The chores are done, it is just after eight thirty in the morning, the sun is shining, and the temperatures are forecast to hit the nineties by noon. After writing two posts about the daylilies growing in the garden here and mentioning a favorite local nursery,Sunshine Hollow,
it was realized that we had better get out there or the bloom season will be done before we have a chance to add to the collection. I love the drive through the hilly countryside to get there as much as arriving at the destination, well almost as much. There are native wildflowers blooming along the side of the road. Orange butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa
, grows in the Faire Garden also, but mine is a little lighter in color than the wild one shown above.
We have Queen Anne’s Lace, Daucus carota
, also, but have been pulling it the last couple of years as space has been more at a premium with the addition of more plants and the existing ones maturing.
This does not grow in my garden, a little too weedy, but the blue chicory, Cichorium intybus
, flowers are some of the prettiest of the roadside wildlings.
The farmer’s have mown the first batch of hay to feed the cows that are plentiful around here. The big dairy, Mayfield is in my town and the milk comes from the local farms.
Here is an unpleasant roadside weed, the infamous kudzu vine, Pueraria montana var. lobata. It covers every surface and would cover the road too if the cars driving on it didn’t break off the stems. Look out, it’s reaching for us, step on the gas!
We know we’re getting close when the farms start showing up with large masses of daylilies. These gardeners know how to showcase the daylilies properly, in a large raised bed in a sunny spot by the road for all to admire as they pass by.
My own collection of daylilies is a sorry lot compared to these healthy plants. More ideas here for the redo at home that will be done this fall of our daylily areas.
Ah, here is the turn. Without the two signs at the two left turns I would drive all the way to Nashville. It always seems longer before the turn than one remembers. Then I worry that something has happened to the sign and I have missed it. But luckily that is not the case today.
Here we go into the farm. The road to the office is over a mile long.
Wait a minute, where are the flowers? Where is the sea of daylilies blooming that should be in this field? Uh, oh. Something is not right here. In fact something was not right at all we found out from the owner, Dave Rhyne. I thought it had something to do with the severe drought we experienced last summer and are still suffering through. But there is a lake here to irrigate the display gardens. Dave explained that the drought has affected the food normally eaten by the many deer that live in the surrounding woods. The electric fence had kept those hungry critters away from the daylilies that are deer candy for ten years. Extreme hunger drove the deer to cross the fence and accept the shock, that was devastating to the daylilies both in the field and in the greenhouses. Many thousands were eaten and a large financial loss has resulted. They are working on a new fencing plan to protect their precious farm, let us wish them the best of luck in the endeavor. In the meantime, the one special daylily that I came to get was sold out. And they were out of the home made butter pecan ice cream, too.
But do not be too sad, for Dave kindly offered to dig some of the special daylily from his hiding place. While I was waiting for him, this display area was right next to where my car was parked. The Doughertys were Tennessee hybridizers who created some amazing flowers. The following are photos taken from this bed while I was waiting for Dave to return with my special one. There were no tags that I could see, so the names are unknown, we only know that they are Dougherty bred. Please enjoy these most exquisite flowers.
I may need this one some day.
I held this one still and wanted to show the size of the bloom with my hand for reference, but Ye Gods, what happened to the skin on my hand? I had been cleaning the bathrooms in preparation for weekend guests and should have worn rubber gloves, it appears. Quick, find some hand cream!
This absolutely needs to be growing in my garden.
Oh, here he comes now.
Holding a bouquet of the daylily Dave Rhyne, bred by his friends the Doughertys, is Dave Rhyne, and by the way it was dug from the field by ….Dave Rhyne.
Back home in a vase.
This flower is so breathtaking, I will cherish it always. Many thanks, Dave, for digging it. It has been planted and watered faithfully. We wish you and your gardens safety from all harm.