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|
|"Golden Gate" Hemerocallis daylily|
|"Bama Music" Hemerocallis daylily|
|"Frans Hals" Hemerocallis daylily|
|"Chicago Apache" Hemerocallis daylily|
|Yellow asiatic lily (Lilium)|
|"South Seas" Hemerocallis daylilly|
|White asiatic lily (Lilium)|
|"Prairie Blue Eyes" Hemerocallis daylily|
|"Black Eyed Stella" Hemerocallis daylily|
|"Prairie Blue Eyes" daylily (Hemerocallis)|
|"Hyperion" Hemerocallis (daylily)|
|"Country Melody" Hemerocallis (daylily)|
|Hemerocallis "Fairy Tale Pink" daylily|
|"Bama Music" daylily (Hemerocallis)|
|White Trumpet Lily (Lilium regale) |
at the Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens
|"Sammy Russell" Hemerocallis daylily|
|"Siloam Amazing Grace" Hemerocallis daylily|
|"Joan Senior" Hemerocallis daylily|
|"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).