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Walt's Look Around: Day Lilies

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HATTIESBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Lots of people grow daylilies, some of them seriously grow them, as do Earl and Barbara Watts.  

"Well I guess I enjoy the beauty every morning when we go out and look at what's blooming today," said Barbara. "I enjoy the people who come by to look at the day lilies, the interaction with the organization that we have, the American Hemerocallis Society and the Hattiesburg Area Daylily Society. So many people say you come for the flower but you stay for the people."  

Barbara Watts and husband Earl grow daylilies. Well, Earl is the one who's supposed to be the one who grows them. 

"Well, I'm the support person," said Barbara. "He thinks I'm his secretary but I have to remind him that I'm not. But there's a lot of record keeping because all of our daylilies are registered with the American Hemerocallis Society."  

Okay. That's the second time Barbara has dropped that name on us; American Hemerocallis Society. What is that?

"Hemerocallis. It means ‘flower for a day,'" added Barbara.

And that is what a daylily is, and where it gets its name. Although there may be scads of blossoms every day for weeks in the garden, each individual bloom only lasts one day. That's it. But it's a long blooming season according to Earl.

"Oh they'll bloom on into the first of August," said Earl. "Some bloom in September. They start blooming in mid-April."  

One of the varieties Earl Watts has developed, that he named Nancy Gail, is a re-bloomer. Some varieties just put on blooms once and that's it. But re-bloomers produce all season long.

"Like Nancy Gail will send up five or six scapes on a plant," added Earl.  

But no matter how many scapes, or stalks of blooms they send up, and for how long during the growing season, still, each blossom lasts only one day. But that makes for an entirely different flowerbed every morning for folks like Earl and Barbara Watts who grow daylilies.

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