Faith of our fathers

June is the month for garden tours featuring daylilies in Tennessee, as they are usually at their peak. Today was no exception. With two friends as “enablers,” I went shopping at another friend’s beautiful garden for a few more daylilies to add to my burgeoning collection.

Some new varieties will now grace the garden, with features such as ruffled edges, petaloid segments, and vivid eye zones.

Of course the garden still contains a few “heirloom” daylilies, in stark contrast to some of today’s fancy new additions. I like the old, but also love the new. Continue reading “Faith of our fathers”

Out with the old

Is it okay to use the phrase, “Out with the old, and in with the new” in July?

We often think of letting go of past mistakes and attitudes when we start a new calendar year, but spiritual renewal is certainly not a once-a-year ritual that magically fixes all our foibles.

Every day — indeed, every minute — is a new chance to let go of the old and bring in the new.

So here we are in the middle of the year, with a lesson to be learned from considering the lilies…well, daylilies specifically. Continue reading “Out with the old”

The eyes have it

It is nearly the end of what I call “The Dance of the Daylilies.” These flowers keep astounding me as each new variety opens.

There are so many different types of daylilies – literally thousands!

Some of the characteristics that are thought to be desirable in hemerocallis are ruffled edges or even toothed edges, long petals (as in spider types), and thicker petals for better substance. Larger size and unusual color patterns are sought after by daylily hybridizers. Continue reading “The eyes have it”