, if you want to buy a lot of daylilies on the cheap at big box stores, you get 'Stella de Oro', sometimes even when it is labeled as something else. And I was working on my budget, not that of ProfessorRoush's. Thankfully, as I'll blog about in a few days, the 'SDO' are resting now and other, more attractive, daylilies and lilies are center stage.
Some would suggest that ProfessorRoush should strive to develop a more open mind and keep his opinions to himself. But then what would he write about? Endless essays about the beauty of every living creature would either cause his arteries to explode from the suppressed inner tensions or, alternatively, he would quickly run out of complimentary English language adjectives and his writing would be as boring as a landscape composed entirely of purple barberries and 'Stella de Oro's. Writing, and gardening, is so much more satisfying if you can make use of all the options available.