Show, tour highlight brilliant blooms

Hundreds of daylilies are in bloom at Shaw's Sunshine Gardens on Lumpkin Road.

Charlie Shaw's garden of daylilies stretches over most of his family's 2-acre homestead.

He has nearly 1,200 varieties of daylilies. He said that might seem like a lot, but not when considering that there are more than 60,000 registered varieties. The gardens are one of three stops on a daylily garden tour to be held in conjunction with the Daylily Society of the Greater Augusta Area's annual Daylily Show and Sale. The tour will be offered Sunday, June 14, and the show and sale is on Saturday, June 13, at the H2U Building, 1305 Interstate Parkway behind Doctors Hospital.

Daylilies can be extremely expensive, but there are plenty of varieties that can be just as beautiful as their extravagant cousins.

There are spider varieties such as Thin Man, double blooms such as Lemon Go Lightly, small ones such as Tiny Morsels, large ones such as Texas Painted Eyes and miniatures such as Little Ravel. They are fairly carefree flowers.

"They are a lot like people - they tolerate neglect but they thrive with attention," Mr. Shaw said.

The growers say daylilies need six hours of sunshine a day, but we know how intense Augusta summers are. Some shade is welcomed. A lot, however, will limit the number of blooms you will see.

What you want in a daylily, Mr. Shaw explained, is good branching and lots of buds, and that comes down to genetics.

Daylilies are also like people in that each pollinated seed will resemble the female and male parents but will be different, too. The way to create a duplicate is by letting the plant propagate itself by creating divisions.

Post photos of your daylilies at the Garden Gnome at blogs.augusta.com.

IN BLOOM

WHAT: Daylily Show and Sale

WHEN: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 13

WHERE: H2U Building, 1305 Interstate Parkway (behind Doctor s Hospital)

ADMISSION: Free

GARDEN TOUR: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 14; tour stops are:

THE SHAW GARDEN: Charlie Shaw's garden is open April 14 through Oct. 31. The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Check out its Web site at www.shawssunshinegardens.com or www.GardenEureka.com/SHAWS.

DIRECTIONS: 2541 Lumpkin Road, just off Peach Orchard Road. Take Bobby Jones Expressway to the Deans Bridge Road exit, then left onto Lumpkin Road. Shaws Sunshine Gardens is on the left .

John Kirkland's Archway Gardens: 178 Springlakes Court; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Aubrey and Frankye Crawford's garden: 1579 Appling-Harlem Road, Appling; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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