Saturday, August 19, 2017

BLAZING CANNONS is a Champion Daylily!

Hello Daylily Friends,

Last Saturday was a wonderful day.  We received our copies of THE GEORGIA DAYLILY, and on the back page there was a large picture of my 2013 introduction of BLAZING CANNONS.  To my delight, this beautiful red 7" daylily helped me win the 2017 Georgia Hybridizer's Award.  Some of our AHS Members will recall that in 2015 BLAZING CANNONS surprised us all by winning the AHS President's Cup Award by popular vote at the Atlanta National Convention.  Winning the President's Cup, and then winning the 2017 Georgia Hybridizer's Award, are results that I never dreamed would happen.  Then, in 2017, BLAZING CANNONS also received the Honorable Mention Award from AHS.  In fact, it was in position number 4 with 61 total votes. Thanks to everyone for making BLAZING CANNONS a nationally recognized daylily.

A new daylily that I expect to introduce next year (2018), will be Seedling 5-779,  It has incredible heritage, and it lasts and lasts and lasts and blooms and blooms and blooms.  The parentage is as follows:  [Vivid Butterfly x (Tet. Lavender Blue Baby x Tet. Crystal Blue Persuasion) x Blue Beat))].  In my opinion it is the Tet. Lavender Blue Baby that causes the plant to do so well in hot or cold climates.  When I first saw it bloom in 2015 I was amazed at its height and branching.  It is 28" tall, 5-way branching, with 18 buds.  The flower is 4.45" in diameter.  Just a beauty and it is both pod and pollen fertile.  I am so proud of this flower.  Any suggested names?

In 2018 Diana is also going to introduce Seedling 3-434, and it will be called LILY'S CURLS.  It will be named for our precious Grandaughter Lily Rae Whitfield.  Lily is in Kindergarden and she loves daylilies.  Lily also has such long, beautiful hair, and so the flower is properly named.  It is 27" tall, 3-way branching, 16 buds, and a 6" flower.  It is a dormant, which I've been trying to convert. We particularly like the recurve on the petals and sepals.  I'm also showing what it looked like in early June when the whole clump was in bloom.  The parentage is as follows: ((Lemon Curls x Ashee Dashee) x Bonibrae the Freak).

I'm also pleased that my LYDIA'S REGAL ROBE is a Candidate for the Stout Medal this year.  I made this beautiful daylily by converting INDIAN GIVER, and then crossing this with COSMIC SENSATION.  LYDIA is 37" tall with lovely purple color with a green eye and an ivory edge.  The most important point about LYDIA is that it holds its color throughout most of the day.  It doesn't lose its color at lunch.  Plus it multiplies quite quickly.  I hope that it does well when the votes are counted this fall.

In the garden I'm working as hard as I can to get the Greenhouse cleaned so that I can plant my seeds.  But it is so, so hot.

More news soon.



Monday, June 12, 2017

Teaching Lily Rae to Hybridize

Hello Daylily Friends,

It has been a long time since I last posted on April 23.  We have had 6 great weeks, and I've been working hard in both the Greenhouse and in the outside garden.  In the past 3 weeks, however,  I've grown weary of the Greenhouse, and I've been spending practically all of my time in the outside garden.  I've seen so many new daylilies, and I've seen some big changes and exciting new directions.  In 2015 I had two beautiful daylilies that were numbered 4-533 and 4-537.  Sadly, when I was clearing the garden I accidentally threw these two beauties into the trash heap. Both seedlings are lost forever!   Fortunately, I crossed these two seedlings, and I now have a seedling that is better than either original parent.  The new seedling is 7-867, and it is 27" tall.  It has 5 and 6 way branching, with 30 buds, and a 5" flower.  Well I wanted to show Lily Rae how to make a seed pod, and she can be seen in the attached picture pollinating seedling 7-867.  I know she will have exciting new seeds!

As many of you will have noticed, I've also been working with Unusual forms and with doubles as well.  One of my new Unusual forms is quite nice.  It is Seedling 7-829 and its color is so unusual.  So much green in both the petals and sepals and the sepals have a wonderful curve.  The only drawback is that there are only 2 branches, but then the seedling has only gone through one winter.  Hopefully next year the lateral will appear.

