Colorful and carefree
The HudsonValley is baking with temperatures in the mid 90°s F. Along the roads are masses of wild flowers including fiery orange daylilies. Growing in between the road and the railway tracks the brightly colored drifts remind me of a painting by Monet.
Although considered a wild flower, the orange daylilies were brought to New York by European settlers, I suppose they needed an adaptable, aggressive grower to survive in their newly cultivated wilderness. Now they are found in a variety of habitats from hot, dry terrain to the shady edges of wetlands.
They are beloved by locals who call them ‘Tiger Lilies’ and have been heard to remark ” Must stop by Boices and get some for my yard” (Boices Farm being a location where the daylilies grow in abundance roadside).
So the daylilies are back in domestic gardens and planted in carefree clumps around mailboxes. In flower beds the clearly defined shape of the daylily and the height (2′ stems, 4″ flowers) adds drama to the seasonal mix of Monarda, Asiatic lilies and Coreopsis.
I believe that Pantone ‘Vibrant Orange’ is one of this years key colors in the design world. In the HudsonValley it is in season every July.