125 varieties and counting...
80 Tash Road (formerly Old Route 11)
New Durham, NH, 03855
The Merrymeeting Daylilies collection began with two gift classic daylilies (about 40 years ago) and has grown into the current collection, mostly "the best of the best" added from other New England and Florida collections.
All daylilies sold by Merrymeeting Daylilies have grown in the collection for at least two years in our Zone 4 conditions, many for more than 20 years. Cultivars which demonstrated poor growth or insufficient blossoming potential for our rugged New Hampshire weather quickly found a new home in our compost heap.
While we retain and proudly grow a selection of early hybrids and some "species" daylilies, we also include many fine recent cultivars from the gardens of Stamile, Reilly, Trimmer, and others from Florida. Our collection also includes exceptional hybrids from several hybridizers working in the northern US.
The modern daylily is as much changed from the original as is a modern car from a curved-dash Olds. The desirable features of hardiness, variety of colors, vigor and good plant appearance have been retained and improved upon in most of the best new cultivars.
A man (Les Turner) "out standing" in his field...
Included in the Merrymeeting collection also are most of the remarkable cultivars of a local hybridizer, now deceased, Ron Valente. We also continue to raise and sell a few Les Turner unregistered hybrids, included in the Merrymeeting daylily collection with the prefix "Merrymeeting".
Les Turner is a retired teacher and college dean. Sales from his daylily collection help to support his hobby of finding the newest and best daylilies. He likes to grow them for a few years and, IF they pass his requirements for hardiness and beauty, he enjoys sharing them with other gardeners. He believes that such terrific plants should be in gardens everywhere. Educating new gardeners, and exposing them to the amazing variety found in daylilies also makes it all worthwhile. So many people new to the hobby do not realize that daylilies come in so many forms and colors.
Hours of Operation
From July 1 to September 1
Thursday thru Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
Other hours by arrangement or chance....
Please note...the town of New Durham recently changed the name of our road from
"Old Route 11" to "Tash Road".
MapQuest and some GPS units do not recognize "Tash Road" yet, so you may have to enter "Old Route 11" until everyone gets caught up!
If you are coming from a distance, please call first to be sure we are open. Our hours vary sometimes, depending on the weather and other commitments.
The heaviest blooms in years!
......and definitely NOT going out of business, despite rumors otherwise!!
Please see the article below.
On July 14 , 2016 The Baysider (a fine local newspaper) published my article “The Plant that keeps on Giving” in which I had written that despite my gift of many hundreds of daylilies to Girl Scouts, churches, garden clubs, and other fund raisers, I still had more daylilies (and weeds) than my old and sleepy body could maintain. I also noted that my latest terrific long-term (5 year) helper would soon be off to college. I also offered plants to any non-profit organization to utilize my plants to raise funds.
The result?-Two days later the rumor mill was reporting that Merrymeeting Daylilies is closing. NOT SO FAST! NOT TRUE!!!! While it is true that we have reorganized, that we have divided and transplanted some of our inventory into pots with parent plants nearby displaying their beauty, this has been for the dual purpose of (1) reducing labor on hot sweaty afternoons and (2) providing customers with stronger garden-ready plants.
Less space is dedicated to multiple in-ground plants, which in turn gives us the opportunity to offer potted companion plants or to simply grow something new for fun . For example, this year Clancy planted 400 square feet into various sizes of sunflowers for the bees and butterflies, and later for the birds.
Another advantage is that we can reduce our inventory of reserve clumps of daylilies, which simplifies weeding, feeding and watering tasks. AND MAKES A CLUMP SALE POSSIBLE. At this point sales are proceeding, gardens are overwhelmingly colorful and fragrant-this last a result of a half-dozen tall handsome hybrid star-gazers and a few other hybrid lilies.
Potted/rooted/garden-ready daylily (any in-stock variety) $15.00
Standard 2-3 fan division-(all varieties same price) $15.00
Small clump-4-8 fans $25 Large clump-8-12 fans $35
Orders of 3 plants or more will earn a bonus of your choice of an in-ground daylily clump. (As long as these are available)
Digging and dividing can usually be accomplished for immediate sale. But variables such as size of order, available help, and temperature, may require ordering and later pickup.
Les at the Alton Home Show, 2017
MERRYMEETING DAYLILIES OMG FLOWERING BONUS PLANTS PROGRAM
OMG is an overused abbreviation for an even more abused expression --- Oh My God! But at Merrymeeting Daylilies it is shorthand for “Old Man's Garden Special Bonus Plants”. During a 30 year gardening experience at my home in New Durham, New Hampshire, always on the lookout for new and interesting plants, I have collected and swapped many and diverse specimens. Most have survived, sometimes too well, as in the case of some mints which tried to own my gardens, and which are not in any form welcome, not even chocolate.
Many collectibles have vanished from my gardens as a result of unsuitable (or odd) requirements. A few I rejected as undesirable because of too-short bloom periods, or untidy plant appearance, as in the case of Siberian and Japanese irises. A few have become so successful that they now own many square feet of my gardens, but are still welcome because I like them and am willing to share, as is the case of pink Lily of the Valley. A famous plant seller in Connecticut charges $15 for two pips of this plant, so at that price I am very rich indeed, but I give them away.
I have always been generous with plants that I consider good garden accents to the best sunny garden plant ever, the daylily. At this point in the evolution of my gardening life I have decided to structure the sharing of my gardening collection so that I can readily have on hand, in potted or bagged form, your choice of plants. These will be available as ready-to-go bonuses following daylily purchases. They will be IN ADDITION TO the usual daylily bonuses that accompany the purchase of multiple daylilies.
The following plants will be available at the beginning of the daylily sales season (mid-June) on a reasonable first come-first served basis. A few additions may become available later as digging and replenishment time is available.
Original old-fashioned roadside daylily
Violets-blue, white, freckles, red(actually red-purple-very limited)
Pink Lily of the Valley
Variegated Solomon Seal
Select edging hostas
Anise hyssop (great bee plant)
Deep purple Early iris
For many years our website has proudly listed the names of our hundreds of daylily cultivars, the name of the hybridizer, the year of registration, the bloom period, height, colors, etc. This procedure is standard for most daylily websites, and entails MANY hours of boring work. But for most gardeners it is entirely useless. The selection decision almost always takes place in the garden, based primarily on color preferences and the appearance of the display plant.
Our laboriously compiled and updated lists have been proven needless and useless. Especially so since all our plants are priced the same by the size of the pot...$15 for a small pot and $20 for a large pot. (Small is 7.5 inches across the top, and large is 9 inches). More on this below.
Further, compiling and updating lists is made even more onerous since I am somewhat addicted to change and often fall out of love with some pretty faces, and buy in or trade for other new pretty faces. (Sometimes the old pretty faces end up in major projects like the mound at the Alton Mall...or great clumps transplanted into the new gardens at Alton Bay.)
The replacement pretty faces sometimes come from cultivars previously used for seed production, or from a daylily collector who moves and needs to find a new home for a costly
collection of the latest and bestest. (I know, it is not a word...so shoot me. I need the rest!)
Virtually all my customers come to my gardens searching for a specific color, or a height...both of which are best viewed in the garden instead of compared to numbers on a page.
Enough on the subject of lists. In their place I offer pictures mostly taken by me and my trusty IPad. An additional feature provided by the iPad is the instant life size display in the garden off season. Very handy!
We will soon be expanding our Gallery page with new pictures of our most successful and popular varieties...coming soon!
Come visit us at this years Home and Garden Show on April 21, 2018 at the Prospect Mountain High School
from 9-3. See you there!