Good Morning Daylily Friends,
For the first time I have entered three of my previous introductions as candidates for the AHS Honorable Mention Award. It was a simple process. I first went to the AHS website, which is "Daylilies.org," and then I selected "Awards and Honors." Under Awards and Honors I selected "2009 Hybridizer's Nomination Letter," and then downloaded the necessary pdf form. I then filled out the form and mailed it to Ms. Julie Covington, AHS Awards and Honors Chair, 4909 Labradore Drive, Roanoke, Virginia 24012-8537. I am showing the envelope that I mailed to Julie.
My first entry was DIANA'S PINK GOWN which was introduced back in 2004. It is a cross between the following parents: (Ed Brown x Pearl Harbor). It is 28" tall, it has 5 1/2" flowers, it has four-way branching, and about 20 buds. It has been bought by many friends who have visited the garden. Indeed, one purchaser from a nursery in Alabama bought over 40 fans. It is one of the parents to DIANA'S EVENING GOWN which is a big 7" dormant daylily. It costs nothing to make the entry, and it may have some success. There is no harm in making the effort.
My next extry was PASTOR LAURIE ANN MOELLER which was introduced back in 2004. It is a cross between [Moon Over Monteray x (Ed Brown x Tet. Dena Marie)]. It is 29" tall, it has a 7" flower, it has 3-way branching, 20 buds, and it is registered as a semi-evergreen but I now believe that it is a dormant. The flower is a cinnamon peach blend with a ruffled gold edge. I introduced it back when I did not prepare a brochure, and to my surprise it has gained recognition in a number of gardens. The blooms always look the same, and are just beautiful. It is grown in many gardens including those of Cristy Dixon, Ron and Pat Bonner, and Don and Nancy Eller. During this past daylily season Cristy even said that it was a "workhorse" as a parent in her garden. It will require 20 votes from at least four different regions to qualify. Pastor Moeller's distribution may now be such that it will receive enough votes in the required number of regions. I am posting a picture of the daylily, PASTOR LAURIE ANN MOELLER, and I am also posting a picture that shows the real Pastor Moeller.
My third entry was KENNESAW MOUNTAIN HAYRIDE. It was inroduced in 2007, and there is still considerable demand for this daylily both from my own garden and from the Lily Auction as well. It is 27" tall, it has a 6" flower, 3 way-branching, 17 buds, and it is a coral-pink and cream polychrome with a stunning gold edge. It is a fragrant semi-evergreen. When it was first introduced I even sold 6 plants to one person! I am showing a picture. Hopefully it likewise will receive the requisite 20 votes in four separate regions.
I will just wait and see if my daylilies can collect the approval of my daylily friends.