Tuesday, July 27, 2010

In Which Louise Shows Remarkable Restraint

Isobelle's Lady and I went to Grace Gardens Daylily Farm near Seneca Lake yesterday. We picked a perfect day to do so. The sun was out, but it wasn't blisteringly hot. I don't like the feel of sunscreen at all, even the "greaseless" stuff, so I started out without any. But, I soon went scurrying back to my car to get it, when it became apparent that we were going to spend a good deal of time just ohhhhhing and ahhhhhhing over all of the lovely daylilies.

Daylily season is about two weeks ahead this year, and the early varieties were finished. But, I wanted late ones, to extend the bloom in my yard, and there were literally hundreds to choose from. What to do, what to do? I ended up taking pictures of the possible candidates, and then going to a lovely gazebo that they had on the property to try to pick which ones I really wanted. Here are the ones I ended up with.

Exotic Love - I do like loud, and this one just jumped right out at me.

Emerald Enchantment - I can, however, show restraint at times.

Bittersweet Honey - After sticking my nose in the air and saying that I didn't want any small daylilies, I had to eat my words after I saw this cutie.

Surprisingly Pink - I really liked the delicacy of this one.

Ruffled Dude - Who can resist a dude who wears ruffles?

John Morton - This was my favorite, though. Refined, yet bold at the same time, I love the way the color of the throat is also a tracing around the border.

This is where I showed remarkable restraint because I really wanted to take these two home, also. I can't remember their names, but I will definitely be looking for them next year.

And, if these had somehow found their way into the back of my car, I wouldn't have complained at all.

Now, today, I just have to figure out where I'm going to put them. I think I have it all planned out, and I change my mind, again, and again, and again.


Upupaepops said...

Oh love them all would love a mix up of John Morton and Exotic Love. The contrast and match each other nicely

for sun screeen I like "Neutrogena Ulta Sheer Dry Touch" sunblock It is fine and feels dry on.

Tina said...

Wow what an array of colour and shapes, I really like the little lillies, very pretty.
Have fun planning and planting.

Terry said...

I want them all!! Next year, for sure.

I don't like sunscreen either, but with 330 days a year of sun, it's a must. I do sunscreen on my face, the big hat, and long sleeves all year.

Sharon said...

Exotic Love and John Morton are what I would pick! Geez Louise, you have the BEST taste in flowers! Your gardens will look fantastic! Have fun planning and planting - hope you have room for your great picks!

Roses and Lilacs said...

I like Ruffled Dude, cute name too. Love ruffles on flowers. What fun visiting a daylily breeder. For me, there would be more potential for financial ruin there than in Las Vegas:)

Hate sunblock too. The only thing worse is mosquito spray. Pretty soon I'm going to end up with skin cancer and West Nile disease. Think I'll try the Ultra Sheer Dry Touch mentioned by Upupaepops.

AJ-OAKS said...

Wow, they are beautiful. The choices!! Plant them all! Yes, plant them all!! :)

Canyon Girl said...

I had no idea there were so many varieties. You must have been in heaven!--Inger

IsobelleGoLightly said...

Maybe you could grow some lovely fur and then not need sunblock! Tee hee. My lady likes that Ultra Dry Neutrogena too but it's expensive - hooo - maybe she should grow some fur too. I can't wait to come up and taste - er - see your garden Auntie Louise!

barefootheart said...

Louise, glad to hear you had a very successful outing! Love all your choices, they're all beautiful. It's hard to make up your mind, isn't it?

John Morton is very striking. I see it is one of the Roods' own introductions. I met the Roods a few years ago at an Ontario Daylily Society meeting, but I'm too far away to attend now.