Photo by Frank Prager
Judy Clark next to her daylily bed formed in the shape of a cross.
Judy Clark is no newcomer to flowers.
She has loved flowers ever since she was a little girl. The Moro resident has used her lifelong love of flowers and her experience in gardening to turn the yard at her house into a wonderland of daylilies.
Clark returned to the area last year from Louisiana and lives in Moro with her husband, the Rev. Stan Clark. During the process of moving here, she brought with her all of the flowers now decorating the landscape around her home. With hundreds of varieties of daylilies, it is truly a paradise of floral color and texture.
She notes while she has always enjoyed flowers in general, daylilies are her favorites. She grows more than 500 varieties and notes there are more than 80,000 varieties of the flower around the world. The shapes, patterns and colors of the plant bring a vibrant variety to the flowerbeds around her house.
Clark belongs to several daylily organizations, including the Southwestern Illinois Hemerocallis Society and the National Daylily Society. Daylily is the common name for the plant genus hemerocallis, which means “Beauty For A Day.” Clark said each variety of daylily is unique and points out the many patterns, colors, shapes and sizes of the daylilies in her yard.
An expert on the flower, she notes how easy daylilies are to grow.
“They can be planted anytime from April 1 until the beginning of October,” she said.
With the many kinds of daylilies in her yard, she said once they start blooming, there is color in the yard throughout the summer. She points out that the varieties are carefully cultivated and named so when you purchase daylilies, you always know exactly what the flower will look like. The plants are generally named by the hybridizer with the names reflecting specific meanings.
The highlight of Clark’s yard is the cross she has landscaped with a multitude of daylily varieties, all with biblical names.
“The purpose of the cross is to tell the story,” she said. The varieties planted in the cross include names like Forever Redeemed, Forgiven, Crimson Flood and Shadow Of The King. The cross is bordered with stones Clark also brought from Louisiana. It is clearly visible from the road and presents a stunning display of color as you pass her house.
Daylilies adorn most of both her front and back yards. Clark has other groups of daylilies in addition to those in the cross. One group represents members of her family with names like The Reverend and Judy Judy. In her back yard, she is landscaping another daylily bed that’s shaped like the state of Louisiana and contains varieties named for things in the state like Red Beans and Rice and Cajun Collaboration. Strolling throughout her property, you are taken by the wondrous variety of flowers surrounding you. Clark says she spends about 20 hours a week tending the plants.
Personal interests and hobbies can be used to not only enhance the beauty of one’s own life but to share that beauty with friends and neighbors. The splendor of Judy Clark’s flower beds brings the color and vibrancy of these wonderful plants to everyone in the community.