I spotted a bunch of flowering daylilies the other morning while out walking, and picked a stalk to take home to photograph later in the day.
It was really lovely, and had one brilliant orange open flower and a few closed buds. Once home I put the stalk into some water, got busy with other stuff and forgot about it. Sadly the flower was dead the next morning, although some of the other buds were starting to open.
I then read up on the daylily and discovered that true to its name, its flower does literally last for only 24 hours. Its scientific name is Hemerocallis, and this translates from the Greek as “beautiful for a day”.
The other flowers opened over the next few days and I was able to take a few photos after all.