In honor of July 4th....

flootaJuly 4, 2009

As a band director for many years (and a musician most of my life) I've performed 'The Stars and Stripes Forever' or directed it probably somewhere in the thousands of times. So, since we're almost at July 4th, the words to the first line of the chorus section -"Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue" have been running through my mind today.:

First some reds:

Paul York, a great oldie by David K.

WAXEN SPLENDOR by Jack Carpenter:

STEAM HEAT by Bob Schwarz, in front of blue Echinops.

LATE TO THE PARTY by B.J. Crichton, a wonderful crimson:

Karol Emmerich's BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS, just a fabulous plant:

Pat Stamile's BORN TO RUN:

and finally, HAPPY APACHE,which doesn't normally look quite this way but had a weird bloom this week.

Then some whites ( or near whites): Terah George's KEY LIME SPECIAL:


This is really pushing it, but the oldie VANILLA FLUFF has been showing off this week:


a huge Orienpet Lily with blooms the size of both hands put together - extremely fragrant too:

And my favorite white so far this season is FRINGY:

And - really pushing it now, a few "blues."





And finally, the extra cute mini double, BOOGIE WOOGIE BLUES:

Happy July 4th, everyone!

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Absolutely stunning! Every bit as spectacular as watching fireworks! There is no way I could choose even two favorites, so will just leave it at WOW.


    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 2:21AM
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Julia NY(6)

Nice theme Julie. Thanks for sharing.


    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 7:08AM
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Oh! My pick is all the reds. I am fast becoming a red fan. Born to Run and Late to the Party are magnificent. What will the PINKS do without me??

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 7:26AM
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Double wow, another fabulous fireworks show. Thanks for brightening my morning.


    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 7:40AM
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Holy cripers, you have some gorgeous dls!!!!!! What a great idea for a thread!

Of course I love them all, but have been dying to see a pic of Boogie Woogie Blues! LOVE IT!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 7:44AM
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Happy 4th and thanks for posting these awesome pictures!!!


    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 8:09AM
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berrytea4me(Z5 CO)

Happy Independence Day to you too!

I really love the clarity of red in 'Paul York', the cleaness and beautiful edge of 'Fringy', and color combination in 'Dixie Blues'. I'll bet they would be striking planted together for the 4th.

You've really got a wonderful collection.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 9:20AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Great photos for July 4th.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 12:12PM
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Waitforspring(6 MA)

Wonderful way to start celebrating the 4th. Gorgeous daylilies.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 12:54PM
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shive(6b TN)

I love every red, white and blue on here! Great daylily salute to the holiday!


    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 12:58PM
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jan53_2008(8a/Sugar Land, TX)

Thanks....a great follow-up to the actual fireworks shows this weekend! This show just last longer!! Happy 4th and as the Mom of a music major, I have heard that song a hundred times in concerts and exhibitions, and I still love it and love to hear it performed! I still get chills when I hear it, and did just that last night when it was part of the fireworks display! jan G.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 1:25PM
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Thanks for the daylily fireworks! All wonderful but the pic BLUE HIPPO really grabbed me.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 3:29PM
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sharons2(z3-4 ID)

I really like Blood, Sweat and Tears; Indigo Bunting; Dixie Blues; and Boogie Woogie Blues.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 4:03PM
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Beautiful daylilies! I love the purples the best but they are all nice.


    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 6:41PM
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