Spring News Mid May 2017

It's been a surprisingly cold wet spring, but with little frost. We did get a light dusting of snow May 12. The Daylilies (and Iris) are up and growing well, and we've even seen scapes on some plants, though hidden way down in the foliage.

We are now shipping weekly. Orders received before 5pm on Friday will be shipped the following Monday (unless otherwise requested). 

There is time to get daylilies, plant them and get bloom this year!.

We still have plenty of 2016 Print catalogs available, email me to request one. 

It's been a cool wet Spring and things are going slowly for now. But the daylilies look full and vigorous and so soon I expect to see some bloom.


 

 

 

Recent News

  • Happy New Year Chris Darrow Jan 06, 2017

    Happy New Year, the days are getting longer, each day bit more than the day before all the way to June 21. Theres lots of work going into the website. Updated images, added information on many of the cultivars and of course new cultivars..

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  • Daylilies blooming at the end of September Chris Darrow Sep 29, 2016

    Well we've had some frosts, the Pumpkin and Squash plants are done. But amazingly there are plenty of daylilies still blooming. These will keep going into October, though cold nights will slow opening of the flowers. Once we get there hard killing frost, that will pretty much finish the last of the daylilies.

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  • September 8 2016 Chris Darrow Sep 08, 2016

    The bulk of the daylilies are finished blooming. but there a several dozen very lates still going strong. There is some exciting rebloom as well particularly on From Darkness Comes Light (Huben) a pale yellow with a pigmented scape!

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Featured Flowers

We've photographed a number of our Siberian Iris on paper. Ideally this gives people an opportunity to compare the form and colors. All were photographed the same way and as such should be a pretty good representation of the color. A few of these Iris are now in short supply and so may not be readily available.

 

Papillon, Summer Sky, Blue Charm, Night Breeze, Moon Sprite, Little Tricolor, Heliotrope Bouquet, Ruby Wine, ?, White Swirl

 

 

Butter and Sugar: late June, 26" A color breakthrough. Pale buttery yellow and cream.The yellow buds add to the yellow effect. Creates a great effect en masse. Eye catching and different.  

Blue Charm: mid June, 32" Clear dark blue with hints of purple produces a gorgeous color statement. Fast increaser. Color does not photograph well, trust me this is blue! 

 

Cleve Dodge: mid June, 24" Distinctly wine purple with red shades. This Siberian has large petals and standards and a nice velvety texture. Award Winner.

 

Ego: late June, 26" Rich indigo standards and wide horizontal frilly falls of a lighter blue. This  Morgan Award winner is a show stopper here in our garden. Color is much more intense and deep than can be photographed.

 

Flight Of Butterflies: mid June, 24"  Light blue standards with darker blue veins and a complex white and yellow heart. A miniature with narrow grasslike foliage, and tiny blooms. This has grown well for us so we can't ever seem to grow enough to sell.

Heliotrope Bouquet: mid June 32" A lovely blend of colors, upright lavender standards and falls with a blue heart.  Large flowers with beautifully rounded falls. Showy, unusual and popular. Flat modern form.

 

 Lime Heart: late June, 38" This is the latest blooming of our white Siberians. Beautiful large rounded blooms of pure white with a lime heart.  A real season extender and a must have for all iris growers! Distinct cream colored buds.

Little Tricolor: early June, 34" A combination of lavender wine falls with blue veins and violet red standards and styles This long blooming iris really catches people's attention. Always popular. 

Moon Sprite: late June, 46" Intense deep purple violet blooms grace the top of four-foot scapes. Foliage is tall and thin with a distinct blue green cast. One of the later blooming of the deep purples.

Night Breeze: early june, 40" The intensely dark purple blooms appear high above the foliage. At 40" plus Night Breeze stands out from the crowd. The dramatic effect is enhanced by the thin twisted foliage in a dark green shade.

 Ode To Love: mid June, 34" Large ruffled, rounded white falls are full, like a ballerina's tutu. The standards stretch gracefully across the throat, giving this iris a distinctive look.

