Photography by Geoff Welch
July seems like the central month of summer with daylilies at their peak. Daylily's
botanical name, Hemerocallis, means "beauty for a day” as most daylily flowers open in the morning and die by nightfall. Each flower stem (or scape) has a dozen flower buds or more, and some plants can remain in bloom for several weeks.
Over the past decade, I have cultivated a small, colorful daylily garden by the fence on the north side of the mansion. This extends the welcoming warmth of the existing orange daylilies beds established in front of Harmony Hall.