This morning I had a real surprise with a double.  The seedling number is 7-884, and it is a cross between TOPGUNS CITRINE DREAM and TET. SUNGLASSES NEEDED.  I decided that TET. SUNGLASSES NEEDED should be crossed with a dormant, and T/G CITRINE DREAM, a dormant, was just the perfect pod parent.  Although there were 4 branches, two were close to the scape, but next year there may be improvement.  After all, this new seedling was just planted on August 25, 2015, and it has grown well.  I hope that it is dormant.  We will see this coming winter.

One of the attributes of TET. SUNGLASSES NEEDED is that it produces big flowers such as we see with both OPA KLAUS and Seedling 7-884.  I've also found that new seedlings from crosses where where TET. SUNGLASSES NEEDED has been used, produces even much bigger new seedlings.  For example, my friend Dave Williams gave me TET. SPIDER MIRACLE.  I used it on OPA KLAUS and got Seedling 7-853 which is massive in size.  It is 29" tall, 4-way branching, 21 buds, and a 9" flower.  A nine inch flower that is an Unusual form is just wonderful. 

Several years ago my friend Larry Grace gave me some pollen from TET. CINDERELLA SUE which I used to make Seedling 6-120.  6-120 also has TET. SILOAM RALPH HENRY as a parent, and here is the really good news.  6-120 is totally dormant.  It is also 32" tall with 4-way branching, many buds and a 6.75" flower.  It is also very pod fertile.  I have crossed it many times with TET. SUNRISE SHADOWS, a flower from Shooter from many years ago.  6-120  with be a real giant in my bigger flowers program.

I've also had some wonderful seedlings using TET. MY CUP OVERFLOWS as a pollen parent.  I am growing massive new flowers that are easily seven and eight and nine inches in diameter.  It is such a delight to see these beauties and to also see branching, but more about this in a future post.

One of my future introductions, probably in 2018 or 2019, will be seedling 5-772.  I used Larry's TET. WILD DREAMS as a pod parent, and used FOUR BEASTS IN ONE as a pollen parent.  The Seedling was a joy to see.  It is 30" tall, 5-way branching, with 23 buds and a 5" flower.  I'm sure that if this wonderful pattern daylily is crossed with parents that have circular eyes, that it will ultimately produce circular eyes, considering that FBIO has circular eyes.  I really like yellow flowers with eyes.

An orange daylily that I will introduce in 2018 is Seedling 7-862.  It is a cross between VARSITY ORANGE and TET. ORANGE VELVET, which is then crossed with CHILLED ORANGE SORBET.  The result is a height of 28" with 4-way branching, 17 buds and a 6" flower that is dormant.  Very pod fertile.  This beautiful seedling has the color of ORANGE VELVET along with the distinctive attributes of CHILLED ORANGE SORBET.  Any suggested names?  Can't wait to market this in 2018,

Another of my pattern daylilies that I will introduce in 2018 is Seedling 5-779.  Most of its parentage comes from Florida except for TET. LAVENDER BLUE BABY, a dormant, which gives the flower extra protection in very cold weather.  I am pleased to say that this beauty has consistently bloomed at about 28" in height with 5 and 6 way branching.  In fact, I entered this seedling at our "Daylily Show" on June 4 in an effort to win the "Achievement Medal."  When the time is right I announce whether the Medal was awarded,  I would add that this seedling is pod and pollen fertile and is indeed a beauty in the garden.

More news soon.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Long 2 Months!

