I’m still recovering. It was all kind of confusing and a bit overwhelming to go to the local daylily farm, Soules Garden and see all the daylilies in bloom. My youngest sister went, too, and was only able to speak in short sentences. “I like this one.” “Check out that one”. “Oh, I want to get that one”.
After awhile, it was hard to keep track of which ones were which ones. We were both more attracted to the purply-pink mauve colored dayliles than to the orange and yellow ones.
I could not even begin to tell you the name of the daylily to the right above. It was one of hundreds in bloom today, just one of many that my sister said she liked.
Here’s one of the fields of daylilies in bloom. See what I mean? It sure can get confusing fast if you aren’t sure of what you are looking for.
Many may find it unbelievable, but we didn’t buy any daylilies today. But do not be alarmed! We have a plan, of sorts.
My advice to myself and to my sister was that we should not buy bare-rooted, freshly dug daylilies unless we had flower beds at home already prepared and ready for planting. Plus, since neither one of us is likely to end up with dozens and dozens of varieties of daylilies, we should be more selective and take our time to browse through their catalog which, although it doesn’t have pictures, has good descriptions and more importantly, the prices.
Out in the fields you can look all day and see dozens of daylilies that you want, but then you have to look at the catalog for prices and description and you might find you’ve fallen in love with either a very expensive daylily or a daylily that they aren’t selling yet. I told her it would be better to look at the catalog and pick out early, mid, and late season blooming daylilies, in a price range that your budget can handle, then submit an order.
Plus, by waiting, my sister could also get a new flower bed dug up before she had a pile of bare-rooted daylilies begging to be planted.
And here’s another idea. We can make sure to each get different varieties so that in a few years we can share divisions with each other. Yes, that’s what we’ll do and I bet we can get my older sister to go in on that deal!
Listen to me being all sensible and level-headed while I was surrounded by hundreds of different dayliles in bloom. And in the same place where I went last year and lost my head, so to speak, over miniature gardens, just by seeing a miniature garden they have.
Oh, did I mention they also have hostas? Lots and lots of hostas! My brother-in-law who loves hostas, “the bigger the better”, went along, too. His comment, “you’ve brought me to heaven on earth”.
He ended up buying two new hostas because he had a newly dug up bed for hostas, ready to plant. I guess it will be up to my sister to ask him why he spent time digging up his new hosta bed and not a daylily bed for her.
And me? Well, I didn’t leave empty handed. I bought another new hosta, Hosta ‘Tortifrons’, for my miniature garden, because it will get up to seven inches tall, and I needed it to add some height to the little garden. And I decided to go back again on Sunday, after I’ve had a chance to study their catalog, to see some of my daylily selections blooming. Then I’ll figure out where I can plant them in my garden and place an order to be picked up later next week.
I really am being quite practical about these daylilies!