Hello Daylily Friends,
I am so grateful to my good friend, David Arthur, who helped me to get all of my seeds planted. David helped me plant all of the outside seeds, and then he helped me plant the seedlings into one gallon pots in the Greenhouse. Believe me when I say that this is hard work. As we moved toward the finish of the project in the Greenhouse, I had a problem with lifting too much weight. So, my dear wife Diana Rae came in and helped myself and David. We worked so fast, and finally it was finished. According to my count we have 1,028 new seedlings growing inside the Greenhouse, and about 1,300 new seedlings growing outside. Thanks David and Diana!
This past spring I had a few problems with bugs, thrips and spider mites in the Greenhouse. So, I sprayed quite a bit so as to control the problem: I found it difficult to eliminate the problem because the plants were so large. Also, I didn't want to spray my flowers because I wanted to keep making seeds. Well, it was all more of a problem that I wanted. So, this coming year I decided to take several pre-emptory steps. First, I applied the chemical "Marathon" to about 60% of my seedlings. Then, I also applied "Bayer Tree & Shrub" chemical. The Marathon is effective to control aphids, fungus gnats, and it will supress thrips. The Bayer product is supposed to also control aphids, fungus gnats and thrips. Nothing trumps spider mites. I will have to keep spraying to control these. I applied just the Bayer to the other 40% of the seedlings. I will not allow bugs in my Greenhouse this coming spring.
One of my new introductions for 2011 will be BROOKE'S BRIGHT STAR. Ms. Glenda Bell is one of our close friends, and Glenda has a co-worker whose daughter passed away. This has been a sad time for Glenda's friend. BROOKE'S BRIGHT STAR has the following parents: (Diana's Evening Gown x Judy Farquhar). The height of the daylily is 28 inches, it has 3-way branching, and about 20 buds. It is a dormant. The flowers are 7" in diameter. I knew that many would not believe this width of the flowers, so I took a picture with a ruler to prove my report. I am always so pleased to introduce a dormant. You may recall that DIANA'S EVENING GOWN is a 7" dormant daylily. Also, JUDY FARQUHAR is a 7 1/2" evergreen daylily. I have found it sometimes difficult to use JUDY FARQUHAR as a parent, but it surely worked with BROOKE'S BRIGHT STAR. I hope that you like this truly beautiful daylily.
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