The Day Lily Controversy
Having already come out strongly against paper cuts of any kind, today I wish to turn my soap box upside down and make it into a planter for the (not so humble) Day Lilly. As with all controversial topics, some of you are already raising your hackles at my mere mention of Hemerocallis. I naturally respect your right to be wrong. If someone in your political club expressed these same views you might fall all over yourself complimenting the ration, reason and even handedness. I am a martyr for the earths forgotten flowers.
My Red Neck neighbor (whose stance on the issues you can probably guess), is anti-Hemerocallis. He stares at them in disbelief and says, “That flower is only good for one day? Well, what good is a flower like that?” We have that conversation every year.
My more politically correct friends (which is not the same as being politically left) explain patiently and endlessly how the native plant movement would grace my garden better, as in the high desert, shade is most certainly required and richer soil than nature provides us. While drought tolerance is a Day Lily virtue, tolerance (as the internet teaches us) is relative and they insist on a decent drink twice a week. Certainly the cactus drink less.
I would argue passionately and even bitterly that the brevity of an individual Day Lily bloom intensifies its beauty. The perfect motion in dance lasts a few brief seconds and dance is rarely condemned for its transient nature.
I have struck what seems to me a compromise and have only three varieties, all well planted (amended soil with only a few hours of direct sun). I save every drop of roof water to mitigate my garden crimes.
I apologize for not weighing in on this subject sooner as I am aware (and have previously stated) that many are unable to select from the opinion buffet of canned thought until I have spoken. I decided to wait until the big game was on to speak out, as this nicely sidesteps the worst of the right wing Gladiators from even reading this post.