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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Putrajaya Floria 2011 Part 4 - Dream Lilies at the Temperate Garden

It was like a dream come true the moment I stepped into the Temperate and Highlands Section of the Growers Garden at Floria 2011. I am really delighted to see these exquisitely gorgeous blooms of daylilies, my favourite flower.

“Putrajaya Floria 2011 Part 4 - Dream Lilies at the Temperate Garden”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ on July 12th, 2011.

This is the moment that I have been waiting for - to be greeted by so many gorgeous daylilies!

Last year I only get to see them in floral arrangements and bouquets, but this year, there is a whole garden filled with these lovely lilies. These are real ones where I could touch the leaves, feel the silky-smooth petals and bask in their fragrance. As I know, daylily is an ingredient in the Romance range of Ralph Lauren perfumes.

To me, this looks like a garden of Eden.

Now, I shall enjoy the moment, no matter how brief, to have, to hold;
and to delight in Mother Nature's wonderful creations.

Looking at them, I feel like I am on top of the world.
I'm quite sure that such gorgeous flowers are beautiful gifts bestowed by heaven
upon humans and other creatures on earth. 

In the hot and humid lowlands, we can't get them to bloom. I have only seen the orange and yellow daylilies in the cooler places like Genting Highlands. Have they been specially flown in? Well, at least that's what the florists always tell us and they charge exorbitant prices.

This looks like the ones we use as dried flower buds for cooking, i.e. the golden needle flower.

Scientific name: Hemerocallis hybrids/cultivars
Common name: Daylily
Malay name: Bunga Lili
Subfamily: Hemerocallidaceae
Family: Xanthorrhoeceae

The plant originated from East Asia (China, Japan, Korea) but nowadays there are many ornamental varieties and cultivars from America.

The name Hemerocallis comes from the Greek words 'hÄ“mera' for "day" and 'kalos' meaning "beautiful" (Wikipedia).

A daylily only blooms for a single day. 

What's your favourite colour?
My favourite is the white and pink.

If in the morning, we are enchanted with the fragrance of the daylilies, at night we will surely be captivated by the extremely fragrant blooms of the "pokok sundal malam", Polianthes tuberosa.


  1. What a spectacular display. You could have spent all day looking through them all.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. Thank you for all the beautiful photos of gorgeous daylilies! I like all types of lilies but daylilies are my favorite :) I need to investigate daylilies that grow well in containers and Florida!

  3. My favorite lily color (this year changes) is burgundy. Your photos are lovely, and you must have had a great time enmeshed in these beautiful blooms.

  4. Autumn Belle, Nice seeing all the photos of lilies. Lots of great colors. The day lilies I hybridized four years ago are going to start blooming in a couple of days. It will be wonderful to see what I "created". And I can not wait to show the world the newest day lilies. Jack

  5. I envy you for having such an amazing day! Your photos are very well composed and impart to us your delight. Which part of Malaysia are producing them, the Cameroon highlands? BTW, i wonder of the daylilies are also those called Asiatic lilies.

  6. Oh wow! The lily photos are fantastic. I haven't gotten my lilies to bloom either, also so hot and humid here. I had hoped that the rains would cause them to bloom, but alas... :(
    I just realized how much more aware I am now of the plants in our surroundings. I don't recall lilies when I was in Genting but that is likely because I was not as into plants then.

  7. Wow! What a wondrous show of colors! These photos are very uplifting indeed. We have several varities in our garden, but none as spectacular as these.

  8. Sunray,
    We don't get to see daylilies everyday, so this picture collection shall be my eye candy to today, tomorrow and the day after and after... lol.

    Theanne and Baron,
    I wish you luck in your quest. I bet you can grow them in cool Florida.

    Sage Butterfly,
    Thanks for telling me about the burgundy colour. I think it is very unique, hence will definitely look out for it.

    Jack, you can do hybridisation? Wow! I'll hop over to Gardens at Waters East to view your masterpiece. This is so exciting!

    Andrea, thank you very much for the nice compliments. That made my head swell, hehe! I don't know if these kinds of daylilies can be grown in Malaysia as I have only seen the plain yellow and orange ones. The florists always tell me they are imported. You are right with the Asiatic Lilies.

    Bom, I share the same feeling with you. If you come to Malaysia again, I would recommend Cameron Highlands for flowers. They have temperate as well as exotic, bizzare and rainforest type.

    Redneckrosarian, this season of summer in the northern hemisphere is the best time for me to visit garden blogs where I can feast on the daylilies. You people have so many many pictures!

  9. The profusion of lilies reminds me of mid-spring when the tulips are abloom. Both are just breath-taking.


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