Bloom-N-Pie Days – comin’ up



Bloom-N-Pie Days matriarch DeLois Dunn displays a breathtaking sample of her gardens’ bounty, as a harbinger of one of the area’s most distinctive and enjoyable boutique festivals. It’s coming up this weekend – and next. The 16th annual edition of Bloom-N- Pie Days will be this Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, and next weekend, June 16-17, from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. daily.

As fans of the event know, it features beautiful lilies galore – nearly 1,000 varieties from half a dozen beds in the spacious side yard – and about a half a dozen flavors of delicious fried pies, perfect for sampling while browsing and o-o-h-ing and a-h-hing. Also perfect for taking home by the sackful.

Pots of many of the lily varieties you can’t live without are available for sale in 1-, 2-, and 3-gallon sizes. Not to mention a selection of hydrangeas, another of the garden’s specialties, including Annabelle, Snowflake, and new varieties Fire Light and Pink Diamond. Other flowery surprises are also available for discovery ( hint: think fancy new takes on old-fashioned revivals).

Drawings will be held on Saturdays at noon, and Sundays at 2 p.m. Assorted plants will be given away, and door prizes to every visitor. Dunn’s Daylily Garden is located at 2395 Skyball Road, near Blountsville. Follow signs along the roads to the explosion of color on the shade-dappled lawn of Dunn’s Angus and Daylilies Farm.

Addendum: DeLois warmly credits County Agent Dan Porch with strategic horticultural advice on soil analysis and the fertilizer recommendation to produce big, hardy plants and prolific, showy blooms. (He doesn’t make house calls to help with the hard work, however. )

-Ron Gholson