 Papillon: early June, 28" Papillon is French for butterfly; the lovely pale blue ones which flutter about in early summer are surely the inspiration for this beauty. White styles over sky blue falls. Flowers appear just over the tips of the foliage.  Wonderfully different color.

Ruby Wine: mid June, 36" An early breakthrough in color. Wine red with white throats. Full and showy. Standards are large and ruffled. A hard color to reproduce in photographs but trust us it is wine-red. 

 Sparkle: mid June, 24" Bright violet lilac with a lavender styles. This iris is shorter than most and its color is different than anything else in our gardens. A great addition to the front of a border. Usually sells out.

 

 

Super Ego: mid June, 28" Incredible color combination. The falls are darker near the center and fade to a pale blue on the outer edges.  Large rounded falls add to the beauty of this Iris.  A favorite here on the farm. Morgan Award Winner. 

 Teal Wood: mid June, 34" Steel blue with a darker center. Falls are rounded and held almost horizontally. The styles lie nearly flat as well. This combination gives this flower a very flat form appearance. Unusual and distinct.

White Swirl: early June, 22" A classic white with narrow cascading falls, upright standards and a large yellow heart. Short and sweet. It's easy to see why this old fashion type iris won the Morgan Award.

 Hybridized here in Vermont, the cultivars featured on this page are all hardy, strong growers and perform well. The farther south they go the earlier they will bloom. 

All these daylilies bloom late June or Early July, just around the time that Stella D'oro blooms. The goal has been to develop a range of colors, and patterns to make the early part of the daylily season more interesting. 

 

1-11: late June, 3" x 40", 14b/scp  Early vigorous red developed by CSD. Great tall growing pony for the beginning of the season!

 

10-13a: A pony sized bloom yellow with heavy red stippling. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20-34-2014: lt June, 4"x 34" 10b/scp A Creamy melon, with a large yellow throat.

 

28-09: Strawberry red with a ruby eyezone and a flat form

 

 

3-09: Pale yellow (looks near white in this image) with a large red purple eyezone

 

 

3-6-25-2015: Pale melon with a small deep maroon eyezone.

 

31-09: early July, 3" x 38" 19 b/scp. Pale gold Melon with a small intense crimson eyezone and strong green throat

 

32-09: (OLALLIE DANI'S GINGER) Dark red with a small red burgundy eyezone.

 

 

34-09: early july 3.5" x 32" 11 b/scp Orange yellow with yellow edging.

 

36-07: early July 5" X 36" 12 b/scp. Straw yellow with a light red eyezone. 

 

 

39-09 (OLALLIE DIANE MARIE)

 

4-11: early July 3" X 38" 18 b/scp. Small red with red buds

 

9-6-25-2015

 

 

CSD Early Red UP A+

 

CSD EZ A

 

CSD Mini Bicolor bed 3

 

CSD mini purple bed 30

 

CSD Deep Red UP

 

 

 Early Red Pink 

 

Potted Perennials Starts 2017

These plants were overwintered here at Olallie, Moved in 4" squares and grown on. Available May 1.

All plants are $4.00 shipped bareroot and wrapped in plastic to retain soil and moisture. Contact us if interested in either shipment or pickup of plants.


 Name             Quantity


Catmint: Nepeta  Add to Cart  : grey green foliage, blue flowers, great in drifts, sunny dry locations 

  

 


 

 

Echinacea tennesseensis Add to cart Narrower foliage, more drought resistant


 

Alpine Foxglove Digitalis lutea : Perennial with tiny pale straw yellow flowers, very cute. Quite hardy here in Vermont.


 

Echinacea purpurea  : Classic Purple Coneflower. Plant in drifts and watch the butterflies come!


 

Campanula punctata hondoensis : Short rhizomatous running plants with flowers of white tubular bells and red tints. We've grown it before and was quite manageable here in Vermont.


 

Aquilegia purple : From plants growing here for years. Consistent purple color and relatively long lived, hardier type?


