Jul 17, 2009

Fields of Daylilies

Left: click image for a larger picture of the fields of daylilies

We paid a visit to a place on Samaria Road known simply as "The Farm," which in summertime serves as a tremendous retail repository of daylilies. Though we have previously visited owner Bill Cook in winters past to purchase Christmas trees, we were alerted to his hundreds of varieties of daylilies by a simple roadside sign: "Daylilies, $4.00 and up."

Walking through the tens of thousands of flowers was like a surreal, trippy dream; I encountered hues and color combinations I never imagined, and we returned home with dozens of plants.

Some of the varieties were pricier, fetching as much as $18 for an intriguing early season lily known as "Blueberry Sundae." Yet most of the plants were quite affordable, especially when you consider the fact that commercial nurseries charge double or more for the same plants.

Cook started the business in 1994 after retiring from his previous career as a teacher at Whitmer High School in Toledo. He spends part of the off-season traveling around the country looking for new varieties to cultivate, and you can find dozens of varieties that he created.

Cook's place is located at 4165 Samaria Road in Lambertville, MI, just west of Secor Road. He opens at 10 am, and he said not to come early because "I am usually eating my breakfast around 9:30 or so."


Anonymous said...

Love the photo!

I've seen the ubiquitous purple and white signs around town for a few years now, but have never made the drive up to see the place.

Partly because I'm not quite ready to jump in to creating the flower beds I've been planning in my head. But also because I wasn't sure if the offer of bargain priced daylilies was "too good to be true."

After reading your positive review, I think I'll head over there...when I'm finally ready to undertake the task of transforming my bare suburban yard into a flowering paradise. :)

historymike said...

Thanks for the photo kudos, Anonymous.

One of the cool features of daylilies is the relative ease with which they can be transplanted. Thus, you could spend $20 or $30 this summer on some quick color, while knowing that you can relocate the plants when you figure out the master plan.

Anonymous said...

this is young bill aka will..i would like to thank u for ur positive page about us.that realy means alot. im goin to college to find away to create a web site so i can get are business online for everyone to order plants on the time they might have to spare.once again thanks. also we have alot new plants now so u might want to see tham. sincerely william james cook II