"Welcome to Strictly Daylilies"
Strictly Daylilies is owned and run by Paula and Chris Dyason in the village of Histon, just north of Cambridge in the UK.
Paula is American; born in California, but after her parents moved east she grew up in South Carolina, literally surrounded by daylilies. Her mother was an enthusiastic collector with over 200 varieties at their 30-acre homestead, buying new releases every year and passing on her passion to her daughter.
When Paula married Chris, a Brit, in 2008, she moved to England where she wanted to cultivate a typical English country garden but to populate it with daylilies and she set about it without delay.
The garden collection rapidly expanded with daylily plants coming from the US and Europe and it wasn't long before the opportunity to turn a hobby into a business became obvious. In 2012 Strictly Daylilies Ltd was born and early the next year the website striclydaylilies.com went live.
Since then Paula has roped in Chris to help in the daylily business and the number of plants in stock has risen to over 20,000 with over 1,500 varieties. The nursery now has 5 acres of land and the business has become one of the largest growers of daylilies in the UK. Meanwhile Paula has taken up (Chris would say become obsessed with) hybridizing and for the last few years she has been producing 5,000 seedlings each year. To help with her hybridizing work Paula has qualified as an American Hemerocallis Society Garden Judge, the only one outside North America and is a regular attendee at AHS Conventions.