Now this is Midwestern summer. Hot, humid Fourth of July, hazy, and sunny weather. The kind that only mad dogs and ( forgive me, Englishmen) and Midwesterners dare to defy. Yep. We work in this weather, and lots of us don’t have airconditioning. Not on the full time basis of the South and SouthWest, anyway.
It is the time of season when the daylily reigns as king of the garden. Roses are over, gathering strength for a later bloom, but daylilies are just coming into their own.
I have a stand of what I believe to be Hyperion ( they were given to me). Tall, yellow, graceful blooms with a sweet fragrance. They grow under my maple tree, which is no small feat. It is an older maple and I scraped out planting holes, put in a bit of compost and planted the daylilies. They are putting on a good show for the last week and look like they may keep it up for a little while yet. I have ‘Angels Flight’ in the front gardens. A very pretty apricot orange with a shorter compact stature. I tried one of the Siloam’s … I haven’t decided what I think of it yet. It has a very small but arresting bloom, bright yellow with a distinct halo of dark red. Interesting.
I bought a new one that I have to plant today. And since it has heated up so much I will have to assiduously water. I’ll wait a couple hours until the sun abates…no use being that mad in braving the heat.