The other day as I was looking at my backyard garden I thought, “I really don’t need any more flowers. I can just move around those I already have, to better spots.”
But I’m a bloomin’ idiot.
Because on Saturday I drove to the Blooming Idiot Daylily Farm south of Tolono. I saw its ad in our newspaper and just couldn't resist.
They advertised daylilies for $5 to $7 each. After I arrived at the farm one of the gardeners told me if you buy three, you get a fourth one free.
So I had to buy eight!
I shelled out $42 altogether. The daylilies filled my trunk, where I left them until early Sunday morning.
I woke early and planted all eight - in my backyard, where I have little sun. I didn’t think I had the room but after pulling up weeds and spiderwort I found strategic spots for each new daylily.
They range in color from light green to lavender to orange, and are of varying heights. And I purchased my first ever double bloom. The young man who dug up my lilies at Blooming Idiot inserted ID tags so I know what’s what.
Blooming Idiot is open alternate weekends; they take their daylilies to the Market at the Square farmers market in Urbana on alternating Saturdays and then are open at their farm the next Saturday.
Of course, there are other daylily farms near C-U. I haven’t received postcards from them yet but plan to visit them soon because I have space in my front yard for daylilies.
One of my favorites is 5 Acres Farm off Route 130, south of Philo: http://www.5acrefarmdaylilies.com/.
I also have shopped at Newbury Daylilies east of Monticello: www.newburydaylilies.com/.
I also spotted on Sunday, on my way to my parents’ home in Westville, yet another daylily farm off the Catlin-Homer road. I couldn’t find a website but The Sidell Reporter wrote:
"Tison’s daylily garden is a sight to behold. Nearly 20 years ago Chuck Tison’s Aunt Jane got him interested in daylilies. Today, Tison describes it as a 'hobby that has run amuck!'”
I could not find online other daylily farms in the C-U area but did find a website for the relatively new Central Illinois Daylily Society. http://www.daylilyeyecandy.org/.
I like its web address: calling day lilies eye candy. Some of them smell wonderful, too. I love them even though they are not native plants and their exquisite blooms last only a day.
There’s something beautiful about that.