Hello Daylily Friends,
I was particularly pleased that my Seedling 11-81 was chosen as the best seedling. However, I also entered my Seedling 4-582 in the show. This Seedling, 4-582, was from my third scape, and it was just the second bloom on that scape. There were no discrepancies on the plant that I could identify, except perhaps that the scape was not straight up and down. Knowing that I had it to bring to the show gave me considerable confidence that it would be selected as the preferred seedling. I was really disappointed that 4-582 was not chosen, but since my 11-81 was selected, how can I be "unsettled"? I expect to call 11-81, "DENTAL DELIGHT." It has beautiful white teeth, along with some yellow teeth, and it is just dazzling. When a Dentist looks at the teeth on 11-81, I would expect that he would "decline" to attempt any repair; Nothing is needed! Thanks to the Judges who selected 11-81!
One of the events at our Daylily Show that makes the Show a success, is the Luncheon we share with our Judges. They and their spouses are invited to have Lunch with us, and we are so fortunate to have them to talk with us about both their work and our Show. I specifically want to thank Serena Verner for her work in preparing the menu for our Luncheon, which was just fabulous. We had Chicken Salad with a large Chicken Breast served over Lettuce. There was also sweet Georgia iced tea along with apple pie for dessert. Thanks Serena for all that you did to make our Luncheon a big success.
I've had one very tall red to bloom, Seedling 4-584, and I think that it is dormant. It is a cross between Paul Lewis' A. D. LEWIS, and Larry Grace's THE BLESSING OF FREEDOM. It is 42" tall and is a delightful red. Although the branching is not as pronounced as I would like, I nevertheless think that the plant will be a good parent. I know already that it is fertile. Another of my new daylilies is Seedling 4-585 which is a lovely pink with a strong, strong scape. I often see multiple blooms, and I've used it to make seeds. I just like the soft color. I might name this gorgeous flower for Little Lily Rae.
On Thursday morning Diana and I will go to Ashville, North Carolina to be at our National Convention. We're looking forward to seeing friends and seeing gardens. We really enjoy Ashville, and we're ready to go!
More news soon from Ashville.