"I find plant snobberies to be misguided and useless. Except for mine."
Paths of Desire, 2004
An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail visited my garden the other morning and seemed to be especially attracted to the orange daylilies, which have been blooming since about the first of June. The lilies came from my neighbor, who didn't have much use for them and told me to help myself to as many as I wanted.
Not everyone is fond of "ditch lilies." Tell them you planted some, and they will look at you as though you'd taken tractor tires, painted them white, and lined your driveway with them. I'll admit they're gaudy and not for every part of the garden. I have some that are blooming alongside a clump of pastel peach daylilies, and these orange ruffians stick out like Motley Crue at a debutante ball, but in the right place, they work. And if the butterflies like them, I like them!