These handsome daylilies were planted many years ago among the pachysandra bordering our raised bed. They’ve not only thrived but multiplied, reappearing faithfully and in greater numbers every summer, delighting us with their rich, contrasting colors.

Daylilies are so-called because the flowers typically last only twenty-four hours, opening early in the morning and withering that very night, usually to be replaced the next day by another on the same stalk or “scape.”

That withering, I’ve learned, can start well before nightfall in hot weather. So I shot these early, before the heat of the day could take its toll. The photo was taken on the cool morning of July 14, 2012, at 10:15 am.

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