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Once the calendar said summer was here mother nature didn’t miss a moment to prove it. The days instantly became sunny and warm here in southern Michigan. Mid to upper 80’s feels like a giant leap from the mild 70’s I was getting accustomed to. The plants love this weather and it shows. It also demonstrates the effect it has on plant location. Here are some photos of Daylilies planted on the west side of my home. As you can see many of them are ahead of their garden counterparts. Darker colored flowers that experience afternoon direct sun are the only ones that don’t really like it.

I would take that as a warning for gardeners. Pace yourself, stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Wear a hat and sunscreen to save your skin. Skin cancer is no joke and many of us have had to have such conditions removed from our bodies before they become a severe problem. Many Americans will develop some kind of skin cancer over our lifetimes. Many of us from my generation actually went out of our way to get in the sun before we were aware of just how dangerous that can be. It is easy to spend too much time in the sun when you are focused on your garden. The especially long days make it very tempting to overdo it in the garden/sun.

On a more positive note, you can tell by the birds singing and carrying on that they love it in the garden. We’ll start the videos with the garden adjacent to the driveway followed by the next show garden in progress. Next we have a tour of the Hostas. These older plants I incorrectly identified as being 10 years old have only been planted here for 5 years. The clumps themselves have been together for 10 years, they were just transplanted En Masse at this location 5 years ago.

Next we’ll go to the circular show garden. Followed by the smaller individual gardens. Moving on we go to the greenhouse. The red and white flower you see at the end of the video is a Dahlia. Very pretty indeed.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe fourth of July holiday whether you decide to stay home or hit the road. Put a visit to our gardens on July 13th in your calendar to see all of these flowers live and in person during our annual open house. There will be all kinds of special offers and events. We chose this time because most of the flowers are in full bloom. Just think, you can see and select what you want to have in your garden by seeing it here first. The scale of it all is something you just have to see to believe.

Did I mention that Smokey’s Gardens is the largest Daylily farm in the U.S. and possibly the world? We want you to try us out and see why we follow the basic principles of having the largest selection, the fastest shipping of the highest quality flowers at the lowest price. I promise you will not be disappointed! Find us on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/SmokeysDaylilies and like our page! Thanks in advance for your support.

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