Here at the Gardens we are making progress in preparing for the Spring of 2012. We have "discarded" rows and rows of plants that did not make the grade. Nice plants, but not introductions. I regret having to discard these plants, but we must be diligent in looking for the new daylily that everyone wants in their garden. Speaking of new plants, I had one to bloom yesterday that was different because of the tubular protrusions on its petals, and because it had very wide sepals. It had bloomed earlier this summer on a small scape, creating a proliferation, but I really didn't notice the flower. This time it bloomed on a rebloom scape, and what a difference. I immediately took the proliferation and planted it in the Greenhouse. I'm showing a picture. What do you think? Another daylily that I haven't mentioned is Seedling 1-317. I have already dug it up, and moved all that I have to the Greenhouse. Two lovely new daylilies!
This morning Diana and I and David and Camilla, all went to have breakfast at the newly opened French Restaurant: "Douceur De France." As we walked in there were cakes and pies and pastries, and all sorts of good things to eat, displayed in large glass display units. Immediately I was very hungry. We made our way to the table, and very soon our orders were placed with the waitress. David said that "real men do not eat quiche," but I had one anyway. So good.
While we were at the French Restaurant, our turtle, Randy, Sr., was having a tomato breakfast. Randy, Sr., just loves tomatoes. Believe me, he doesn't go far from the tomatoes during the middle of the summer. The tomato that Randy is eating was put there for him by Diana. It had been just a little too high for him on the vine, but Diana fixed the problem. I understand that box turtles are "territorial." That is to say that they normally stay in the area where they are born. Randy, Sr. and Randy, Jr. are both right here, and we certainly want them to stay here, in our 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.