On July 20, 2018 several members of the club took a tour of members Kim N, Laura S, and Wendy G’s gardens. There were daylilies of many sizes, shapes, and colors on display. The tour began at Kim’s house. She has a mix of sun and shade, with daylilies arranged in beds throughout the yard. With her over 200 varieties, it was difficult to choose just one favorite, but hers is a variety named “Priscilla’s Rainbow,” found in her Memorial Garden. This is a pink lavender lily with a rainbow halo and green throat. “Evergold,” with a deep gold self, was her first plant, coming from White Flower Farm in Kent, Connecticut.
“Evergold,” from Kim N’s Garden
The next stop was Laura’s garden, and “Fashionista,” her favorite, was on full display for members to enjoy. This is a lavender bi-tone with lighter cream lavender sepals, blue lavender band, large lime green center, and green throat. It was quite stylish.
“Fashionista,” from Laura S’s Garden
The group also saw the daylilies that came from the Ashburnham plant rescue excursion, which are being tracked for color and variety. They will be a great addition to next year’s Plant Sale. Laura mentioned that members could track their own varieties by labeling them and taking photos while in bloom.
Wendy’s garden was highlighted by a sixty-foot-long river of daylilies along her fence. They were artfully arranged by height, and grouped by complementary colors. Her favorite, “Rebel Cause,” has a bright red self with a yellow to green throat. This was purchased, along with 5 other varieties, over 40 years ago from Wild’s mail order company, and they are still in bloom today.
Wendy G’s River of Daylilies
In addition to the many daylilies in each garden, there were interesting ornamentation features. A statue of Hermione takes center stage in Kim’s garden during the summer months. The focal point in Laura’s garden was a large natural rock, which was a good backdrop for “Fashionista.” Wendy’s “Slingshot,” a motorcycle car, added a touch of brightness, and was the centerpiece in her front yard garden. The peaceful water fountain below was tucked into a corner of her backyard garden. It was amazing to see the layout of these different gardens, and the variety of daylilies and other plants showcased by our talented gardeners.
A Backyard Water Fountain in Wendy G’s Garden
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Submitted by Lisa M.