I have been wanting to take a good picture of Seedling 1-409, and I finally got this accomplished. Here is what she looks like. A very interesting cross. The parents are as follows: (Varsity Orange x Tet. Spalding Memories). 1-409 is 24" tall, and the flower sits well above the foilage. It has three and four way branching, with a six inch flower. There are 19 buds. I may introduce this beauty this year. It is a different type of color, and I haven't decided how to describe these colors.
Then, I had a new yellow to bloom. Actually, today's bloom is the fourth bloom. When Seedling 1-342 first bloomed it was after we had an awful week of very cold weather. This caused 1-342's sepals to be a little unsightly. Actually, the sepals are still somewhat unattractive, but I believe that anyone could agree that 1-342 is just about as perfect as it can be. The cross is very unusual. I particularly like having Tet. Emerals Splendor as part of the parentage. The second fact that I like is that 1-342 is 30" tall and has a 7 1/2" flower. There is 3-4 way branching, and 16 buds. Just about the perfect number of buds for such a large, large beauty.
I was going about my work this morning, and I almost missed seeing one of my very best accomplishments. A "really big" accomplishment! When I saw it I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Very, very tall scape; in fact, it is 33 inches tall. The flower is a big pink, and is 7" in diameter. The branching is almost perfect; 4-way branching. There are 31 buds. Here is an important fact: Seedling 11-264 is "dormant." I really like its large, thick scape. I am not saying that the flower is the best bloom that I have seen, but its dormancy and height and branching and size, make this flower a really important addition to the garden. I expect 11-264 to be a great parent.
I was so pleased when I saw 11-264 that I called Diana, but she didn't answer. I kept calling her, and then to my surprise, I saw Randy our wonderful turtle coming to see 11-264. I haven't seen Randy this past winter, but I could tell that he has grown quite a bit. I know that Randy will be keeping a "close check" on Diana's tomatoes. It is good to have Randy in the garden.
I started growing daylilies around 1992, and I liked them so much that I eventually removed my entire 1/2 acre vegetable garden, and instead planted just daylilies. Many friends came to see the daylilies, there were several newspaper articles about the daylilies, then, our daylily garden was featured on "Gardener's Diary" on HGTV in 2001. I became so much interested in daylilies that I served as General Counsel for the AHS from 2000 to 2005. My wife Diana and I ultimately founded the Cobb County Daylily Society, and I have now served two terms as President. Diana has served two terms as our Secretary. My wife Diana and I were married forty-five years ago, on May 17, 1969, in Diana's hometown of Milbank, South Dakota. We have one daughter, Kelley Rae, and one grand daughter, Beautiful Lily Rae.