I’m a week delinquent in posting this, and most of the lilies are likely reduced to shrivelled blooms, but there are probably late bloomers (other than me) at the Canning Daylily Gardens in Canning, Kings County (bet you didn’t see that coming!)
Last week I visited the lily farm, a must-see if you’re a fan of flowers and flitting around Kings County in late July/early August.
I’ve been meaning to get to the lily farm for a couple of years. Finally, on a day I didn’t have school, I headed to the Pereau Road farm to see 1200 cultivars of lilies at their peak bloom. They’re spread out over an acre; at their prime, the acre looks like a large patchwork quilt, sewed with small pathways.
Alas, everything this year has been a few weeks ahead of schedule; I missed the peak bloom period. So I have an excuse to go back next year.
Thankfully, there were still plenty of great flowers to be seen at the farm last Tuesday.
The two farmers, Wayne and Wayne, have created a daylily mecca just outside the quaint town of Canning. If you’re not daylily savvy, then you don’t know there are hundreds of daylilies cultivated, with new varieties coming to the market every year. In their first few years, daylilies can fetch up to $500. The price falls eventually, thankfully, for budget gardeners like me.
Thought you knew daylilies? There are scads of different sizes, shapes, and colours. Just look through some of the pictures below. They barely make a dent in showing how many lilies you can see at the gardens for free.
Yes free. Take advantage of this fabulous farm.
There are lilies for sale on site, with prices starting at $8. I came home with two free ones (hurray!) and can’t wait to see what they’ll turn into next July.
While you’re checking out the beautiful lilies, you can also spot different chickens strutting through the pathways. I can’t remember all the varieties, but there are Seabrights and Silkies, which are the oddest looking chickens! They look like slippers. Or Yeti chickens.
Chickens, according to Little Wayne, are very fashionable these days. He can’t keep the banties in stock! Even city slickers are keen to have chickens.
Come to think of it, I wouldn’t mind some poultry, especially the Silkies. And chickens would keep all the bugs out of the yard. They’re great for pest control. (That’s how the lily farm keeps bugs at bay.)
The Canning Daylily Farm is open June 1st to September 30th from 9 in the morning until 8 at night.
Be sure to stop by and say hi to Big Wayne and Little Wayne! They love to talk about their farm.