Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Two Hundred Thousand

Hello Daylily Friends,

I have almost finished planting all of my seeds for this year.  Accounting to my math, I have planted 3,278 seeds, and I still have room to plant about 250 more.  I have tried very hard to get them all planted such that they will all sprout by at least the first of September.  Some of the seeds that are yet to be planted, will probably be grown in the Greenhouse over the winter, and then be planted outside next spring.  Of course, within about five weeks, I will have to take most all of the seeds from the Greenhouse, and plant them outside, and then wait and see if they will survive the coming winter.

I have also been working on preparing new beds so that I will have a place to plant the new seeds.  This is arduous work, and I have had some assistance, but the work is still difficult.  I am showing several beds that are finished, plus one bed that is "under construction."  I have moved all of the plants that I wanted to keep from the row where I am standing in the picture, but I "missed" one plant.  It wouldn't be so bad, but my mind was elsewhere, and I just skipped an incredible seedling.  Well, I separated the marker from the seedling, and I also went past a "blue flag."  When my mind is "cluttered" with stuff other than my work, I usually make mistakes.  This, however, was a big mistake.  Seedling 3-350 is just gone, and in the words of the old country song, "Crying won't bring it back."

Fortunately, I do have another seedling that has shown considerable promise.  It is Seedling 3-413, and the measurements on it are very good.  Plus, like Seedling 3-350, it has very nice "teeth" on its sepals.  Plus, it is pod and pollen fertile.  It was made from two of my seedlings that had outstanding teeth, Seedlings 11-279 and 11-273, but there was no lateral branch on either plant.  So, I crossed the two plants together, and had one seedling to bloom in the Greenhouse.  It was so nice, even without a lateral branch, that I planted it outside.  Then, early this summer, I noticed that there were four (4) branches, and 22 buds, and I took a picture of a bloom.  The height of the scape has been between 27 and 30 inches.  I mention 3-413, both to console myself, and because it was blooming this morning, on its third scape, with three flowers.  I'm showing a picture of the branching on the scape that was taken right about lunch time.

I'm still sad, however, about the loss of Seedling 3-350.

Diana has just had a good bloom on one of her Seedlings.  Specifically, on Seedling D13-111.  The cross is as follows:  (Irish Halo x Fringy) x Tet. Heavenly Angel Ice.  The plant is very tall, and it looks like it could be a double.  I would think that Diana could cross it with Tet. Ashee Dashee, and hopefully get an even better result.  Anyway, just thinking.

I have to mention our grand daughter, Little Lily Rae.  Diana grew quite a few "carrots" in her garden, and she decided to pick four or five to cook for our evening meal.  Lily Rae went with Grandma to pick the carrots, and she picked a few completely on her own.  I'm showing her holding one that she picked.  Also, on Sunday, two weeks ago, all children were invited to bring their "back packs" to Church, and then the Children and their back packs were included in the prayers of the Pastor.  Well, Lily Rae brought her back pack.  She was so cute with it, and of course I had to get a picture.  Lily Rae is such a blessing.

I've also noticed that we are getting close to having 200,000 entries into this blog.  We are currently at 199,720.  We need only 280 more blog visits to reach 200,000.  This will be such a major mile stone.  I'm going to keep watching to see if I can identify person number 200,000!



We now have 199,996 visitors to this Blog.  We are going to cross 200,000 here very shortly.  I wish that I could identify the person who is number 200,000, but I do not know how to do this.  Anyway, I'm glad that we have come this far.  It has been a fabulous ride.


It has happened.  We now have had 200,001 visitors!  Thanks to everyone who has been reading and visiting the blog over these past several years.  I've enjoyed writing and I'll be writing more very soon.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sammy's Whiskers.

