Jun 22, 2013

Tiger Lilies - 2013

Today marks the day in which I personally reckon the arrival of summer: the first tiger lily to bloom. This year the first flowers of Hemerocallis fulva (also known as "ditch lily" to more scornful gardeners, for whom the tiger lily is considered invasive) opened on June 22. This is the latest date I have recorded for the annual event, with the earliest opening being June 9 in my backyard. I suspect that the lengthy winter is entirely to blame for the late blossoming, which seems to have put many of my perennial flowers a week or so behind schedule in 2013.