This morning I walked to the Greenhouse with anticipation. I knew that there would be new blooms from several daylilies. The first bloom that I saw was on Bill Maryott's PRICKLY SENSATION. A much better bloom that I saw earlier. Although I have not seen PRICKLY SENSATION bloom outside the Greenhouse, I must say that if it blooms outside about 85% as well as it does in the Greenhouse, then, it is indeed a "must have" daylily. I believe that it will do as well outside, so I'm making seeds with it. I have saved the pollen, and I plan to use it on many of my orange daylilies.
I was also glad to see my own RED SAPPHIRE. Wow, it is big! Branches and branches and buds and buds. It is such a grand daylily. Unfortunately, it did not have the many bobs and teeth that it often has when it blooms. Nevertheless, I saved its pollen which I plan to use on many, many seedlings. It is my humble opinion that RED SAPPHIRE is a "must have" daylily. When it was first registered I didn't have but about 15 plants which sold fast. Then, last year I had more plants. Now I am increasing my supply, and this summer I hope to increase distribution.
The most fun this morning was seeing the first bloom from a seedling from my good friend, Paul K. Lewis from Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Paul sent several daylilies to me to grow, and this was the first bloom from Paul's seedlings that I have seen. In my opinion Paul has a champion. I like the carving, I like the size, I like the edging, and I like the color. Paul has done a good work. I am privileged to have been asked by Paul to grow his seedling. I again saved the pollen, and will use it in my program.
Another bloom that I had this morning was from my Seedling 1-300. I have posted pictures from this seedling several times, and I'm always amazed at its height and branching. There is always, always, 4-way branching, and the height is a reliable 37 inches. There are many more teeth when 1-300 blooms outside during the heat of the summer, but there are still plenty of teeth in the Greenhouse in February.
I should also add that this past week my beautiful wife Diana Rae and I went on a Princess Cruise to the Bahamas. We were gone for 7 days. We had a wonderful time, and went on the cruise with 14 members from our Sunday School Class. The first night of the cruise I had to pass up a "Prime Rib" supper because I was dizzy and did not yet have my "sea legs." I really regretted missing the Prime Rib, but the remainder of the cruise was wonderful. When we returned home this past Sunday, I immediately went to my garden and to my two Greenhouses to check on my daylilies. I'm posting a picture of myself and Ms. Diana from the deck of our ship.
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.