Don't buy those daylilies from a catalog!!

gottagarden(z5 western NY)February 22, 2008

I recommend going to Cottage Gardens Daylily Farm in Medina. I've been going there for a few years now. They have huge FIELDS of daylilies, all nicely labeled, where you can actually SEE what you are getting. When buying, the owner gives you a couple of big, healthy fans on the spot - no waiting, no skimpy, sickly, dried up rhizomes. The best part is running between all the daylilies comparing them to find your absolute favorites. Get your favorite red amongst the 100 or so reds on offer. I did, and I always get comments on "what a beautiful red daylily".

I've been disappointed in the past when ordering from catalogs and when the plant finally blooms it is not the color they showed on their glossy pages. This is especially true as most catalogs lie about their "purples". Come see in person what they really look like.

Their website says:

"Cottage Gardens of Medina, new York, which is located in western New York, midway between Buffalo and Rochester. We are an official American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden and a commercial garden. . . .

We enjoy visitors during the bloom season (usually mid July through August. We are open Wednesdays through Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Other times can be arranged by phoning or emailing us."

Here is a link to a (bad) photo showing some of their fields visible from the road.

PS - I am NOT affiliated with them in any way, but it is a great day out to visit a farm with so many beautiful daylilies all in one place.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cottage Gardens website

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Looks wonderful Brenda! If you decide to take a drive out there this summer, you know, I'll come meet you. We can drool over all the plants together, lol. : )

    Bookmark   February 25, 2008 at 12:59PM
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green_panther(Upstate NY)

That is so true! I live a couple minutes from them and just discovered them last year. They have beautiful daylilies & Japanese Irises (huge full blooms) and even a large assortment of hostas - I got a cute little mini one! Just take a look at my page and there is a link to my garden pics

    Bookmark   February 29, 2008 at 5:43PM
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gail14054(z5 NY)

I've been going to Cottage Gardens for several years. I e-mail Brent and tell him what I want and when I'll be there.

I've never had a problem with any of his plants. Would DEFINITELY recommend him to fellow gardeners.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2009 at 8:18PM
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hilomark(z5 NY)

Thanks for the tip! I went to a daylily farm while on a (gardening) trip to Vermont last year. There really is nothing like seeing them "on the hoof" so to speak...Not only regarding color, but also how long the scapes are and what the foliage is like. It is quite overwhelming to choose among all that is offered, though!

I will keep "Cottage Gardens" in mind when I need a roadtrip! Lois

    Bookmark   July 9, 2009 at 8:37AM
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evelyn9(z5-6 Wst NY)

I took this advice yesterday, and I want to second it! Cottage Gardens was beautiful, Brent and his workers were very helpful and patient. I did not realize that while you are waiting for them to dig out the day lilies you've chosen, you can stroll the display gardens, which are separate from the day lily fields. The bunches of lilies are large and healthy, certainly worth the very reasonable prices. If you're looking for a nice little day trip in the next couple of weeks, go on over there and take a look. Better make sure you've got some extra cash with you - there are over 2000 varieties of day lilies to choose from, and they are all so incredibly beautiful, it is very difficult to limit yourself. I wound up giving myself a few early birthday presents because I just couldn't choose!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 2:59PM
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