began as a simple interest in pretty flowers soon blossomed into a
full-blown daylily addiction. So I began selling extras to finance
the purchase of more. I have met many new wonderful friends
through daylilies and you will too. After all, "you come for the
daylilies and stay for the people."
we send strong plants
A typical order ready for shipment
We are located in far western Kansas, about one hour's drive from
the Colorado line and one and a half hours from Oklahoma.
Officially we are in USDA zone 5. However, the weather here is
ever-changing, totally unpredictable, and HARSH! We often have
summer temperatures over 100ºF with 30mph+ winds, the occasional
thunderstorm with wind gusts to 80mph or more, and the bane of
gardeners & farmers- HAIL. Winters are usually dry and open (no
snow cover), with nigh-time temps well below freezing (sometimes
below zero) and daytime temps in the 60's. We do have the most
beautiful spring season, even if it only lasts a week or two! With
all these extremes in weather, daylilies that thrive here have to
be REALLY hardy. No prissy greenhouse grown, raised bed coddled
prima donnas here- it's get tough or die!
All our plants are
field-grown in full sun with no wind protection. In the summer of
2005, I moved the entire collection to a new location with
wonderful, rich, loamy soil. This is the best soil I have ever had
the pleasure to work and the daylilies are LOVING it!
The big, strong,
healthy plants I ship are due entirely to the soil, as I grow
them as Nature intended- no extra fertilizers needed. I try to
garden as environmentally-friendly as I can, so I do not use any
pesticides and use as little weed killer as possible. Mostly I
rely on the "Santa Clause method'- hoe, hoe, hoe.
I am very proud of the
plants I send, and if there are ever any problems I will work
with you to correct them. I want you to be happy! Visitors are
always welcome, a call ahead will ensure I will be there to
greet you & show you around.
Earlybird Daylilies was established in 1995. I take great pride
in providing customers with the strongest, healthiest plants
available. I sell only daylilies that are registered with the
American Hemerocallis Society. Beware of companies that sell
daylilies that are NOT registered with the AHS, as those plants
may not be what you think you are buying. For more information
on the AHS, visit
To find the
registration information of a daylily go here:
http://www.daylilydatabase.org and type in the plant's name.
I have long admired the work of Frank Kropf of Missouri. He is the
king of the layered doubles! I have put together a collection of
all of the daylilies he introduced along with several of his
select seedlings. Several of these seedlings will be introduced in
the future, and I will continue to work with his lines in his
honor. I have shipped his plants to the far corners of the USA and
they are performing well everywhere.
The severe drought here in western Kansas continues. I plan to sell everything except a handful of sentimental favorites and my seedlings. When and if the drought breaks, I will attempt a comeback. In the meantime, I have to drastically reduce the size of the garden. While some of these plants have only been here one or two seasons, these past two seasons have been the worst in my memory. Anything that has survived them is DEFINATELY hardy. The losses have been staggering.
With the continued
drought, I will be selling seedlings this season. I will post
pictures of them here on this website, but sales will be through
the Lily Auction. My username is Earlybird. I will be listing them
as they bloom, so the listing will change almost daily- check
Plants will be reserved ONLY upon receipt of payment. To assure
reservation use Paypal when you place your order.
Many of the varieties listed are in very short supply. They will be removed from the site as they sell out, but you still may want to check with me before finalizing your order. Please read the ordering information as there have been a few changes.
Please browse this
site and enjoy the flowers! I will be happy to answer any
questions you may have, or if you just feel a need to 'talk
daylilies', drop me a line at
firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a
call at 620-640-7788. Enjoy & happy gardening!