A beautiful red daylily, possibly a hybrid, located in a small container garden on the balcony of my exurban apartment. The plant is a gift from Elena Scire, a good friend who was a Virginia Master Gardener before she moved to Washington state. For more information about daylilies, visit the American Hemerocallis Society Web site.

There is a relationship between time and some types of plants, such as morning glory, four o’clock, and moonflower. I started growing daylilies as part of an experimental garden that I called the “Botanical Clock Project,” a semi-successful attempt to recreate Linnaeus’ flower clock. Daylily flowers last one day, hence the name “day lily.”

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