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Storm Shelter
makes its appearance at last

I bought a lot (for me) of plants in fall of 2020, including a couple of Jack of Diamonds brunnera, of which a couple of leaves of one plant remains, and this Storm Shelter daylily, which I put with my other ‘fancy’ daylily, Stolen Treasure.[1] When neither the brunnera nor this daylily showed up in 2021, I shrugged my shoulders philosophically and went on with my life.

Sony ILCE-7C, lensbaby sweet 35 (optic swap) 10jul22:09:39 ev +0.3, 1/400s, ISO 100, WB: daylight; slight color correction (trying to lighten that center eye), cropping

As it happens, the fan was generous, and I was able to carefully divide it into two plants, which both did really well this year. I'm pretty impressed. As the lensbaby image, above, shows, this daylily can be said to have a round form.

Whoops, accidentally deleted the original file! Sony ILCE-7C, sony 90mm macro lens 06July22, approx 8am.

My friend Anne S was (iirc) more into the spiders than the eyed daylilies, but I'm all about the drama, so both of the ones I've acquired recently[2] feature eyes, and storm shelter has a particularly dark maroon eye, so dark that I actually lightened it just a tiny bit in the first photo.

Sony ILCE-7C sony 90mm macro lens, 10july22:18:44; f/2.8, ev -0.3, 1/200s, ISO 100 WB: daylight; cropped, lightened, saturation increased

As these side views make clear this cultivar also features a dark, ruffled picotee edge.

Sony ILCE-7C, sony 90mm macro lens, 10jul22 09:41 f/2.8, ev +0.3, ISO 100, 1/250s, WB: daylight; dropped only.

One of the things I love about really fresh blooms is that lovely ‘bloom’ or velvety texture the petals can have, and this picture shows that quality off to perfection.

[1]Yes, I know you're supposed to isolate new plants so they don't spread rust. I think I just stripped off any leaves it had and hoped for the best: it needed to be where it wouldn't get ripped out by accident, a good decision in view of the fact that it failed to bloom the first year.

[2]For a value of ‘recently’ that equals roughly the last decade or so...


[garden] [daylily] [2022]