Since moving from California to Indiana, we've been amazed at the variety of colors that different daylily cultivars display. We began our collection with just a few fans and added new colors each year.
The one major problem with raising daylilies is that they attract deer, who feast on the flower buds the day before they are ready to open into a full blossom. To remedy that, we've planted the fans into pots, and these are placed on our deck, which is surrounded by a fence. Since the roots of daylilies are sensitive to freezing temperatures, we move the pots into our garage for the winter.
The First Flowers of 2019
Thursday, June 6: Today we woke up to the open blooms of the first daylilies of the year, little over a week since the first buds appeared. The cultivar pictured is commonly known as a "ditch lily," because it can found growing in the wild, often in ditches next to country roads.
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Here are some interesting facts about Daylilies
- Easy to propagate
- Attractive to deer
Also, as noted here:
- Daylilies are perennials.
- Each blossom lasts for only one day, withers at night and often the next day will be replaced by another bloom on the stalk.
- Some species of daylilies are night-blooming.
- Daylilies are native to eastern Asia, including China, Korea and Japan.
- There are over 80,000 registered cultivars.
- Some daylilies are considered invasive in North America.
- The daylily is hardy, drought tolerant and can thrive in many growing zones.