Each Spring my neighbor and I have a little competition over whose daylilies will bloom first. I do plenty of trash-talking, bragging and all those things to taunt my gardener friend. Each Spring he wins. He has this wonderful well-established patch of tetraploid daylilies on a protected southern hillside and they bloom before anything in my gardens.
Last year I was so devastated my yet another defeat that, as I stood there admiring (to myself) his earliest bloomer, I declared that we were only counting common roadside daylilies for the competition. Not true, but I needed a second chance. Of course, his common roadside daylilies bloomed before mine also.
This year, victory is going to be mine!
Unless the deer eat them.