Hello Daylily Friends,

I've finally been able to get the Greenhouse completely clean, and so my friends from Atlas Manufacturing came and made some changes to improve its productivity.  Team Leader, Roger Nugent, along with team members, Keith Smith and James Eason, spent most of two days replacing all of the plastic on the Greenhouse.  They even worked into the evening hours because the weather was cooler than it has been, and there was no wind blowing,  They just worked so well together.  They also replaced the filters in the Coolant System, and this has made the Greenhouse as cool as the lobby of an air conditioned office.  It is nice to be in
the Greenhouse and have the temperature at about 75 degrees during a hot August afternoon.  My friend Jeff at Atlas also helped me fix a problem that I was having with one of my fans, and we replaced the sealed ball bearings on one fan.  The temperature is controlled, and I'm moving toward planting seeds for next spring. Thanks Atlas for all of your help!

One of my daylilies that is on its third rebloom scape is Seedling 3-335.  When I first saw this daylily in the Greenhouse I had no idea that it would ultimately be just so delightful, particularly on a hot summer morning.  The blue eye is fine, the form is fine, and the height is grand at 28 inches tall, with 4-way branching.  The strong green throat really helps to emphasize the colors.  I have worked many hours to get to this point with 3-335.  I also want to give another plaudit to my good friend, Karol Emmerich, who hybridized FAITH THAT MOVES MOUNTAINS.  Karol gave this plant as a gift to use last year at the National Convention.  Recently I've noticed that this daylily has a sheen that I do not recall seeing on other purple daylilies.  It is big, and I like its height, which for me is 32 inches.  Since I will be leaving Karol's plant in place for next years AHS National Convention, I decided to start gathering pollen to freeze, and then use next spring on my 3-335.  Thanks Karol for sharing your daylily! 

I have to report on our Grand daughter, Little Lily Rae.  When she was here two weeks ago she ate several new items at her meals.  I was so happy when she tried "Corn on the Cobb."  At first she took a very small bite.  Then she tried another bite.  Then she ate all of the Corn on the Cobb!  Diana asked me what I thought that Lily would like when she comes to visit tomorrow evening.  I recommended the Corn on the Cobb.  I also have to point out that my beautiful wife is a magnificent cook.   For example, this past week she cooked me a Porterhouse Steak.  Wow, it was good.  This incredible supper included horse radish sauce, broccoli and cheese, mushrooms, and baked potatoes.  There was also a generous helping of tomatoes and sweet iced tea.  I would certainly recommend this supper for Lily, but I know that she couldn't eat that big steak, and there are other ideas that Diana has in mind. 

Have I mentioned my cat Sammy this summer?  I don't think so.  Well, Sammy is doing fine.  He must be at least 10 years of age, but you wouldn't know by looking at his eyes.  He is an exciting cat, and he does things we don't expect.  In fact, he is such a special cat that I'm thinking about naming one of my daylilies for him.  My friend, Sue Culbreath, the Editor of the Georgia Daylily, suggested that I name seedling 4-537, "SAMMY'S WHISKERS."  I like the idea, but first I will have to see the measurements next summer.

Right now I'm sorting my seeds, and within a few days I should have them planted in 3" peat pots in the Greenhouse.  I'll give a report soon.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Prickly All Over

Hello Daylily Friends,

Got up this morning and started to walk through the garden, when suddenly, I saw a glorious bloom on Genni Kleckner's, PRICKLY ALL OVER.  I wrote about Genni's double after I saw it blooming in Paul Owens' garden at the AHS National Convention in Asheville.  Although my plant is small, having only 3 buds, the first bloom is nevertheless, so lovely.  There are now several doubles on the market that have teeth, but I understand that Genni's plant is dormant, that it is pod fertile, and that it has height.  I'm going to enjoy working with PRICKLY ALL OVER for the next several seasons.  In fact, I'm already working with it.  Indeed, I pollenated Genni's double with pollen from my own Seedling 2-455.  Wouldn't it be nice to see a wonderful orange double with bright green teeth?

