The daylilies stopped blooming before I was quite ready for the show to be over, so I went in search of late-blooming dark reds to round out the collection. I ended up with four plants from Oakes Daylilies.
Blood Spot (dreadful name) is a nice dark red.
Crimson Shadows comes highly touted as a rich, dark red.
This one is Chicago Apache, said to be a good rebloomer.
Then I had to stray into the fragrant yellows and chose Lemon Lollypop (sic).
This is another fragrant re-bloomer. Oakes was kind enough to send a freebie, Tender Love.
A rebloomer that has won an award for fragrance! We’ll see.
I am very pleased with their service: came on time, well packed, free plant, and four of the five were abundant enough that I got two or three plants from each one.
Along the walkway garden I planted White Flower Farm’s (100) Daffodils and (50) Daylilies mix. The results, too, have been mixed. Neither one seems to have filled the space sufficiently. In fact, I can’t find a photo of the way it looks in spring, so it clearly isn’t memorable then, though it’s pleasant enough. But I have enjoyed the daylilies and now need to edit them.
The first to bloom was one I had planted in addition to the mix. ‘Strawberry Candy’ is widely touted, but I’m not crazy about it.Bicolors – meh. Maybe planted en masse, they would look better.
I’m drawn to either pastels or deep colors. Here is a lovely pale apricot.
But the muddy purples below are really not to my taste (though I will say that they are not quite that purple IRL). This dark one above appeals to me, but I really swoon over these dark reds. Then, of course, there are the double orange ones from Aunt Betsy. They spread slowly but reliably and fill in the gaps.The butterflies do love them.
Along the fence in back I have a few pale yellows, possibly ‘Hyperion,” which I should transplant and/or order more of for this border. It’s at its height around the Fourth of July, so (note to self) could use more late-blooming varieties. Here’s a look on July 7th. Thank you, Anne Little, for suggesting that I transplant the balloon flowers here. Their spikes of blue and white are the right height for the space and a terrific foil for the aucuba and the yellow-orange daylilies.