ATP’s Gleni, who had multiple beauties blooming during our winter season, kindly checked out how daylilies might fare when they are used to make floral arrangements, and how to ensure they last and bloom for a long time. You may be surprised. Here is what he found (and he will share in the acorns for this article because he really made it all happen)! Thanks, Glen!
Day 1: He cut a near-blooming scape of Double Rosedale, some coleus, asparagus leaves, and even a small pumpkin. He mixed in 1 Tablespoon of sugar and 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice to feed the foliage. Florist's cut-flower extenders can be substituted. He refreshed the water and feeding mixture every other day, to keep them going strong.
Day 2: What a beautiful bloom! The coleus unfortunately wilted and was removed, but that is a great way to experiment and learn about the other greenery in your garden that might complement daylilies and work in arrangements.
Day 3: A second bud has opened. Some of the leaves are losing their color, so they will be replaced.
Day 6: A third bud makes its appearance! Fresh greenery is brought in to liven up the arrangement (shots of before and after re-arranging with new greenery).
Day 9: The fourth and final bud from this single scape decided to bloom as well (front and side shots).
Now that you've seen how long a stunning scape can last and bloom, just imagine if you had included multiple scapes, buds, and even multiple colors and daylily flower forms. Well, you don't have to imagine, as others have already been doing this kind of daylily flower arranging. (All photos used are public domain or by permission.)
And, you don't even need any fancy vases to enjoy your cut flowers. Feel free to get creative and look around for novel containers (tumbler, glass bowl, small old tin watering can, etc.).
There is so much to see and explore in the area of daylily flower arranging. The only limit is imagination and experimentation! We'd love to see photos in the forum threads or database from ATP-ers who give it a try!