Another bloom that I saw just yesterday was on CHEROKEE GOLD.  I've made a number of posts about this new, large double, (See July 22, 2013 and Sept. 18, 2013), and I want to show yesterday's picture, and give an update about measurements.  Here are the outside measurements:  26" tall, 4-way branching, 18 buds and a 9" flower.  You may recall that in the Greenhouse the following were the measurements:  33" tall, 6-7 way branching, 26 buds and a 10" flower.  Of course, the plant has only gone through one winter outside, and after a second winter it may have even more significant outside measurements.  I would just add that it is a difficult pod parent, but I was able to make two F-2 pods.  Can't wait to see the F-2 blooms next spring.

While I'm talking about doubles, I have a report that I know will please my good friend, John Wagner, in Kingsport, Tennessee.  Several years ago John sent BIG KISS to me to have it converted.  At first I was sure that I had it converted, but then it seems I "lost" the conversion.  Then, about three weeks ago, I noticed a "difference" in some of the flowers on BIG KISS.  I began to frequently check the pollen, and I can now confirm that I've "found" the conversion,  The plant is tall, the pollen is large, and next year I will find out whether the pollen will set seed.

I've also started to clean out the Greenhouse.  This is a lot of work.  It seems like the task will never end, but for a serious hybridizer, it is an important work.  I've got to take plants from the Greenhouse and plant them outside, and soon I will be growing new seedlings in the Greenhouse.  To start the new seeds I must have good potting soil.  Fortunately, I found a new company that has sold me a great product.  In fact, I had a massive load of soil delivered to the garden just this past week.  I have to show a video of the soil delivery.

When Little Lily Rae was with us over the fourth of July holiday, it was so much fun to walk together with her in the morning through the garden.  Lily Rae loves the flowers, and I often let her pick the ones that she particularly likes.  Some of the flowers are so big, and I think that she picks certain flowers because of their color.  Anyway, she picked two flowers and Diana snapped her picture as she was enjoying what she had.  She is such a little angel.  We even took Ms. Lily Rae to the OK CafĂ© where she enjoyed the Chicken and the vegetables.  She enjoyed seeing all of the pictures on the walls, and she particularly liked visiting with the waitresses.  She conducts herself with such maturity, and she talks like she is ready to start school, but of course she is still only 2 years old. 



Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thoroughly Enjoyed Asheville!

Hello Daylily Friends,

Diana and I thoroughly enjoyed going to the AHS National Convention in Asheville, North Carolina.  We had a wonderful room very close to the front door of the hotel, and we were able to park in close proximity to the room.  We left home at around 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, and arrived for the meeting of the Bus Captains.  We gathered our supplies for garden visitation, and the adventure soon began.  In the past several years I've taken pictures of those on the bus, but this time I took a picture inside the bus.  Diana and I truly enjoyed the company of friends on Bus 10, and we laughed and talked and walked the gardens together.  We enjoyed the beauty of North Carolina, and just enjoyed the fact that we all chose to be where we were.  Indeed, we enjoyed all of the gardens that we visited, and when we reached BLUE RIDGE DAYLILIES we made several purchases.

I don't know exactly which daylilies Diana purchased at BLUE RIDGE, but I purchased a pink diploid, dormant seedling.  I particularly liked the width of the sepals, as well as the width of the flower, which was about 8 inches.  I didn't have a ruler to measure, but the flower was big, and this was the reason that I convinced Don Hensley to sell me the plant.  Don was very thoughtful and brought the plant to me at the hotel.  I've now planted Don's seedling outside, and I will grow it for a year, and then next summer I will split the plant and get it converted.  I'm posting a picture of myself with my friends Dave Mussar and Bob Selman.  I must also say that Bob and Don are growing their daylilies as well as I would think they can be grown.  Just massive daylilies, and even later in the afternoon the daylilies continued to be so gorgeous.  BLUE RIDGE DAYLILIES is the best!

