I’ve shared pictures of the church flower beds before. If I’m not mistaken, when I shared the pictures of the irises in bloom, I mentioned that the daylilies were almost ready to open up and that I’d share some pictures of them when they did. Well, the daylilies are in bloom, so I’m sharing.
The thing that I’m particularly pleased about is that the blooming of the various flowers happens to occur in such a way that there is nearly constant color to the flower beds from the spring all the way through summer. Some of the flowers, like the snapdragons, will continue to bloom through the fall and into winter, too. Last year, with snow on the ground, the snapdragons were still blooming on Christmas.
I think I've shared this picture before. This was when the irises were blooming. This picture is primarily to show the beauty of the irises and the snapdragons, but there are daylilies in the picture. They just haven't opened yet and since they don't stand out, I've inserted arrows to point to two of them.
This picture is very near where the last one was taken. These yellow daylilies are bright, the flowers are large, there are a lot of them, and they can be seen from quite a distance. These are also taller than they are supposed to be. This species of daylilies are only supposed to get about two feet tall. Some of the flower stalks are as tall as my shoulder and I am six-foot-three inches tall.
Although there are a lot of yellow daylilies, not all of them are yellow. These orange ones are also putting out a huge number of blossoms. It is hard to imagine that when the daylilies were first planted, I only had 3 very overgrown clumps of yellow ones and 1 clump of orange ones to work with. All of them were overgrown badly and I merely separated and replanted the individual plants. They were fruitful and multiplied.
Mind you, I provided the labor, but I don't take the credit for how well they have grown. Who gets the credit? Well, they are planted alongside of God's house. Need I say more?
The red snapdragons and orange daylilies in this image are at the far end of the side flower beds. This angle gives a notion of how tall they are, as those brown steps in the background lead to a deck just outside one of the side doors. The deck reaches about to my waist, and I'm long-legged. These aren't the tallest of the daylilies, either.
Incidentally, "daylilies" get their name from the fact that each individual blossom is only open for about a day. However, each flower stalk this year is loaded with many individual blossoms and they don't all open at once. The result is that the daylilies bloom for about a month, from the first flower opening until the last one is spent.
I'm including this picture simply because this was the last thing I planted this year. I planted these Shasta daisies a couple of weeks ago. The temperatures were hot and the plants looked very sick for a while, to the point where I wasn't sure that they'd pull out. Clearly, they did.
Shasta daisies are perennials so these should come up again next year. To the left of the daisies are marigolds that haven't yet bloomed. To the right are pansies/violets/Johnny-jump-ups. To the top are orange pansies, pink snapdragons, and a salmon snapdragon. The white of the daisies provides a good counterpoint.
The Shasta daisies are only about six inches tall this year, but when they are full height, they should be over two feet tall and very noticeable.