Becoming ‘Present’ in the Daylily Garden


The “Daylily Garden”,  so named because of the predominant genus, contains other plants, too. The “others” serve as compliments in form, texture, or color and carry the garden’s succession of bloom, texture, and form combinations into other months. Even though there are daylilies (hemerocallis) planted in this garden that bloom in August or September–most color this part of the garden in the seventh month.

The wonderful or not-so-wonderful aspect of daylilies is that they need constant dead-heading and scape removal as they “go bye”.  Wonderful because it forces me into the garden early morning (too hot later in the day for me) wherein I end up marveling at the sheer beauty and variety of color and flower shape in their amazing individual details. Gives me the opportunity to inhale the sweet fragrance of the Daphne blooming not too far away and move in symphony with the bird calls and the sound the tree leaves make. 

In other words, the task of cleaning the daylilies  brings me into the “presence” of the garden. And those moments end up being ones to savor and remember as I enjoy the garden later in the day and appreciate the shifting light on the colorful forms.

3 responses to “Becoming ‘Present’ in the Daylily Garden”

  1. I love my day lily garden too, and inhale the sweet scent of some of those cultivars when I am dead heading. I love that early morning time in the garden, I get to listen to the birds wake up, see the honeybees begin their daily rounds, watch the hummingbirds flit about. Wonderful time to gather my thoughts and get ready for the “real” day.

    Your garden is beautiful.

  2. Thank you healingmagicvhands…nice to know there is another soul revealing in the early morning in the gardens!

  3. thank you! thanks for reading.

Leave a Reply