So here we go again with Daylilies. I now have a growing collection. My strawberry bed is on it’s way out as it transforms into daylilies. Little red berries are finally appearing as if in protest. There is a new clam shell shaped daylily bed out back. Inspirations have come from viewing the picturesque local daylily farms; Davis Brook, Dhabi’s, Florediem. I’ve come to the conclusion that daylilies can be beautiful in a bed all on their own even without other plants.
I kept the daylilies about 4 feet apart when planting so new ones could go in between. Arranging the daylilies now will make things so much easier, keeping in mind the heights, colors and bloom times.
Our latest day trip was to Olallie Daylily Farm in Vermont.
There is something to be said about walking among daylilies. Priceless.
My search this day was focused on August blooming daylilies that would compliment those bold red and orange ones I’ve already planted. Armed with scrap paper and catalog, we took our time checking the many numbered garden beds, revisiting our favorites.
Many of those were yellow tagged, which meant they were being held for growing. Some of the other ones we liked were mostly gone by, so I didn’t consider getting any of those now.
I couldn’t help but notice beautiful Amaranth plants that stood out amongst the daylilies. Though it’s an annual, Chris said it had reseeded itself. I’m putting that on my next year’s seed list.
There were shady spots to relax while contemplating selections and enjoying the expanse of colorful flowers. We flipped through the beautiful catalog trying to find the names I had jotted down.
So now they sit in a bucket of water, waiting for me to pot them or plant them directly. We are into August, a typically hot humid month, when I try to find time for just sitting under the shade umbrella. Not that I’m finished with daylilies, just making a little promise to myself. If I purchase more daylilies this month, they will be already potted with several scapes and loaded with buds. Lesson learned.