Yesterday, we had a little field trip. An excursion. A roadmance.
We packed a picnic lunch and headed up the 115 to Peterborough (Ontario) to see Daylilies in Bloom here. Gardens Plus was nothing like I expected. It was like entering a cottage garden. It was quaint and lovely, and hot and sunny, and cool and shady. Because it wasn’t just daylilies. It was a banquet of daylilies under the blooming sun, and a picnic of hostas beneath the trellis and trees, with a side of sundry perennials roaming everywhere. It was a feast for the eyes.
Daylilies in Bloom runs the last three weeks in July. Many of the daylilies were at their peak; some were already spent… others girding to rebloom.
The daylily is one of my fave perennials. I’m kinda passionate about it. Why? Because it loves sun. Because, once established, it tolerates a drought condition. Because it produces gorgeous, big blooms on hardy stems. Because I can’t kill it with my sometimes less than green thumb.
I have five varieties of daylily in the back garden. Yesterday, I bought five more for the new frontscape. Well, one is for the Super Techlets, but you can be sure I’ll be getting a clump of it back once it has matured. They get to choose.
Here is what I got ~
Okay. This is the only one I don’t have the name of. Yup. Ended that sentence with a preposition. I like to take grammatical risks. This daylily is a tiny little thing. I’d say the bloom isn’t more than 2 1/2 inches, and it will be low to the ground with a more slender, spiky leaf.
Be still my heart. This is the most delicate of pinks. It has a 7 inch, lightly ruffled bloom and will grow to a height of 24 inches. It’s an early-mid bloomer. If I remember correctly, it’s very fragrant. One of the daylilies I bought was very fragrant. Sadly, I lost my penciled list of notes somewhere between the car door and Pingle’s Farmers Market in Hampton. I was too distracted jumping up and down trying to get Mr. G, honey to take a picture of the horses and the fields across the road with his long lens. You just can’t take me to the country.
Mercy. This was gorgeous in the
flesh petals. 6 inch, shimmering, dark purple blooms with a ruffle. It grows to 26 inches in height and is a mid-season bloomer. I took these blooming stick pictures when I got home, because we were at Gardens Plus at high noon, and it was really bright. Okay. The real reason is that I was too busy oohing here and aahing there to even think of taking a photo. I get tunnel vision sometimes.
This was Mr. G, honey’s choice. It’s called Last Man Standing because it is a late bloomer. We needed a late bloomer in our lives. We could identify. Bi-colored red with peach tones. It’s a 5 inch bloom and grows to a height of 26 inches. It might be the really fragrant bloom. Who can say at this point. No penciled list.
Holy Daylily, Batman! This is a reblooming daylily with a bright, golden orange, 4 inch bloom that will put your eye out. It’s a 20 incher that blooms mid season.
The proprietor gifted me with a couple of roots of Kindly Light (You can see an image here.) Have mercy! I love this spiky bloom.
I know we’re going to be good friends.
I know I will be visiting again.
We finished up our time in Peterborough picnicking at Del Crary Park — a large waterfront park and marina on Little Lake just a skip from downtown.
It was a good excursion day.
Now I have to, you know, work today.