Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Visiting "The Hoosier Daylily Society"

Hello Daylily Friends,


This past Friday I was very privileged to visit The Hoosier Daylily  Society in Indianapolis, Indiana,  I had previously been to Indiana during the summer of 2015 when I came to serve as a "Bus Captain."  My friend, Mike Holmes asked me if I would come and be a Bus Captain, and I asked if anyone there was growing my LYDIA'S REGAL ROBE.  Mike said he didn't think so, but unknown to me, he purchased my daylily from someone outside Region 2.  He then had the daylily planted in a pot, and as our Bus traveled from Garden to Garden, the pot was moved ahead of us by car to the garden we were about to visit.  I wasn't told about any of this until Dr. Wally Zollman, a renowned Plastic Surgeon, confessed that the pot had fallen over in his wife's Lexus, and the dirt covered the floor of her new car.  I was sad about Mrs. Zimmerman's car, but I was so impressed with what the Club did with my flower.


I would note that this past fall LYDIA won the Award of Merit from the AHS, and that it is now a candidate for the Stout Medal.  I would also add that when I was in Indiana this past Friday, Dr. Wally took me to breakfast at the Waffle House, and then took me to the Airport.  Thanks Dr. Wally.  Thanks also to Chris Wilhoite, the Club's President, who picked me up at the Hotel, and transported me to the meeting, and later back to the Hotel.  Thanks also to Brent Clement, our AHS Attorney, and thanks to all the Hoosier Club members for making me so, so welcome. The evening meal was just fabulous including the "Corn Casserole."

I was much later this year than I've ever been in getting my new seedlings moved from inside the Greenhouse to the outside garden. The labor was difficult clearing the beds, getting them tilled. and then getting the beds ready for the new seedlings.  I'm about three (3) weeks from the first frost, and I'm watering the beds every other day so that they will survive this coming winter.  Many of the seedlings will be dormant so they should survive.   

I was particularly pleased this past week-end to learn that two of my introductions won the AHS Honorable Mention Award.  This is the initial Award that puts the flower into ultimate contention for the Award of Merit.   The two flowers to win the Award were BLAZING CANNONS and DIANA'S IRISH DREAM.  I am pleased that BLAZING CANNONS previously won the AHS President's Award, and I'm likewise pleased that it received 61 votes and came in 4th place in the overall Honorable Mention voting.  DIANA'S IRISH DREAM was a big surprise.  It received 22 votes, and now I will have to grow more of it to get it distributed to more members.  Thanks to our Judges for this recognition of our flowers.

I must also report that on Tuesday morning we sent a large order of daylilies to our friend Karel Smit in South Africa.  The order that we sent to Karel last year, 2015, was held in the South Africa Custom's office for 30 days, but all but one of the daylilies survived.  This year I made sure that I sent to Karel the very strongest daylilies we have that he ordered.  I am hoping and praying that South Africa sends the daylilies to Karel much more promptly.  I am so pleased that our daylilies will be seen by others in another continent far across the Atlantic ocean.  So very exciting! 

This past week-end we were privileged to have Lily Rae with us.  As you may remember she had her 5th birthday in September, and she is a happy and beautiful child.  So inquisitive and she learns so fast.  We did not have her on Halloween which was on Monday, but on Saturday we took her to the Marietta Square to celebrate this holiday.  She gathered lots of candy, she enjoyed the store known as "Eddie's Trick Shop," and she particularly enjoyed seeing a tiny dog on the square that was made to look like a "hot dog."  I took Lily Rae's picture as she looked at a display of a witch.

This coming week-end we are going on our Sunday School Class Retreat to Lake Junaluska in North Carolina.  We will be studying a book about Revival written by Adam Hamilton.  The book will focus on John Wesley, and we will have over 70 Class members on the Retreat.

More News soon.

