Region 5 (Georgia) Regional Conference; Seedling 11-279.
Hello Daylily Friends,
This morning I had to be up early to be at Dr. Halpern's office at 7:00 a.m., to have my left eye examined. I am so pleased that Dr. Halpern "announced" that I no longer need to have Diana put four separate drops of medication in my left eye, four times a day. I might note that Diana is also glad about this announcement. On the way to Dr. Halpern's office Diana asked me what I liked the most about the Regional Conference being hosted by our Cobb County Daylily Society. Immediately I thought of the evening dinner on Saturday night when Ted Petit spoke to everyone. I also thought about the visitors to the gardens. But then I thought of the hard work done by members of our Club on Wednesday morning, and then again on Wednesday evening.
On Wednesday morning we had a crowd of about 9 to 12 members who worked from 8:00 a.m. until almost Lunch. They dug and sorted plants. Hard work. Then, at 6:00 p.m., another 24 members arrived, and worked until almost 10:00 p.m., digging, sorting, naming and boxing plants. Again, this is hard work. To me, this was the most exciting part of the convention: Team work! Nothing happens without team work. I will always be grateful for our Club members who gave up their time to do this hard work, and who also made the Conference a wonderful occasion for our Region. On Friday afternoon Diana and I were at the Hotel, and greeted our special guests, Ted and Susan Petit, when they arrived.
I have been so busy with digging, growing and getting plants ready for the Conference that I have not had as much time to pay attention to my seedlings. Our good friends, Mike and Sandy Holmes, came to our garden, and Mike was delighted with our new plants. He particularly liked one plant that I have since named Seedling 11-273. After I got back to the house this morning, after seeing Dr. Halpern, I went out to see if 11-273 had bloomed again. Then, what a surprise. The plant next to 11-273 was blooming, and it was better than 11-273. So, the new plant is now Seedling 11-279. I am so thrilled with this new daylily. I must say again that it has been growing outside, through our cold winter, for only nine months. I am astonished at this new, wonderful daylily. I hope that you like it as well.
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.