Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Frozen All Over Again!

Hello Daylily Friends,

Diana and I are now enduring another freeze, accompanied with sleet and snow, and we can't go anywhere.  For days we've been told on the TV news that we were going to have really bad weather, and it finally started to arrive about 6:30 a.m. this morning.  We had some coffee, and Diana "suggested" that I go and see if the newspapers had been delivered.  I tried to walk, but I couldn't take but a few steps.  It was just too slippery.  Not long afterwards I walked on the frozen grass to get to the Greenhouse where
everything was good.  I looked at many of my dormant plants that I
brought into the Greenhouse about a week ago, and each plant is beginning to grow very nicely.  I was particularly impressed with TET. MADGE CAYSE.  I saw this plant blooming in South Dakota, and I've never seen it look more beautiful.  So, I decided that I had to get it converted, and this Spring I'm really going to use it in my hybridizing program.  I am also glad that all of my Greenhouse plants are growing so well, particularly TET. CARIBBEAN WHITNEY LYNN.  It has a big blossom that I should be able to harvest tomorrow.  I'm going to freeze the pollen, and later use it with my HEAVENLY SUNRISE, which is dormant.

I am also pleased to report that my efforts to convert other plants in the Greenhouse are also going well.  Most of the plants have now achieved some size, and I have treated several new plants.  I'm making good progress.  One plant that I'm particularly pleased with is SUNRISE SHADOWS, which is a Shooter plant that was introduced in 2008.  Actually I think I have three of these plants converted, and I'm delighted with what I've done because SUNRISE SHADOWS is registered to be 32" tall with an 8" flower.  The registration shows four branches and that it is dormant.  I can't wait to get this monster into my program.  The overall Greenhouse is just so clean and nice.  The hanging baskets for Diana's front porch are growing very well, and both my seedlings and my registered plants are just B-I-G!  It is just such a joy to see the Greenhouse doing so well when everything outside is so freezing cold.

I decided to walk from the Greenhouse to the end of the driveway to check on the newspapers.  It was a slippery walk, but the newspapers were there.  They were frozen in ice, but they were dry.  I then walked up the driveway toward the house, but I had to again walk on the frozen grass.  I could not have walked on the driveway.  I took a picture of the house just to show how frozen things are.  The worst part of all of this is that it continues to sleet and intermittingly freezing rain also falls.  I just hope that there is no disruption to the electrical power because I surely do not want anything to happen to my Greenhouse.  Anyway, it was good to finally reach the front porch without having fallen anywhere.

As we go through all of this bad weather I think back to two weeks ago when we were in South Africa.  I remember going in the "Safari Vehicle," with our guide, Michael, and seeing so many unusual animals.  Michael has really amazing visual skills, and can
see the animals from long distances.  We saw many Zebras,
and I just have to show a picture that I got of several at close range.  They really didn't seem to mind our presence.  By far the most difficult animal to see is a Leopard.  But, sure enough, we saw one on a rocky hillside just resting and getting plenty of sunshine.  He apparently viewed himself as being perfectly secure up on the rocky slope, and of course he is not really threatened by other animals.

When Diana and I were on "Table Mountain" in Africa, we felt like we were on top of the world.  We could see such long distances, and we were having such a good time.  Today, even though it is so cold with this apparent blizzard, we still feel like we are on top of the world.  We can see spring just around the corner!



This morning I got up, and it had snowed even more!  Wow.  What a sight.  I went around the yard and took a number of pictures, but I've decided to post two that compare with two shown above on my post yesterday.  The first picture looks across the main field of daylilies, and the second picture is of the house.  We are so fortunate that the snow and ice have not impacted our power.  We are in good shape as long as the power is ok.  I suppose that we are "at home" again today.  Fortunately, Diana has made some wonderful "Chili."



  1. Hi Bill, I wish I could say the same for us here in SC. I have been out of power since about lunch yesterday and slept in a freezing house last night. Two weeks ago we had 2 inches of sleet but didn't lose power since it doesn't stick to the lines. This time it was all freezing rain and I have a mess with broken tree limbs in my yard. I heard a rumor that we may not get power back til Sunday. This ice storm really crippled our state but thank the Lord we are alive and well but no house damage that I can tell so far. Just cold!! On to the daylilies, I have Sunrise Shadows and its a huge flower with a big green throat. I haven't used it any as I haven't done very many diploid seeds but I'm planning to change that this year. The pictures of your greenhouse give me hope that one day shortly we will have spring and warm weather to enjoy daylily blooms again. I know your Africa trip had to be so much fun. It looks like you really enjoyed yourself. Take care and I'll try to stay warm!


  2. Hi Marlon,

    So glad to hear from you, but truly regret the damage done with your loss of power. Losing power just makes life miserable, and we know because it happened to us a good while back, and we haven't forgotten the experience. Hope that your power is restored sooooooon!

    Do you have a picture of the diploid, SUNRISE SHADOWS? I'd love to have a picture if you have one. I'm convinced that this conversion will be very important.

    We learned so much about Africa, and South Africa in particular. While we fought a civil war, and killed about 630,000 of our citizens over the issue of race, and while we have battled the issue in the federal courts for about 150 years, progress for us has been made. But our population of black citizens is about 15% whereas the black population in South Africa is about 90%. Aparteid (sp) only ended about 20 years ago, but notwithstanding this recent history, South Africa is making considerable progress.

    We thoroughly enjoyed visiting South Africa, which was the trip of a lifetime, and we hope that democracy continues to improve their country.

    Really glad to have your note.


  3. Bill, I do have a good picture of Sunrise Shadows but not sure where it is at the moment. Here is John Shooter's picture of it and as you can see it has a huge green throat. John is a great hybridizer of Diploid daylilies and his lines have lots of dormancy in them. I have often thought it was a gold mine of new genetics to convert. I received a phone call that the power is back on so we are grateful for that news. I don't think I could take another night like last night with the temp below 40 degrees in the house. BRRRR!!!



  5. Hey Bill, What an awful winter this one has been. Kyle and I lost our furnace a couple weeks back. (blower motor went out) We had to sleep with no heat and the evening temps were below zero. No fun. Got it fixed the next day. They had to order the part. Anyway hope all you folks down south are managing. By the way, I do grow John Shooter's Sunrise Shadows. I'll have to look for a picture. I really enjoy it. It has a huge pink bloom. A great daylily to convert. Anyway, say hi to Diana for me and hope your family is well.