Jun 30, 2014

 Sand Cast Leaf Workshop at Cypress Gardens
July 26-27  Using real leaves,
collected from Cypress Gardens as molds, learn to make decorative ornaments for your garden. Saturday 1pm to 3 pm  learn to mix a special Portland cement formula and cast 3-4 leaves depending on the size. Sunday 1-3 unmold your leaves and learn to trim and paint them. Large leaves make great bird baths and small leaves make good soap dishes or wall art.  $30 Call 553-0515 to sign up. Limited to 18 students. 5$ off for active volunteers.

Jun 29, 2014

Hypertufa Workshop
Garden Ornament Workshops at Cypress Gardens
 Learn to make garden ornaments with Portland cement at a workshop scheduled at Cypress Garden
July 26-27

The Hypertufa Workshop is Saturday morning 9 A.M to 11:30 A.M. Learn how to make molds and mix tufa cement. Students will make a stepping stone and a flower pot that will end up looking like old tufa stoneware.  Return Sunday 1P.M to unmold your projects and learn concrete carving and finishing techniques. $35. Limited to 15 students. 5$ off for active volunteers.

To sign up or get more info call Loretta 843-553-0515  or    www.cypressgardens.info  or http://cypressgardener.blogspot.com/ for more info .

May 24, 2014

Plant & Daylily Sale June 21

We have over 200 named cultivars of Daylilies for sale. Plus many other unusual plants  Saturday from 9-3 pm. 

May 23, 2014

The Modern Daylily

Not Your Grandmother’s Daylily
By Kathy Woolsey
In the days of my youth there were orange daylilies growing alongside of the small creek I played in. They could also be found in ditches and along fence lines just about anywhere. In some gardens, yellow and double daylilies could be found, but little variety of colors. In Girl Scouts, I became interested in wild edible plants. Daylilies, although not native, were easy to identify, plentiful and very edible.  Daylily buds were a great little trail nibble too. Visit an Asian grocery store today and you will find dried daylily buds often called “golden needles” or “Gum Jum”. Personally I prefer fresh buds sautéed in a little butter; they taste like green beans.
            But a lot has happened since those days of orange daylilies in the summer sun. Plant hybridizers have been busy--very busy. Today’s daylilies are far from the common orange flowers of my youth.  There are now over 70,000 daylily cultivars; colors range from nearly white to deep purple and from pink to deep red. To add to the color explosion of daylilies, new cultivars are rarely solid colors. There are bi-colors, blends, color bands and contrasting edges. The form of the daylily flower has also changed.  Now there are re-curved petals, flat flaring petals, ruffles and curls. Then there is something called chicken fat (not a scientific term) which is thick pale ruffling on the edge of a petal. You can find miniatures for small gardens and giant spider-form flowers with long strap-like petals that are 9 inches across to add drama to the garden.  
Now for some technical stuff and a little Greek. Daylilies are not true lilies like Easter lilies. They are members of the Hemerocallis genus. The word Hemerocallis is made from the 2 Greek words: hēmera meaning “day" and kalos meaning "beautiful". The only drawback to daylilies is the fact they only open for one day, but they make up for this flaw by having many flowers. One stem, called a scape, can have over 30 blooms and there are many scapes per plant.
The biggest development in daylily hybridizing in the last decade is extended bloom and re-bloomers. New daylilies listed as extended bloomers open over a longer period of time--usually 16 or more hours. Some will open up in the evening and stay open all the next day. Re-bloomers bloom early to mid-summer and again in the fall. This all adds up to more color in the garden.

The American Hemerocallis Society website is full of information including a data base with some 70,000 cultivars with more added every day. The Society also lists display gardens that are open to the public.  There are 26 display gardens in the Carolinas, and they will be coming into bloom soon. If you really wish to learn more about daylilies you will be glad to know we have a Lowcountry Daylily Club. This is a great bunch of folks who are eager to share their knowledge and maybe a few plants as well.