I was so thrilled to learn this past week that my introduction, IRISH HALO, won an "Honorable Mention" award from AHS. There were 84 daylilies that received this award, and IRISH HALO had 40 votes and was in position 18. I was so pleased that it earned 19 votes here in Region 5 in Georgia, and that it received votes from a total of six Regions. One Region where it received 6 votes included the State of Ohio. It also received votes in Regions 3 and 4 which stretch from Virginia through New York and into Maine. There were also votes from Regions 10 and 14 which includes Kentucky and Tennessee, and Alabama and Mississippi. I just want to humbly thank those who voted for IRISH HALO, and let you know that I'm pleased that my green edged beauty caught your eye over the past several summers. I would like to see it eventually make its way into some of our states west of the Mississippi.
I also have to tell you more about the changes that have been made in the Greenhouse. I previously mentioned that I have gone all the way across the Greenhouse with my seedlings, and now I've done this with everything. Why I didn't think to do this at some point during the past 7 years is a mystery to me. By going all the way across the Greenhouse I can place more plants, and there is more room to move around. The only disadvantage is that the "garden hose" has to go down just one side of the Greenhouse for supplemental watering. This really isn't much of a disadvantage because I just leave the hose where it is, and just move it up and down the rows. I've also moved many plants to bigger pots, getting ready for this coming spring. I'm showing the rows from both the left and right sides of the Greenhouse, and then there is a picture of one of my rows of seedlings. Some of these seedlings look like they could bloom this coming week.
I must also mention how beautiful the fall leaves have been here in Cobb County, Georgia. I'm showing a picture taken from my back porch which shows a Red Geranium and then a large, golden Yellow Mapel tree that is now golden in color. Then, just driving around town there are beautiful trees on many corners. In fact yesterday I took a picture of one big tree with massive yellow leaves. Fall is a wonderful time of year. The only drawback is that there are no daylilies in bloom.
I must also tell you about Little Lily Rae. This past Monday I took Lily Rae to her "Music Class." About half way through the Class Lily Rae got up, and crawled across the room. She has done this before so it wasn't much of a surprise. Then, she stood up, took two steps, she stopped, then she took two more steps. It was the first time that I've ever seen her do this, especially with anyone else around. Everyone in the room just clapped and clapped. Little Lily Rae is always a "star" in her Music Class. Then, this past Wednesday morning, Lily Rae walked in a "circle." She did this after walking and holding Diana's finger. I wish I could upload a video so you could see Lily Rae walking. Maybe I'll figure out how to do this soon.
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.