They are all coming out next year. They really annoy me.
I planted a great curving swath deep in my back border to give me color and that happy feeling you get when you see orange tiger lilies rampant by the side of the road in late June. I wanted that in my garden.
I also planted them at the top of the driveway, and along the edge of the front lawn. I put in all kinds of daylily cultivars, with special attention to early, mid, and late bloom periods.
Daylilies announce the start of summer, and with their exuberant foliage, they spill and fill great spaces of empty garden. That's what I needed. I had so much empty space when I started, and I had so little color in summer. I planted lots and lots and they have spread and spread over the years.
But this is it, folks --- this is the height of the color and interest and happy feeling I get in my garden --- some wimpy pale buds. Meh.
I added some terra cotta pots for a little orange oomph nearby, and will need to pot up some annuals just to have something to look at besides daylily foliage.
With no blooms, this much green foliage is simply not interesting all summer. And it gets worse.
I have used all the deer repellants I can find, so in addition to uninteresting foliage, they smell bad. Then in late summer the foliage gets ratty and brown. I'm trying to think of a redeeming feature of daylilies in my garden, even without any blooms, but they simply smell bad and look unkempt.
And I have so much of this plant. Daylilies became the backbone of my garden, filling areas with no effort. Because I have so much, it will take some effort to get them out, but in the fall they are being pitched. I no longer want the struggle, and I don't want the look of them. I've had it.
Do you have time for two more things that annoy me? You do?
Salvia guaranitica --- black and blue sage. The blooms are a beautiful deep royal blue if you ever get any. My neighbor's plant in a container is gorgeous. Mine isn't blooming and has no buds.
And crocosmia 'Lucifer'. My neighbor has a big clump of these interesting red gladiola-like plants. I planted dozens and dozens of corms over three years and got a plant. One. It doesn't bloom.
|My neighbor's stand of crocosmia and black & blue sage|
|My lone crocosmia not blooming|
|My black & blue sage not blooming|
I've had it trying to winter over the tender sage, only to get an uninteresting foliage plant the next summer. And I've had it trying to get a stand of crocosmia going. And I've really had it with the daylilies.
The garden is not always a happy place and it is not always a place of refuge and peace and delight. Sometimes it can be annoying and make you really want to stomp on things. I'm going inside before I do.