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.
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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.
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.
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.