A terrific outdoor plant to compliment Orchids are Daylilies. We visited Hardy Daylily Gardens in Connecticut and here is our review.
Hardy Daylily Garden is a beautiful garden set in the northwest corner of Connecticut. The owner and staff are polite, generous, and friendly. We purchased some field grown Daylilies and they were all terrific plants. In fact we couldn't believe how large the plants were for a northern garden.
This is kind of a husband and wife small business. When they could they would greet people as they came in the garden. They showed them around and answered questions. They were very helpful.
They have lots of Daylily varieties as well as some Hosta. The gardens are located in front of and behind their house.
This is not a large scale grower with tons of each variety. It is a garden with lots of varieties. I would not recommend toting a list of Daylilies into the garden to seek out as they are not set up like a mail order garden. They are set up as a garden one can browse through in person and be pleasantly surprised to discover many beautiful plants. Some would be named varieties from other growers, some will be their own varieties, and others will be their own seedlings.
This post is to give you a jump start on growing your first Orchids. To me, the perfect start to growing Orchids would be to get the items below. This should all come to around $100-150 and you'll be all set to go!
2009 Pacific Orchid Exposition in San Francisco CA
If you have not been before, this is the year not to miss the Pacific Orchid Exposition in San Francisco CA. It takes place March 5-8, 2009 at Fort Mason. With the huge number of Orchid displays, tables with Orchids for sale, and green theme, it is sure to be great this year. Here is more information.
Here are two of my favorite Orchid items to give as gifts for the holidays. One is a plant, and the other is an Orchid book. These orchid plants and books are ideal to give as gifts to your closest loved ones and friends.
The Orchid Starter collection from Carter and Holmes is great for the Orchid hobby grower or brand new Orchid grower. This collection has an assortment of Orchids which are easy to grow. They are various sizes with at least one in bud. This collection includes care and repotting instructions. And, fertilizer is included! What a great deal.
Understanding Orchids is a terrific, very practical book to give as a gift. This is a good book for the new or experienced Orchid grower.