We had the opportunity to take a trip to western New York this summer to visit family. They were having a heat wave while we were there, but it was still cooler than home so called it a win. While were in the area we took the opportunity to visit a few daylily farms and sales.
Our first stop was Conn Hill Daylily Farm. They were having an open garden day, but due to a large family dinner it didn't look like we would be able to visit. The Zetteks were so nice and let us come early. They have a wonderful city lot in the City of Rochester and hybridize their own daylilies. After a wonderful visit they sent us home with four daylilies to try out in Texas (Cobbs Hill Jester, Seneca Moon, ScarlaTet, Dale's Oh My).
The next day we took a day trip to the Finger Lakes. On our way there we stopped at the Finger Lakes Daylily Society plant sale. The bareroot plants they were selling were humongous. We had stopped, planning on getting one or two and ended up purchasing eight from them. They were friendly and invited us to join their club and suggested that we stop by Grace Gardens.
Luckily Grace Gardens was already our next stop. We have had the opportunity to visit this garden in the past and knew that it could take while to get your order since they are all field grown and are dug after you purchase. Since we were on a little bit of a tight schedule, we sent our order ahead, so we just needed to pick them up. We took some time to look around and make sure there wasn't anything else we needed before we headed out for some wine tasting that afternoon.
Our last day in New York we made our last two stops. The first was Cottage Gardens in Medina, NY. This is another garden we have visited in the past. We enjoyed this visit as much as our first. At this point we decided to start having our plants shipped back to Texas so we didn't need to carry too much extra home on the plane. So after a nice visit with Brent, we made our order and headed out.
The final stop on this daylily trip was Park Lane Daylilies. Cathy and her husband were delightful. We enjoyed talking with them and Cathy had a bunch of daylilies she thought we needed. This is where things sort of went off the rails. We left with twenty five daylily plants.
When we got back to my parents we realized that we longer were carrying these plants onto the plane (even with them all bare rooted). So foliage was trimmed, they were wrapped in damp newspaper and packed away into a cardboard box...okay, actually two boxes Then before we headed to airport to go home, we stopped by the USPS and shipped them. Everything arrived safe and sound a few days later and our order from Cottage Gardens arrive a day or two after that. Now we have fifty nine new additions to our daylily garden.
|Some of our new acquisitions re-potted back at home.|