Olallie Daylillies for Beauty, and Blueberries

  • Post published:07/14/2022
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Me and Chris Darrow in the Olallie Daylily Gardens

In 1988 my friend  BJ said we  should visit the Olallie Daylily Gardens. I’d get a great story for my column. We met Chris Darrow, who tended the ever growing fields of flowers.  The first of these daylilies were sent to Vermont by Dr. George M Darrow, a geneticist who worked for the USDA as a breeder for small fruits, blueberries, strawberries and more in Maryland.  He wanted to share these daylilies with the rest of his family in Vermont. He explained that Olallie is a west coast native American name which translates loosely to Place Where Berries Are Found, providing a name for what became a great collection of daylilies.

Yellow Daylily – none of my daylilies have names anymore – alas

I bought many Olallie daylilies, but when we left Heath I only took a few.  Even so, I enjoy this daylily from my kitchen window and it might be an Olallie, but maybe not, as I have lost all the name tags. No matter. Over the past 6 years I have added many daylilies to my ever growing gardens.

Pink daylily with ruffles

This nameless daylily is beautifully delicate in every way.

Flaming energetic daylilies

Flaming beauty with lots of extra petals.

More and more pink ruffles. These ladies are eager to  bloom.
A single creamy daffodil with little ruffles
This frilly blossom is being visited – a bug!
Daylillies flaming in the evening sun

I’ve given you a small taste of my  daylilies, but Chris Darrow has hundreds of more beautiful daylilies. A visit on a beautiful day is lovely. I hope you have a chance to visit.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Beth@PlantPostings

    Love the daylilies! Ours are blooming with abandon currently, too. 🙂

  2. Pat

    Beth – I love those daylilies. So many colors!

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