Hello Daylily Friends,
I've been so fortunate this summer to have seen so many new blooms on daylilies that will eventually be introductions. I've had plenty of blooms that "have teeth," but to see one bloom that is just far above what we normally see, is just more than can be imagined. Seedling 4-582 meets and exceeds this description. I walked into the garden this past Thursday morning, and saw the first bloom on 4-582. I was so excited that I immediately went to get my tripod so that I could take a picture. The flower is so special because the red color is a nice shade of red, and the teeth are so pronounced, especially on the sepals. The measurements are all "outside" measurements, and are likely permanent measurements. Then, this past weekend, Diana and I went to the Region 5 Spring Regional meeting, and when we came back home this past Sunday morning, there was a second bloom on 4-582. Wow! What a bloom! I just had to tell the story of this new seedling for everyone to see and read. You might note the difference in the red color between the two pictures. This is because one picture was taken early in the morning, while the second picture was taken at a later time on Sunday morning. And again, look at all those "white teeth."
Well I mentioned that Diana and I went to the Region 5 Regional meeting, and we went to four gardens. All four were outstanding gardens, and we thoroughly enjoyed every garden, but I want to focus on two of the gardens because these two will be featured when the AHS National Convention comes to Atlanta in 2015. The first garden that we visited was the Shady Rest Garden that is owned by David and Doris Bishop. The Bishops own a house on their multiple acres, but during the summer they live in a small cabin in the middle of their daylily garden. The cabin is like a distant summer home, but its really where they live. David and Doris have also incredibly improved their property. They have built walls, they have built walkways, they have a new well, plenty of water features, multiple miniature gardens, and a variety of many, many additional plants. I particularly like the "picket fences" that I suppose they purchased at The Home Depot and improved by adding additional posts. They then painted the fences white, and thereby really spruced up the garden even further. It is going be a spectacular place to be seen during the Convention in 2015.
Speaking of next summer's convention in Atlanta, if you want to go I would encourage you to register early. There will only be 650 members who will be received as guests. This is because the buses and the gardens cannot accommodate any greater number of guests.
More news soon.