August 05, 2014

My dearest (day) Lilies

Hemerocallis and Lilium blooms during a Toronto summer


It's almost impossible to walk/drive/work around the city at this time without seeing daylilies and lilies in bloom (especially one considered a weed but more on that later.) They are versatile perennials and relatively inexpensive (not the newest and greatest cultivars though). I'm posting these pictures I took over the past few weeks from various gardens/parks/random places to and from work (and one from home!)

What we find common and ubiquitous now, with only another month of summer to go, will be greatly appreciated during the frozen grip of a Toronto winter.

I dedicate this post to the two "Lily"s most dear to my heart: my mother (ok, small sister Nora, stop snickering!) and my daughter.

Fairy Tale Pink Hemerocallis daylily by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Fairy Tale Pink" Hemerocallis daylily




Golden Gate Hemerocallis daylily by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Golden Gate" Hemerocallis daylily

Bama Music Hemerocallis daylily by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Bama Music" Hemerocallis daylily 

Frans Hals Hemerocallis daylily by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Frans Hals" Hemerocallis daylily

Chicago Apache Hemerocallis daylily by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Chicago Apache" Hemerocallis daylily

Yellow asiatic lily lilium by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Yellow asiatic lily (Lilium)

South Seas Hemerocallis daylily by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"South Seas" Hemerocallis daylilly

White asiatic lily lilium by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
White asiatic lily (Lilium)

Prairie Blue Eyes Hemerocallis daylily by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Prairie Blue Eyes" Hemerocallis daylily

Black eyed Stella Hemerocallis daylily by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Black Eyed Stella" Hemerocallis daylily

Prairie Blue Eyes daylily Hemerocallis by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Prairie Blue Eyes" daylily (Hemerocallis)

Hyperion Hemerocallis daylily by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Hyperion" Hemerocallis (daylily)

Country Melody Hemerocallis daylily by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Country Melody" Hemerocallis (daylily)



Hemerocallis Fairy Tale Pink daylily by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Hemerocallis "Fairy Tale Pink" daylily


Bama Music daylily Hemerocallis by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Bama Music" daylily (Hemerocallis)

White Trumpet Lily Lilium regale Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
White Trumpet Lily (Lilium regale)
at the Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens 

Sammy Russell Hemerocallis daylily by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Sammy Russell" Hemerocallis daylily 

Siloam Amazing Grace Hemerocallis daylily by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Siloam Amazing Grace" Hemerocallis daylily 

Joan Senior Hemerocallis daylily by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Joan Senior"  Hemerocallis daylily 

Catherine Woodbury Hemerocallis daylily by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Catherine Woodbury "Hemerocallis daylily


Of course, I have to end this post by showing the most derided (by some) daylily of them all, Hemerocallis fulva. I guess familiarity really breeds contempt because this perennial is considered a weed in many parts of southern Ontario and elsewhere. 

Its common names suggest the lack of horticultural love: Orange Daylily, Tawny Daylily, Tiger Daylily, Fulvous Daylily or Ditch Lily (also Railroad Daylily, Roadside Daylily, Outhouse Lily,and Wash-house Lily).