Photos and story by Clarington Tourism
Normally in the Tourism Office when we use the term ‘Summer Frenzy’, ‘Canadian Summer’ or ‘Ontario Sunrise’, we are speaking of experiences in travel. However, here we are referring to just a few of the delightful daylily selections that are locally bred, grown and individually named according to their features and facets by We’re In The Hayfield Now Daylily Gardens in Orono, Ontario.
Annually in July, owner Henry Lorrain graciously opens the acerage for a 3-day weekend Daylily Festival where visitors can drop in to experience the peak bloom season, relax in a garden party like setting, and take time to smell the daylilies.
Our visit this past weekend was both a refreshing treat and an adventure as we strolled from daylily to daylily, discovering its individual name and unique style. Trying to chose a ‘favourite’ was like trying to select an ice cream flavour from 200; how can you choose just one?
You can visit the daylily gardens in person at 4704 Pollard Road, Orono from May 15 to August 31, Monday to Friday 9-6 PM as well as Saturday and Sunday 10-5 PM (or by chance or appt.). You can also ‘shop and ship’ online at hayfield.ca … but who has ever ordered ice cream online?