I am also glad to report that our visit with Paul Owens, at his SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT NURSERY, was an outstanding treat. Paul welcomed us on our bus when we arrived, and later when we were about depart, Paul came back and gave each of us one of his new introductions.  Thanks Paul!  One flower in Paul's garden that caught my attention was Genni Kleckner's, PRICKLY ALL OVER.  It is a double with teeth, and it is just gorgeous.  In fact, it was offered at the Ashville Friday Night Auction for $100.00, but it sold for over $300.00.  PRICKLY ALL OVER is simply a new double tetraploid, with teeth, that is much wanted by doubles hybridizers, including myself.  Genni tells me that PRICKLY ALL OVER is pod fertile, and this certainly makes it to be all the more valuable.  Thanks Genni for this wonderful introduction.  You've done well!  And thanks again to Paul for inviting us to his garden.

 Diana and I also enjoyed our visits to the other four gardens, and I must say that I was impressed with the 1950 Chevrolet Truck that we saw at the LAUGHING CROW garden.  When I was much, much younger I owned a 1950 Chevrolet car, and to see a truck from the same year just brought back youthful memories.  We also enjoyed seeing several new introductions in Paul Cranford's Garden. These included BLACK FURY and WAVES OF JOY.

When we arrived back home we were thrilled to see so many red, ripe tomatoes on Diana's vines.  Diana picked her tomatoes, and I took a picture.  Several of the tomatoes weighed 1.5 pounds, and we are enjoying all that we can eat.  Every sandwich that has a big tomato is, indeed, a "better sandwich."   We were also glad to see our introduction, DIANA'S EVENING GOWN, blooming at its very best with height and branching, and with its massive 7" flower.  It is a dormant so it grows most anywhere north of the Mason-Dixon line.  I must also say that next year I may enter this beauty as an entrant for "late blooming daylilies," but perhaps I will write more about this later. Yes, we thoroughly enjoyed the convention, but as a famous person once said, "there is no place like home."  It is good to be back in the garden working again.

I was also asked about conversions that I've made this year.  Well there have been several, but today I will focus on just one: TET. ASHEE DASHEE.  It is Diane Taylor's introduction from several years ago.  It should help introduce doubles into the spider line.  That is, "Spider Line Doubles."  A new form of identification?  I'm also showing pictures of the pollen as seen on my one hundred power magnification on my microscope.  I've said in the past that diploid pollen measures about a 6 to 9, and sometimes up to 10 or 11, but tetraploid pollen usually measures about 13 to 15, and sometimes even higher.  I'm pleased to say that it seems to me that I have a "full conversion" with TET. ASHEE DASHEE.

Tomorrow morning is the Fourth of July, and we can hardly wait.  We are going to the Parade that will be in downtown Marietta.  We are taking our daughter, Kelley Rae, and our gorgeous granddaughter, Little Lily Rae.  We're particularly looking forward to seeing Lily Rae's reaction to the fire trucks and horses and bands and politicians and beauty queens.  She has such a wonderful mind that we know she will enjoy it all.  I'll let you know what happens.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Our Daylily Show was a Great Success!

Hello Daylily Friends,

This past Saturday morning, our Cobb County Daylily Society and the Greater Atlanta Daylily Society, held a joint "Daylily Show" at the Galleria Mall.  324 Flowers were entered that were brought by 36 members of our two Clubs.  Although we are now near the end of our bloom season, there were so many first bloom daylilies that it seemed as though we were back at the first week of June.  This grand Daylily Show was covered by the Marietta Daily Journal, and we received the "full page spread" on the first page of the Lifestyle Section.  In addition, a horizontal picture of our show was spread across this morning's top, front page of the newspaper.  Just fantastic newspaper coverage of a great event.  http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/25336315/article-In-bloom--Daylily-show-turns-heads-at-Galleria?instance=home_lifestyleI

