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Tuesday October 12th 2010, 10:47 pm
Filed under: Life,My Garden

I was coming home from a meeting tonight when I saw it, the second night in a row that I have, from the same stem: a daylily. After nine pm.

A well-established daylily cluster can produce hundreds of blossoms to make up for how very short the life of each. This plant was just over a year old, planted when the street was redone and re-landscaped; it’s a young one.

It was shooting its one long stem stretched out far to the side and up, as if it were reaching with all its might, up towards the streetlight, which seemed to spotlight it directly. Daylily flowers typically falter and shrivel at the first hint of dusk (and this is October!), but it must have found what it needed, the streetlight must somehow have produced enough energy to light the dark away: the yellow flower was in full bloom and full color in spite of the night. It was very striking.

I got home, marveling over that, to where my husband was watching the BBC news live.  Where the third trapped miner in Chile, after 69 days underground, walked out of the rescue capsule and into the arms of his wife and the whole wide waiting world, in night lit up like the day.

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#11 just came up. 1/3 are rescued!

Comment by Channon 10.13.10 @ 6:03 am

When the news first said that these miners would be there until December, I was really concerned. I am so relieved that they are being rescued now and that they seem to be physically healthy. This has been such an ordeal and now such a relief. 13 so far.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 10.13.10 @ 7:57 am

14 out, the last I heard.

Comment by Don Meyer 10.13.10 @ 9:21 am

Thanks for reminding me of flowers. Time for the amaryllis to come inside for the winter.

Comment by RobinM 10.13.10 @ 2:50 pm

The wild orange day lilies that grow around here are a wonderful source of food in the spring. They taste great steamed or frittered. In Chinese cuisine they are dried for use in cooking. :-}

Comment by Diana Troldahl 10.13.10 @ 5:19 pm

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