I've had a new bloom on an old friend, which is Seedling 11-315. I first saw it bloom two years ago, and when I saw it I thought that I had an introduction. Then, the next year it did not bloom. I have no idea why not. It just didn't bloom. So, during the fall of 2012, I split up the plant to about 9 fans, and they are all growing well in the outside garden. Then, on Sunday morning, 11-315 did bloom, and it was even more beautiful than ever, even though it has not yet reached its full growing potential, but I have the measurements from two years ago. I thought that you might like to see a picture of this beauty.
Diana Rae also had a wonderful bloom this morning. She makes the most unusual diploid crosses, and she does things that I would never do. For example, she crossed PAPA GOOSE with SUMMER FIREWORKS, but she has a brilliant red with a very attractive, diamond eyed green throat. The combination of the red and green, along with the twisting of the petals and sepals, makes her seedling one that will have to be watched the rest of the summer. If it continues to bloom as it did this morning, then it will have to be converted. I am seeing considerable potential.
I must tell you about Little Lily Rae. She has a new hat that her Dad bought for her, and it is just "adorable." The hat reads, "Drop Me a Line," and there is a fish hook and a bobber on the line sewn onto the hat. Obviously, the hat has fishing terminology, and it is just perfect for Little Lily Rae.
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.