LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Red Oak House Garden Notes No. 47: The Daylilies Are Waning

Peak daylily bloom here at Red Oak House has passed, and I can’t help but feel a bit wistful about this.

The focus of this past July has been daylilies of all kinds, and not just in my garden. Late in the month, I took in an exhibit of daylily art at Bismarck Art Gallery Associates, where it was delightful to see the creative talents of friends on display.

Later that week, the Region One Daylily Association had its annual gathering in Bismarck/Mandan, an event that the Central Dakota Daylily Association — I’m a member — has been planning for years. I was truly in the presence of some hard-core daylily enthusiasts and it was great fun. (I confess that I bought three new varieties.) I even got to meet Melanie Mason, one of the nation’s premier daylily hybridizers. I own a few of her creations.

Here is a wrap-up of some of my daylily photos since my last blog. Now it is time to focus on canning and freezing vegetables and preparing for autumn garden chores.

I’ve had a few people ask for panoramic shots of my garden, so I shot some video one evening. Here are two links: Starting in the front yard and the backyard.

Later this month (Aug. 21), Red Oak House is on the Bismarck/Mandan garden tours. Sadly, these folks won’t get to see the daylilies, but there is the promise of asters and mums, and the zinnias that have survived the slug slaughter look very nice. Oh well, they can always read this blog.

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