Potential New Introductions; Seedling 8-237 and 7-225.
Good Morning Daylily Friends,
I keep thinking that I will not see anymore good blooms, and then I am surprised. Today I looked again at Seedling 8-237 (Leslie Renee x Angels Gather Around). The edges are what make me keep looking at this seedling. I kept several plants from back when I made IRISH HALO, and 8-237 is one of those plants. I must say that the many Leslie Renee x Angels Gather Around crosses are some of the best crosses that I have ever made. Both parents are nice daylilies, but I have to give a considerable edge to Angels Gather Around. This is the first summer when I have seen it at full strength, and it just is a fine, fine daylily. Leslie Renee is also a fine daylily. Both have added considerably to my program. The measurements on 8-237 are very nice: 27" tall, nice 4-way branching, 19 buds, and a 5" flower. It is a semi-evergreen, and it grows very well here in north Georgia.
Another yellow daylily that I have admired is Seedling 7-225 [Angels Gather Around x (Within the Veil x Tet. Love's Purest Light)]. This beautiful daylily is 34" tall, with astonishing 5-7 way branching, 32 buds, and a 5 1/2" flower. It also is a semi-evergreen, and it also grows very well here in north Georgia. It makes me think of the old Stella de Oro because it blooms all the time. Yes, it has astonishing branching, but it just keeps throwing up new scapes. Right now, on several of 7-225 seedlings, I am growing scape number four. I have not done anything with either 8-237 or with 7-225 because of the old refrain about yellow daylilies. Well, I have decided that the old refrain is just that: an old refrain. In my humble opinion, the truth is that people who love daylilies, started liking daylilies, because of yellow daylilies. You can quote me on this Monday morning point of insight. Here is a second picture showing 7-225 with some of its branching.
Well Diana is visiting with her mother in Milbank, South Dakota. She will return home this evening, and I will be so glad to have her back. For one thing I just miss her, and I'm supposed to be watering her plants. I keep finding that she has new plants almost everywhere that I haven't watered as I should have done. Also, Diana keeps the house just spotless. Notwithstanding my military training; I'm not in Diana's league of first class housekeeping duties. And none of this counts the wonderful meals she cooks. Tonight will be a wonderful evening here at 310 McDaniel Road.
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.