Bill

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Visiting in Mississippi and Pennsylvania

Hello Daylily Friends,

Diana and I have been so fortunate to travel and see "Daylily Friends" in such different regions of our great Country.  On Sunday morning, Oct. 16, 2016, we drove to Mississippi to visit with the Hattiesburg Area Daylily Society.  We arrived about 45 minutes early and so we looked around the area, and indeed it is a beautiful place.  It felt like August in north Georgia.  The sun was warm and the temperature was in the mid and high 80s.  At the meeting we happily greeted Barbara and Earl Watts, two of the best members of our incredible National Daylily Society.  We also met Gary Campbell, the Hattiesburg President, and then just saw more and more friends.  Later in the day, after the Club meeting was concluded, I took a Club Picture.  Then, the Club took Diana and myself to a Seafood Restaurant.  The meal was so, so good. Thanks to Earl, we stayed overnight at a brand new Hampton Inn Hotel.  Got a good night's sleep and the next morning we returned home.  Thanks to Barbara and Earl and to the Hattiesburg Club Members for a wonderful time!

On Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, Diana and I flew Delta Airlines to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  We went a day early because my Lovely Wife made arrangements for me to see the Battlefield at Gettysburg.  Of course, I had never been to Gettysburg, but what I saw just made me both jubilant and also so sad.  I love the USA, having served 9 years in our military, and I'm glad that the Civil War was 150 years ago.  However, seeing two particular parts of the Gettysburg Battlefield was painful.

The first part of the Battlefield that I wanted to see was Little Roundtop.  For a while we handled ourselves well at Little Roundtop, and we were fortunate that the Union troops ran out of bullets.  But even though they had no more bullets, we ran away when they charged at us with just bayonets.  I mean we marched across the Applachian Mountains to get there, we are basically successful in our efforts, but then at the last minute we run, and so we lost this important encounter.  Then, looking at the area our forces held, and understanding what happened at Pickett's Charge, just made me so regretful.  Our men, my relatives included, dying in the open field and being shot by Union forces across a battlefield that was so large.  I just can't believe that General Lee thought that we could have done such a stupid thing.  It was bad, but then the whole war was bad.  I understand that 50,000 men were killed, wounded or captured at Gettysburg.


We did see the location of General Lee's headquarters, and I took a picture of General Lee looking over the Battlefield.  In my thinking, General Lee must have thought that our Cannons had done serious damage to the Union lines, but I understand that our artillery fire just sailed over their heads and no harm was done.  So, then, as our men moved across that wide, wide open field we were just easy targets for Union bullets and cannon balls.  There were even "fences" in the field and we had to crawl over them.  We were then much easier targets, being higher in the air as we tried to get over the fences.  After seeing the Battlefield, I was glad that we had Lilyhemmer ahead of us for the weekend.

At Lilyhemmer we were privileged to see many more friends, including Rich Howard from Connecticut, Michael Miller from Virginia, and Carol and Anthony Haj from New York.  Diana and I watched the programs, enjoyed the wonderful meals, and soon I presented our program.  During the evening we attended the plant auction, and it was very competitive.  We even found a little time before the auction to visit Hershey's Chocolate Factory which was nearby.  We couldn't have visited so many places without the car that Diana rented.  Soon it was time to return to Georgia.  Thanks to our friends at Lilyhemmer for inviting us to your annual daylily adventure.

I've got to show a new daylily that bloomed this past June.  It was a 10 month seedling which I have assigned Seedling number 6-105.  The parents are as follows:  ((Viva Glam Girl x Tet. Vanilla Fluff) x Opa Klaus).  Perhaps you might agree that I've combined two wonderful conversions of Joiner doubles: Tet. Vanilla Fluff and Tet. Sunglasses Needed, which is a parent of OPA KLAUS.  I like the color, and I particularly like the measurements which are as follows:  33" tall, 4-way branching, 16 Buds and a 7" double.  I left 6-105 growing outside so that I can see whether it is dormant, knowing that Vanilla Fluff is a dormant.

Diana has also had blooms on her red marigold that is named "Cinnabar," and also on her white Cosmos.  These are two of the flowers we admired when we were on Vacation in the Northwest this past Summer with Georgia Gardener Walter Reeves.  I'm showing a close-up picture of both the Cosmos and also the Cinnabar.   Having these flowers to bloom now will make it possible to gather many more seeds for use next spring.  Diana had only three (3) seeds of the Cinnabar, and ten (10) seeds of the Cosmos.  Diana even has a Cinnabar growing in a one gallon bucket which we will probably keep in the Greenhouse.

