Jack’s Walk

Roadside Lilies, ©voyager, all rights reserved

Wild lilies, ©voyager, all rights reserved

These lilies grow wild in this area and right now is the height of their season. You see them everywhere, lining the roadside, filling the ditches and marking the edges of most every field. I love their bright colour and tall sturdy stems that allow them to sway in the breeze. I’ve tried to cut some to bring home in the past, but they don’t last so now I just admire them where they live.


  1. rq says

    Can you dig them up and plant them? My mum used to do that with wild iris. These are gorgeous!

  2. says

    I love day-lilies and I have them all over the bank of my driveway (mostly to help hold the dirt together) Just dig the roots up, break them apart, and re-plant them. You can also get day-lily roots cheap on ebay. And the damn deer love to eat them.

    Often in Pennsylvania, farmers planted daylilies as ground-cover around barns or ditches. You can often tell where the old farms were by the patches of flowers.

  3. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Have some iris that look like that in the back yard, at the corners of some pavers where a gazebo once stood. The gazebo took a terminal hit when the maple tree it was under dropped a big branch on it during a storm. The maple tree had to be removed before it removed my garage. Now the pavers are in the sun most of the day.
    Three pots of cherry tomatoes are growing on the pavers. Had soe fresh tomatoes with my salad for lunch.

  4. voyager says

    rq @1
    Yes, I have successfully transplanted some to my own garden and they did well for a few years, but then they got some sort of root infection that killed them all plus all of the wild iris nearby.
    Marcus @2
    I’m surprised that deer eat lilies. I always thought they were mildly toxic.

  5. says

    I’m surprised that deer eat lilies. I always thought they were mildly toxic.

    The bastards ate $75 worth of lilies that took hours to plant. I hope they are mildly toxic.

    I have often been puzzled by watching an animal chowing down on a toxic plant. My horse P-nut used to eat hemlock then walk around happily with foam running out his mouth. He loved the stuff -- imagine having to fight a 1500lb blockhead who is pulling away from you “moar poizon kthx”…

  6. chigau (違う) says

    Just across the street from my Mom’s house is another row of houses.
    Past them is the river terrace edge.
    At the bottom of that is the train tracks, on another terrace.
    Then a few more terraces, then the river (where the deers travel).
    All that elevation has never prevented the deers from eating Mom’s tulips, daisies, vinca, morning glories, etc.
    They do not eat the road crush.

  7. jazzlet says

    voyager and Marcus
    Remember just because something may be poisonous to us doesn’t mean it’s poisonous to all other mammals, think of chocolate -- safe for us but very bad for dogs. Having said that I’ve a book that says one way of controlling day lilies is eating them! I’ve no idea if they are poisonous or if it’s that there is more than one plant called day lilies and the book was talking about another kind of day lilies, though they looked like these ones from what I remember.

  8. Ice Swimmer says

    Nerd of Redhead @ 4

    Not fun when falling branches or trees crush buildings.

    On the other hand the story gave me an mental image I’m going to share: There was/is this italo disco artist called Gazebo whose big hit in the 80s was “I Like Chopin” (Not a bad or badly made song, but quite saccharine). So I have this cartoon image of a big maple branch on top of wreckage and from the wreckage, singing:

    Rainy days never say goodbye
    To desire when we are together
    Rainy days growing in your eyes
    Tell me where’s my way

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