I was particularly pleased that my Seedling 11-81 was chosen as the best seedling.  However, I also entered my Seedling 4-582 in the show.  This Seedling, 4-582, was from my third scape, and it was just the second bloom on that scape.  There were no discrepancies on the plant that I could identify, except perhaps that the scape was not straight up and down.  Knowing that I had it to bring to the show gave me considerable confidence that it would be selected as the preferred seedling.  I was really disappointed that 4-582 was not chosen, but since my 11-81 was selected, how can I be "unsettled"?  I expect to call 11-81, "DENTAL DELIGHT."  It has beautiful white teeth, along with some yellow teeth, and it is just dazzling.  When a Dentist looks at the teeth on 11-81, I would expect that he would "decline" to attempt any repair; Nothing is needed!  Thanks to the Judges who selected 11-81!

One of the events at our Daylily Show that makes the Show a success, is the Luncheon we share with our Judges.  They and their spouses are invited to have Lunch with us, and we are so fortunate to have them to talk with us about both their work and our Show.  I specifically want to thank Serena Verner for her work in preparing the menu for our Luncheon, which was just fabulous. We had Chicken Salad with a large Chicken Breast served over Lettuce.  There was also sweet Georgia iced tea along with apple pie for dessert.  Thanks Serena for all that you did to make our Luncheon a big success.

As our Daylily Show came to a close, our Cobb County President, Mark Franklin, spoke with Dennis and Sue Calbreath, telling them that he was totally satisfied with the work of Club Members in making the show to be a wonderful success.  We will not have another Daylily Show until the year 2016, because next year the AHS National Convention is coming to Atlanta.  We will give all of our effort toward making the National Convention be the best that it can be!

One flower that I wanted to enter in the Daylily Show was my Seedling 3-374, which I have been calling, CHEROKEE GOLD.  I previously spoke about this seedling blooming in the Greenhouse (See 4-23-2013 and 7-22-2013), but over the past 10 to 12 days I have seen three "outside blooms."  Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to photograph the earlier outside blooms, but I did get a chance to photograph the one that we had today.  In fact, I took the picture at about 1:30 p.m., and the flower was just gorgeous, just bursting with glory in the afternoon sun.  Hopefully I'll know more about CHEROKEE GOLD before the summer ends.

A daylily that has bloomed frequently here, that I photographed several days ago, is my Seedling 11-89.  It is just spectacular.  Although I'm pleased with my work in creating this beauty, I have to give considerable credit to my friend, Karol Emmerich, who introduced two of the parents of 11-89.  Without any delay, here is a picture.  There is a nice blue eye, and a lovely, deep purple color, and a good assortment of white teeth.  I'm just going to have to use 11-89 as a parent with my seedlings.

A political adventure that Diana and I shared this past week was to go and visit with Senator Jason Carter who is running to be the next Governor of Georgia.  Sen. Carter is the grandson of President Carter, and he is a lawyer with a law firm in Atlanta.  His wife is a public school teacher, and he has two young sons.  Diana and I were most impressed with Sen. Carter, and we had our picture made with him.

I've had one very tall red to bloom, Seedling 4-584, and I think that it is dormant.  It is a cross between Paul Lewis' A. D. LEWIS, and Larry Grace's THE BLESSING OF FREEDOM.  It is 42" tall and is a delightful red.  Although the branching is not as pronounced as I would like, I nevertheless think that the plant will be a good parent.  I know already that it is fertile.  Another of my new daylilies is Seedling 4-585 which is a lovely pink with a strong, strong scape.  I often see multiple blooms, and I've used it to make seeds.  I just like the soft color.  I might name this gorgeous flower for Little Lily Rae.

Speaking of Lily Rae, she and I, and her Mother, Kelley Rae, had a wonderful week at Vacation Bible School (VBS).  We got up and headed to School, and visited with friends and teachers, and we learned and we sang and we just had fun.  Then, this past Sunday, Little Lily Rae went to Church with Grandma and Grandpa.  Lily Rae likes Sunday School.  They play games and have cookies, and just enjoy being at Church.  I'm showing a picture from Sunday.

