FUN PROJECT: Plant a family or friend garden using daylilies by their names, or as close as possible. My mom is May May, my niece is Catherine Woodbery and so on. It’s a long term project that never fails to amuse visitors. It is also something which can be shared with future generations.
SO…. WHAT’S IN A DAYLILY NAME??
With over 70,000 registered daylilies all having their own unique name, someone must be looking after the farm. The American Hemerocallis Society is the organization which gives the passing nod on daylily names, but not until after they comply with very astringent rules. Here are just a few of the over 25 regulations for daylily plants:
1)Names of plants may not be so similar to existing names as to cause confusion
2)Possessive pronouns can not be added to an existing names for plants
3) The plants names must not exaggerate the merits of a cultivar
4)Cultivar names of Stout Medal Winners can not be used by adding a prefix or suffix
5)Most punctuation marks are not permitted
It seems amazing that with all the rules hybridizers find new names at all. Names are to be short, practical and not cause offense. Some are DREAMY as in Velvet Shadows, Forbidden Desires, A Father’s Love or Affair to Remember. Others are MOUTH WATERING like Black Ice, Moonlight Orchid, Honey Kissed or Silk Mystique. Many names are just plain FUN as in Freudian Slip, Jan’s Blond Moment or Fruit Loops. And then there are WHAT WERE THEY THINKING! Dirty Old Broad, Green Swamp Grass, Stupidville USA, Get R Done, Jazz At The Wool Club and Utopian Irrelevance are just a few.
Each of us is attracted by different names and whether we realize it or not, names often influence us in our purchasing choices. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” W.Shakespeare