Hello Daylily Friends,

So much has happened since my last post on February 1, 2017.  Everything was going well and I was reasonably strong, doing whatever needed to be done in our daylily garden.  Then, late on Monday afternoon, Feb. 20, 2017, my dear wife Diana Rae said she wanted me to go walking with her.  I truly didn't want to go, but she was insistent, so I went.  I didn't keep pace with her, and I was usually 6 to 8 steps behind and she kept admonishing me that I should "keep up."  As we neared the end of our walk I told Diana that my "chest hurt."  We walked to the house and I went inside and sat in my big chair for about 45 minutes. Then I got up and walked outside.  As I did I began to truly "sweat."  In fact, I perspired so heavily that my shirt became damp and my hair was damp.  Then, when I got outside I started to vomit.  It was bad.  Very bad.  Diana Rae wanted to take me to the hospital, but I foolishly said no.  Then she took my blood pressure and it was over 170.  I knew then that something was truly bad, and I thought that I was having a problem with my heart.

Diana Rae took me to the hospital in the car, and on the way I found it difficult to breath.  Fortunately we were less than 15 minutes from the hospital.

When I arrived at the hospital I was met by someone who had a "wheel chair."  I was so glad to ride in the chair considering my condition.  As we approached the hospital door I was trying to get my insurance papers ready expecting they would be asked for.  However, when we went in the doot I wasn't even checked out in the ER (Emergency Room).  I was sent directly to a room in the heart unit.

I don't remember much about being in the room.  I remember an Anesthesiologist coming to see me, and I remember two young nurses using "Clippers" like the Barber uses when I have my hair cut.  They cut my hair from my chin to my ankles.  I don't remember all they did, and the next thing I remember was went I woke up in the heart unit recovery unit after my heart surgery.

Let me tell you about the surgery.  My physician, the very esteemed Dr. Theresa Luu, went into my chest and I had a "triple by-pass heart surgery."  A very, very difficult surgery.  When I woke up in the hospital bed I was in unbelievable pain.  I was given "Morphine" plus a sleeping pill and I was out for awhile.  The hospital journey over the next week was tough.  The Kennestone hospital personnel were outstanding, however, the hospital bed was very uncomfortable.  I was vert glad when I was ultimately dismissed from the hospital on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.  Each day that has since passed I have grown stronger, and today I am at about 80% of where I was before the surgery.

Such a difficult recovery, but as I said, I'm getting better each day and here is some evidence.

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, I was strong enough that I traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to speak to the Tennessee Valley Daylily Society where my good friend, Libby Hickman, serves as President.  It was good to see Libby, as well as Amy and Lauren, her two beautiful daughters,  It was also good to see my young friend, Tucker Gaby. who introduced me to the Club.  Tucker did considerable research to be able to speak so well about my background.  I was particularly delighted that Tucker said he liked my daylilies "because they grow so well" for him in Tennessee.  Thank you Tucker for your words of encouragement and for your wonderful introduction!  That is Tucker in the picture as he gave his introduction.  I was also glad to see my good friend Lee Pickles.  Being with Lee and the entire Chattanooga Club just lifted my spirits and helped me feel even better.  Thanks you TVDS!

The next Saturday Diana and I traveled to Albany, Georgia, to speak to the Albany Hemerocallis Society.  We had such a wonderful adventure that started the evening we arrived at our hotel, The Hilton Garden Inn.  There must have been around 500 people gathered close to the Inn, and we soon understood that a "Prom" was taking place at the Inn.  The young women were dressed in such beautiful gowns, and then Diana noticed a young man with dark shoes that "sparkled."  Then she noticed that he wasn't wearing any socks.  She also noticed that many other young men were likewise not wearing any socks.  Just a delightful fashion statement.

The next morning we learned that we were just across the street from the Flint River.  So we when for a walk along the river, which was such a beautiful place to take a walk.  We immediately saw a statue of Ray Charles playing a piano, and there was a tribute to the many songs he sang over the course of his life.  Ray Charles was blind from about age 6 for the remainder of his life.  One of his most famous songs was "Georgia On My Mind," which is now the official song for the State of Georgia.  Of course, Ray Charles was born in Albany, Georgia.  He passed away in 2004 at the age of 73.  And I think that I should show the shoes that Ray Charles is wearing in his statue.  These are truly incredible shoes.  I can see where the young man from the Prom perhaps got the idea to wear fancy shoes to his school dance.

As we walked along the river we noticed what I think were Bald Cyprus Trees growing along the bank of the river.  They were beautiful trees.  We have a Cyprus Tree growing in our back yard, but I'm not sure if it is a Bald Cyprus.  Anyway, the river moved very fast, and it was clear that it was not a place to go swimming.

