June 17, 2015
(This is part of a 365 project during my 70th years where I write and illustrate a blog on each day’s gift.)
Another seasonal benchmark—the daylilies are here. These tall orange flowers, the kind of perennial plant that grows and grows every year without any special attention, are abundant in our yard. Many we brought back from a friend’s yard in Long Island. She had too many. I always look forward to daylilies because of their beauty and brilliant color. Within each bloom, a bright yellow sun-like center radiates outward to form a bright stripe on each of six petals with delicate red veins weaving through the orange. Nature has formed its own tie-dye color pattern.
Orange sings out to me of vibrant optimism, energetic adventure and passion. It is the color of flames, goldfish, candy corn, navel oranges, clown fish, pumpkins, traffic cones, life rafts, sunsets, carrots, Orioles and some cheeses. With its bold in-your-face/see-me color, they dot the June landscape in this area. Sometimes they dot the plate too when gourmet cooks use the edible petals for garnish and an artistic touch.
In all their glory, however, daylilies offer something other than beauty to some creatures. Today as I was examining a cluster of my orange daylilies, I noticed a delicate spider web with a long-legged spider in the middle, waiting for dinner. It had used this bunch of flowers as anchors for its web. I suppose people are not the only creatures who are drawn to bright orange, but other insects that are drawn to it may become food for the spider.
Depending on one’s perspective, daylilies are either nature’s art or handy support beams.
My gift today is daylilies.
You can find links to my other posts on this project here: