start counting

start counting petals.  the usual daylily has 3 sepals in back and 3 petals above those.  a total of six.  now look at this flower.  there are more.  they are not quite regular petals.  if you look close all of the extra petals are attached to the stamens.  and each extra petal is a different size.  the largest one to the left top is almost the size of a regular petal.  and the pollen capsule is tangled in the top edge of that petal.  the next one is just a long slender slice of a petal on the lower right.  and the last one is just a teeny tiny little bit of petal barely bigger than the pollen capsule next to it.  the day before and the day after the flower might be the regular 6 petals.  you just never know what a new day will bring.  surprise.  four images…

10-081 Smoke Scream x Talon

10-081 Smoke Scream x Talon

10-081 Smoke Scream x Talon

10-081 Smoke Scream x Talon

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