Thanks to Tony Guarnieri, who is President of the Albany Club, and a special thanks to Jim and Mary Netherton who gave us one of their new, double introductions.  Also a special thanks to Ron and Pat Bonner who have helped us so much over the years.  They have been friends and we love them.  Thanks also to Marion Tyus who has been a Judge for us over the years at our daylily shows.  Just so many good friends in Albany.

Several months ago I mentioned that I hoped that I would have blooms this spring from having used Tet. Garrett Allen.  I did have a new bloom that I showed to the Albany Club.  In fact it was so beautiful that I knocked off an "Anther" as I was preparing to take my picture.  Sad about the Anther, but the flower was just so enticing.  It was just so large.  Perhaps I will get an even better picture when it blooms again.

Then on Thursday, April 20, 2017, Diana and I traveled to Evansville, Indiana, to speak to the Southwestern Indiana Daylily Society.  We made the 6-hour journey with minimal inconvenience, and arrived in time to check into the Hotel, and prepare for the Club meeting.  When we arrived at the Library where the Club meetings are held we were soon in such good company.  We were greeted by friends including Jan Wilson, Rosalie Mosley and Bob Runkle, One new friend was Julie Robichaud, who asked to have a copy of the Club Picture that I took for use in the Club's newsletter.  The picture is on its way as we speak. Whenever we visit a Club for the first time we are made to feel as though we've been members and are known quite well.

In Indiana I spoke about our Garden after my surgery.  I particularly spoke about my good friend who helped me apply fertilizer to our seedlings.  I showed a picture of when the fertilizer was actually being applied, and now I'm showing a picture of the row from this morning when it was raining.  Quite a difference from a month ago when the fertilizer was applied and the garden as it is now.  Daylilies grow pretty fast in the spring.

I have another seedling to show.  It is Seedling 7-801 and the cross is as follows:  (3-454 {Tall Red} x Tet. Emerald Starburst,  I really like the large green eye.  Such a big eye, and the flower is big as well, although I'm not quite yet ready to begin taking measurements.  However, I did gather the pollen, and I'm waiting to see if the seedling is pod fertile.

I would like to show Diana's seedling garden but that will have to wait until I write again.

Thanks to my friends for sending cards to me and particularly for praying for me.  I know that the cards and prayers helped and I'm glad to be almost back to normal.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Visiting with the Wiregrass Daylily Society

Hello Daylily Friends,

On Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, Diana and I traveled to Donaldson, Georgia, to see my friend, retired Master Sergeant Kenneth Lane.  I had not seen Sgt. Lane since I was reassigned from Hurlburt Field, Florida, to RAF Mildenhall England.  Indeed, I had not seen Sgt. Lane in over 51 years.  A very very long time.  Sgt. Lane called me about a year ago to reconnect.  I was so glad to receive his call.  We talked and talked for a long time.  Ultimately, I decided to name one of my introductions for Sgt. Lane, and I talked about this in my post back on July 5, 2016.  When Diana and I arrived in Donaldson we met Sgt. Lane and his wife June, and we had Dinner with Sgt. Lane.  The conversation was just so, so much fun.  Of course I gave to Sgt. Lane the plant that I will register using his name which will be MASTER SERGEANT KENNETH LANE.  We ultimately had to leave and drive to Dothan, Alabama, where we were scheduled to speak on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.  We spent the night at the Hampton Inn which is a place we like to stay when we travel.

On Saturday morning Diana and I had breakfast with our friend, Larry Grace.  Talked and talked with Larry about our programs, and about his work in the Peanut business.  Larry is committed to his work in the Peanut industry, but Saturday morning was a time to relax and enjoy a wonderful "Over 55" Breakfast at  IHOP.      .

