“Eye-Yi-Yi”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
There is a lot going on here in my garden in Covington, Louisiana. New flowers and returning plants are showing up every day. Wednesday, another “first” daylily opened. It was Eye-Yi-Yi, one of a dozen daylilies my sweet sister from Virginia sent me as a gift last year from Oakes Daylilies.
This gift daylily has returned this year bigger and better than last year. It must be very happy where it is planted. I don’t usually like orange flowers, but this daylily started changing my mind last year. I love the big, red eyezone. Its bright colors remind me of Mexico and our honeymoon in Mexico City many years ago, and with Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, the flowers have shown up at just the right time. After seeing how well this color fit into the garden scheme, I asked my sister for one of her old-fashioned orange daylilies, which she generously gave me without any hesitation. I know these daylilies are common, but she obtained them from my mother’s house, so not only will the color fit in, but this daylily will be one more reminder of home.
When I look at my garden, it sometimes amazes me how it has evolved. When I first started, I planted only white flowers and white caladiums in the back garden. I wanted the area to look cool and serene, which it did, but gradually as the years went by, color started creeping in. Now, there is little to no white at all, but other colors are everywhere. If anyone would have told me back then that I would have a bold orange daylily in that area, I would have been horrified. Now, I am so glad.