Years and years ago my good friend, David Miller, game me MIMOSA UMBRELLA. Sadly, David passed away, but I think of him whenever I see a bloom on this lovely daylily. When our Cobb County Daylily Society held its first "Daylily Show" eight years ago, in 2004, I entered MIMOSA UMBRELLA. It had two flowers blooming, and ultimately won "Best in Show." Since then I have periodically tried to convert this daylily, and this morning I found that I was finally successful. First, I'm showing a picture that I took yesterday to show MIMOSA UMBRELLA before it sprouted its first tetraploid bloom. Second, I'm showing a picture of TET. MIMOSA UMBRELLA that I took this morning. The color is such a beautiful pink with a lovely green throat. The flower is registered to be 6.5" in circumference, and the height is registered as being 28 inches. It was registered in 1984, and it is a "dormant." Finally, I'm showing a picture of the pollen that took this morning. You can see from the scale in the microscope picture that all of the pollen measure about a 14 or 15. Very nice. Clearly a tetraploid.
I then told my beautiful wife, Diana Rae, that I had made the conversion, and what she said caused me to be completely depressed. She said that MIMOSA UMBRELLA was sterile. Although I haven't tried to use the pollen from the diploid, I always believed that it would make and produce new daylilies. Diana Rae nevertheless insists that it is sterile. I don't know whether it is sterile or not. So, here is my question: Is MIMOSA UMBRELLA sterile or is it fertile? Looking forward to your answer.
I also have to tell you about my daughter Kelley Rae. I have been so stunned with Kelley. I was sad that she did not do well with her education after high school. I thought that she was not inclined toward academics. However, I have learned that Kelley recently graduated from the University of Phoenix. Wow. Kelley has also been able to get a new job that begins this morning. I told her how proud I was of her just as she got in her car at 7:00 a.m., on her way to her first day on the job. As pleased as I am that Kelley Rae has new employment, I am sad that she will not see little Lily Rae as often as she should. Little Lily Rae has discovered curtains. She is crawling everywhere, and today she was pulling her grandmother's curtains in the kitchen.
Notwithstanding Diana Rae's assertion that MIMOSA UMBRELLA is sterile, I nevertheless pollenated it with frozen pollen from Seedling 1-300.
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.