 

Veronica longifolia pink : Very tall pink spires. From outside seed source. Haven't seen these yet but  V. longifolia is a great plant, big enough to compete well, and the foliage is a glossy green that always looks healthy.


 

Malva alba : White Mallow flowers, very

finely incised foliage. Hardy here in Vermont. This plant pops up here and there here on the farm in Vermont. Grows to 3 feet but tends to sprawl too.


 

Adenaphora : Campanula relative, will naturalize. From and outside source (locally collected). These are typically found growing in cracks of sidewalks and retaining walls.  It meay prefer a drier location. Will seed in I expect.


 

Rose Milkweed : coming....

 

 


 

Baptisia : Add to cart Slow to mature, but strong growing long live plants. From plants growing here for decades.

Beautiful foliage early on, spectacular blooms and interesting brown seed pods. Can flop a bit at the end of the season.

Indestructible.

 

 


 

Iris ensata : Iris ensata mix from Olallie. Japanese Iris from various plants growing here at Olallie in Vermont. There is variation in height and color . Typically blues and purples predominate, but white and  mixed colors can appear too. Soil needs to be on the acidic side.


 

Mentha : Mint. Contact Us


 

Queen Annes Lace : 2nd year for these plants. They are biennials and so will bloom this year. Carrot ancestor, smells like a carrot, and is favorite fodder for Swallowtail Butterflies.


 

Catnip : The classic Cat favorite. From plants here on the farm: Contact Us


 

Campanula trachelium : A vigorous seeder that  pops up everywhere in mixed colors. Very adapable, sun or shade. colors really vary, even on the same plant.


 

Sedum mix : Low growing cascading types, for rockwalls and containers


 

Digitalis obscura : Unusual red flowered perennial from Spain Zone 4. second year growing this plant, have yet to see it bloom. Contact Us.


 

Fragaria RegentLarger fruited Alpine Strawberries, which are non running. Fruit is still quite small compare to store bought commercial varieties.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Perennials


 Amsonia

Astilbe:bed 19

Baptisia

Campanula latifolia x2

Campanula trachelium

Coreopsis tripteris

Filapendula ulmaria

Lobelia silphilitica alba

 

Primula veris

Helenium aromaticum (Pinapples): small yellow globe shaped blossom clusters, fragrant

Rudbeckia triloba

Silphium

Stachys spicata

Tansy

Thalictrum aquilegifolium

Tree Basil ?seeds?

Veronia altissima

Veronia NB

Veronica, Tall Blue: 3 tall and as you can see develops many spikes of flowers


Iris

Iris ensata:  Gekkiken, squat pods, bed 20

Iris ensata: bamboo beds


Aruncus

31-34-2014

37-34-2014

59-34-2014

33-34-2014

51-34-2014

32-34-2014

Aruncus hybrid bed 17 short/med ht

Aruncus med ht, shade edge

Aruncus:Fall Red Stem

Aruncus mixed


Hosta

CSD Big Leaf Hosta (behind Blueberries)

CSD Big Leaf Hosta: wood edge bed 14-18

Blue Angel

Grand Tiara

Low small Hosta (behind Blueberries)

Yellow Splash rim

Williamsville Hosta


 

Cosmos s.

Morning glory 2015

Mustard: purple leafed

Nasturtuim

Nicotiana: BP

Nicotina rustic: tiny flowers

Cosmos 'Sensation Purity' 4 tall with lacy foliage

Cosmos 'Sensation Pink’: 4 tall with lacy foliage

Cosmos 'Daydream’: light pink with a glowing inner deeper pink ring

Double Click Cranberries Cosmos 

Tango Cosmos Cosmos 

Coreopsis tictoria 'Mahogany Midget'

Centratherum intermedium 'Pineapple  Sangria' (Brazilian Button Flower)

Calendula 'Neon’: The petals of these fully double flowers are orange and tipped in burgundy

Isotoma axillaris (Blue Star Creeper): delicate foliage and lavender blue star shaped flowers.

