The 24-hour flower
Daylilies are really prolific, despite the fact that the individual flowers only last for 24 hours. Members of this genus Hemerocallis (daylily) have been hybridised extensively, and the ones that are offered for us to plant today are largely evergreen and easy to nurture, rapidly growing into thick clumps.
Individual blossoms open early morning and start withering through the subsequent night, but this isn’t a problem since they are immediately replaced by a different blossom sitting on the same flower stalk. A single plant can produce as many as fifty flowers in 1 flowering period, which will be from October to May.
What they want
•Position: Full sun or at least 5 hours of sunlight every day. Dark-
Flowered hybrids are best planted where they get morning sun and afternoon shade, to prevent the flowers from fading.
•Soil: Any soil type is fine, but for the best results accentuate it with compost and bonemeal.
•Water: Medium, but water more often as soon as the blossom stems appear.
The flowers are edible and the taste of the petals varies from sweet and floral to somewhat astringent and metallic, based on the hybrid. In the event the stamens and pistils are removed, the whole blossom can be stuffed with a savoury and crispy stuffing and sautéed, or the petals may be added to salads and soups or used to garnish ice cream, sorbet cocktails and deserts.