Tomorrow morning I'm flying to Indianapolis, Indiana, to speak to the Hoosier Daylily Society.

Bill



Thursday, October 13, 2016

Happy 5th Birthday!

Hello Daylily Friends,

I have been working so many hours to try to get ready for winter.  All is growing well in the Greenhouse, and I'm clearing so many rows outside.  I hope to be finished by the middle of November.  By then all new seedlings should be planted outside and all of the plants that I'm going to use to make seeds during 2017 will be in the Greenhouse growing well in pots.

During all of this effort we were so blessed to have Nicole DeVito to come from Florida and visit with us when our Club met on Sept. 11, 2016.  Nicole showed us pictures of her Garden, which we were able to personally  visit on our Club Bus during the 2016 Florida Mecca.  Our members purchased Nicole's daylilies at our auction, and we've now gotten these planted in our gardens.  I had wanted to take a Club picture with Nicole but I just forgot.  I didn't remember until most members had already left to return home,  I just couldn't let this happen so those of us we were still at the meeting came together and had our picture taken with Nicole.  I'm showing the picture.  I had wanted to show Nicole that I have so many seedlings growing from her introduction UNDEFINABLE.  Perhaps next time.  Thanks so much Nicole for coming to visit.

Then Lily Rae came to visit with Mom and with Grandpa and Grandma, and we celebrated her 5th birthday.  Lily Rae had a lovely cake and lots of presents and so, so much fun.  The Cake was green and yellow and Lily Rae likes these colors, perhaps because they are "John Deere" tractor colors.  We talked and laughed and did lots of fun things that Lily likes to do.  She likes to paint with water colors, she likes to draw pictures, she likes puzzles, and she enjoys lots of conversation.  I repeat that she enjoys conversation.  She will talk and talk, and enjoy whatever we say to each other.  She is the best.  We are always thrilled to be with Lily Rae.



She also likes to walk in the Garden and walk with Grandpa to the Greenhouse.  In the Greenhouse we have a new "Banana Tree" that was given to us by Suzanne Franklin who lives in North Georgia.  This particular Banana Tree is somewhat "cold hardy." Earlier this summer when we visited with Suzanne I told her that we would be so happy to have a stalk from her tree, and she was kind and brought one to us.  Lily Rae likes the new Banana Tree.  Lily Rae also likes to help do things in the Greenhouse.  So she helped Grandpa pot several daylilies that I'll be using this coming spring.  Lily just likes to do gardening work with Grandpa.  Thanks Lily Rae.

I also want to mention an introduction that I had a number of years ago named for my friend, David Arthur.  I planted DAVID ARTHUR in the Garden and I've been growing it with the intent of offering it for sale when we again have a sale in the City of Smyrna.  DAVID ARTHUR grew and grew and was fully mature this summer.  I was so surprised at what I say.  The plant is actually 31" tall with 4-way branching and it very often blooms as a "double."  Indeed, it has a lovely double bloom.  I think that I may use the double to produce more, darker colored doubles.  I think I should also update the registration with our Registrar, and show the genuine height and branching, plus the fact that it often doubles.

Speaking of doubles, I am reasonably sure that I will introduce Seedling 3-397.  Its parents are as follows:  (Buzz Saw Boogie x Tet. Sunglasses Needed).  It is a sister plant to OPA KLAUS, and is 24" tall, with 3-way branching, 17 buds, with a 7" flower.  I have not tried to use it as a pod parent although I should have.  It is just too beautiful to leave aside.  I think AHS friends will enjoy growing it in their gardens.

Another time of excitement has been our Club's Fall Picnic which took place on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.  We had 50+ members in attendance.  We had a grand feast and we ate most everything.  We had a plant auction where plants were mostly purchased with "points" earned during the year when members worked for the Club during many activities.  We also used the points to purchase plants that were available but not auctioned.  David Bishop was our Auctioneer and he did a fine job.  Also durng the Fall Picnic many members went to the Greenhouse to see the seedlings.  I'm so pleased that they look most promising.  Then we later took time to take a Club Picture as we've done each year over the past several years.  Our Fall Picnic was just fun.

