It's a daylily world at Dragon's Mead

Published: Monday, May 27, 2013 at 12:56 PM.

There are many different gingers, hydrangeas, gomphrena fireworks, covered with small bright pink, rounded clover like heads and a huge staghorn fern as a hanging basket.  Cindy loves her heirloom roses and they plan to expand this garden next year.

The toughest question I could think of was what is your favorite daylily from all your 1,500?  After a few moments of quiet contemplation he says, “a few of my daylilies I refuse to sell out. One of those is Isle of Capri that has been with us for a long time. It is bright, golden bright yellow that stands out across the garden ... it just glows.” 

Randy enjoys the hobby of hybridizing where he will cross two different varieties and see what comes out of it – you just never know what you are going to get. 

Randy and Cindy, from St Joseph’s, Mo., met when Cindy attended the College at Gulf Coast.  It didn’t take them long to realize they had a lot in common and marriage soon followed.  Back in the '70s they started a garden shop on Thomas Drive in Panama City and the garden plans started in earnest when they bought a home of their own. 

In closing, I asked Randy for his best secrets to daylily success.  No. 1: Give them regular water; they will grow on a sandy beach if you give them enough water. No. 2: Good rich soil of mushroom compost and finely ground pine bark.  No. 3: Perfect light is morning sun and afternoon shade.

The only problem with the daylily is “rust” on the leaves. To control this, Randy has an established spraying program that he alternates the sprays of Headline, Abound and Propimax.

They say they like every plant they see, and I say I never met a person I like better than thee.  

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