Ipomoea lobata (aka Mina lobata (Spanish Flag aka Firecracker Vine) 10’

 Marigold 'Lemon Gem' Tagetes signata/Tagetes Tenuifolia

Marigold 'Paprika' single red blooms edged in gold.

Marigold 'Red Cherry: Tagetes signata/Tagetes Tenuifolia double mahogany

Marigold 'Harlequin’: red and yellow striped, 2-3’

Marigold 'Crackerjack Mix’:big double flowers in various shades of yellow & orange 30”

Marigold 'Burning Embers' :single red flowers rimmed in gold.  2 tall.

 

Salvia coccinea (Texas/Scarlet Sage): original native American species  2-4’

Tithonia rotundifolia 'Torch’: 5’

Rehmannia elata (Chinese Foxglove): Z7,  3’, runs

State Fair Mix Zinnias 


Misc Online Sources

Wild Arugula aka Sylvetta

Arugula ‘Slow Bolt'

Bean 'Willow Leaf'  pole Lima

Squash 'Tatume' C. pepo: Summer Squash: ‘Calabacita’, native of Meso-America

Squash 'Round Zucchini' (C. pepo)

Lettuce 'Buttercrunch’: Boston/bibb type lettuce

Lettuce 'Lolla Rossa Darkness’:very frilly deep dark red variety.

Lettuce 'New Red Fire’:The leaves are green at the base and rest is a deep red

Lettuce 'Rouge D'Hiver’: Maroon leaved romaine (cos) lettuce is a French heirloom

Pepper'Midnight’: very dk purple, almost  black foliage and upright small cones

Pepper, hot 'Jigsaw’: Beautiful tricolor variegated foliage, purple stems & flowers, small dark purple oval fruit that turn red when ripe.

Perilla frutescens nankinensis laciniata purple (PURPLE SHISO): frilly dark red/purple leaves

Papalo: Summer Cilantro (Porophyllum ruderale) Papalo is in the aster family growing about 5 even even in pots.  it does not bolt. It will not flower or make seeds in short season climates. AKA Papaloquelite and Bolivian Coriander.

Sunflower 'Skyscraper'

Garlic 'Nia~wanda Park'

 

 

 

 

 

Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty OP' (Ornamental Purple Millet)

Papaver somniferum Mix  (Annual Poppies)

Verbena bonariensis (Verbena-on-a-Stick): 2 lilac flower, 36-48 tall thin stems

Zinnia 'Burpeeana Giants Mix’: cactus dahlia type blooms 6, wide range of colors. to 2.

Browallia americana: purple-blue flowers all summer til frost.  2 tall  wonderful airy feel

Snapdragon 'Brighton Rock’: variably colored and striped snapdragon mix.

 


      

