Yesterday, July 1, was the hottest day (so far) of the year here in the Binghamton area of upstate New York. In just two more days, July 4 will be our Independence Day, here in the United States. Yesterday was Canada Day in Canada, about 170 miles from where I live.
July, in our area, means lilies. From the end of June on, our area explodes in displays of lilies. Day lilies, Asiatic lilies, hybrid lilies, and other lilies are gearing up for their bloom season.
Up to now, we've grown mainly day lilies. Of any flowering plant, the day lily is perhaps the ideal plant for our climate. It is almost impossible to kill. There are some 13,000 (that isn't a misprint) varieties in various colors and sizes - ranging from one to four feet tall Some are fragrant. Some are ruffled. Some are multicolored. They are even edible, noting that some people are allergic to them.
Here is our first day lily, a yellow day lily in our front yard. These flowers only last a single day, but a plant can remain in bloom for weeks. And, needless to say, there are day lilies for every blooming season - early, midseason, and late.
We have several day lillies not yet in bloom. I hope to be able to show them to you by July 15, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
In the meantime, here are some lilies (day lilies and others) blooming in other yards.
Do lilies make you happy? They make me happy.
Do you enjoy growing flowers? Or buying and arranging cut flowers for your table? What are your favorites?