Rural Missouri - June 2015 - (Page 3)

CONTENTS Volume 67 | JUNE 2015 | Number 6 20 12 16 8 Harvesting hope IN EVERY ISSUE Inmates team up with gardeners to grow their own food 12 Bridging the digital divide 4 Cooperation 5 Perspectives 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 L 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 10 Notes 16 Eats 24 Recipes 28 Outdoors 30 Access to broadband separates the haves from the have-nots Events 36 Neighbors 38 Just4Kids 39 Landscapes 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 or by phone at 573-218-8081. Follow the business on Facebook at Daylilies of the Valley or visit RURALMISSOURI.COOP | JUNE 2015 3 http://www.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

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Rural Missouri - June 2015