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Walt's Look Around: Day Lilies

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CLEVELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It's summertime and things are growing. Most common thing for folks to grow in their back yard gardens would be tomatoes. And I imagine flowers would be next. And high up on the list of favorite kinds of flowers to grow would have to be day lilies.

Over the years I have done a jillion day lily stories; day lily patches and day lily festivals and day lily grower meetings. It's amazing the variety and colors and textures of day lilies that have been developed. Everywhere you go you can find a day lily grower. 

We ran across Delta Daylilies up in Cleveland the other day. This is John Oswalt and his wife Frankie's project. And it started small enough.

"Aw, we just started picking up a few now and then and just, it got, kind of got big on us and then I decided to give up my vegetable garden out here and we put it all in daylilies," Said John. "We've just been doing it, oh seven years and just keep adding on."

"What do you like about them?" asked Walt.

Aw, I like to look at the colors," said John. "That's what I like. I come out here on the patio every morning. No racket, no nothing and I can look at my flowers and drink my coffee. Now THAT'S what I like. I enjoy it very much."

"They're about at their peak right now. How long do you expect them to bloom? asked Walt.

Probably another two months. Another two months," answered John. "About the end of August they'll slow down. We'll have a few late bloomers because they'll re-bloom. We're about to run out of room. I'm going to have to quit. But you'll notice over there I've got a new bed I'm fixing to redo. So it's a little more work. But if you don't enjoy it, you're not going to do it. You got to enjoy it. And we really enjoy it."

"Frankie, she does this. I still public work," added John. "And she takes care of it during the day. I help her on the weekends. I come home off my public paying job and I come home to a non-paying job. That's what happens. We enjoy it, though. We really do."

And that's about the best pay you can get. Enjoyment. And growing something so many other people enjoy, too.

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