often the phrase is something like ‘not another yellow!’ as if we could have too much of any one color. i do not understand it. i have just heard these kind of phrases too often. and orange is the color of the basic ditch lily. at the risk of ruining a colorful analogy orange daylilies are the red-haired stepchild of the garden. orange and yellow daylilies sure that is nice – now can we move onto something interesting ? that is kind of the traditional reaction in the world of daylilies. it does not seem to hurt marigolds. why anyone would want to limit the riot of colors in the garden well it just confuses me. so let me go out on the edge – how about an orange daylily ? a seedling no less. only a first year bloom that might mature to look otherwise. and despite the groundswell of un-enthusiasm i seem to be trying to build here i actually like it. next year when it blooms i will be looking to see just how it matures. and hopefully at the end of next summer it will be selected for more adventures. only time and my enthusiasm will tell. and now that i have waxed way too extensively. and way too long too. it is time for some visualization. i hope you enjoy that part more than any of this wordy content. two images… and one more gratuitous pun… orange you ready ?