As those of you who know me realize, I am an introverted homebody, so I nearly have to be pulled out of my house and gardens kicking and screaming. Therefore, I hadn't planned to attend the region ten regional being held by the Bluegrass Hemerocallis Society. I had my reasons! After the long spring recovery from my shoulder injury, I could easily justify not going by having so much work to catch up on, by having 45 new baby bantam chicks that I ordered to get restarted with chickens after my fall weasel-hit to care for and by the fact that my garden was in peak bloom and I would miss a couple of days of hybridizing if I went. However, Annette Rice, who is just simply a lovely person and one of my email buddies, contacted me to see if I would be willing to help out during their garden tour on Friday July 4th and I felt like I needed to go, so I said yes. The chance to see John and Annette's garden and the fact that Curt Hanson would be there were big selling points. To complete the package, I received an email from Elizabeth Trotter (BGHS President) letting the membership know that we could pay a nominal fee to attend either of the banquets without attending the full regional event, and Curt Hanson and Dan Hansen were the scheduled speakers for Friday night.
Since I am not a morning person and don't really like traveling, especially when I am sleepy, the only sensible thing was to go to Lexington on the 3rd and get a room for the night so I could get up early and be out to Thoroughbred Daylilies without have to spend a lot of time driving. So on Thursday the 3rd, I got up early, got all my hybridizing done, fed the chickens well and got on the road so I could be at the room by check-in and then spent the rest of the evening with friends in Lexington. On Friday the 4th, I got up early and was at Thoroughbred Daylilies by 8:30 a.m. Annette was busy deadheading and John was getting the tables set up for the lunches. I helped get the tables prepped and then had some time to walk the gardens and take photos, and just drink in the daylilies, before the buses arrived.
It was a perfect day, with cool temperatures and lots of sunshine. John's grow-out beds are very well arranged and his plants are just beautiful. In addition to the many beautiful flowers, most of which are John and Annette's introductions, the foliage and scapes are also beautiful and show a keen eye for fine plant selection. I could write a lot of words to describe it, but a picture is worth a thousand words, after all, so let's just look at some pictures. And please be aware, these pictures were taken with my Galaxy Tab rather than my professional camera, so they aren't the clearest on detail and the bright light blurred out some details too, but they still show the lovely and high quality of the plants and the flowers.