Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tour Lilywood Farms

I had the privilege to travel to Lilywood Farms before they closed to the public, after 9 years of tours, although they still sell online.  Lilywood Farms is located in north central Missouri, is set in beautiful farm country. The farm has been in the current family since 1871. The land is still being farmed, with 3 acres devoted to daylilies. The house, outbuildings and grounds are immaculate.

You can see the date the house was built.

This had been the smoke house. The grandchildren were playing in the wading pool the day we were there.

This building was the slave quarters. Missouri was a slave state.

                                           Some of the daylily fields up close to the house.

View from the front porch of the house. Notice the cornfields and then the cut wheat fields in the background.

That happy girl is me, with my big clump of daylilies!


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What I am reading right now.......

I am a coffee table book fanatic. Beautiful books are prized possessions.

I love Anne Rivers Siddons books. Most of them are set in the South, this one in South Carolina, a modern day novel.

Christi Carter's Art of Accessorizing

Accessorizing done right shows one's personality by what they like to collect and display. A true feast for the eyes.

Relaxing on the Porch
Megan Fulweiler

A luxurious book to dream about your personal paradise!

The Butterfly Bush is Open for Visitors!

And the wrens are working on their second hatching.

Daylily: Everyday a new one

Every morning brings a new surprise as daylily season peaks. Daylilies are literally that. A new blossom each day, and each scape (stem) can put out 8-24 or more buds.  So every morning I head for the yard with my camera to capture the best moments.

                                                             Chicago Apache clump

                                                                     Strutter's Ball

                                                            Calgary Stampede clump

                                                                       No ID seedling


                                                                         Final Touch


                                                          Beautiful Edgings

    Daylilies are easy to grow, try some!                                                           

The Ghost Town

On a recent trip to New Mexico, my daughter and I found an old ghost town in Ludlow, Colorado.The Ludlow Massacre occurred April 20, 1914 in this little town/coal mining tent camp. Nineteen people, including two women and eleven children were killed. The massacre occurred due to trouble between striking coal miners and the Colorado National Guard. What the strikers were fighting for–among other things, were higher wages and an eight-hour work day.


Here is the same view from October 1913, when the Colorado Governor called out the militia to try to stop the coal miners' strike.
Black and white photos courtesy of the Denver Public Library

Who lived here? What were they like?


Do they have living ancestors that have heard their stories?

A corral between two buildings.

A small house behind the main buildings.  Ludlow had few buildings as it  was mostly a tent camp for the 1200 miners and their families.

The booths inside what was a bar or restaurant.

The back side of the main strip of buildings.

Notice the bars on the windows of the jail, still intact.