Friday, July 19, 2013

Orange you glad?


The dog days of summer may be running hot and heavy, and while everything else withers and fades like a distant memory, daylilies seem doggedly determined that the show must go on. Here are a few interesting facts about the daylily.


  • The familiar orange variety that seems to pop up along many a country road throughout North America is not a native wildflower at all. All varieties including this one can trace their ancestry back to Asia.
  • Parts of the plant have been eaten in Asia for hundreds of years. Interesting...maybe I should plan on hosting a daylily roast for friends and family?
  • They were spread west across North America by settlers who brought plants with them as they headed west, which is either a testament to the determination of those braving the wild frontier or how hardy the daylily bulb is.
  • There is a variety of daylily that is nocturnal daylily; I guess you could call it a nightlily.
  • The scientific name of the daylily is Hemerocallis which is Greek for beautiful for a day. 
Orange you glad you learned all that?

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Okay, okay, orange you glad it's Friday?

I sure am! 




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19 comments:

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I've even seen friends in the UK with these day lilies. We have them everywhere this year!

Jim said...

That was a lot better than a banana (ornja glad?).

I did learn about the orange day lilies. Ours aren't orange down here in Texas.
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Lynne said...

I am very happy I learned all of that. Happy orange, yellow, purple and peach Day Lily Days!

Debra @ Homespun said...

interesting...I'd have thought they were native, yes :)

Snap said...

Fun post. You see the orange day lilies everywhere. Amazing.

Lynn said...

that is Lily interesting-gorgeous photo ;-)

maria said...

Lilies are a plenty where I live. What I didn't know was they are also eaten. Those are some interesting facts you share.

If you could kindly link back to the meme. Thanks for joining and I hope to see you again next weekend.

Terri said...

I've been enjoying all across blognation, but have never planted any myself. They are gorgeous!

Jessica Sweeney said...

We have the orange ones everywhere around here, but I never really knew too much about them. Ours are still going strong. Lovely photo! And yes, I am very glad it's Friday! :)

Buttons said...

Wow I did not know you could eat them and did not know the pioneers planted them I love learning this. They are everywhere here in Ontario and I for one will be thinking completely different about their beauty now that I know the story. Thanks Andrea. Stay cool hopefully this will break soon. Hugs B

TexWisGirl said...

i remember tiger lilies from wisconsin. don't see too many lilies here in texas. i think we're just too hot and dry.

Candy C. said...

Yep, I'm glad I learned all that AND I'm glad it's Friday!! :)

Ramble Ann said...

Bright and beautiful!

Mary said...

I love the lilies, but they're hard to tame. They're hardy for sure. Just like the pioneers. Determined and resourceful! :)

Sharon said...

Lovely orange lily photo! They are cheerful blooms.

Terri Cheney said...

I love these beautiful 'wild' orange lilies and years ago before it was illegal to do so, gathered some from roadside to plant in my own yard. My only wish that they bloomed more often, but I deeply enjoy them especially when paired with purple flowers in the foreground. Lovely!

My former grandmother-in-law, used to eat the blooms. She encouraged me to taste them and they aren't bad. She both served them stuffed (like a squash blossom) and served them raw over her salads.

daisy said...

Lovely...

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

The photo is beautiful!! The orange with the blue background is so lovely.

MaiThreeBoyz said...

I've seen day lilies around here, but mostly in botanical gardens and such. They're beautiful.