I've been cleaning the Greenhouse, and repotting practically every plant. I've also finally decided to take a number of the dormant conversions, and plant them outside. These conversions were left in their pots, and will ultimately be brought back into the Greenhouse about the middle of January, 2014. I've likewise taken all of the HEAVENLY SUNRISE daylilies from their pots and planted them outside It should be so much fun to see the HEAVENLY SUNRISE plants when they bloom this coming summer. I took a second picture to show the plants after they were hit last night with a cold frost.
I also must report about the wonderful Christmas Party held by our Daylily Club on Sunday night. Wow! It was so, so much fun. The decorations were done by Glenn & Yvonne McKenney, and everybody brought a separate dish. Our Club President, Mark Franklin, cooked the Turkey. And friends, it was a big, big Turkey. We all got in line and ate as much as we pleased. Then, there were desserts. Everything from Coconut Cake to Pumpkin Pie to Pecan Pie, and even Chocolate Cake. Christmas is such a wonderful time, even for a daylily club. Then there was another wonderful surprise. Our friends, Jack and Cynthia Rigsby, were awarded the first Trophy for outstanding work for the Club. Jack has been our Club's only Treasurer, serving over 9 years, and Jack and Cynthia have together been in charge of our luncheons at our Daylily Shows since the beginning. Indeed, they do so much that their contributions can't all be listed here. Needless to say, the award was definitely earned. We had 52 members present for the party.
I took Diana's picture standing beside our Christmas Tree. Diana has our home beautifully decorated, and tomorrow we're looking forward to Little Lily Rae's visit for the week-end. We're so excited. I must also announce that today is my 68th birthday. I enjoy growing daylilies more today than I ever have, and every year at this time I'm excited about the coming new season of blooms. My dear wife, Diana Rae, has made today a wonderful birthday!
On my last post, on December 6, 2013, I mentioned a daylily that I'm trying to convert named LORI'S BLOND CURLS. I treated two plants, and I believe that I've got both converted. I took two pictures with my Canon T3i Camera, and so I'm showing the picture of Plant #2. Plant #1 was shown on Dec. 6. I'm particularly showing the new roots on Plant #2.. As I previously mentioned, when the new roots appear there is much hope that the conversion has occurred.
Now that the pain has passed from watching Georgia Tech play Georgia two weeks ago, I can tell you about a picture that Diana took of myself and Little Lily Rae as we watched the game together. Little Lily Rae was holding her Tech helmet, and Georgia was making a "comeback," and would ultimately win the game. When Diana took her picture you can see the concern on my face, and surprisingly, I think that we can see the concern on Little Lily Rae's face. It was a tough loss. Oh well, maybe next year. Anyway, watching the game with Little Lily Rae was a treat.
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.