In Praise of Lily Season


One of the new Asian lilies in bloom.

One of the new Asian lilies in bloom.

Lilies are coming on strong. For several weeks, the yellow stella de oro lilies have been in bloom, and may be past bloom in many plantings.

In my gardens, Iowa tiger lilies are just popping out everywhere. Most day lilies are still to bloom, but my shady garden tends to run a bit behind others. I like day lilies a lot–even though each flower lasts only a day, the plant puts out so many blooms that the day lily season seems like one of the longer flower seasons in my gardens.

Tall and pretty, native Iowa lily.

Tall and pretty, native Iowa lily.

Asian lilies, most of them planted by me and my two 3-year-old grandchildren assistants, are starting to put on a nice show.

I’ve noticed on my bike rides recently that many people have hollyhocks in bloom. I planted a few this year, and one of those plants is budding—I look forward to the return of this plant, absent since a bad bunny year several years ago, and its pretty flowers.

But for now, mid summer—time for cone flowers, hosta and, most of all, the glorious lily. More photos.

Cone flower. These are just starting.

Cone flower. These are just starting.

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