HOW IT ALL BEGAN Back   in   1984,   when   I   first   came   to   live   in   Maleny,   sadly   I   was   forced   to   retire   from   teaching   due   to   serious   eyesight   problems.      So   I decided   to   take   a   trip   to   the   USA,   something   I   had   wanted   to   do   for   many   years.   I   wanted   to   see   the   newest   daylilies   in   the nurseries   there,   and   not   just   rely   on   photos   in   the   catalogues.   I   was   looking   forward   to   meeting   the   breeders   and   observing   their breeding   programs.   Whilst   there   I   visited   many   gardens   and   discovered   the   passion   of   the   amazing   daylily   collectors   spread   across that   huge   country.   On   my   return   home,   I   planted   the   new   daylilies   I   purchased   in   amongst   the   beds   of   the   cottage   gardens   I   had created   around   the   house.   Inspired   by   the   sights   I   had   seen   in America,   I   decided   to   start   my   own   nursery.      Soon   we   began   to   open for   visitors   on   the   weekends,   and   I   started   advertising   in   the   'Your   Garden'   magazine.   It   wasn't   long   before   we   outgrew   the   size   of the gardens, so I bought a larger property at Policeman's Spur Road and we moved the business there in October 1988. I   designed   the   layout   of   the   new   Mountain   View   Daylily   Gardens,   one   and   a   half   of   acres   of   beautiful   cottage   gardens   surrounding my   home,   with   1000's   of   daylilies   dominating   the   colour   scheme.   The   gardens   grew   quickly   in   the   mild   climate   and   exceptionally fertile   soil,   and   so   too   did   the   business      before   long   we   were   very   busy   accommodating   1000's   of   visitors   a   year.   Ultimately,   keeping the   gardens   open   consumed   all   my   waking   hours   and   left   me   no   spare   time   for   the   daylily   hybridising   that   had   also   become   a passion.   I   made   the   decision   that   we   would   no   longer   be   open   to   the   public,   and   with   the   need   for   much   more   space   to   continue   the expansion of my business I relocated to a nearby farm during 1998-99 and changed the name to Mountain View Daylily Nursery. BACK   TO   THE   FUTURE   Since   that   time   I've   seen   the   nursery   grow   and   grow,   and   at   one   stage   we   had   6   acres   of   daylilies   under cultivation   in   the   paddocks.   We   have   seen   both   good   years   and   bad,   profits   and   losses,   sunshine   and   rain,   global   financial   crisis and   recessions,   drought   and   terrible   storms,   and   each   time   we   have   ridden   out   the   storms   and   continued   to   operate.   I've   had   some interesting   characters   work   for   me   over   the   years   too!   During   the   last   10   years   I   have   been   lucky   enough   to   have   2   important   people work   for   me   on   a   long   term   basis   Jenny,   who   manages   all   aspects   of   administration   of   my   business,   and   Joel   who   steadfastly manages   the   farm   and   tends   to   all   areas   of   cultivating   my   daylilies.   Without   their   help   I   would   not   have   been   able   to   keep   the business in operation, due to my recent ill health. Now   we   are   moving   into   a   new   phase   with   the   business,   as   I   am   stepping   backwards   into   retirement   and   will   no   longer   be   actively involved   in   the   day   to   day   running   of   the   business. After   a   30   year   love   affair   with   daylilies   -   some   would   call   it   an   obsession!   I   plan to   make   time   for   my   other   passions,   such   as   photography   and   travel,   and   to   cultivate   new   friendships   instead   of   new   daylilies!   I   will still   be   in   touch   with   Jenny   and   Joel   on   a   consultative   basis,   but   as   they   are   fully   experienced   in   managing   the   nursery   I   will   leave   it to them to very capably run the business for me.  As   such,   we   are   changing   the   way   the   business   will   function   and   will   no   longer   be   running   an   office   at   the   farm.      We   aim   to   be   a paperless   office   instead!   This   means   that   we   will   no   longer   be   taking   phone   enquiries,   so   we   will   be   asking   all   our   clients   to   contact us   by   email   wherever   possible,   or   by   post.   During   this   transition   phase,   may   I   request   that   you   limit   your   emails   to   order   enquiries only.   I   would   prefer   not   to   receive   other   enquiries   regarding   general   daylily   information   as   there   are   plenty   of   resources   already available   on   the   internet.   You   only   have   to   type   a   question   in   on   Google   and   instantly   you   will   have   100's   of   answers   at   your fingertips it's like magic! How did we ever manage without the internet?
