Saturday, April 12, 2008

just one day

Lovely for only one day, and, oh, so beautiful. This gorgeous crimson daylily, with the lemon yellow throat, came from my aunt Honey. She is the youngest girl in my mother's family. I thought they had been disgarded in the clean-up. It almost made me cry. But, I was so happy when I saw the green stalks appear earlier in the year. Daylilies bloom only once (a year), so I have to enjoy these while they are here.
So, what is a Hemerocallis, or daylily?
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.
The really neat thing is that they multiply. One day, hopefully, I will have a full bed of them.


Anita said...

My mom had a very old, huge bed of them... they came back up last year after the tornado, but the bulldozers tearing out the remains of the house scraped the whole lot, I think, and I'm not sure they will come back now! :(
I will be sure and add them to my plans for the yard, as they are one of the many flowers that remind me of my childhood!

kansasrose said...

Oh how beautiful! Everyone should have an Aunt Honey! Love that name!!! Yep..they will multiply! I love daylilies. These crimson ones are exquisite! I dug up a few of the common orange ones from my Granny Mamie's yard after she passed on and put them in my garden. They just bloom every June and remind me of her. Have a beautiful Sunday! It's so cccccold here. God Bless YOU sweet Diane!

Chris said...

Very pretty lily~~~you really love your flowers! I'm glad you shared this one, my friend. May your week be blessed.

Anonymous said...

Daylilies are among my top faves in the garden. Mind you, I don't know that there are any flowers I don't like -- aren't they all lovely?