 Fedco

Provider Bush Green Beans 

Velour Bush Haricots Verts 

Fortex Pole Beans 

Purple Podded Pole Beans 

Magnificenza OG Muskmelons

Telegraph Improved European Long-Fruited Cucumbers 

Eight Ball Zucchini 

Jackpot Zucchini 

Jade Dragon Bitter Melon 

Table Queen Acorn Winter Squash 

Sweet Dumpling Dumpling 

Sunshine Buttercup/Kabocha Winter Squash 

Baby Blue Hubbard Hubbard Winter Squash

Burpees Butterbush OG Butternut Winter Squash 

New England Pie Pumpkins 

Robin Beets 

Early Wonder Tall Top Beets 

Red Ace OG Beets 

Champion Summer Radishes 

Cheriette Summer Radishes 

Space Spinach 

Avon Spinach 

Bloomsdale Spinach 

Caucasian Mountain Spinach Caucasian Mountain Spinach 

New Zealand Spinach New Zealand Spinach 

Green Deer Tongue OG Leaf Lettuce 

De Morges Braun OG Leaf Lettuce 

Dark Lollo Rossa OG Cutting Lettuce 

Tom Thumb Butterhead Lettuce 

Winter Marvel OG Butterhead Lettuce 

Red-Eared Butterheart OG Butterhead Lettuce 

Pablo Batavian Lettuce 

Anuenue OG Batavian Lettuce 

Red Iceberg Crisphead Lettuce 

Argentata Chard 

Perpetual Spinach Chard 

Bright Lights Chard 

Tatsoi Tatsoi 

Red Shiso Shiso 

Hestia Brussels Sprouts 

Gustus Brussels Sprouts 

Scarlet OG Kale 

Afina Cutting Celery Celery 

Long Red Narrow Cayenne Hot Peppers 

Thai Hot OG Hot Peppers 

Hinkelhatz OG Hot Peppers 

Bellstar OG Paste Tomatoes 

Jasper OG Cherry Tomatoes 

Sweet Treats Cherry Tomatoes 

Juliet Grape Tomatoes 

Caribe OG Cilantro 

 

Sweet Annie OG Sweet Annie 

 


 Richters

Angels Trumpet White Seeds:   Brugmansia suaveolens 'White' , fragrant z 9-1  Basil Green Globe Seeds : refinement of bush basil from Italy where the variety is known as Finissimo Verde a Palla        

 Basil Red Genovese Seeds : First purple-leaf Genovese! As far as we know this is the first purple leaf basil of the Genovese type.

Cowslip Seeds: Primula veris                        

Gojiberry Black Seeds: Tibetan gojiberry; Hei guo gou qi) A promising superfood! A little known species of gojiberry with amazing health potential. The black berries are very rich in oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs), a class of compounds that is thought to give red wine, grape seeds and blueberries their powerful antioxidant effects. They are also rich in vitamins A, C and E.               

Jujube Chinese Seeds: Zizyphus spinosa, Hardy bush or small tree                  

Lobelia Red Seeds: Red Lobelia: Lobelia cardinalis

Maralroot Seeds: Leuzea carthamoides 'Lujza' ,  Siberian perennial with remarkable metabolic and tonic effects                   

Oxlip Seeds: Primula elatior                             

Pepicha Seeds: Porophyllum tagetoides, Mexican herb like cilantro but ten times so                          

Pomegranate Dwarf Seeds: Punica granatum 'Nana'                

Savory Winter Carpet Seeds :  Satureja montana illyrica, a form of winter savory from the Carpathian Mountains of Europe.        

Savory Winter Lemon Seeds :   Satureja montana citriodora, clean lemon scent of all its own.         

Senega Chinese Seeds : Polygala tenuifolia, hardy in zones 2-9, Siberian milkwort                

Tamarind Seeds: Tamarindus indica                         

Gojiberry Shanghai Express Seeds: Lycium barbarum 'Shanghai Express' , produces red gojiberries the first year  

Gojiberry Bulk Seeds: Lycium barbarum,  Chinese culinary and medicinal herb           

Zhi Mu Seeds: Anemarrhena asphodeloides                        

Groundcherry Peruvian Seeds: Physalis peruviana          

Spinach Red Malabar Seeds:Basella alba, (Rubra) Red-stemmed variety. Edible and highly ornamental.     

Swiss Chard Rainbow:

 Tomatillo Purple de Milpa: Physalis philadelphica 'Purple de Milpa’, Fruits are large, up to 5cm/2" across

Tomatillo Cossack Pineapple: Physalis pubescens 'Cossack Pineapple' , Not a true tomatillo as one would find in Mexico but a close relative grown in the Ukraine

Tomato Liliput Seeds : Heirloom native from Brazil. Not commercially cultivated. Sweet tiny tomatoes.    


