Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ditch Daylilies

Today I am linking up with Clay and Limestone to celebrate Wildflower Wednesday.  I have chosen a flower which I have watched grow for years.  It is a ditch daylily located beside the road in a small town in lower middle Tennessee, USA, in zone 6b/7a.  They are commonly seen in ditches and on embankments as erosion control. This one doesn't even own a ditch.  When I first noticed it about five years ago, it was a small plant at the base of the telephone pole.  Slowly over the years, it has spread up the hill.


I don't think anyone planted it.  Why would anyone in their right mind plant a flower on pavement beside a sidewalk under a telephone pole?  My guess is one little seed washed down the hill, found a tiny crack in the road, and sprouted.  Slowly it has spread.  It is amazing how it has survived, thrived and spread on nothing.


Hemerocallis fulva, has been chosen to received the honor of being showcased by me for the month of June's Wildflower Wednesday.  I think it deserves the honor.

6 comments:

  1. Oh, yes! I love seeing the ditch lilies that appear in early Summer here in Mississippi
    Have a great day!

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  2. Only recently, have I heard these native lilies called Ditch lilies....good name. If there was a nuclear explosion, there would be cockroaches and Ditch lilies left!

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    1. One out of two is good!
      Your closing picture looks like a Chelsea Flower Show corner.

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    2. I would also hope the lilies survive since I can do without the cockroaches!
      Thank you Diana for the compliment.

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  3. Hemerocallis are so robust and need not be pampered. Nevertheless
    they are so elegant and the blossoms are lovely. Each day a new one opens for quite a while. A remarkable wildflower.
    Christel

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    1. I wonder how long it will take for it to reach the top of the hill. It is something I will continue to watch, instead of looking at the road as I drive.

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