Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Sunday

Good Morning Daylily Friends,

This morning Diana and I got up early to go to Easter Sunrise Service. It was being held in the "park" on our Church grounds. When Diana's radio came on I sure felt tired, but nevertheless, I went to the shower, shaved, got dressed and was ready to go to Church. Then Diana said, that clock, her radio clock, says 6:00 a.m., but my watch says 5:00 a.m. So I checked my watch, and indeed it was 5:00 a.m. It seems as though Diana's clock radio made an automatic adjustment to move backward one hour for daylight savings time. The Clock did not know that Congress changed the rules and now daylight savings time starts on another day. So, we actualy got up at 4:00 a.m. Now 4:00 a.m. is too early to get up when there are no daylilies in bloom. We arrived at Church, and listened to Rev. Sam Matthews give his scripture lesson. I'm showing a picture that I took using no flash. After the Church service we stayed at the Church and had breakfast with our friends.

When Diana and I returned home we walked about the garden just to see how everything was growing. Diana stopped to admire her "Thrift" that is growing to the left of the garden bridge. Truly, Diana's Thrift is beautiful. Such stunning colors that announce that spring has arrived. As Diana admired her Thrift our cat Sammy was watching in the background. Sammy likes Easter too!

One of my best surprises this spring has been the wonderful success of my Seedling 8-191. The cross is as follows: [(Petree Seedling x Pearl Harbor) x Moment in the Sun]. The best surprise is that Seedling 8-191 is a real "dormant." I am showing a picture of what it looks like growing in the garden. The foilage is crisp and deep green, and it has multiplied very well. The measurements on Seedling 8-191 are as follows: 32" Tall, 4-way branching, 6" flowers, and 34 buds. Now, it is difficult to get measurements like these when a daylily is grown outside in the cold, cold weather. Let me also say that the one surprise in the cross is a seedling that I purchased many years ago from Ms. Trudy Petree, an outstanding daylily gardener from Atlanta, Georgia. The flower is so yellow and lime, and just so stunning to see. I will introduce Seedling 8-191 during the Spring of 2011. One aspect of Seedling 8-191 is the black colored anthers. These add a new dimention to the beauty of the daylily.

On "Good Friday" we were particularly delighted that our new friends, Jeff and Karen, and their young son Frederick, came by to receive plants they had previously ordered. Jeff and Karen purchased IRISH HALO, EMERALD LACE and PASTOR LAURIE ANN MOELLER. Jeff and Karen have a very large farm in Brookfield, Ohio, and they truly enjoy growing daylilies. Young Frederick is an outstanding baseball player. They were all on their way to a baseball camp in Florida. Oh what a blessing to be young and have the talent to play baseball. I'm showing a picture of myself with Jeff, Karen and Frederick.

Before I leave I must also show you my strawberries that are growing so well. My good friend Larry Grace gave me the strawberries and I planted them in pots. The pots were left outside this past winter, and notwithstanding the extremely cold weather, the daylilies just continued to survive and they now thrive. I've moved the 7-gallon buckets into one of my rows, and I have cleared the soil around the buckets. I've fertilized the soil, and I've placed plenty of pine straw. I'm looking forward to eating strawberries whenever I want all summer long. Thanks Larry for the strawberries.

Happy Easter


1 comment:

  1. Hi David,
    So pleased that you will be following the blog. I've been working in the garden in this glorious weather. I'm convinced that winter has returned to the north pole. My daylilies are growing so fast. I'm putting up bird houses, cleaning rows for more planting, and putting down pine straw. I will be ready for the time when the daylilies bloom. Again, glad to have your company.