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Triple Day lily?

Double day lilies are beautiful and full, especially the ones with ruffling around the edges of their petals.  But this is the first time I have seen a TRIPLE day lily blossom.  They are like little fountains rising into the air, and several of the day lily clusters in my gardens are producing these.  Where did I acquire them?  I’m not even sure.  They are probably from The Edisto Island Day Lily Lady in South Carolina, from whom I purchased day lilies with unique characteristics, many years ago.

Triple day lily blossom

Like mango fountains rising into the air

Triple day lily, being admired by Emily

Emily admiring the lily

A few weeks ago I tackled the project of digging out the overgrowth of plants in my day lily beds, leaving holes to catch rainwater, and to give a boost to the growth of the more mature plants I left in place.  Some of the smaller plants had immature flower stalks, so they were saved and relocated to slightly balance the presentation.  The goal is to have full, individual foliage bouquets of mature plants, blooming heavily, with enough space between the plants to showcase each specimen.  The overgrown look was nice for a strong look of greenery, but the plants seldom bloomed.

Before the dig, like a meadow of ornamental (non-blooming) grass

An overgrown and rootbound day lily bed across the back of the house

Mature plants remain after removal of abundance of offshoots

Skimpy looking just after the dig, but will mature to showcase the individual plants which will become much larger, stronger, and produce more blooms per plant. The small plants, with flower stalks, are soaking in water in plastic bowls, ready to be planted in the soil.

2011 - planted too close

‘Original’ day lily bed, planted in 2007. This picture represents a thinning in 2011, at which time it was replanted too close to allow the individual specimen style of presentation I now want


‘Original’ day lily bed, after recent thinning in mid-June 2015. Foliage was cut back yesterday, to remove all yellowing and dead foliage brought on by the recent drought and extremely high temperatures. At some point, a gardener must decide how much supplemental watering will be offered.

Every day, now, there are new flower stalks and blossoms.  Did the remaining plants respond this quickly to having a bit of room for their roots, and receiving a few days of deep, reviving supplemental watering from the garden hose?  Or were these plants already willing to produce blossoms of this quantity due to all the good rain we received this spring?  Would they have bloomed this well, even if I hadn’t thinned the younger plants out?  I may never know, but I am surely delighted by seeing the most day lily blossoms I have had in my gardens in quite a few years.

Spider  day lily

A spider day lily, whose petals must be 4 times longer than they are wide, to qualify as a spider

Spider day lily

I like to break off the spent blossoms each day, and drop them onto the soil to decompose, which further enhances the soil

I gave away huge numbers of day lilies during this project, and will be delighted to see them blooming in my neighbors’ gardens.  They will be like a spreading sea of day lilies across the neighborhood!

Ivory and purple, moving in the breeze!

Definitely one of the plants from The Edisto Island Day Lily Lady, slightly out-of-focus because it wouldn’t stand still in the breeze!


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This entry was posted on June 29, 2015 by in My Woodland Garden, Summer and tagged , .
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