July 18, 2014 at 1:00 am

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Daylilies come in all shapes and colors. (Kathy Rinke)

Daylily exhibition and sale on Saturday in Shelby Township

Daylily exhibition and sale on Saturday in Shelby Township

When it comes to daylilies, one color comes to mind for many: orange. But LuAnne Ikeda with the Southern Michigan Daylily Society says these days, daylilies come in all shapes and colors. “These are not your grandma’s orange daylily,” Ikeda says. “Daylilies are now available in every color — expect pure white and elusive true blue.” If you’re interested in seeing the incredible variety of daylilies, the 2014 SMDS Daylily Exhibition & Sale is Saturday at Telly’s Greenhouse, 4343 24 Mile in Shelby Township. Held for the first time in Macomb County — it’s been in Oakland County in the past — the show will consist of two divisions (On-Scape and Off-Scape), both of which will accept nonmembers. Registered cultivars or seedlings must be entered between 8-11 a.m. Daylilies will be on display to the public once judging is completed at 2 p.m. For information, go to www.MiDaylilySociety.com.

Annual pond tour will focus on ponds in northwest Detroit

Annual pond tour will focus on ponds in northwest Detroit

It’s one of the area’s most unique summer tours: the Metro-Detroit Pond and Garden Club’s annual pond tour. Now in its 12th year, the tour is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 26 and will feature eight locations — seven ponds and one yard — in northwest Detroit, including Palmer Woods and the city’s university district. Tickets are $10; kids 12 and younger are free. To buy tickets, call (313) 779-2912 or (248) 736-3833. Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour at the Northwest Activity Center, 18100 Meyers, Detroit, 48235. For information, go to www.metrodetroitpondandgardenclub.org.

Ortonville artist makes rustic furniture out of willow twigs

Ortonville artist makes rustic furniture out of willow twigs

There’s a name for the unique wood pieces artist Sue Kolb creates: rustic twig furniture. Kolb, who also is a ceramicist and works out of her studio in rural Ortonville, uses willow twigs to weave and shape chairs and tables. Kolb says she first discovered twig furniture at camp as a teenager, but it wasn’t until she discovered fellow Michigan twig furniture artist Bill Perkins at an art fair in the 1980s that her love for it really blossomed. Willow “is a supple material that can be manipulated into curved, flowing designs for simple pieces or can be woven into a curvaceously complex pieces that often leave you breathless,” says Kolb on www.redpinepotteryandtwigs.com, her website. To see some of Kolb’s work at her studio, call (248) 736-9201. Kolb’s work also can be found at the Village Fine Art Gallery, 220 N. Adams in Rochester Hills.

‘Backyard Lilypalooza’ is this week’s winner

'Backyard Lilypalooza' is this week's winner

Presented with a blank canvas in her backyard when the family pool and deck were no longer used and torn down 12 years ago, Deby Ritter of St. Clair Shores decided to create art. Ritter, with the help of family, friends and neighbors, created a garden and pathway, anchored by lilies, hostas and seedum. “I always liked the old English perennial type of garden,” says Ritter. “I wanted the Japanese Weeping Cherry as the focus, a pathway through the middle and Michigan native plants.” Ritter’s “Backyard Lilypalooza” is this week’s winner of the Homestyle Garden Photo Contest. She’ll win a book and be a finalist for the grand prize, a $100 gift card to English Gardens. To enter your photo, go to www.detroitnews.com/gardenphotos. Or mail it to Homestyle Garden Photo Contest, 615 W. Lafayette, Detroit MI 48226.

Smith house tours are sold out

Smith house tours are sold out

Bad news, local Frank Lloyd Wright fans: Tours of the Smith house in Bloomfield Hills — the dream home of teachers Melyvn Maxwell Smith and his wife, Sara, designed by Wright in the late 1940s (featured in our June 20 cover story) — are sold out, according to the Cranbrook Art Museum. Cranbrook officials say they’re looking into adding tours next year of the house Wright called “my little gem,” but details are still being worked out. Stay tuned!

Metro-Detroit Pond and Garden Club is focusing this year's tour on ... (Metro-Detroit Pond and Garden Club)
Sue Kolb uses willow branches in her furniture. (Sue Kolb)
'Backyard Lillypalooza' by Deby Ritter of St. Clair Shores (Deby Ritter)
This Frank Lloyd Wright home built by teachers Melvyn Smith and Sara Stein ... (David Guralnick / Detroit News)