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Garden

A day for lilies

By JUDY STARK
Published May 5, 2007


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May is peak bloom time for daylilies, which is why the Bay Area Daylily Society has chosen today for its 14th annual show. Hundreds of flowerscapes will be on view from noon to 4 p.m., once judging has been completed. A plant sale begins at 9 a.m. and a talk on growing lilies in Central Florida is at 11 a.m.

The event, which is free, is at Walter Fuller Recreational Center, 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (Note that this is a change from the previously announced location.)

Some of the largest daylily hybridizers in the nation work in the Orlando area, which may surprise those who think of the daylily as a Northern plant. Those hybridizers have developed the "evergreen, " whose foliage stays green all year, making them ideal for the Tampa Bay area and regions to our south. Evergreens slow down in winter and in midsummer's heat, but they need no protection from frost. Bloom season starts in March. Some will rebloom as late as October.

And that name? Daylilies really do bloom for only a single day. But each plant may produce 30 to 50 flowers that open over time, extending the bloom season.

 

[Last modified May 4, 2007, 12:01:40]


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