Monday, January 14, 2013

The Wiregrass Daylily Society

Hello Daylily Friends,

Diana and I, and our daughter Kelley, had the most wonderful adventure this past week-end.  We were very privileged to be asked to come and speak to the Wiregrass Daylily Society in Dothan, Alabama.  We left home at about 8:30 a.m., on Saturday morning, and took a leisurely drive down through Columbus, Georgia, and then went through Eufala, Alabama, and eventually arrived at the meeting just right on time.  Right away we met the Club's President, Lewis Mallory, and then we saw our good friends, Jim and Mary Netherton.  Jim has served for many years as a Judge at our joint daylily show with the Atlanta Club.  Jim and Mary extended the Club's invitation to us to come and visit.  We were also privileged to meet many new friends including Ms. Emma Jean and Ms. Marjorie Kirkland.

Our good friends, Larry and Cindy Grace, are members of the Dothan Club, but Larry and Cindy had to be in Mississippi to speak to a Daylily Club.  So, with Larry's permission, we went by to see Larry's Greenhouse.  What a treat!  Everything looks so fresh and clean.  Larry is on a path to have great blooms this coming spring.  We took our picture together in Larry's Greenhouse, and then we gathered a few of Larry and Cindy's "oranges."  They are so good and so sweet.

We then went to find our hotel which was the Fairfield Inn & Suites.  The room was very nice.  We then had a call from Larry and he said that he and Cindy would return home later in the evening, and they invited us to have breakfast with them on Sunday morning in Dothan.  Of course, we immediately accepted.  The next morning, at about 8:00 a.m., we met Larry and Cindy at the "Cracker Barrel" Restaurant, and had a wonderful breakfast.  When we arrived at the Restaurant we noticed that Larry had a new Chevrolet truck.  He had worn out his old truck, and traded it in on this new truck.  It has leather seats, a wonderful engine, and a covered trunk which is perfect for transporting daylilies.  Then I took a picture of Cindy, Diana and Kelley.  Sadly, the time came to leave our friends and head home.  Still, it was good to be in Dothan and talk to friends who also love daylilies.  Thanks Larry and Cindy for the visit and for the wonderful breakfast!

On the way home, and just outside Dothan, I pulled our car off to the side of the highway.  There were seemingly miles of packed blocks of "cotton."  I didn't know that so much cotton was grown in the Dothan area, but I did want to document what I was seeing, so I took a picture.  We eventually arrived home, and I promptly went to the Greenhouse.  To my surprise there was a beautiful bloom on Diana's "Hibiscus" bush.  Just a lovely coral colored, very large bloom.  I called to Diana and Kelley to come and see the bloom.  I then watered my daylilies, and it seemed as though I could see the daylilies grow while they were being watered.

Just a wonderful weekend.  Thanks again to the Wiregrass Daylily Society!



  1. Bill,

    Great pictures! I think we visited Dotham about 3 years ago. The one thing my wife and I remember is how many fireworks stands there were down there up and down the roads. Larry's daylilies look thick and lush in the greenhouse. Was there anything in bloom? I think we all are anxiously awaiting our next bloom season. The winter months are always long. Hope all is well.

  2. Hi Paul,

    Dothan is a wonderful town. I noticed many, many people wearing Alabama "National Champion" shirts of every description. Hats and stickers as well.

    I'm with you. I don't like winter anymore.