Notes On A Daylily
Yesterday morning I took a few more images of this daylily, which had begun blooming last week. It was purchased from Roger Mercer at Mercers’ Garden in Fayetteville, NC, during an excursion to his daylily farm with my sister and daughter around 2005. We walked around his sandy fields (so different from the clay soils of Chapel Hill) and selected our plants, then waited as a helper dug then out of the ground and carried them to the car for us.
Knowing very little about daylilies at the time (or now), color was my main criterion. I simply wanted a red one and out of hundreds of plants, very few were red. It is a mystery why I failed to ask or record the daylily’s name when the breeder was right there.
Using the Mercers’ Garden website, I did some research to try to identify this daylily and have concluded it is ‘Michael Arnholt,’ Chief Red Cloud x Seedling. One of Roger Mercer’s introductions, this dates back to mid-1980s.
Mercer describes the special properties of this midseason-blooming daylily as “heavy, waxy substance and ribbed texture” and under flaws he says, “Doesn’t fully open until about 9:30 a.m.” When I read this I pictured a sleepy teenager, struggling to wake up.
Mercer worked many years for The Fayetteville Observer and wrote a garden column for the paper; this daylily was named for then managing editor Michael Arnholt (who retired as executive editor in 2012).
Plants are drying up with lack of rain and extreme heat.
Forecast for the week:
Wednesday, 99°F. Thursday, 97°F (downgraded from 100°F). Friday, 95°F. Saturday, 95°F. Sunday, 97°F.