Monday, August 1, 2011

Day trip to Dhabi's Daylilies, Gilsum, New Hampshire

Once again... it was past time to get away for a day, so I headed to Gilsum, New Hampshire to visit Dhabi's Daylilies on White Brook Road. My mom accompanied me, and we had such a lovely time! The weather was warm and sunny, and we made several stops as we headed east.

Our first stop was to Harlow's Organic Farmstand in Westminster, Vermont: We purchased their homegrown blueberries along with sweet corn (I had three ears for lunch this afternoon... it was scrumptious!) and for a quick bite to eat on our way, we chose homemade Raspberry Bars and a Squash Herb Muffin (both gluten free!) I washed mine down with an Iced Coffee, mom had Hot Tea. They carry not only their homegrown organic produce, but an assortment of cheese, milk, annuals and perennials and other ffruits and vegetables. The staff is very friendly... the place spotless... the food divine!

Then it was back on the road towards Keene, NH and on the way, we spotted a flea market in Walpole, so we whipped the jeep around and went back! I tried to be good, and only left with a few must-haves (or can't-live-withouts!

I am a sucker for old books, so I just had to bring these home. Most are from the late 1800's, although one is dated 1916. I cannot wait for winter to read them! And most were only $1.00 apiece... thank goodness there are no shopping carts at flea markets and that you have to carry all things back to your car! And the two little plates are just the thing for holding goodies at teatime... another find at 50 cents. The enamel bucket is perfect for picking raspberries, and then beautiful enamel cup will hang out by the faucet in the back garden to hold a cool drink from the well. One woman's trash becomes anothers's treasures! Well, on we headed to Keene, which was pretty downtown, but I'm not much of a shopper, so we turned back onto the Monadnock Highway and headed towards Gilsum via Surry Road, turning right at Shaw's Corners, which was recommended byCindy of Dhabi's Daylilies. The road meandered along the Ashuelot River... it made for a very pretty ride and would be quite a scenic trip come autumn! We arrived at Dhabi's about one o'clock, and it was quite warm out.

There are so many pretty varieties of daylilies here. My camera was being a bit naughty, so I apologize for the photographs, which do not serve justice to the pretty setting and all the lovely blooms!

Not only do they carry daylilies, but also a variety of perennials and herbs. I came home with some beautiful daylilies, a lovely Anise Hyssop and a Mint that was very intriguing, and a gift of a Clary Sage! (Thank you again, Cindy!)

You can see this massive planting of hosta, and her Echinacea is gorgeous!

A view of oen of the rows of daylilies~

Just beautiful... both white and purple varieties! Well, after several walks around the rows, I made my selections, and mom and I took a seat as our generous hostess went to work and dug up the chosen plants. (Yes, I DID feel guilty not helping!)

(Can you see my mom trying to hide!) We had such a great time here, and I can't wait to go back one day! If you'd like find out more about Dhabi's Daylilies, here are some links...

I discovered Dhabi's Daylilies from my friend Pammy's FaceBook Page;!/pages/Thyme-Square-Gardens/227057087309013

where I found NH Garden's FaceBook Page:!/NHGarden#!

where I found Dhabi's!! Hope you can find time to visit them all!


  1. Laura, it was so delightful to meet you and your mum yesterday! We had such a nice visit ... I truly hope you can return someday. We'll plan ahead and have a little garden party!

    Enjoy the rest of your summer!


  2. Cindy, we had a wonderful time visiting with you and looking at all that lovely floral eye-candy! I will be back for sure... you are such a sweetheart! And I thank you again for the Clary Sage... it (and all my daylilies and herbs!!) shall hold a special place in my garden and always remind me of yesterday's visit!

  3. What a delight-filled day! I need more lilies here, and wish Dhabi's was closer. Ah well. Love the flea market finds too. I am also a lover of old books; they warm up a house, don't they?

  4. Hello,Granny Sue! It really was a pleasant trip, and those kinds are always much-needed!
    Old books are just so exquisite... both cover-wise and inside! Some of the illustrations in these books are so charming!
    Also, I'm almost certain that Cindy ships her daylilies all over the country, just in case you're contemplating!!!
    Good to here from you! Happy August!

  5. Oh my, the photos are just stunning! I'm so enthused to be able to catch up on your blog tonight. It's such a peaceful place to visit and I always feel happy reading about your life.

    I too am a sucker for old books. I wish you were a neighbour and we could share books with each other through the Winter. I love how they look all lined up on the shelves and just enjoy reading them piles. Have you read any by Gene Stratton Porter? I love 'em! :)

  6. Laura,

    What a beautiful post! I felt like I was with you at the flea market. Love your blog!

  7. Cheyenne, It's always such a pleasure hearing from you! I am touched by your kind words. I have got to play blog-catch up soon... this time of year is so busy that I do get behind myself! Hope all is well up in your neck of the woods!
    It would be wonderful if we were neighbors... sigh! And you're right, old books waiting patiently on a bookshelf are beautiful and so inviting! I am not familiar with the author you mentioned, but you can be sure I will research that one... thank you, Cheyenne!

  8. Sharon, Thank you for the compliment! It's funny, I sat here thinking this morning about two particular items I passed up from the FREE pile at that flea market... I keep kicking myself. Oh well, gone is gone! How are your babies doing? I hope by this weekend to visit others' blogs... I have been very lax about this. Stay well and give your pups and kitties a pat from me!

  9. It goes without saying Laura you live in a beautiful part of the US. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Lovely post, love the pictures it was almost like being there.

    Carolyn :)