Monday, April 9, 2012

Hemerocallis - a.k.a Daylily

A couple of years ago, I had an article about daylilies published in Creation Illustrated magazine. Here is an excerpt:
Wildest Dreams
Cherry Candy
The daylily is so-called because each bloom stays open for just a single day. Each plant is a group of individual sword-like fans of foliage growing from a structure called the crown. Each fan sends up multiple stalks (called scapes) that have multiple buds on them. With a garden full of a variety of daylilies, the possibilities are endless as to the number and type of blooms that will be open on a given day. The garden landscape is new every morning. Like God’s mercy. Because He is merciful, God wants to know us and make Himself known to us, despite our sin. He has chosen to reveal Himself in creation and the magnificent daylily takes its place among all the things that He has made so men may understand Him.
Spacecoast Sharp Tooth,
Created for Beauty
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (Matthew 6:28-30)

The word Hemerocallis is Greek for “beautiful for a day.” The person who wonders how a flower could be clothed in more splendor than Solomon has never seen hybrid daylilies. While not actually related to the lily, their amazing “attire” and the fact that they are literally here today and gone tomorrow makes daylilies the epitome of the flowers Jesus spoke of in Matthew 6.

Modern daylily hybrids are a far cry from the species daylilies that are still growing wild beside roads and in clumps in front of old farm houses. Often referred to as “ditch lilies” and classified as invasive in some areas, species daylilies multiply rapidly and produce orange or yellow blooms that are pretty, but not extraordinary. Over the last 75 years, hobby and professional hybridizers have been breeding in desirable traits and breeding out unwanted ones, just like with dogs or horses.
Snow Blizzard

Red Ribbons
I have over 30 different daylily cultivars growing in my smallish front yard gardens. Thirty may seem like a lot, except when you consider that each new seed produces a plant with a unique bloom, and that there are over 60,000 named and registered daylily hybrids. Mine include ‘Spacecoast Sharp Tooth’ – pink with jagged gold edges; ‘Derrick Carr’ –purple so dark it’s almost black covering petals the texture of velvet; ‘Adam Eaton’ – a creamy white that reveals a dusting of tiny sparkles when the sun hits the bloom; and ‘Siloam Doodlebug’ – a cute 3 inch lemon-yellow blossom with a purple-black eyezone.

Highland Lord
Is all this variety and good looks a credit to God or to the hybridizers? Hybridizers do the physical work of fertilizing the flowers, planting the mature seeds, waiting a year or more for the seedlings to bloom, and then evaluating the blooms. They then keep the promising ones for further refinement and get rid of the rest. But God created the genetics; He put all that code in there in the first place and then gave man the mind and the ability to work with it to bring out the beauty.

Beautiful Edgings
There are two spiritual lessons to be learned here. The first is what Matthew 6:28-30 means on its surface: If God clothes flowers in such glory, of course He will meet our physical needs. With so much potential splendor packed into the genetics of the daylily - a flower that dies after a single day - how can I look at it and doubt God will take care of my needs?

To read the whole article and see more pictures, see my blog post Consider the Daylilies. 

Here's one I don't own... but would really like to!

Woman at the Well (copyright Springwood Gardens)

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Names of God - H
High Priest * Holy One * Holy Spirit * Hope


  1. Beautiful flowers. I envy those with green thumbs!!! I enjoy your blog greatly!!!

  2. what glorious flowers--i hope you get the woman at the well!

    1. I think I'll go ahead and order it!

  3. Wow such green thumbs, mine would be red as I'd sorta kill them..haha..nice word too, one I never knew.

    1. They are actually not hard to grow. I am a brutal gardener - nothing survives in my garden if it needs to be babied.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I absolutely love day lilies and have many varieties in my own garden.
    Visiting via the A-Z blogging Challenge.
    Bev @ Blue Velvet Vincent

    1. That's wonderful! I get so excited for bloom season every year. Every morning is a new garden.

      Thanks for stopping by!


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