Then, I met Harriet Mooradian, co-founder, with Sally Millman, of the Hudson Mohawk Daylily Society. I told Harriet I enjoyed garden photography and she encouraged me to join the club and enter the annual daylily photo contest. It did not take long before I was deeply involved in the world of daylilies, joining AHS, spending $$$ on daylilies, going to the National in Boston, some Regionals, even becoming the go-to person on daylilies for the Berkshire Botanical Garden, where they developed an AHS Display Garden, combining their collection of old varieties with newer donations from HADS members supplemented by some I procured myself from hybridizers.
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During this time, I also expanded the garden to cover my entire lot. No more lawn for me to mow now, but 250 daylily cultivars, along with increasing numbers of iris, hosta, small trees, containers, you name it. Articles on the garden have been published in Country Gardens and Fine Gardening, yet only a handful of friends know what is behind my house. Meanwhile, dog and exercise walkers stop to tell me how much they enjoy seeing the garden they can see – the one in front of the house.
These pictures were taken during the last three years. The winter of 2016 left us with little snow to protect and water the garden and the rest of the year provided little relief from drought. Thirsty, hungry, deer ate my plants, in spite of many deterrents, leaving few flowers to photograph. But there is always another year, and this one is looking at least a little wetter, so I am looking forward. Enjoy!