Around lunch time we went to meet with the Wiregrass Daylily Society in Dothan, Alabama.  When we arrived Diana and I were met by BJ Yance and Rita Moore.  We met members of the Club, and had a wonderful, wonderful lunch.  The Chicken and the "Cabbage Casserole" were my favorites.  In fact, after the meeting we gladly received the leftover Cabbage, and I had this for supper when we arrived back home Saturday evening.  I had wanted to take a picture of the entire Club, but I forgot to "charge" my camera.  Fortunately, however, Diana took this picture of several Club members using her Cell phone.  In the front row from left to right are Rita Moore, Bill Wente, Pat Wente, BJ Yance, Myself, and Phyllis Poole.  In the back row are Randy Fleming, Cindy Fleming, Clint Fussell, and Mark Sattelmeier.  Mark gave me one of his new introductions, DAD'S BLACK GOLD, and Jim Netherton also gave me his new introduction, AWESOME FIREFLY.  These are growing nicely in the Greenhouse.  Thanks to the Wiregrass Daylily Society for your wonderful invitation.  Wish we could have stayed longer because we truly enjoy being with our Daylily friends.

I want to go back in time to just before Christmas, 2016.  I had a pile of brush that I was unable to burn before May 1, the last day before summer when anyone can burn trash where we live.  Then, we went through the summer when we had a bad drought, and because of the drought we couldn't burn beginning on Sept. 1.  Everything was still much too dry.  Finally, we had plenty of rain late in the fall, and so, just before Christmas, the Fire Department gave everyone permission to burn.  I was so pleased.  I had a lot of trash, and I got the job accomplished.

Christmas approached and Diana put up a large stocking outside our side door.  We had hoped to take a picture with Lily Rae beside the large stocking, but she just was not agreeable.  So, we took a picture ourselves with the stocking hoping this might be an encouragement to Lily Rae.  She still said "No."  Later during the week-end Lily Rae wanted to open one of her presents.  Diana had shown Lily a picture that was taken of herself when she was a child in front of her family's Christmas tree in South Dakota.  So, Lily Rae agreed to Diana's suggestion.  She agreed to open one present early, and then have her picture taken in front of the Christmas tree.  The present she chose to open had a "Hershey" doll inside that we purchased at the Hershey's Chocolate Factory when we were at Lilyhemmer in Pennsylvania.  Lily Rae was so pleased with her Hershey doll.  Diana then got a wonderful picture of Lily Rae with the Hershey doll in front of the tree.  We had a wonderful 2016 Christmas, and we will always cherish this wonderful picture!

Then 2017 arrived and promptly brought us an ice and snow storm.  The storm came while we were sleeping on Friday night, and then Saturday morning we went outside to play.  Lily Rae had new boots and was well dressed to make an "Angel" in the snow and ice.  Just so wonderful.  We walked, we slid in a sled, and  it was just a great way to start 2017.  Speaking of riding on the sled, this was a fun thing that Lily Rae just enjoyed for over an hour.  She would ride with Grandma, and later she agreed to ride with Grandpa.  I also took a good picture of the garden.  Everything was white, and we stayed home all week-end, except that we got up and went to Church on Sunday morning.  By Sunday the ice was gone, and the roads were in good shape again.

Today is February 1, 2017.  The Greenhouse just looks fabulous.  All of the plants are placed in rows, and even the dormants that I've brought into Greenhouse have started to grow.  Also today, I'm beginning to turn up the heat.  I've set the temperature to 50 degrees.  In about 10 days I will increase the heat to about 60 degrees, and ultimately I may even set the temperature to 70 degrees.  I would like to see blooms in April and May so that I will be finished with making seeds before the outside bloom season begins in June.  I also have so many dormant conversions that I've brought into the Greenhouse.  I am going to use many conversions that I've made over the years that I haven't really tried in my hybridizing.  I will try to keep our friends up to date as events happen in the Greenhouse.

Also my sister, Brenda Lee, came to stay with us for a few weeks while she looked for a new house near Cartersville, Georgia.  She was named after the Country Music Singer, Brenda Lee, and she is an outstanding Cosmetologist.  Then my wonderful wife, Diana Rae, invited my sister, Karren for supper, and we all enjoyed a wonderful meal together.  Karren delivers mail for the U. S. Post Office.  Thanks Diana for the wonderful supper, and for bringing us all together.  Had a wonderful time.

