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PHOTO GALLERY: Day lilies in bloom at McConnell's Plantland

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 | 7:21 p.m. CDT; updated 9:50 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Oleta Edwards waters potted day lilies at McConnell's Plantland. Edwards has been working part-time for the nursery for 24 years. When she retired from a full-time job at an MU Library, she was asked if she was also retiring from the nursery. "No, that's my fun job," she replied.

"I'm a Hemoholic, and I have been to the meetings," jokes Bob McConnell referring to his love of the day lily, scientific name Hemerocallis.  He and his wife, Sue, have been operating McConnell's Plantland for 27 years. 

They sell 3,500 varieties of day lily with names such as Nouveau Riche, True Grit and Scintillation in Pink. The Perche Creek Dawn was hybridized by Bob himself, and he has other hybrids growing that haven't been registered yet. "They're just like people: no two kids really look alike."

The day lily gets its name from the fact that the flowers only bloom for one day. McConnell said this is part of the reason why he is fascinated by the plant.

 

 

Oleta Edwards prepares labels before potting day lilies at the McConnell's Plantland greenhouse. Many customers buy the flowers in the summer so they can get a look at the flowers before they plant in the spring.
Bob McConnell, 63, drives through rows of day lilies on his 15,000 square foot nursery that can be seen from Route 70. "I'm a Hemoholic, and I have been to the meetings," jokes Bob McConnell referring to his love of the day lily, scientific name Hemerocallis. He and his wife, Sue, have been operating McConnell's Plantland for 27 years.
The long stems of the Autumn Minaret variety of day lily give them height over the other flowers at McConnell's Plantland.
Bob McConnell, 63, holds two varieties of spider day lilies in the golf cart he uses to get around the 15,000 feet of flower bed on the grounds of his nursery. He said he never feels bad picking buds, since the flowers only last one day.
Bob McConnell looks back at one of the day lilies he hybridized. He calls it "Bob's Maybe" for now until he decides whether or not to register it. McConnell, 63, has been selling day lilies for 27 years at McConnell's Plantland. He calls himself a "Hemerholic", a play on the scientific name for the day lily, Hemerocallis, to show his addiction to the flower.

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