I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.


Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.


I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.
Oake's Daylily Festival Part I

Lissie and I were beyond excited to attend the Oake's Daylily Festival this year.  When we attended last year, there had been flooding and torrential rains and we wound up covered in mud from the squishy ground.  We had thought that given the dry weather this year we would avoid that problem. Nope.  Next year we'll know better. ;o)

And, as many of you know (and are probably experiencing), we are ROASTING here on the east coast.  It was HOT Friday morning.  But, that didn't deter us.  We arrived, got our free daylilies (Miss Tinkerbells for Lissie, Lil and me, and a Sparkling Orange for Beanie) and began touring the grounds.  I could have looked all day they were all so beautiful.  Truly. 

However, given the heat, and the fact we were there with a six year old and a two year old, alas, our visit was only about an hour and a half long.  I snapped as many photos as I could of all the daylilies that caught my (or Liss's) eye.  I find that I'm really drawn to corals, oranges and reds, and also like pink-ish ones.  I'm not as fond of a startling eye zone, and really like blooms that are full and ruffled along the edge, preferring blooms that are about 5"-7".  Here is the first batch of daylilies I loved.

Big Kiss makes me swoon.  So does that price tag. ;o)

Love this one.  Such a gorgeous color.

You know what, I could make comments about all of these guys, but I think I'll just let the flowers and photos speak for themselves. :o)

How sad was I to see this beauty and the one before it weren't for sale?  Not that I'm buying any daylilies right now.  Ha!

This one wasn't a fave, but I thought the ruffled edge that was a different color from the petals was interesting.

I'll post batch two tomorrow. :o)




Jess said...

Big Kiss almost looks like a ruffly daffodil! Very pretty, the price not so much.

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