Last Daylilies of the Summer

One pernicious thing about August is that it is the gateway month for autumn. Not that I don’t enjoy autumn, I do. It’s just that summer never seems quite long enough.

In August the flowers of mid-summer come sputtering to a halt. Daylilies (Hemerocallis), for example. Right now, just two of my Dayliies are still putting on a good show: ‘Egyptian Spice’ and ‘Chicago Apache’.

Daylilies 'Chicago Apache' and 'Egyptian Spice'.
Daylilies ‘Chicago Apache’ and ‘Egyptian Spice’.

You can see them above, lining the Left Bank Bed where our ‘Donald Wyman’ crabapple stands sentinel. ‘Egyptian Spice’ is apricot-colored and a mid- to late-season bloomer, ‘Chicago Apache’ is red and considered to be a mid-season Daylily.

'Chicago Apache'
‘Chicago Apache’

I’m not sure how the Apaches feel about having a namesake Daylily, especially since they never lived in the Chicago area. Whether or not the name is problematic,though, this is a fine Daylily that blooms vigorously without pampering.

A closer look at 'Egyptian Spice'.
A closer look at ‘Egyptian Spice’.

Just past ‘Egyptian Spice’ you can see the beginnings of the Herbs, Tomatoes, and Cutting Bed.

For more early August vignettes, check out the blog Flutter and Hum.

Do you still have lots of Daylily blooms as we head into August?

46 Comments on “Last Daylilies of the Summer”

  1. Maybe it was the “vigorously without pampering” that led to the Apache name? As for Chicago… well, I’m at a loss there. I have a few baby Daylilies of a variety called Watchyl Dancing Spider (crazy name, I know…) and an H. citrina that bloomed earlier. I think the babies are still working on their roots – only one flower yet. Yours, on the other hand, look quite luxurious!

  2. I’m looking forward to fall, we haven’t had any appreciable rain since early June, and I’m so sick of watering. Cooler temps mean I can get out there and cut back some of the crispy bits. Our daylilies here have been pretty much done for a while now. I didn’t realize Chicago Apache had a darker red eye, it’s very pretty.

  3. No daylily is blooming here. They are long past. They might have lasted a little longer if we hadn’t been in a drought. We haven’t had measurable rain since about this time in July. I woke to rain pattering on the windows this morning. I couldn’t wait to get up to watch it rain. I was so thankful. My poor daylilies are barely green. They have laid down most of their strappy leaves to help conserve water. They will perk up some after this rain. Your daylilies look so healthy. Good to see. I haven’t met many daylilies that I don’t like.

  4. Chicago Apache is beautiful and a fitting finale to your day lily season. My old stalwart, Stella d’Oro, is still putting out occasion blooms and will probably put out even more once the weather cools down in September. Here, August with its high nineties temps and humidity is hard on garden and gardener. Fall is our second spring, and I am looking forward to it!

  5. ‘Chicago Apache’ is a tetraploid daylily hybridized by Chicago area hybridizer James Marsh and introduced by nurseryman Roy Klehm after Marsh’s death. All of Marsh’s tetraploid daylilies carry the “Chicago” prefix, so it really has nothing to do with the “Apache” part of the name. Marsh’s diploid introductions all had a “Prairie” prefix (i.e., ‘Prairie Blue Eyes’).

  6. Sadly, my Daylilies did not perform well this year. Fortunately, the Asiatic and Oriental Lilies made up for it with spectacular blooms. I have no idea why this happened. I have a few orange “Ditch Lilies” still blooming, but that’s about it. This is the time of year that I really appreciate my veggie and flower-cutting garden, which keeps blooming prolifically until the first frost. And, in recent years, I’ve been adding more and more late-summer blooming plants, like Agastache, Blue Mistflower, and a few Asters. For some reason, the previous owner didn’t have many late-summer bloomers and it took me years to add them. Now, if I can only keep the bunnies away until they get established! 😉

  7. I’m not pleased at all with this talk of autumn. Summer goes into September as far as I’m concerned and I won’t even start thinking about the season of death until then…. Although I should start a few late season vegetables now. I guess time is running out.

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