Too much time to think and ponder as I pick tomatoes or deadhead borders can lead to retail therapy. As you know, gentle reader, stretching the daylily season has been a project for the past few years. Slow to occur to me was the idea of using REBLOOMING daylilies to get more late blooms. Of course, I have the obligatory “Stella d’Oro” which is just beginning its second bloom, but since I wasn’t all that impressed with it, I hadn’t looked for others. What a mistake!
After spending some time researching on the web, I decided to order from a company unknown to me, Iriswarehouse.com. They had an impressive selection of reblooming daylilies, at reasonable prices. Now when I say “reasonable” keep in mind that rebloomers are not as common, and are more in demand, so they are not cheap. After I clicked “place order” I had a moment of regret, fearing that what I received might be low quality, or having heard of all the chicks dying from postal delays, that my order might arrived with plants so stressed that they’d be years in recovery. I’m happy to say that neither situation was the case. Within a week of placing my order, the box was in my hands. Hurrah for Iriswarehouse and the postal service! Here’s what I ordered:
I love spidery daylilies and even though this one isn’t in the “orange” family, it caught my attention. 25″ tall. I think she’ll go in the Front Island, where I’m trying to get more white and chartreuse blooms.
This copper-orange beauty has flowers 7″ across and stands a tall 42″, perfect for the back of the potager’s exterior border.
“Scatterbrain” just looked like a daylily that belongs in my gardens. The double apricot blooms are 6″ across and fragrant! Can’t wait to see this one bloom.
This mid-season bloomer is “Zella Virginia,” so I’m hoping her re-bloom will be late. Double apricot flowers 5.5″ across and fragrant.
Another yellow, but with those touches of rusty brown on the edges and 9″ blooms it definitely has appeal, at least to me! 33″ in height so it can go in a variety of locations.
The ruffled petals and flattened form of this gem form a 5.5″ flower on 28″ plants. I wish I could afford dozens, but alas, only one. And finally, “Persimmon”
also known as “Judge Roy Bean.” A sentimental choice for family reasons, but also because of color and spider form. 39″ tall and destined for the corner opposite “Spider Miracle” in the potager’s interior border. Daylilies are edible, so they do belong in a potager. So, those were the 7 plants I ordered, all large and healthy. Imagine my delight to find this:
I must say I’m very happy with Iriswarehouse, and surprised to receive not one, but two free plants! They aren’t my colors, but I will either pot them up for the garden club plant sale (will we ever be able to have plant sales, as in the old days?) or gift them to a friend. Here’s “Amadeus”
I’m hoping there is rain on the way, so the ground will be a bit softer for digging (we really need rain!) and the plants will get a good day or two of cloudy skies for settling in. Unfortunately, rain will also mean time indoors…time to fully consider how pleased I was with this order…and the fact that it is after all, IRIS warehouse. I didn’t even look at their iris offerings………