Four years ago, I acquired a lot of day lilies. They had no labels. I didn’t know what color they were or any of their characteristics.
They were mysteries. And I would have to patiently wait for them to mature and flower before their secrets were revealed.
This year, as the flowers unfolded the show was, and still is, spectacular. The bloom started in mid-July and has been continuously dazzling. There are reds, corals, mauves, lemon yellows, many hues of oranges, strong yellows and an almost white. There are some with double petals and others with multiple colors. Some are lanky and others short and stout. Some have frilly edges on petals or a margin of a different color. The display is stunning.
While all are beautiful, their placement in the garden could be better. When they were planted, I had no idea what color they were and, that considered, an amazing number are right just where they are. But a few would be better complimented by other flowers in a different part of the garden. Or the size of the scapes would make them more suitable as a front of the border plant rather than a back of the bed planting.
A Clever Trick
I could take photos each week to show the size and color and refer to these when transplanting. But, I had another solution taught to me by a wise gardener. She would tie a strand of embroidery thread to each scape indicating the flower color. That way when the flower faded, she could still tell its color.
In addition, I used blue thread to indicate long scapes and green for those with short scapes. When I transplant, I will know who can go further back in the border and who needs to be up front.
Meanwhile, the thread on this yellow day lily is barely noticeable.
Clever trick isn’t it? Happy Gardening.