“Sentimental”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
I don’t know if it is a sign that I am getting older or if it is just that I have been gardening for years now, but I am starting to get sentimental over certain plants. I recently wrote about the soft spot I have for madonna lilies and gardenias, and now another old favorite has started blooming. The first daylily I ever planted, Plum Tree.
I bought this daylily, one fall day, at least ten or more years ago from Wal-mart. Now, that I look back on it, these plants were pathetic – small, dry roots, and no healthy leaves. They were packaged in plastic bags that really did nothing for the health of these plants. But, since I did not know what daylilies plants were supposed to look like, I just planted them in pots and hoped for the best. These plants quickly went dormant, but since I didn’t know about dormant daylilies, I thought they had died. The next spring they did pop back up, but even though they were in pots with excellent soil, drainage, and fertilizer, they grew hardly at all. For several years, they limped along, growing a little, but never blooming. I kept them in pots so that they could be in the sun on the patio, but that didn’t seem to help. I began to read everything I could about daylilies to see if I could get them to grow and bloom.
Finally, one spring, I decided to plant them in the ground in one of the few sunny spots available. That year, at last, there were some flowers. After about four years, I finally got to see what Plum Tree daylilies looked like. After that, these daylilies took off. They have grown from one puny fan, to many. The flowers come non-stop for weeks. In fact, except for the Stella d’Oro, these bloom the longest of all my daylilies. Even though they get intense sun until about one o’clock in the afternoon, the dark color of the flower doesn’t fade. This is just a great little daylily.
So, every year now, when the Plum Tree daylilies bloom, I always feel glad. They have been in my garden for a long time, and they also remind me of an inexperienced gardener who learned a lot about daylilies from growing these Wal-mart ones.