Our first garden walk takes us to a Flower Farm raising many specialty daylilies. Welcome to Wednesday Walks, where I take you on a tour. Many tours will be of gardens, but sometimes we walk the trails of nature. Hope you enjoy the themed posts.
Our garden club went to Gladstone Gardens this past June to purchase daylilies for our plant sale next year, giving buyers a treat with many unusual and beautiful varieties. This farm has a parade of flowers throughout, so let’s take a walk around.
Above, you see one of the barns. This one was featured in the last post on farms.
Many, many beds of daylilies overflow with flowers. I contacted the owner this Spring to purchase daylilies for a client, and she offered me ten sections of daylilies, each having 10 to 12 plants in each section. Each individual, large clump could be split into maybe 4 to 8 healthy starts. That is a lot of plants! It gave me an idea to offer this bounty of specialty daylilies to my garden club for their annual plant sale next year.
The owner has her own hybrids, many of which wholesale at $20 per plant. We got our huge haul of daylilies for $100 total. Pays to work with a wholesaler, no?
The girls dug the daylilies from the production beds shown below. I have been at this wholesaler a few times each year, hence different bloom times in this post.
When we were there, the daylilies were not yet in bloom, shown below in the wide view of part of the property.
Many of the beds have a variety of plants for a riot of color.
The owner of Gladstone Gardens, Christine Weitz, is shown below. This remarkable woman maintains this huge property and business on her own. When we arrived, she was on the riding mower, cutting the grass paths through the property.
The women below are two of our garden club members that were there to dig. The many daylilies went home with the five of us to be planted or potted up for next year’s annual plant sale. I featured this property once before in the post Sun and Daylily Open Garden.
Do any of you belong to such an active garden club?
The gardens on this property are so well maintained. Christine makes her own compost and leaf mold mulch. We had to dig carefully and replace the mulch when we were finished. All the daylilies were stripped of the property’s soil to be placed back in the hole when we were done, as shown by the women above holding the daylilies ready for travel. Note the pretty planting around the pond. This place is beautiful just to visit.
Flowers even grow as a hedgerow around the fields. It is a pollinators paradise.
Our next Wednesday Walk will be another property with a huge number of daylilies. This property is rented out for weddings and you will see why soon. Next post is a Friday feature.