Then, this past Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, I was pleased to be the Speaker for Georgia's Region 5 at its meeting in Macon, Georgia.  I was so pleased to see our Auctioneer, David Bishop, lead the meeting.  Our Region 5 President, Scott Elliott, could not be present because of Hurricane Elliott on the Georgia coast.  We hear that Scott survived the storm ok.  It was also good to see so many additional friends, and again, I wish that I had taken a picture but I was just too focused on being the Speaker.  Thanks to Region 5 for having us come and show our program.

Back on July 13, 2016, I showed pictures of the most significant event that happened in our garden this past summer.  It was the rebloom scape on Seedling 6-41.  Wow, what a daylily!  I'm going to show a picture of the bloom again, and then let you know what I've done with the scapes.  Here's the picture.

I dug up Seedling 6-41 and I have six (6) fans.  I separated each fan, dipped them in strong chemicals, got them cleaned and then planted two fans in three separate 2-gallon buckets.  The fans have grown well, and they now look like they are almost back to normal.  However, the roots are coming out of the bottoms of the 2-gallon buckets.  I'm going to have to put the plants into 3 or 5 gallon buckets.  I am so thrilled that I have 6 fans to work with.  I plan to cross this seedling with so many other daylilies, both singles and doubles.  Also I looking forward to learning whether 6-41 is pod fertile.

Let me also show two seedlings that have recently bloomed from using MASTER SERGEANT KENNETH LANE, 4-564.  First I am showing a cross between SGT. LANE and TET. YANKEE PINSTRIPES.  I got the darker color and the bloom is most encouraging.  I am looking forward to seeing all of the other blooms in 2017.  Next, I'm showing a cross between SGT. LANE and TET. PINK STRIPES.  I like the bloom, and again, I'm looking forward to see the other blooms in 2017.  I am now seeing that we can indeed do things with the stripes that we might not have thought about years ago.  This is so, so exciting.



I want to close by showing a bloom of Seedling 4-570.  This is a magnificent flower.  The lovely green edge is so pronounced, and I'm showing a picture of the scape and branches in the Greenhouse.  The measurements that I'm showing are taken from 4-570 growing in the outside garden.  4-570 is pod and pollen fertile.  It will be so much in demand when I'm able to put it on the market.  It will be put out in the Spring of 2018.  It is just so delightful to have seedlings like 4-570.

This coming Sunday Diana and I are going to Mississippi to speak to the Hattiesburg Club; it will be so exciting.

More news soon.

Bill

Saturday, August 20, 2016

On Vacation


Hello Daylily Friends,

Diana and I have just returned from visiting Seattle, Washington and Victoria Canada, and we were led on this exciting adventure by our Georgia Gardening Friend, Walter Reeves. There were 30 Georgia Gardeners on the Trip, and a highlight of the trip was a visit to The Space Needle which is an observation deck that was built in 1962 for the World's Fair. Interestingly, the Space Needle can withstand winds up to 200 miles per hour, and can also withstand an earthquake of up to 9.1 in magnitude. Also interesting is the fact that The Space Needle is protected by 25 lightning rods. Quite a structure.


On our trip we primarily visited gardens, and one beautiful flower I saw that I liked was a red marigold called a "Sinnabar."  It is an old fashioned color with cinnamon red blossoms with a gold edge.  It mixed well with the flowers where we saw it blooming, and I'm going to grow it in our daylily beds.  I particularly like its dark green foilage and the fact that it apparently blooms from midsummer to frost.


Also interesting were the glass art works done by Dale Chihuly who is from Tacoma, Washington.  Although we have seen exhibits of Mr. Chihuly's work here in Atlanta, the exhibits in the buildings next to The Space Needle were fun to examine.  There were so many exhibits but I particularly noticed two.  The first was a massive sized vase that was blue and yellow in color.  Quite nice.  I liked the shape and the colors.  Then there was an odd exhibit for what I've seen from Mr. Chihuly.  He created a glass sculpture of a white snake.   Just eery.  Art is just such an incredible field, especially for an artist like Dale Chihuly. 


