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      Hometown Farmer: Bob's Garden Perennials

      Everyone has a passion and for Bob Flick, it's flowers.

      "You don't want to carry the flower in a small car." said Flick.

      Bob Flick is right. When this "Voodoo Lily" flowers it stinks Just ask the folks at the last garden show he took one to.

      "They finally asked me to remove it because it stinks so bad, it's hilarious says Flick. Bob started working with plants at his grandpa's greenhouse when he was a kid. "Fifty cents an hour by the way, kids." And it turned into a real labor of love. Just look out back. You'll see some unusual day-lily hybrids. Like "botox" here. "Whenever the ladies see it, they tend to giggle a little bit." Even though there's between 700 and 1,000 plants here. It's not that hard to find "Batman's Shadow." Look-out."Sheza Heartbreaker" "It's a beautiful little flower." But where do they all come from? Bob buys a lot of his flowers online. www.daylily.com. "Be careful, it's a little bit addictive." warns Flick. Day lilies and Irises make up most of what he's growing. But it can be a little expensive. When it comes to water. These plants have got to eat. "I had one bill last year that was over three hundred dollars." It's an expensive hobby that keeps Bob busy. But he wouldn't have it any other way. "It's so much fun to watch it go through the cycle, it's just incredible. If you know of any farmers you think would be great here on "Proud to be a Hometown Farmer," please email Jake at: jheller@siouxlandnews.com.
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