"Welcome to David's Garden"
Hello all from near Millbrook, which is 75 miles N.E. of Toronto, just 15 minutes north of Lake Ontario. My name is David Retallick and I live a breathe gardening. For the past 30 years I have been reading, experimenting and applying my knowledge to grow and maintain my perennial gardens. I had a great mentor in my Grandmother, who showed me how to grow food in clay soil. She started me on a journey to provide food for my family and appreciate what Mother Nature provides. We have always had to grow food to survive on the farm, I still do, no big fat pension to fall back on. This past summer we were in drought conditions, so the snow on the ground this winter is wonderful to see.
Clay soil provides me a challenge but with added mushroom manure and homemade compost it has provided me the luxury of growing gorgeous daylilies, lilies, hostas, iris, phlox, coneflower, grasses, trees and shrubs. Winters are usually snow covered, minus 30C at times. Summers are wonderful when we get enough rain.
Daylilies came into my life some 20 years ago, just by chance looking through a catalogue on a wintery night. Yes I started with a few plain old style varieties. They grew very well so I ordered more, got on the internet and looked up growers in Ontario and discovered daylilies shipped very well from all across Canada. Then I found out about the Ontario Daylily Society. WOW an organization and all about daylilies - now that was exciting! I was hooked from the very first CAN AM. I joined ODS as well as AHS, had visions of starting my own breeding program, and registered my first daylily in 2005.