As much as I hate to point this out, my last post was on June 23rd of this year. While “of this year” is better than “of [any other] year,” it is a very long time ago by blogging standards. In fact, the reader may be forgiven for assuming that the title of this post refers to the blogger herself. In my own defense,
- I have almost caught up with reading and commenting (somewhat sparsely) on blogs I follow,
- I have ideas for at least three posts,
- I’ve done the drawing for a new painting and transferred it to watercolour paper,
- I’ve cleaned my palette.
I haven’t been idle during this time. Printmaking has continued, resulting in two new editions, including the print shown at the bottom of this post, “Tibetan Blue Poppy #2,” a follow up on the painting in my last post, “The Monocarpic Meconopsis“.
However, apt as the appellation might be, “Late Lily” does not refer to me but to the daylily now blooming in my garden. It is mid-October in Canada, clearly no longer summer, even in Victoria, B.C., the “Lotusland” of Canada*. We do not expect daylilies with numerous buds and a couple of blossoms at this time of year.
This anomalous Hemerocallis goes by the name “Strawberry Candy”. It was hybridized by Patrick Stamile and won a number of awards, including the Stout Medal, awarded by the American Hemerocallis Society. A daylily must win three other highly prized awards before it can even be considered for Stout Medal honours.
*Lotusland – coined by Vancouver Sun writer Allan Fotheringham, Lotusland refers to Homer’s Odyssey, in which the hero, Odysseus, visits a land whose inhabitants are befuddled by a narcotic lotus (the “Land of the Lotus-Eaters”). It sometimes is used to describe all of British Columbia. (Wikipedia, “Nicknames of Vancouver“)