Floral Friday

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I attempt to walk every morning in all types of weather with one exception. The temperature reading needs to be in double digits (on the Fahrenheit Scale). The current temperature is now 1/2 of a degree. It warmed up a bit from the overnight lows but I pity anyone that needs to go out into this. I miss the balmy days of December in shortsleeves on Christmas Day.

I picked a photo from the middle of summer featuring some of the daylilies that I purchased from Cathy and Gary Johnson’s Daylily Farm at 48 Mason Road, New Ipswich,NH.

Each blossom lasts for only one day by John Poltrack on 500px.com


Color coordinated

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Good morning, less than 2 months till Springtime. I’m sharing a flower photo from August of 2014 taken at Gary and Cathy Johnson’s daylily farm in New Ipswich, NH.

It was a coincidence that I found  a blossom that matched in color to a fancy paint job on an antique car.

Color Coordinated by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Magenta? Mauve? Pink?



Antique Car by John Poltrack on 500px.com
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New Hampshire Daylily, New Ipswich, NH

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The 154th New Ipswich Children’s Fair will be held on August 15th, 2015 at the New Ipswich Congregational Church at 150 Main Street.

I am the co-chair of the Garden Shop and we’ll be offering a variety of flowers, houseplants, perennials for sale at the Fair. All items are donated by local nurseries and individuals. In the remaining weeks I want to feature some of the merchants who have made donations in past years.

This post features photos of the NH Daylily farm.

NH Daylily
NH Daylily is located at 48 Mason Road in New Ipswich. Please call 603-878-2438 if you would like to schedule a tour of the garden.
Gary and Cathy have a wonderful farm, with vegetables, fruit and honey.
Purple Daylily
The daylilies are field grown. You can purchase flowers and Cathy and pick them up later in fall when temperatures are cooler and more conducive for transplanting.
bi-color daylily
A great selection of named varieties are available. However I was too lazy to label these photos.
Purple daylily
This variety impressed me with the size of the flowers, quite unusual.
Daylilys are one of my favorite perennials. They are colorful, easy to grow, pest free and are attractive to butterflies.
Yellow daylily
At the time of the fair most of the daylilies will NOT be in bloom. However we usually have photos for reference,
Orange Daylilies
The farm is a circa 1800 farmhouse, known in the history books as the Davis-Russell House, was a gift to the Johnsons from our dear friend, Bud, when he passed away in 2007. His parents, Al and Gladys Hobbs purchased the property in the late 1950’s. Al had a passion for daylilies. We believe that Al tried to hybridize new lilies but we have found no records of him registering any new lilies.
Troybuilt Rototiller
Schedule a visit, chat with Cathy and Gary. Visit me at the Children’s Fair and pick up some daylilies.

Summer in full bloom

A few years back I purchased some daylilies from NH Daylily a wonderful local nursery located at 48 Mason Rd in New Ipswich, NH. These plants were field grown and were large and vigorous. I planted them on a hillside which was a foolish choice since they were out of view. This year I moved them to a new home and gave them a nice dose of Chicken Gold from Amazing Flower Farm (also a local nursery). I am being rewarded for my efforts by a colorful display of blooms.
Photograph Daylily by John Poltrack on 500px

Photograph Daylily by John Poltrack on 500px

Photograph Daylily by John Poltrack on 500px

Photograph Daylily by John Poltrack on 500px

Photograph Hummingbird Delight by John Poltrack on 500px

Hummingbird Delight by John Poltrack on 500px – Bee Balm (Monarda or Wild Bergamot), easy to grow and a great plant for the hummingbirds.


Alstroemeria and Daylily

When we lived in Connecticut, my sister planted these yellow daylilies. This variety had much heavier and thicker blossoms than many other varieties. It has been many years and they continue to put on a spectacular display each July (this photo was taken in 2014). She has forgotten the variety, so I’ll just call them “Pat’s Pick”.

The other flower is a Alstroemeria  (Peruvian Lily) that I purchased from Mason Hollow Nursery . I was a bit nervous about it’s winter hardiness but it is progressing nicely this May and I expect some nice bloom from June to Frost.

I gave up on lilies after watching my Oriental Lilies being destroyed by lily beetles. The Alstroemeria is unaffected and doesn’t seem to have any pests.