The Secret Daylily Farm

July 16th, 2010

About twenty miles (as the crow flies) from my house, there is a daylily farm.  A daylily farm that I did not even know about.  A daylily farm that was like a secret daylily farm.  So I set out with a few friends to unearth this daylily farm so that it would be a secret no longer.

We drove through some pretty country to get there.

And then we saw the daylilies.

Hundreds and hundreds of daylilies…

Thousands of them all dressed up in their prettiest dresses.

This one was called Hawaiian Party Dress.

I don’t remember what this one was called because after encountering Hawaiian Party Dress’ my mind sort of went blank.

But I do know that this is an ‘Asiatic lily’ not be confused with a daylily.  Asiatic lilies will keep their blooms for three or four days while a daylily bloom only lasts for a day.

Did you know that dayliliy blooms only last for a day?

It seems kind of obvious to me at this point, but prior to my visit to the daylily farm, I was under the impression that the name ‘daylily’ was just a name – kind of like ‘Hawaiian Party Dress’ is just a name.  I mean it is not a literal dress is it?

Horticultural is a labyrinth of puzzling factoids.

This is the lady who grows all the daylillies.

After we browsed among her blooms, she offered us pie and lemonade.

We felt it would be impolite to decline.

It was homemade apricot pie.  Made from apricots that she had picked just the day before.

And that was when I decided to move in with this woman and live with her for the rest of my life.

You can find me here. Sitting by her beautiful water garden eating a piece of pie. Watching the daylillies bloom for a single day.

Because someone needs to watch them.

I have decided that it should be me.


  • I guess my daylilies didn’t get the memo. They last at least a few days…when they get to bloom.

    Of course when I looked at the top photo my first thought was “Good grief! That’s a deer’s died-and-gone-to-heaven-smorgasbord!” Damn deer seem to eat all my lilies (asian or day) as soon as those flower buds appear. So give me 5 minutes to grab my bag – I’m coming with you!

    • Kay in KCMo:

      My neighbor’s daylilies didn’t get the memo either; her giant white ones are currently on day four with no hint of withering. Or maybe they’re a different kind of lily. Anyway, they’re gorgeous.

      Those that are pictured are stunning. The Hawaiian Party Dress needs to be home with me.

  • Kait:

    Okay, how dense am I? I did not know they lasted only one day. How sad. Just like butterflies.
    Simply gorgeous country out there.

  • I want to be a daylily gazer. And eat apricot pie and sit by the pond.

  • Lee (sometimes known as Another Lee):

    I am a lily stalker – day, asiatic, mysterious loner around the corner. I have none of my own, but track my neighbors with my camera. I actually had a neighbor the other day not recognize me because I did not have my camera over my face!

  • LucyJoy:

    Oooo! Beautiful! I love all kinds of lilies & did know day lily blossoms only last a day, but they are such prolific bloomers so you don’t really notice. My favorite daylily is one that my great-grandmother grew. When I move, it moves right along with me. It’s been moved 3 times & keeps on growing like a trooper & is blooming like a son-of-a-gun now!

  • Kris:

    Each individual bloom lasts only one day but each stem may have several buds that bloom at different times. That’s why the blooms seem to last — it’s a different bloom each day.

  • The photo of the water garden is stunning!!!!! I want to move in too.

    It’s no wonder the woman has such a huge grin, who couldn’t be happy living in a place like that…….

  • Kay in KCMO:

    Is it safe to assume that the daylily farmer sells her daylilies to nurseries or, dare I say, garden centers? Does one need an “in” to visit the daylily farm?

    Now that I think about it I know nothing about lilies. Do they grow from seeds? bulbs? rhizomes? Are they propagated by hand? Spread on their own? I haven’t a clue, but they are beautiful. My neighbor’s are pure white and huge and I lust after them. I’ve taken about 10 photos of them while trying not to trespass.

  • km:

    Some mean little red beetle ate all my lilies this year. All I ended up with was a single stem with the leaves eaten to the nub. Mean little buggers. I’ll get them.