It is in July that daylilies come into their own. We are fortunate enough to have a 20 - 25 foot border of these lovely though fleeting flowers where we can enjoy them from our kitchen window.
Then there are those in our main garden in our back yard. These bloom a little later because every year the beech tree (also in the back yard) gets taller and shades part of this garden more and more every year. But they are really coming along now.
This one has been a glory and a boon to my spirit for several years now and has an interesting history. First, it was a gift from SiL A (actually both of the daylilies I am posting today are from her), and second, its name is Mary Todd. That, which might have figured in the posts from previous years, is one daylily whose name I remember because Mary Todd Lincoln was an ancestress of my husband's (and, therefore, SiL A and SiL N). It is a spectacular flower.
The second one, in deeper shade farther away from Mary Todd, is the first to flower of those in that part of the garden. I've been expecting those to bloom for over a week now - especially because of the brutally hot spell we just had - but they've kept us waiting. This one has a softer color but a very beautiful form.
Before I took these photos, I cut many of our daylilies for bouquets in the house - enough for two tall vases. While each flower lasts only one day, I cut stems that have several buds not yet open. That way we continue to have new bud opening every day. A veritable largesse of beauty!