Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dried Up Summer

This poor overheated daylily could not even manage to do the conventional daylily melt. The blossoms on daylilies usually fold up and wither, usually in a drippy, melting way. After a day or so in the sun, the meltiness, or moisture in the petals, dries up and the remaining structure drops.

Not so with this daylily. It dried with the curls in its petals, discolored and yet not disheveled, so that it still looks very lilylike.

Usually my daylilies last until Labor Day weekend. Since it has been so hot this summer, most of the plants are finished blooming and only their bare brown scapes, the twig-like stalk with a stub where the flower dropped off, are left.

Copyright 2012
Wanda Hayes Eichler

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