One of the mini flowered group, Jason Salter, a gift from Semi. A couple of years ago it seemed like a good idea to place all the small flowered, definition being blooms less than three inches across, plants together. That way they wouldn’t get lost amongst the larger plants. It has worked out well. The mini bed is at the base of the black garden, a sunny spot easily viewed from the path, better to enjoy the delicate blossoms more closely.
Another mini, this one is Little Fantastic, from
Sunshine Hollow daylily farm, our local treasure. Click
here to see their site.
It is about a half hour’s drive from the house into the mountains and down into the true hollow where this family owned nursery lives. I love going there every year at least once. It was discovered when a newspaper ad was noticed after I had just arrived here from Texas, waiting for the house renovation to begin. The multitude of plants that were brought along had been planted on the newly cleared hill to grow on until the house was done and the beds could be created. Finding this secluded spot was like living a dream. With acres of flowers in a woodland setting and a lunch prepared by the owners with home made ice cream to eat on a covered veranda overlooking the gardens, it was purely heaven. There will always be a fond place in my heart for Sunshine Hollow. They do mail orders.
Another source for many of our daylilies was from my neighbor’s garden. Mae and Mickey live just down our short street and have a magnificent garden. Their daylilies needed dividing and they allowed me to dig pieces from each plant, the names were written on metal stakes that were copied onto the grocery bags as each clump was kept seperate. They gave me twenty five plants that day. The gifts were planted on a newly cleared hill behind the house next door that we had just purchased then, labeled by writing the names on bricks with fingernail polish. It was a good system at first but the polish wore off quickly. I made a map of the names, and have used that for identification since. Shown above is Save Mine, thanks Mae and Mickey.
From Mae and Mickey, Raspberry Rasper. This is one of the first to open after Pardon Me each year.
From Sunshine Hollow, Reality. This is the greenest daylily I have ever seen. Sometimes catalogs show green ones and claim them to be green. Several have the word green in the name. But this one is the real deal. Photos can be deceiving.
From Sunshine Hollow, Tiny Temptress. The smaller flowered plants are easy to locate by the words tiny or little in the name.
Closer Look, from Sunshine Hollow. It has been noted that many of these different named plants are similar to others. In fact, the difference between some of them is not apparent to these eyes. I have another one that blooms later calley Trahlayta that is a dead ringer for Closer Look. The bloom time is different, maybe that is what keeps them from being the same one.
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She and I made some good purchases there and it is nice to have a place so close with the cost of travel getting so expensive. More money to spend on daylilies!
When you buy a daylily at Sunshine Hollow, they have a table with bare root plants sorted by color for you to pick from for free. From the orange table came Free Orange. I have searched their site to see if the correct name can be found, but no luck. It is one of the best ones in my garden.
Sunshine Hollow was the source for Dance Ballerina Dance. The color is melon.
M and M gave us Cartwheel. It is very tall and a good rebloomer.
The purchases are slowing down as the number of daylilies we have is getting ridiculous. But from Champion Daylilies in Knoxville this one was irresistable, All Fired Up.
From M and M is Kabuki.
A gift from Semi for the black garden from Champion is Bela Lugosi. The flowers are huge with good substance on this one.
From Semi’s garden, maybe from Walmart is Rosie Meyer. We are not sure about the name on this one, but call it that anyway.
From M and M, labeled Stella D’oro. We call it Nonstella.
There will be more daylily stories later as we assemble enough shots of the open blooms to make two more posts. Two week intervals should get all the mid season bloomers in together and finally the late bloomers. Hope you enjoyed seeing these as much as we enjoy having them to view in the garden. They are the stars right now, with the variety and fun names, they are like family members.