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Daylilies are the Star in this Illinois Garden

By Kim Charles


Evelyn Drake from Illinois has some outstanding daylilies in bloom.

The many kind comments from everyone encouraged me to send photos taken over the last month or so.  We are in full day lily swing for those of you who have said your favorite is one grown in someone else's garden.  In a few weeks when it's time to divide again I may agree!  Thanks and happy gardening!  Evelyn

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  1. user-4691082 10/03/2016

    Beautiful Evelyn! What is the gray plant with the pink flower in the butterfly picture? My favorite daylily is the last photo! Thanks for posting!

    1. gardeningisfine 10/03/2016

      The plant you asked about is Rose Campion. It is a biennial, Years ago l brought a seedling and some seeds home from my sisters (amazing) garden in New York. That's all it took to get the cycle started. It reseeds and is a favorite addition in many spots ever since. Thank you, glad you enjoyed the photos.

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 10/03/2016

        Isn't that Campion a great plant, Evelyn!? In the wrong place, I find it's self-sowing nature to be annoying, but in the right place, there is no way to capture the velvety, saturated colors of the flowers. They contrast so beautifully with the silvery foliage. It's a great pass-along plant.

        1. gardeningisfine 10/03/2016

          Yes, it really is a great plant. You are right, it can "over sow", and I admit to having a hard time pulling the seedlings even when I know I should (a fault that becomes very evident sometimes!). However, it also makes me take the time to share. I pot up the little six packs and keep some seeds to go along. Anyone that shows up at my house usually is required to take some?.

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    meander_michaele 10/03/2016

    Looks like you have some nice selections of Asiatic lilies mixing and mingling among your dayllies...they always get along so well. I particularly like the lighting in the last picture ...those luminous flower faces are literally being kissed by the sun. Everything is lovely.

    1. gardeningisfine 10/03/2016

      Thanks! Changes in light give us such variation in the garden, I too enjoy it.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 10/03/2016

    Thanks for sending in more photos. As one of those who enjoys daylilies in *other people's* gardens, I'm really enjoying these. My favorite is the last photo with the orangey-peach mingling with the pinkish-magenta. Love those colors. Everything looks so nice and healthy, especially the hostas backed by the cool woodstack. I love the colors and vertical (or board-and-batten) siding on the structure surrounded by the daylilies. Is that an out-building of some sort? At first I thought is was another part of your home.

  4. gardeningisfine 10/03/2016

    Thank you Tim, I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. My garden has a number of the "cool wood stacks", we get most of our winter heat from wood, I'm fortunate my husband stacks them artfully. The building is a pole barn that houses tractor, trailer etc. As day lilies need dividing I'm surrounding it. I had a hard time getting a photo of how nicely they dress up the building.

  5. schatzi 10/03/2016

    Beautiful. and you captured a beautiful swallowtail butterfly on the rose campion. I also love the blend of colors in the last photo. Thanks.

    1. gardeningisfine 10/03/2016

      Thank you Shirley! Appreciate the kind words.

  6. GrannyCC 10/03/2016

    Beautiful Dayliies. Your garden is delightful.

    1. gardeningisfine 10/03/2016

      Thank you Catherine. It is fun to share the photos with such an appreciative group!

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    LindaonWhidbey 10/03/2016

    Those are beautiful day-lilies, Evelyn, and I can appreciate the hard work put in dividing them every year since I just moved a gigantic Siberian Iris that intended to take over my garden. On the bright side , you have made your pole barn look quite attractive by having all of those lilies to divide. I love the second photo with the purple, yellow and peach. Thanks for sharing. It's always nice to see your garden.

    1. gardeningisfine 10/03/2016

      Siberian iris really are a challenge to divide. They almost require an ax. My next challenge is a False Indigo that has gotten too big for its location. I have a feeling it will require a strong back! Thanks for the Lind words. I have enjoyed sharing photos.

  8. Cenepk10 10/03/2016

    Evelyn, they're gorgeous!!!! I even love the old fashioned ditch day lillies- ( What I Have ). My neighbor mows hers down to the nub when they look scraggly- they just put right back out good as new. I'll be covered up with them soon. The plant that just keeps on giving ! They make my heart glad. Thanks for sharing !

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