What’s up in the garden? This week it’s daylilies. The daylily is one of the most aptly named flowers in the garden. Its scientific name, hemerocallis, means beautiful for a day in Greek, and each blossom lives up to its name by blooming only for one day. In spite of this, daylilies provide color in the garden for up to three or four weeks because there are many blossoms in a clump.
Daylilies are a favorite garden flower because they require little care, can withstand both drought and cold, and are pest resistant. They are related to hostas, which are also blooming now and found in abundance in our garden.
Lilies are mentioned in the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments. Some Bible scholars believe that the biblical lily was the scarlet martagon because of its brilliant color, its ability to thrive among thorny shrubs, and its prolific growth. Other scholars believe that the word lily in the Bible is more generic, meaning any flower with a trumpet-like shape. We don’t have to know the truth in order to appreciate these beautiful flowers. Come stop by the prayer garden dedication any day and “consider the lilies of the field, how they grow.” (Matthew 6:28)