Summer is in full swing with roses past their peak but the time for daylilies and true lilies is now! Lilies were a favorite until the red lily beetle arrived a few years ago. Now the daily daylily chore involves searching for the fast moving bright red beetle and its eggs as well as the more
pleasurable task of removing the spent blooms from each evening before. The hemerocallis (daylily) and the lilium (lily) are both from the Lilaceae family but the hemerocallis is distinguished by its blooms which last only one day. Of course there are many other differences such as the foliage and the roots – bulbs/tubers. Lilies are not my favorite anymore,( despite the fact that one of my favorite labradors of all time, my Lily Athena, was named for them), because I have had serious problems with them over the years. But how can you resist
a plant like this? Or this one, unnamed as it came in White Flower Farm’s packaging of discounted daylilies –
Some will stop to smell the roses, but don’t discount spending time to pick the spent daylilies!