Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Daylily Fields In Color

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Just in from a morning walk with Karl the Wonder Dog. Encountered a complacent doe deer and three turkeys in the quiet of a sunrise accompanied by the morning songs of warblers I still cannot identify. The temperature hangs at 59 degrees and the humidity continues at 98% as if the instrument is broken because it's been that way for days. There's a serious storm scheduled for tomorrow but today should be ok.

I got to the nursery yesterday morning and began picking flowers right away. Gail was down and out with a cold virus and I had to keep things going. She is so much better than I am at handling multiple garden tasks under pressure but I was possessed to do a good job. Within half an hour the first thunderstorm announced itself over East Montpelier and I headed back to the safety of the office. Some people think they are impervious to lightning strikes but for us, retreat is the norm.

Before the morning showers ended there were thousands of new daylily flowers in bloom in the fields and my task of deadheading before customers arrived seemed impossible. It was. First came the berry pickers--older folks who get out early to a berry patch on Thistle Hill. When they have filled their pails and containers they head home, stopping to see our daylilies. Yesterday was on target and it's always fun to watch other drenched people arrive and leave. Sharing smiles is nice. The raspberry and blueberry picking was especially good yesterday.

There were lots of visitors and customers yesterday but a few drove off in impatience. Today Gail and I will be there most of the day and one helper should arrive around ten. If you get a chance, stop by and walk the fields and enjoy the color. We're happy to answer questions and walk with you if it's not too busy. Late afternoons and early evenings are times I'm happy to schedule a walk. See you then!

Writing from the mountain above Peacham Pond where a noisy lumber truck just passed with a load of logs. Probably heading for a mill in Maine.

George Africa
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1 comment:

anna said...

Hi George - keep those flowers bloomin!