We made a brief stop in Huntsville for one purpose only, and while it was not it was not to attend church we did intend to follow the advice above from Matthew 6:8. Specifically, the main goal of our visit was to see the daylily (Hemerocallis) collection at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. We visited here in 2018, but since that happened during the first week of April we were a bit early to see the garden in full bloom. We did enjoy plenty of bulb flowers like tulips and daffodils, along with some early azaleas, but I was disappointed that we missed the blooms in the Van Valkenburgh Daylily Garden. It’s an official display garden of the American Hemerocallis Society featuring over 800 different cultivars of this cheerful, easy-to-grow species. After our emotional and challenging stop in Montgomery, we planned this stop as a way to lift our hearts by looking at pretty flowers. It worked!
Just Look at These Flowers
The daylily garden was a riot of colors ranging from white and pale yellow to orange, red, and purple, with flowers in many different shapes. Some varieties had thin ribbon-like petals, while others had thick rosettes of petals. Some featured frilly edges along the petals or interesting multi-colored flowers — or both! The initial frenzy of color and shapes resolved itself into some kind of order as we proceeded around the various beds and examined the individual plants.
As if those lilies weren’t enough, we were also able to see the water lily garden in bloom, which was also out of season during our prior visit.
And we enjoyed seeing a variety of other lovely blooms and critters as we ambled around the garden.
We did not visit the US Space and Rocket Center because of time constraints, but I would have been happy to make a return visit. I can always use more space and science in my life. Instead, we ran errands at conveniently located stores.
Where We Stayed
Like our last time in Huntsville, we stayed at the US Space & Rocket Center RV Park. This private park is a bit of an odd mixture. The sites are far larger and more spread out than at a typical private park, but the infrastructure is absolutely terrible. We hope the giant potholes in the campground loop road don’t swallow the Airstream on our way out.
But the park is very affordable for a full-hookup private facility, and the location can’t be beat. It sits directly between the botanical garden and the rocket center, our two top destinations in the area, and within a 15-minute drive of REI, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Home Depot, numerous Publix stores, and more.
Fully provisioned, we now head to Nashville where we hope to avoid spontaneous combustion in the ongoing heat wave.