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Monday, June 14, 2021

Monday's Memo: Facts re Daylilies

"Don't fence me in," certain daylilies growing within Theodore Roosevelt Park seemed to be saying (as evidenced in the photograph atop this entry) when I passed by them on my way home from the greenmarket.

I've seen this flora variety on countless occasions but I must confess I may not have noticed their expressive details (featured in the following sequence of pictures).

I was so intriged by my sighting that upon my return home I did some research to see what I could find out about them.

One of the things I learned (from a web-page named Florgeous where an article by someone who identifies herself as Rebekah P) and "shoulda" known is this: "each daylily flower remains open for just one day."

Rebekah P goes on to say, "Daylilies used to be part of the Liliaceae family, but since they are no longer viewed as true lilies, they are housed in the Asphodelaceae family, under the genus Hemerocallis. The name of this genus comes from the Greek words 'hemera,' which means 'day' and 'kalles,' which means 'beauty.' The loose translation of this is 'beautiful for one day.'"

Moreover, Ms. P goes into detail re the many colors of various dayliles explaining what a given color signifies. 

In terms of the orange variety, she proclaims, "...Orange lilies are most often used to symbolize joy, love, courage, beauty, and devotion."

Admittedly I did not think of these flowers symbolizing joy, love, courage, beauty, and devotion; rather, what struck me was their stamen seemed to be a way of communicating, but each one of us sees something different in flowers we encounter and if you'd like to learn more specifics re daylilies, please permit me to refer you to the web-site for The Daylily Society.

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