Olallie Seeds (2016-2015)

 Herbs

Bouquet Dill (15)

Dark green Italian Parsley (15)

Gigante (14)

Sweet Basil (16)

Round Midnight  Purple Basil (16)

Purple Ruffles Basil (16) #


 Carrot

Scarlet Nantes Carrot (15)

Rumba Carrot (15)

Napoli Carrot (15)


 Tomato

Super Beefsteak (13)

Principe Borghese (16)

Blue Beech (15)

Pruden’s Purple (15)

Black Prince (15)

Glacier (15)

San Marzano (14)

House (16)


 Nicotiana

Nicotiana glutinosa

Nicotiana bigalovii v. quadrivalvis

Nicotiana sylvestris

Nicotiana rustica


 

Mustards/Other

Purple Leaf Mustard (Olallie)

Osaka Purple Mustard

Toraziroh

Red Shiso (Perilla frutiscens)

 


 Melon

Halona Muskmelon

 


Vines 

Dolichos lablab


 

Perennials

Veronica longifolia pink

Campanula punctuate hondoensis


 

Broccoli

Broccoli/Brussels Sprouts

Falstaff Red Brussels Sprouts

Purple Peacock Broccoli

Limba Broccoli

Fiesta Broccoli

Green King Broccoli

Happy Rich mini Broccoli

Amadeus Broccoli


 

Pepper

Fish Pepper

Thai Hot

Purple beauty

Long Red Narrow Cayenne

Czech Black

New Ace Sweet

Sandia (Eco)

Tepin (Eco)

Haitian Red (Eco)

Puya (Eco)

White Bullet (Eco)

Japones (Eco)

Sante Fe (Eco)

Pequin (Eco)

Steve’s Little Kicker (Eco)

Cayenne Long Slim (Eco)

Royal Purple (JL)

Habenero White (JL)

Jalapeno Purple (JL)


 

Cucumber

Marketmore 76

Ministro

Little Leaf

Calypso

Amiga

Sassy pickling

Telegraph

Olympia


 

Squash

Slik Pic Summer Squash

Sweet Reba Acorn Squash

Eastern Rise Winter Squash

Blue Hubbard


 

Bean

Blue Coco Pole Bean

Red Noodle Yard Long


 

Kale/Chard

Baltisk Purple Kale

Nero De Tuscana Lacinato kale

Beedy’s Kale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

Questions about Propagating Daylilies

I have some older daylilies that need dividing. How do you divide a daylily?

The easiest way we've found is to dig up the clump by digging 8-12" from the crown all the way around and lifting it out.If the clump is very large and heavy you may want to just roll it out of its hole. Shake off the soil. Lay the clump on its side and gently pry off pieces using a weeding fork. David Stevens Rolls a large daylily clump out of the ground in preparation for dividing. Once the soil is off, the daylily clump is pried apart. Dividing A Daylily Step by Step


 Can I Raise Daylilies from Seed?

Raising daylilies from seed is relatively easy. Remember though that anything you raise from seed will be different than the parent sometimes much different, you can get an orange daylily from a pink parent or only slightly different a light yellow from a yellow.

After crossing a daylily you should get seed pods forming, green squat pods. When the pods begin to turn brown and crack collect the seeds, they should be black not brown or white. Now you have two choices. My way: I put the seeds in a paper envelope and store the seeds in a cool dry place until late winter. Next I put the seeds in between wet paper towels in an aluminum pie plate place inside a plastic bag and refrigerate for 3-4 weeks. Then I plant the seeds in flats or pots and grow them in my greenhouse to plant out later.

   

From such tiny seedlings, great plants can grow!                        

Newly sprouted daylilies seedlings, fine hair roots have grown, but the seed coat is still attached.


 

My Grandfather's way: My grandfather lived in Maryland. He planted his seeds in rows directly in the ground in the fall. However he fumigated the soil first to kill all weeds. If you plant in the ground weeds may grow faster than the daylilies. Lastly remember that it may take 2-3 years for the daylilies to bloom. But there is nothing more exciting than seeing your seedling bloom for the first time!

 

 Daylily seedlings in the greenhouse


Daylily Proliferations

My Daylily stems have little leaves growing on them they look like miniature Daylilies. What are they?

They are called Proliferations and they are like the extra plants the Spider plant houseplant produces. Treat proliferations just like rooted cuttings. Putting them in a pot with sand is a good approach. They should produce roots quite quickly. However because they don't develop a large root system before fall, they need extra protection to get through he winter. They also need to go dormant, so they should be kept in a protected spot like an unheated garage.