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.

By the CSX tracks

By the CSX tracks

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.

Beside a parking lot

Beside a parking lot

A weedy clump

A weedy clump

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).

Lawn border

Lawn border

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.

Colorful flower bed

Colorful flower bed

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.

Hot orange in July

Hot orange in July

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