Earlier this week I had the chance to tour a daylily garden known as Bush Gardens II in Headland, Alabama just days before the annual daylily festival scheduled for this Saturday. What a prolific showing of literally thousands of colorful lilies! Literally every flower bed on their property was overflowing with the trumpet shaped beauties.
Daylilies are members of the Hemerocallis family, and the Greek origin is translated “day beautiful”. Often proclaimed as the “perfect perennial” because of their dazzling colors, drought tolerance, and pest resistance, they thrive in full sun or light shade. Each plant produces many buds, therefore, a well established plant clump could bloom for 30-40 days. While they have a relatively short blooming period, rebloomers will bloom twice in a season. The Bushes recommend applying a 15-0-15 granular fertilizer to daylilies around Valentine’s Day followed by an application of ammonium nitrate two weeks after that. Additions to their garden are obtained by going to daylily “auctions” .
The Bush’s daylily garden has practically every hue imaginable – a garden feast for your eyes.
Daylilies enhance a garden when planted in groups in borders or in mass plantings along a fence or walkway.
Lori Jordan and SueMarie Coe explore the abundant daylily blooms at the Bush garden.
These daylilies were given to me years ago by a dear lady, Dot Griffin. She and her husband were were avid daylily gardeners…
ENJOY THE GLORIOUS DAYLILIES AT THEIR PEAK!
Headland Daylily Festival
Bush Garden II and Kirkland Daylilies
Saturday, May 25, 2013
8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
2656 Hwy. 134 West
*Daylilies, ferns, blueberries, farm market venders, honey, irises, door prizes
“Each daylily bloom I see is like a kiss from heaven above.”