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Somewhere in the ArkLaTex: Day Lily Farm

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Two years ago Mark Carpenter cross pollinated two day lilies. The first time Mark visited this place he was hooked. Mark and his uncle John Carpenter spent 20 years growing hybridizing day lilies. Uncle John created one of the largest day lily farms in the country and two years ago, he sold it to Mark.

"Every day is like Christmas for me. Every day I unwrap a present; a new bloom that no one on earth has seen before" says Mark.

If you spend just a moment really looking up close, you'll notice the color variations and the subtle shading differences and the different shapes of the petals. It's all done by taking pollen or the DNA of one lily and mixing it with another and the results are flowers no one else has ever seen.

"There are flowers you will find no where else in the world. These are world class flowers" says Mark.

When you see one for the first time, one you've nurtured and fretted over for two years, it's enough to make a poppa really proud.

Mark says that he knows the location of every lily on his farm because he "keeps up with where his babies are."

Mark gave up his day job to follow his passion and create these new flowers for everyone to enjoy. You can see the flowers for yourself if you just head to "The Lily Farm" off of State Highway 7 West in Center, Texas.

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