After a very nice Irish lunch, we've arrived at the Bange Garden. This spectacular garden which displays over 1100 registered daylilies is the love and labor of Faith and Jerry Bange. A daylily power couple, they share their enthusiasm with folks all across Region 3 (and probably beyond). NCDC is now in their capable hands with Jerry being the current president.
Faith is a special friend of many of us in Region 3. She works tirelessly on numerous daylily club (clubs, as she is involved in several) activities, encourages other daylily lovers (your writer included), and somehow still finds time to maintain this superb daylily display garden. Yes, that's right. You can visit this one during peak bloom (please check the AHS website for AHS Display Gardens...locate this one in Davidsonville, MD and PLEASE call first for open times and availability....one never wants to show up unannounced, but then you probably already know that....of course, you practice good garden etiquette!)...
Let's get on with it....we're here for the flowers!
We're walking along the Bange driveway....
The vast majority of the daylilies are in the backyard...
There are beautiful beds to view along the walk...
Some driveway bed shots...
Particularly nice mushrooms:
Celebrating our patriotic pride (folk art by Ellen Brous....whose garden we will visit next), Faith provided each of us with these colorful ribbons:
There were many different selections to choose from....here's one:
Beautiful potted hostas greet us near the table:
As well as roses....as you'll see...Faith is not just a daylily gardener:
We're here now....
Let's go in, shall we...
Blood, Sweat and Tears:
Lone Star Wagon Wheel:
Darla Anita, closer:
I have a fondness for black mondo grass, but it is hard to place.....Faith's done a very nice job here....
We've hardly started....
We have to see that bunny closer...
Faith shares her garden, even with her neighbors (what a view they have)...
Indian Giver was putting on an especially nice show....
Makes you just want to go in, doesn't it...
Ocean Front Property, two views:
Spacecoast Technical Knockout...
A family nickname for Faith...
Blue Eyes Crying...
Emma's Green Giant...
Margo Reed Indeed...
Rings of Time:
Two views of Siloam Space Age:
Lots of Forestlake Ragamuffin:
Red Boutonniere (one I love, love, love):
Two of Barbara Mitchell:
See the fairies?
Twirling Parasol and Lois Burns:
Two of Moments of Intrigue:
Two of Primal Scream:
Spacecoast Dixie Chick:
Perennial favorite Milk Chocolate:
(Did you notice those brown buds??)
Daylily folks enjoying themselves...
One Last Dance:
Two of Raspberry Sunshine:
We'll pause a minute to go through this shady area...
Watchyl Open Fire:
Star of Leah:
Topguns Ruffled Snowflake:
Another (enjoyable) pause...
Ahhhhh, let's sit a moment and just enjoy all this, shall we?
Lots of places to rest a minute and enjoy all the views...
Faith's Garden House...
A magnificent Plena Elegans Clematis...
Knights in White Satin:
You were aware that Skinwalker is the new Stout Medal Winner?
We have to take a good look at this pond....
(Think we saw that from every angle?? hehe.)
Webster's Pink Wonder...
More mushrooms (I do like'em!)...
Westbourne Mom's Cinnamon Rolls:
Grace and Grandeur:
Two of Baffin Bay Beauty:
Lyndell's Pink Ribbons:
Two of Tom Wise:
Lotsa (ha) Lotsa Dots:
Topguns Anita Causey:
Gee...even Faith as a pot ghetto....(a neat one, though)...
Lots of Divine Comedy:
We could head this way...
...but there are still daylilies (lots of daylilies!) to see...
(Drat! My picture let me down on this one...so, unknown...but pretty neat):
Starman's Journey (one of my favorite pictures from this garden...):
Alexa Kathryn (performing like a star here):
Around the back of Faith and Jerry's house:
Light of the World:
The only kind of these I like...
One last look around before we head to Garden 4.....
Thanks so much to the Banges for hosting us and letting us enjoy your beautiful garden!
If you missed the previous gardens, you can find them in the labels on the right (2009 AHS Region 3 Summer Meeting), or The Botting Garden is here and The Bennett Garden is here.