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HOW   IT   ALL   BEGAN   Back   in   1984,   when   I   first   came   to   live   in   Maleny, sadly   I   was   forced   to   retire   from   teaching   due   to   serious   eyesight problems.      So   I   decided   to   take   a   trip   to   the   USA,   something   I   had wanted   to   do   for   many   years.   I   wanted   to   see   the   newest   daylilies   in the   nurseries   there,   and   not   just   rely   on   photos   in   the   catalogues.   I   was looking   forward   to   meeting   the   breeders   and   observing   their   breeding programs.    Whilst    there    I    visited    many    gardens    and    discovered    the passion    of    the    amazing    daylily    collectors    spread    across    that    huge country.   On   my   return   home,   I   planted   the   new   daylilies   I   purchased   in amongst   the   beds   of   the   cottage   gardens   I   had   created   around   the house.   Inspired   by   the   sights   I   had   seen   in   America,   I   decided   to   start my   own   nursery.      Soon   we   began   to   open   for   visitors   on   the   weekends, and   I   started   advertising   in   the   'Your   Garden'   magazine.   It   wasn't   long before    we    outgrew    the    size    of    the    gardens,    so    I    bought    a    larger property   at   Policeman's   Spur   Road   and   we   moved   the   business   there   in October 1988. I   designed   the   layout   of   the   new   Mountain   View   Daylily   Gardens,   one and   a   half   of   acres   of   beautiful   cottage   gardens   surrounding   my   home, with   1000's   of   daylilies   dominating   the   colour   scheme.   The   gardens grew   quickly   in   the   mild   climate   and   exceptionally   fertile   soil,   and   so too   did   the   business      before   long   we   were   very   busy   accommodating 1000's   of   visitors   a   year.   Ultimately,   keeping   the   gardens   open   consumed all    my    waking    hours    and    left    me    no    spare    time    for    the    daylily hybridising   that   had   also   become   a   passion.   I   made   the   decision   that   we would   no   longer   be   open   to   the   public,   and   with   the   need   for   much more   space   to   continue   the   expansion   of   my   business   I   relocated   to   a nearby   farm   during   1998-99   and   changed   the   name   to   Mountain   View Daylily Nursery. BACK   TO   THE   FUTURE   Since   that   time   I've   seen   the   nursery   grow   and grow,   and   at   one   stage   we   had   6   acres   of   daylilies   under   cultivation   in the   paddocks.   We   have   seen   both   good   years   and   bad,   profits   and losses,   sunshine   and   rain,   global   financial   crisis   and   recessions,   drought and   terrible   storms,   and   each   time   we   have   ridden   out   the   storms   and continued to operate. I've   had   some   interesting   characters   work   for   me   over   the   years   too! During   the   last   10   years   I   have   been   lucky   enough   to   have   2   important people   work   for   me   on   a   long   term   basis   Jenny,   who   manages   all aspects   of   administration   of   my   business,   and   Joel   who   steadfastly manages   the   farm   and   tends   to   all   areas   of   cultivating   my   daylilies. Without   their   help   I   would   not   have   been   able   to   keep   the   business   in operation,   due   to   my   recent   ill   health.   Now   we   are   moving   into   a   new phase   with   the   business,   as   I   am   stepping   backwards   into   retirement and   will   no   longer   be   actively   involved   in   the   day   to   day   running   of   the business. After    a    30    year    love    affair    with    daylilies    -    some    would    call    it    an obsession!    I    plan    to    make    time    for    my    other    passions,    such    as photography   and   travel,   and   to   cultivate   new   friendships   instead   of   new daylilies!   I   will   still   be   in   touch   with   Jenny   and   Joel   on   a   consultative basis,   but   as   they   are   fully   experienced   in   managing   the   nursery   I   will leave it to them to very capably run the business for me.  As   such,   we   are   changing   the   way   the   business   will   function   and   will   no longer   be   running   an   office   at   the   farm.      We   aim   to   be   a   paperless office   instead!   This   means   that   we   will   no   longer   be   taking   phone enquiries,   so   we   will   be   asking   all   our   clients   to   contact   us   by   email wherever    possible,    or    by    post.    During    this    transition    phase,    may    I request   that   you   limit   your   emails   to   order   enquiries   only.   I   would prefer    not    to    receive    other    enquiries    regarding    general    daylily information   as   there   are   plenty   of   resources   already   available   on   the internet.   You   only   have   to   type   a   question   in   on   Google   and   instantly you   will   have   100's   of   answers   at   your   fingertips   it's   like   magic!   How   did we ever manage without the internet?
All rights reserved © Scott Alexander 2002 All images are the property of Scott Alexander unless stated otherwise