Sunday, April 8, 2012

Today is Easter Sunday.

This morning Diana set our clock so that we would wake up promptly at 5:30 a.m.  The alarm went off, and immediately, I jumped out of bed and ran to the Greenhouse to see what might be coming for the day.  Once in the Greenhouse I stayed for only a few minutes because we had to be at Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m.  We arrived at Church where we had "Sunrise Service" in the Park that is adjacent to the Church.  Rev. Sam Matthews gave a wonderful Sermon, and Little Lily Rae intently listened as Rev. Matthews spoke about cleaning up the sinful "messes" we make in our lives.  Little Lily Rae's Mom and Dad, Kelley Rae and Jeff Whitfield, also attended the Service.  After Church we all went and had breakfast, at Church, and then Kelley Rae and Jeff went "fishing."  Jeff is an avid fisherman, and Kelley Rae is also enjoying this wonderful sport.

Diana and I, and Little Lily Rae, all went home, and before the day proceeded too far along, we had our picture taken together on the couch in the front room.  Little Lily Rae really looks her best!  She was wearing her "Jackie O" outfit, which consists of a dress and then also a coat.  Soon, Little Lily Rae went with us for a walk to the Greenhouse.  Then we came back, and Lily Rae began to jump in her "Jumper."  It soon became obvious that Lily Rae had begun her day much too early because she fell asleep in her Jumper.  When Little Lily Rae falls asleep, she does not whimper or cry, she just tilts her head and she sleeps.  Oh what a precious child.

Diana went about preparing an afternoon lunch for all of us, so that we could all eat together when Kelley Rae and Jeff returned from fishing.  Diana prepared a hot potato casserole, broccoli and cauliflower, and a wonderful ham.  Yum, yum!  Diana boils her ham first, and then she bakes it in the oven.  This takes away the need to drink water all afternoon after eating her ham. 

Well I have to tell you about one of my seedlings that has bloomed over the past several days.  The cross is as follows:  Seedling 11-201 (Irish Halo x Fringy) x Kermit the Frog.  We were privileged to visit with the Georgetown Area Daylily Society in South Carolina back on March 13, 2011, and during our visit Charles and Heidi gave us their new introduction, KERMIT THE FROG.  KERMIT clearly has a green edge, and I just had to use it with my best green, 11-201.  I made five seeds on 11-201, and the first of these five seedlings has been busy showing itself.  First, there was the bud, and it revealed a clearly green edge.  I was excited.

The next morning there was the first bloom.  It was more of a clear yellow color than either IRISH HALO or FRINGY.  It was even more yellow than KERMIT.  Then, there was indeed a green edge.  Green edges can be elusive, and it is difficult sometimes to know if progress has been made.  So I had to wait for the next several blooms.  Indeed, there were more blooms that showed progress, and then this morning, Easter morning, there was real progress.  There were three blooms.  Two blooms were wonderful.  The other blooms was so, so.  I took a picture and you just have to see what I saw.  I believe that progress is being made.  In any event, we have four other seedlings to evaluate with this cross.  Thanks Charles and Heidi for KERMIT, which is sure to have a substantial impact on the world of daylilies.

It is now the end of the day.  We had a wonderful afternoon lunch, and then I watered the Greenhouse.  I'm looking forward to tomorrow.  Little Lily Rae is coming to spend the day.  Spring is truly here.

Hope that everyone had a happy Easter day.



  1. Oh Bill the green edges are fantastic. I've been watching Kermit bloom at Charle's garden since the maiden bloom and have been DROOLING over it! I know can say that I have my plant of Kermit and will see it bloom in my yard for the first time this year. I believe that yellow daylilies are a vital color in obtaining bright green edges. Kermit is a little larger flower than most green edged blooms we see today. I guess get them green then make them bigger.


  2. Thanks Marlon. I agree that the bright yellow color with a green edge is an "advancement." I am so pleased that Charles and Heidi game me KERMIT THE FROG to work with in my green program. I am so much looking forward to the other blooms.