As you know my beautiful wife, Diana Rae, has been visiting with her Mother in Milbank, South Dakota. Diana is very pleased with her tomatoes, and so she took two of her 2-pounders with her to show her mother. Everybody was quite surprised because Diana's tomatoes are so large. Diana's niece, Heather, has a lovely little daughter, and her name is "Amirrah." Well, Diana took a picture of Amirrah holding one of her tomatoes in front of her mother's daylilies. Wow. The tomato is a big as little Amirrah's head! Diana really grows whopper tomatoes, and this is a puzzle to me since she prides herself on being an "Organic Gardener." Oh, remember her Seedling 11-297 that I showed on this blog back on June 23, 2011, well it started blooming with three petals and three sepals. I know that Diana will never be able to grow 11-297 at its full strength, so, while she was gone I dug it up and planted it in a pot in the Greenhouse where it is graciously receiving a full measure of real, Nutricote 16-4-9 fertilizer.
I mentioned Diana's Mother's daylilies. Diana's Mother's name is Margie. Perhaps 7 or 9 years ago I gave Margie a few daylilies, and she planted them beside her garage. Since then her daylilies have grown, and so, over the years, I have added to Margie's daylily collection with some of my best dormants. Margie's collection includes RED VOLUNTEER, VANILLA FLUFF, INDIAN GIVER, MADGE CAYSE, BARBARA MITCHELL, ONE NINETY SIX, DIANA'S EVENING GOWN, and even LYDIA'S REGAL ROBE. Let me quickly say that I have never seen daylilies grow like Margie grows them. Perhaps South Dakota has a climate that is similar to the climate in China, where daylilies originated. Perhaps this is why Margie's daylilies are so tall and lovely and gorgeous. I'm showing a picture of Diana and her Mom standing in front of Margie's daylilies. I'm also showing one of our little turtles, Randy, Jr., named after his dad, Randy. So, with our turtles being so friendly, I wasn't completely alone while Diana was away.
Well, on Monday evening, I went to Atlanta to pick-up Diana at the airport. I was so glad to see her. She wanted to stop at the OK Cafe just off I-75 for supper. We talked about her trip, and all of her adventures. I was just glad to hear her voice again. Five days is too much for Diana to be away. I'm showing a picture of Diana as she approached the car as the airport. Oh, the police are always trying to keep the traffic moving in front of the airport so it isn't easy to pick up someone, even if your car stops for only a few minutes.
I may have pointed this out, but I have been selecting orange daylilies that I made two years ago by crossing my own VARISITY ORANGE with pollen from a conversion that I did, TET. ORANGE VELVET. I have chosen to keep only the tall daylily seedlings with height, branching, bud count, and beautiful flowers. The one new seedling that I liked the most because of its rapid growth was always nice, but until this morning it did not have an assigned number. Well, I saw it yesterday on a rebloom scape, and the bloom was gorgeous. A 7" flower. Then, this morning it bloomed again. Sadly the area around this seedling is not as attractive and clean as I would like, but I took a picture that I am showing. This is just a delightful daylily that I will use to make many more oranges with many different appearances. It is now, officially, Seedling 11-318.
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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.