Just one day

New Collection Holder, Pollie Maasz was one of the stars of the Plant Heritage Marquee at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show with her eccentric daylilies and their even more eccentric names. Pollie has more than 1400 hundred different cultivars of which 435 are in her National Collection.

Hemerocallis en masse

View over a field of fluttering daylilies

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to see them live, here are a few hints of the extraordinary flowers in her collection.

Red and yellow daylily

Hemerocallis 'Dancing Crab'

pink, orange and red daylilies

Un-named seedlings from Pollie Maasz's collection

If you can’t visit Pollie in Hampshire on one of her summer open days, there are 5 other National Collections around the UK, each with a different scope and focus: – the National Trust’s Antony House in Cornwall (a Repton landscape with fine vistas); Leeds City Council’s Farnley Hall (130 acres of gardens and woodland); Mr Sinclair’s Nursery Further Afield (sounds like a Robert Frost poem!); and Mr & Mrs Wyers’ “his and hers” collections in their remote rural garden on the Isle of Wight. Find them all in the Plant Heritage directory or on our website.

All photographs above copyright Pollie Maasz (www.polliesdaylilies.co.uk)

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