Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bertie Ferris has a lily

Species name: Hemerocallis sp. (Hemerocallis 'Bertie Ferris')

Common name: Bertie Ferris daylily

Location: Ontario

Today's blog post (and for the next few blog posts) is going to be short and sweet. Since daylilies seem to be so incredibly popular with gardeners (there are hundreds of "official" cultivars of daylily registered in the United States; Canada doesn't have the same type of registration system each time a new cultivar is made), I figured I would provide a blog-post-slideshow of all of the daylilies we have in our garden and that I can find on campus. Some are prettier than others, but each are pretty in their own respect. Yes, I seem to have a soft spot for most daylilies (the notable exception will be featured at the end of the series) yet hate hostas. Feel free to call me a hypocrite if you must :)

This cultivar of daylily likely has the species "base" Hemerocallis fulva as most other cultivars. This is becoming harder and harder to discern, however, due to morphological divergence between cultivars, and the fact that cultivars from different species are now being bred together. A neat phenomenon that can't be reproduced with many other popular garden and landscaping plants. The cultivar was registered in the United States in 1969, and has won many awards since then for "prettiest daylily" (although I'm sure they call their award something flashier and slightly more professional-sounding than that).

If you'd like to read more about daylilies in general, please click HERE to visit a previous blog post about them.