Ruffle its textured edges, paint its blooms a mixture of eye-catching colors, design it with a diversity of patterns and shapes, and today’s vigorous hybrid daylily performer will delight you for years in your backyard arena. Although not a true lily and from the genus Hemerocallis, this hardy perennial and anchor of the summer garden derives its name from two Greek words meaning “beauty” and “day.” Hence each bloom lasts a single day, but never fear. For each scape or flower stalk produces multiple buds that bloom consecutively for as long as a month.
However, a special occasion daylily arrangement or bouquet would be out of the question. The floral masterpiece would likely be a disaster the day after its creation, and the drooping, fleeting blossoms shriveling throughout.
These adaptable, sun-loving beauties keep going for years with minimal gardening maintenance. Divide their root clumps every three to five years, spring fertilize new shoots, lightly mulch with compost, deeply water on a regular basis, and groom regularly to guarantee peak season blooms. Your reward: a vibrant month-long summer yard transformation frenzy passersby and neighbors will envy.
The flourishing daylily’s yearly elaborating show of color, texture, and design grows seemingly effortless at the Creator’s hand and for our enjoyment. Biblical writers were even captivated by the lily’s beauty. Seen through spiritual eyes, discerned by a seeking heart and mind, and heard through the voice of the Spirit, their inspired words an insightful gift granted to the believer’s soul. Tucked away into each sacred writer’s heart was the firm belief that “from God all blessings flow.” I agree.
Blooms of Inspiration:
“And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin.” Matthew 6:28
“Like the lily among thorns, so is my darling among the maidens.” Song of Solomon 2:2
“The grass withers; the flowers (lilies) fade; but the word of our God lasts forever.” Isaiah 40:8
Behold the Beauty…food for thought
Many people don’t see the beauty of a plant unless there is a spectacular bloom, with eye-catching color that grabs their attention. They exclaim over the flower, even though the bloom is fleeting, some lasting only a few hours. They may not stop to consider the quiet nature of the plant that brings nourishment and life to the fleeting blossom. They may not consider the many parts of the plant that are valuable other than the striking loveliness of the bloom.
The world is obsessed with beauty, yet the standards are often unobtainable. God tells us that within ourselves we should have, “the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” (I Peter 3:4 NKJV) This is a bloom that never fades, but can be cultivated to continue on and attract others, so that we can have a chance to explain the reason we have that bloom within us.
As we grow in Christ and begin to reflect His beauty and His nature, people will be drawn to us, even though we may not feel different. We may not see God’s character as He shines through us, but others will. When we, “let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us,” then He will “establish the work of our hands” for us (Psalm 90:17 NKJV). When that happens, others will behold the beauty reflected from us. It won’t be hidden; it will be there for all to see. (From Inspiring Thoughts for Gardeners, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.”)
No matter where your area of daylilies breathtaking display resides, I hope you will remember “from whom all blessings flow.” Give God the fresh blossom of the day. Never make Him wait until the petals have faded. (Streams in the Desert by Cowman)
Blessings from the Creator:
Thanks for stopping by my digital flower garden. More daylily images can be seen at www.corinthrose.com. Stay a spell at the slideshow before clicking on Flowers and then Lily. (All lilies in this blog post were grown and photographed in our yard.)