We have for years passed by this daylily farm on the way to Myrtle Beach! I kept saying one day I'm going to stop but the excitement of getting to the beach always won out! this would be a special trip just to the farm that is what we would do. It took Chuck saying, "Dolly, I want to take you there". It has to be true love he knows how I like to shop once you get me out of the house. Did he forget? Oh boy, let's go!
The First Thing You Do is Follow This Sign on the Tree
(Did she mean to really park on the grass? That goes against my grain, but we did)
The yellow makes such a good show
These look like "Stellas" as mama used to call them.
'Stella de Oro'
What Fun To Ring The Bell!
Beautiful, Serene, Angel Statue Standing Among The Daylilies
She is so cute!
We're excited and ready to go check out this field of flowers!
Ms. Loretta comes out of the house, yes this is her home property and she was born and raised on it.
She says she married and she and her husband came here to build and live, and have done so for many, many, years!
There is a process to shopping this farm. She has them laid out in rows, like in a grocery store she tells me. You are then handed a list of all the daylilies in the field for you to check off the variety you choose. They are laid out as listed in alphabetical order. She then pulls them for you. She then takes her golf cart complete with bed for hauling and brings them to your car.
She, Ms. Loretta doesn't know my sister does she? Gwen is like Simon Baker on The Mentalist, you know how he just goes off to make himself a cup of tea in a complete stranger's home. Yep, that's my tomboy sister. Off she went and I thought Ms. Loretta, who reminds me of my grandmother Goldie, might have a heart attack, because Gwen is all over the place taking pictures for me and looking. Poor Ms. Loretta is running the golf cart back and forth trying to keep up with her! After a while she calms down and realizes that everything is going to be alright. I, Miss Rule Follower, am getting anxious hot and walk on ahead as well. Before long we three are loading Ms. Loretta's Cart and she is happy about it. We've found a new friend.
Beautiful! You know I love this pink!
Fluorescent Red Orange with Bright Red Halo
All Is Right
Pale Pink with a Deep Green Throat
Chuck kept telling me to watch out for the pipes in the row, guess he forgot pipes in rows are second nature to me, after working the pick your own strawberry field for most of my life!
A pipe row calls me "Here I am Dolly, check me out"!
Gwen and I sure wore our floppy hats!
It is hot out here I'll tell you.
We found some shade to load in, whew!
The sun is blazing down
Even her dog is cooling it underneath the cart
That's one load down I was thinking, and I had a blonde moment because that was all that would fit into the car!
Heading to the car
Ms. Loretta closer view
She is so active!
Loading the car
I am one who grew up with daylilies and took them for granted. Grandparents had them, mama planted them, everybody you knew had them in their older established gardens. So why did I take them for granted? They to me seemed to be the same color and basically they do blend so closely that they do tend to come off that way. But, if you take a closer look you will see such beauty and color variations are certainly there. They come in different shapes and sizes, some more single, some double, some just have so many petals and ruffles too. There is more to a daylily than meets the eye.
Think about it an absolutely beautiful flower, a thing of true beauty that only lasts for one day.
Yes, hence the name daylily. Each bloom is short lived and making the show of it's lifetime!
I have a newfound love for the flower and am glad to be taking some home with me today.
I'll probably be back for the ones I checked off but had no room to take home!
I can't wait to set these out!
Thank you Gwen for going with us and for taking the pretty pictures!
Thank you Chuck for taking us and being so patient while we loaded the car with all it would hold!
Thank you Ms. Loretta!
Goodbye for now, but we'll see you again!
THE DAYLILY FARM HAS CLOSED DOWN, DUE TO ILLNESS.
PLEASE BE IN PRAYER FOR MS. LORETTA & FAMILY.