Shortly after I joined and started participating on GardenWeb I came across a thread where experienced gardeners were adopting newbies to gardening like myself. I ended up getting adopted by an experienced gardener who shared some tulips, alliums and daylilies from her garden with me.
This year all of the daylilies I received have bloomed and I've realized that nothing makes me think of summer in Chicago like a garden with daylilies blooming. To be honest, before I received these plants I hadn't really given daylilies much thought but since then I have added two more to my garden on my own.
I've also been paying close attention to other garden bloggers who have been posting photos of daylilies with the hopes of maybe adding some more in the future. I get the feeling that daylilies are the "crack" of the ornamental gardening world because I can't stop looking over images and wanting to acquire more. Are there ever enough daylilies in a garden? With buying more and trying to cross- pollinate blooms (very similar to pollinating an Amaryllis) to create your own crosses I don't see how you can resist collecting more.
Perhaps this group of daylilies that were gifted to me will be enough to keep me busy for a while. I don't have any names for these plants but I have two favorites in the bunch. The green daylily is my number one, it has a really large bloom and I have to transplant it to give it a more prominent home in the garden. My second favorite is the one located one photo below the green daylily, I really like the colors and the way the petals are pinched at the tips. If you happen to come across this entry and you have a moment take a stab at IDing one if it looks familiar to you.
My two newer daylilies:
Hemerocallis: 'Fairy Tale Pink'
Hemerocallis: 'Siloam Fairy Tale'