On Thursday morning Diana and I will go to Ashville, North Carolina to be at our National Convention.  We're looking forward to seeing friends and seeing gardens.  We really enjoy Ashville, and we're ready to go!

More news soon from Ashville.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Seedling 4-582.

Hello Daylily Friends,

I've been so fortunate this summer to have seen so many new blooms on daylilies that will eventually be introductions.  I've had plenty of blooms that "have teeth," but to see one bloom that is just far above what we normally see, is just more than can be imagined.  Seedling 4-582 meets and exceeds this description.  I walked into the garden this past Thursday morning, and saw the first bloom on 4-582.  I was so excited that I immediately went to get my tripod so that I could take a picture.  The flower is so special because the red color is a nice shade of red, and the teeth are so pronounced, especially on the sepals.  The measurements are all "outside" measurements, and are likely permanent measurements.  Then, this past weekend, Diana and I went to the Region 5 Spring Regional meeting, and when we came back home this past Sunday morning, there was a second bloom on 4-582.  Wow!  What a bloom!  I just had to tell the story of this new seedling for everyone to see and read.  You might note the difference in the red color between the two pictures.  This is because one picture was taken early in the morning, while the second picture was taken at a later time on Sunday morning.  And again, look at all those "white teeth." 

Well I mentioned that Diana and I went to the Region 5 Regional meeting, and we went to four gardens.  All four were outstanding gardens, and we thoroughly enjoyed every garden, but I want to focus on two of the gardens because these two will be featured when the AHS National Convention comes to Atlanta in 2015.  The first garden that we visited was the Shady Rest Garden that is owned by David and Doris Bishop.  The Bishops own a house on their multiple acres, but during the summer they live in a small cabin in the middle of their daylily garden.  The cabin is like a distant summer home, but its really where they live.  David and Doris have also incredibly improved their property. They have built walls, they have built walkways, they have a new well, plenty of water features, multiple miniature gardens, and a variety of many, many additional plants.  I particularly like the "picket fences" that I suppose they purchased at The Home Depot and improved by adding additional posts.  They then painted the fences white, and thereby really spruced up the garden even further.  It is going be a spectacular place to be seen during the Convention in 2015.

A second garden that we saw is owned by Morgan and Deb Akin.  It is on the Etowah  River.  What a scene!  I walked down to the River to take a picture.  The river is rolling along, the blue sky and the white clouds are above the river, and are even reflected by the water in the river.  The trees are so green, and the place is just heavenly. 

But I was also impressed by the Akin "barn."  Now in my barn I keep two John Deere tractors.  This is where I also keep my shovels and rakes and my fertilizer.  Plus, I keep a refrigerator for storing pollen, and cold drinks to quench my thirst when I'm working.  Well I went into the Akin "barn," but the floors were beautiful wood.  There were wooden walls, and wooden beams in the ceiling.  There was air conditioning, a bedroom, a main room, a deck, and a grand view of the river.  I later saw Morgan, and I asked him about the difference between his barn and my barn.  Morgan just smiled.  I must also add that Deb is the main gardener, and she has done wonders with her daylilies.  She is even hybridizing, and she is so pleased with her new seedlings.  I could tell you much more, but I want you to know about this special place before new summer.

Speaking of next summer's convention in Atlanta, if you want to go I would encourage you to register early.  There will only be 650 members who will be received as guests.  This is because the buses and the gardens cannot accommodate any greater number of guests.

There is one other flower that I would like to show that was blooming on Sunday when we returned home.  It is Seedling 3-350.  In fact, it has been blooming for several weeks, but the picture that I'm showing was taken this Sunday.  Although it is 20" tall, the flowers are well above the wonderfully arching foliage, and the show provided by 3-350 is just divine.  Lots of white teeth, wonderful color, plenty of buds with great branching.  This daylily will enhance gardens where it eventually grows.

More news soon.