Good Afternoon Daylily Friends,
Here at the Waldrop home we had a very good week-end. Of course it was Mother's Day, and our daughter Kelley Rae and her husband Michael accompanied us to Church. Afterwards, we all went to the Whitlock Grill, and had a wonderful breakfast. Three of our four orders were for pancakes and eggs. My pancakes had pecans, and Diana and Kelley's pancakes had blueberries. Michael had an omlet. After we came home and rested, Diana and I then went over to see Ms. Sloam Isom. On Saturday afternoon Sloan graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Sloan worked her way through the Institute. Notably and importantly, she worked the entire time, paid her own way through school, and still graduated in just six years. Congratulations Sloan. A tremendous accomplishment! In the picture I am on the left. Sloan is to my left, then Diana Rae, and then Sloan's Mom, Heidi. I might just say this about Heidi. She can do anything. Run a bank or drive a truck. She always does what she determines to accomplish.
Well, going back to Mother's Day on Sunday morning, I was only able to be in the Greenhouse for about 15 minutes. I did a quick walk through, and then I saw this gorgeous purple with teeth everywhere. I was so thrilled and overcome to have finally accomplished my goal: a purple with teeth along with a blue and a green throat. This new daylily is now Seedling 1-337. It is 32" tall, with 3-way branching, eleven buds, a 6 1/2" flower, and two large proliferations. You can be assured that I will make good use of the pollen from 1-337. After we had breakfast, and after we arrived back home around 1:30 p.m., I went back out to the Greenhouse, and saw another wonderful surprise. A gorgeous pink, cream and yellow dayily with teeth everywhere. I have been trying to grow one of these as well, and today was the day of the "jackpot"! I now call this new daylily Seedling 1-336. It is 31" tall, with 3-way branching, 15 buds, and a 5" Flower. I collected all the pollen from both 1-336 and 1-337. I know that having come this far in working with "teeth" that I am now on a good path.
I also had a very pleasant success working with the following cross: (Fabulous Black Pearl x Mountain Wildflower). I obtained a beautiful burgundy with a burgundy eye and edge. What a perfect daylily. I call this beauty Seedling 1-334. It is 30" tall, 2-way branching, 9 buds, and a 5 1/2" flower. You might perhaps question the 2-way branching and the small bud count, but I am confident that this daylily has not reached its full growth potential. I expect more buds and more branches.
That is the news for today from Kennesaw Mountain Daylily Gardens.