I must also point out that there were so many massive trees in Washington and Canada.  There were Furs, Redwoods and Hemlocks, and all were of huge size, but I have never seen a Sequoia.  I was so surprised to personally see this massive tree.  I don't think that Sequoias are natural to Washington, but they do live in California and Oregon.  I also understand that Sequoias can grow to about 300 feet in height, but the root system is only about 6 to 12 feet deep. The roots do spread out to about 50 feet and the tree roots are often tied together to give more stability.  I would add that Diana purchased a Redwood Seedling and she now has it growing here at the house.  One thing I know for sure, if her Redwood survives it will be a giant tree.


We also went to see the incredible "Butchart Gardens."  Wow.  What an incredible place.  I understand that there are 46 full time Gardeners who keep this place at its pristine perfection. We saw valleys, waterfalls, roses, Japanese Gardens, and plenty more.  Seeing a perfect garden just lifts the soul.  We took our picture just as we were entering the gardens, and later I took a picture of Diana Rae.  Choosing pictures is indeed a chore when there was so much to photograph.  Sadly, these gardens were near the end of our vacation, and I doubt that we will ever see them again.


When we arrived back home the grass was overgrown, and the Greenhouse still needed to be cleaned.  So we attacked the yard and finished with the Greenhouse.  I'm showing a picture of the Greenhouse looking new once again.  Soon I will be planting new seeds.



Also have had some wonderful blooms that I haven't yet reported.  One new bloom was Seedling 6-121, and here is the parentage:  (Barbara Watts x Opa Klaus).  It was 26" tall above arching foilage and it had 2-way branching.  I expect more height and more branching since the seedling was only planted on August 20, 2015.  I was particularly impressed with the "teeth" on the seedling.  So, I took another close up view of the teeth.  I had hopes that the teeth from BARBARA WATTS would transfer to OPA KLAUS, but I had no idea that I could have had such tremendous success.


A soon to be introduced daylily is Seedling 3-463, and the parentage is as follows: ((Eternal Treasure x Gnashing of Teeth) x (Eternal Treasure x Gnashing of Teeth)).  It is 30" tall, 4-way branching, 17 buds and a 5" flower.  It has a  yellow and green throat, bounded by a light brown eye, which is again bounded by a lavender self.  There is then a small yellow band on the outside of the petals.  I'm thinking of calling this seedling DOUBLE VISION.

I also have an update on my prior work in trying to convert Billy Dick's double named PEACHLAND RAINBOW.  Back on July 8, 2015, I stated in this blog that I had it converted.  So, I put the plant in a bigger pot, and I had plans to use it this summer.  But it never bloomed.  Then today I was able to check the pollen on a new bloom.  I was so pleased to again see tetraploid pollen.  On my scale the pollen measures between a 13 and a 15 on a hundred point scale.  Hopefully I can freeze some pollen and use it next spring.  And this time I will make sure that the plant receives plenty of cold weather this winter.


Having returned home from vacation, and having made progress in the garden getting everything back on track, Diana and I were most fortunate to travel to the North Alabama Daylily Society in Huntsville, Alabama.  We got up early on Sunday morning, had a nice drive over, and then met The Club's President, Dave Flannigan, and Jim and Sharon Beecher for lunch.  Got to the meeting and set up the program, and failed to take a Club picture as I had planned.  Nevertheless, our friends, Roger and Cherry Harper took several pictures and sent them to us by email, and I'm posting several of these.  It was good to go and visit friends in Huntsville.  As I said to the Club, I am among friends who will let me talk a long time about my most favorite subject: Daylilies!



Also, we are all so blessed that Lily Rae is visiting this week-end.  It is always a joy to be with her.  On her last visit we all went to Georgia Tech on fan day.  Lily Rae and her Mother Kelley Rae had their picture taken with Buzz and several cheerleaders.  Grandpa bought Lily Rae a large Buzz from the Tech book store.  Then this morning Lily Rae and her Mother were sitting together and I had to get a picture.  They are so glad to be together, and I'm just glad to be with them both.

More news soon.

Bill