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DAYLILY BUYING TRIP • Southern Rural Route

The North Florida Daylily Society went on a daylily buying trip Saturday, June 10, and I went with them. Initially, I did not plan to go because I don’t do well in the heat but Martha and the cloudy/rainy/cooler weather we have had changed my mind.

Dormant daylilies do not do particularly well in Florida although some of us stubbornly try to grow them. This is where modern technology came in handy. The less stubborn had their cell phones out checking the daylily database of the American Hemerocallis Society which provides much more information on each named daylily than a daylily grower can reasonably furnish.

Our club has about forty members but only sixteen members went on the buying trip. We were disappointed that more members did not join us until we tried to get back on the bus with our newly acquired daylilies. We, uh, discovered we barely had enough room for the daylilies. The bus driver threatened to strap a few of us on the roof for the ride home.

I had a great time with a wonderful group of congenial people. A photo being worth a thousand words, I will let my photos tell the story.

Terri, Karrie and Diane boarding the bus. This is where we went.
From Jacksonville to Jasper, Florida. The buying area. Daylilies were in pots. Entrance to growing area in the back and a large screened porch to escape gnats. Landscaped gardens. That’s Ray in the blue hat. A purple spider daylily. Another landscaped area. Daylilies were everywhere. Blooming today in my gardens.
Hibiscus ‘Spin the Bottle’