Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hello Daylily Friends,

You might ask me, "Bill, where have you been? We haven't heard from you in almost a week!" Well, Diana and I left with our friends David and Camilla Arthur early Friday morning, June 5, headed to Perry, Georgia, to attend our Region 5 Spring Regional Meeting. What a delight it was to see friends like Earnest Yearwood and Barbara Kirby and just talk about daylilies. No, we did not talk about politics or the economy. Yes, we just talked about daylilies. Oh what fun it was. We visited Billy and Sarah Dick's garden and Billy entered the Bus and explained the best plan for seeing the many sights that there were to see. Here is a picture of Billy giving his strategy four us to follow.

Diana and Camilla enjoy a wonderful discussion at Morris and Barbara Kirby's garden. Then, our friend Marlee Jane Price explains the size of the daylily that she saw in the Kirby's back yard. It is fun to see other gardens and it is a treat that I will have to continue to explore. The Regional was fun, beginning with the BBQ Dinner on Friday evening followed by a grand auction. We all enjoyed Earnest and his handling of the auction. Sometimes Earnest buys plants at the auction that are not selling, but after having seen Earnest's garden, I don't know where he plants his purchases because his garden is F-U-L-L. We were on the buses the next morning promptly at 7:00 a.m. and we were in for a treat. After seeing all of the gardens many Region 5 members took part in Garden and Exhibition Judges Workshops. Then, after a rest of about 30 minutes, we all went to a grand dinner. After dinner we listened to Dan Trimmer, Elizabeth and Jeff Salter, and Larry Grace, show us what we can expect to see in the future from daylilies. The Region 5 Regional Meeting was a grand success!

Oh, one additional bit of good news: Barbara Kirby was elected to serve a second term as our Region 5 Vice President. Congratulations to Barbara.

When I finally returned to my own garden the first project was "clean up." Clear away the daylilies that had bloomed so that we can see the new blooms. We got the job finished but it took most of the day Monday to finish the work. One of the first new blooms was just a delight. It had bloomed before but today it was at its full strength. It is Seedling 8-225, and the parentage is as follows: [((Ebony Jewel x Apocalypse Now) x Heartbeat of Heaven) x Vintner's Treasure]. To my grand delight, the plant was 32" in height, 5-way branching, 25 buds and a 6" flower. Here is a picture: Seedling 8-225 is not dormant, but it leans toward dormancy. Several of the parents have dormancy in their immediate backgrounds.

Another daylily that also bloomed last year was Seedling 8-98. Importantly, this daylily is dormant. Its parents are as follows: (Varsity Orange x Tet. Spalding Memories). Last year it was beautiful in the greenhouse but it is sometimes difficult to evaluate a dormant daylily in the greenhouse. After 8-98 spend the winter in our hard, cold, north Georgia winter, it was just beautiful when it bloomed. Just an intense Orange. Here is a picture: This daylily is 27" tall but it has only 2-way branching. There are 15 buds and the daylily is 6" in diameter. It is a perfect candidate for TET. ORANGE VELVET, but alas, I have only a tiny bit of pollen remaining and today it was too hot to use the pollen. Hopefully, very soon I will be able to pollenate 8-98 with TET. ORANGE VELVET.

Well, we are about up to date. I could say plenty more, but now I must begin to prepare for our daylily show this coming Saturday, June 13, 2009, at the Galleria Mall. The Cobb County Daylily Society, and the Daylily Society of Greater Atlanta will be working together to host one really big show. We already have NINETY (90) "Paid-in-Advance" reservations for our show and we are hoping to have between 500 and 600 daylilies displayed during the show. I am fully expecting that this show will be the best daylily show in America for the year of 2009.


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