More news soon.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2017 Introductions

Hello Daylily Friends,

Well I've finally decided on the daylilies that we will introduce in 2017, and each daylily is hereafter pictured and discussed:

AFRICAN DAWN.  (Windmaster x Walt Lowry). Seedling 3-432. Sev. UF. Tet. EM. 35” Tall, 4-way branching, 24 buds, 8.5” flower.  Purple petals and sepals with a cascade form. Has a green eye which becomes ivory that then blends back into the dominant purple color. There is a small ivory stripe in the middle of each petal.  The name AFRICAN DAWN was suggested by my friend, Karel Smit, from South Africa. Pod and pollen fertile. $100.00.

CINDERELLA BLUE. [Bluegrass Memories x ((Tet. Lavender Blue Baby x Tet. Crystal Blue Persuasion) x Blue Beat)]. Seedling 3-355. Sev. Tet. EM. 28” Tall, 4-way branching, 17 buds, 5.75” flower. Purple self with a light blue eye and a green throat.  Pod and pollen fertile.  $100.00.

RED HORNET. (Kennesaw Crossfire x Randy Stephens). Seedling 4-582. Sev. Tet. EM. 27” Tall, 3-way branching, 15 buds, 6” flower. Rose red self with a green throat. There are ivory colored teeth on both the petals and sepals.  Blooms best with late morning and afternoon shade. Pod and pollen fertile. $200.00.

HEAVENLY BANQUET. ((Lacy All Over x Tet. ESP) x Lacy All Over). Seedling 2-423. Sev. Tet. M. 35`” Tall, 4-way branching, 27 buds, 6” flower. Ivory color with a green throat and a heavily ruffled edge. The outside color of the ruffled edge is light yellow.  Pod and pollen fertile. $150.00.

CITRUS PUNCH. (Varsity Orange x Tet. Orange Velvet). Seedling 11-300. Dormant. Tet. M. 36`” Tall, 5-way branching, 28 buds, 5.75” flower. Lovely orange color with a very light green and orange throat. The petals and sepals are ruffled.  Pod and pollen fertile. $100.00.

DARK ECLIPSE. (Seedling x Seedling). Seedling 5-782. Sev. Tet. EM. 24” Tall, 3-way branching, 27 buds, 5.5” flower. The throat is green and there is a large eye that is deep burgundy in color. Also, there is a green and lighter burgundy ridge across each pedal. There is also a deep burgundy edge around each petal that is then surrounded by a lovely gold edge. The self color between the eye and the band on the pedals is a bright gold.  Pod and pollen fertile. $100.00.

KENNESAW RASPBERRY SORBET. [((Mort Morss x Lydia`s Regal Robe) x (Shirley Anne McCord x Gnashing of Teeth) x Tet. Rose F. Kennedy]. Seedling 3-351. Sev. Tet. E. 26” Tall, 3-way branching, 15 buds, 6.5” flower. Deep raspberry self with deep green throat. There is a light raspberry eye that then blends with the deeper raspberry self. Lovely ruffled edges on the petals and sepals.  Pod and pollen fertile. $100.00.

PEACH BOUQUET. (Buzz Saw Boogie x Tet. Sunglasses Needed). Seedling 3-397. Double. Sev. Tet. E. 24” Tall, 3-way branching, 17 buds, 7” flower. Beautiful peach color with a peach throat and rulled edges. The edges are shaped like the teeth of a small saw. Lovely double form 95% of the time of bloom.  Pod and pollen fertile. $150.00.

ROLLING CIRCLES. ((Eternal Treasure x Gnashing of Teeth) x (Eternal Treasure x Gnashing of Teeth)). Seedling 3-463. Sev. Tet. E. 30” Tall, 4-way branching, 17 buds, 5” flower. This beautiful flower begins with a light green throat that becomes yellow. Then the yellow becomes a light brown, and then the self color of lavender appears. The petals are gently ruffled with a delightful yellow edge. Pod and pollen fertile. $100.00.

Hope that you like these selections.


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.