Friday, June 24, 2011

Beauty of the Day

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  -Matthew 6:28-29

King Solomon's wardrobe must've been quite something to be used in comparison to God's handiwork.  Sorry Solomon, but no competition...  

Daylilies are definitely one of my favorite perennials.  Tough, yet beautiful, they can withstand just about anything from drought to poor soil to shade.  They thrive even if you can't spend much time working with them, which is quite nice... especially if they're planted a good distance from your home.

Originating in Asia, at first daylilies only existed in orange, red, and yellow.  Now thanks to cultivation there are lilies in several shades of nearly every color, with the exception of true white, blue, and black.  The daylily's scientific name, Hemerocallis, means "beauty of the day," which is fitting.  Every beautiful bloom lasts only one sunrise to sunset.  

Hopefully you already have a daylily or two in your own garden, but if not, why not add a few?  Keep in mind that as much as you love admiring them, deer love eating them.  A simple solution is placing bars of 'Irish Spring' soap in cheesecloth and tying to wooden stakes around your 'edible' plants.  Have a great day, and ~ Happy gardening!

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.  - Chinese proverb

No comments:

Post a Comment

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.”

~ Mother Teresa