Rural Missouri - June 2015 - (Page 3)
8 Harvesting hope
IN EVERY ISSUE
Inmates team up with gardeners to grow their own food
12 Bridging the digital divide
14 Turners Station Mercantile
It's all in the family for this 126-year-old general store
20 Freedom & food
Missouri veterans continue to serve their country on the farm
22 Missouri's postwar politics
Former Confederates rise to power in state government
ABOUT OUR COVER
ittle did Karen Sherrill know when her mother
gave her a handful of daylily bulbs 14 years ago
that it would lead her into a business she now
calls Daylilies of the Valley.
Based in the southeast Missouri town of Ironton,
Karen's yard blooms bright with colorful daylilies in
nearly every shade or combination of pink, orange, yellow and burgundy. Peak season for the bulbs is June,
with the flowers blooming into mid-August, depending
on the weather. A few, however, rebloom into fall.
Daylilies are perennials, so the beauties will bloom
every year, and they'll gradually multiply, making them
a great floral investment.
Karen's 11 daylily beds, as seen at left, are home to
650 unique varieties of daylilies, although not all bloom
at the same time. Of these varieties, 300 are for sale,
with prices ranging from $5 to $125. A beauty such
as Courts of Vienna, seen on our cover, runs $40. The
Access to broadband separates the haves from the have-nots
cover and photo at left by Heather Berry
state-inspected nursery digs every bulb to order, and
each is sold as double fans (two plants).
The flower gardener also has hybridized 1,500 daylilies, crossing two different varieties to create her own,
one-of-a-kind seedlings, several of which she has registered with the American Hemerocallis Society.
"Daylilies are drought tolerant and will bloom in full
sun or partial shade, so I would say they are the perfect
perennial because they are so hardy," Karen says.
Daylilies of the Valley is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., from the last week of May through
peak season. After peak, call for an appointment. Groups
of 10 or more are welcome by appointment. The nursery
is located at 573 Highway D in Ironton. You may contact
Karen by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at
573-218-8081. Follow the business on Facebook at Daylilies of the Valley or visit tinyurl.com/mqa7b9p.
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