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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Weekend of Wonderful Daylilies

What a great weekend! My husband and I spent two days last weekend enjoying wonderful daylilies at two great venues. First, we spent a day in the Hocking Hills at the Lilyfest in Rockbridge, Ohio. This was the sixteenth year for this wonderful festival. Last year was the first year that we attended and we will not miss another one. The grounds of this property consist of three acres of gardens, sculptures, and ponds. The gardens were in full bloom with daylilies everywhere. The masses of daylilies in bloom, in the well designed beds, spread out over this property were breathtaking. My only wish was that there were labels identifying the daylilies. I saw so many that just amazed me. The colors and flower sizes called out to us "take my picture," and that is exactly what we did. We strolled the gardens while listening to music, sipped on lemonade from Annie's Cheesecake, purchased daylilies from Flowers of the Good Earth, one of the many garden related vendors at the festival. We also purchesed a big metal fly from Dave and Tammy Anders. I found a spot for it right away in one of my garden beds. We also purchased a butterfly house from Larry Neff. Yes, a butterfly house! It is a place for butterflies to rest and stay safe from predators. I knew just where I wanted to put it, and it is waiting for the butterflies in my garden bed right now. Well my words can't really describe the beauty of this festival, so here are some of the many pictures we took that day.

My Butterfly House
Oh yes, my garden fly!

The next day, we were off to the Daylily Walk at MarLee Farms in Centerburg, Ohio. A friend of ours, from our Master Gardener Group, and her husband operate this Daylily and Hosta farm. Twice a year, it is open to the public for a Hosta Walk in June, and a Daylily Walk in July. Designer, Asiatic, and Oriental Lilies line the property with many beds scattered throughout. The Millers have more than 600 varieties of hostas and a more daylilies than I could count. There are over two acres of gardens to enjoy and lots of hostas, daylilies, and perennials that you can also purchase. Well, what would a trip to a fantastic daylily haven be without a few souvenir plants to take home. I had fun shopping and enjoyed the walk through the gardens too! A storm was approaching, so we did not write down names of the flowers, but if you would like to know the name of any of them, let me know and I will ask Lee. I know that I will be sharing picture of our new daylilies as they bloom in later posts. Here are a few pictures from our day.

We ended our day with a downpour and a beautiful rainbow over the farm.

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