Red Daylily – A Photo Visit in My Garden

Daylily in Garden
Red Daylily Β© 2010 Bo Mackison

I visit many botanical gardens.

I love botanical gardens, especially the ones where winding, almost secret paths lead from area to area. One minute I’ll be wandering in a rose garden, the next, in an alpine conifer garden, then a trip across a bridge brings me into the magical world of a Japanese Garden. I love all those grand sights, the vistas, the fragrance only a million roses in one garden can offer. But I am one of the lucky ones. I don’t have to go to a garden across town or across the state to get my flower fix for the day.

There are gardens surrounding my home that I lovingly tend.

I don’t live in the country, though a country home has been on my life list for decades. I don’t think it’s going to happen. We are too content in our home on the edge of the city. And after living here for nearly 25 years, the barren lot we purchased has been lovingly transformed into a luscious green space. The trees we planted back then now reach way beyond our roof. The gardens we planted with little bits of plants now mound high in the summer with bouquets of perennials. The rock garden is well established, as is the hosta garden. I have my little space of country here on the edge of the city.

I love tending my flower gardens, but I don’t take photographs as often as I might.

So for the next week or so I will offer a few photographs of my own gardens along with my favorite visiting garden spots.

Today’s flower is the lovely day lily, from a plant I transplanted from my grandfather’s garden in western Illinois more than 20 years ago.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Gandalf says:

    Wonderful. I look forward to seeing your garden through your eyes/lens/eyes (whatever). πŸ™‚

  2. Oh, it’s daylilly time! How beautiful and how lovely that it is 20 years old and has avoided rabbits with your good care.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Amazing, a 20 year old rabbit avoiding flower — whoops, no. You meant the plant! πŸ™‚

      It is a beautiful flower, that’s for sure!

  3. Very pretty! I hope the daylilies we planted this year will last that long!

  4. You are very fortunate to live on the edge of the city and still have bit of land-a space of country for trees and gardens. I look forward to seeing your lovely flowers and flower gardens, Bo. I love the Daylily and this is a beautiful capture!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      You are right, Anna. The best of both worlds. 5 minutes east and I’m in the city, 5 minutes west, all country.

  5. I agree with you and Anna about having the best of both worlds. Living in the country is nice but it takes forever to get anywhere. Nothing is within walking distance.

    I look forward to seeing things that are close to home for you. πŸ™‚

  6. Great photos! Daylilies are a gardener’s friend- they keep blooming, are carefree, and apparently are very photogenic.

  7. Wow, the contrast on this flower is so awesome. I guess the daylilies must be different from stargazer lilies in a way. We have two plants of those stargazers in our front yard; they bloom for like a week and a half and are then gone. So this photograph makes me happy. πŸ™‚

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