Friday, October 17, 2014

2015 Introductions and Suave Shampoo

Hello Daylily Friends,

It has been much toooooo long since I posted about work in our daylily garden.  So, I'm going straight to the first plant that I've decided to introduce for the year 2015.  I have chosen a name, and it is TOOTH FAIRY PRINCESS.  This beauty is a cross between Wild Hair and Malcolm David Booker Senior.  It is a dormant, so it should be a wonderful parent.  It is 31" tall with 4-way branching, 21 buds, and a 5 1/2" flower.  It is both pod and pollen fertile.  I should have been using it in the Greenhouse, but I haven't until this past spring.  I will use it again this coming spring.  The dormancy makes this beauty a must have daylily with teeth.

The second plant that I'm going to introduce for 2015 will be IRISH ROYALTY.  This name was suggested by my friend Claude Carpenter, and I've decided that this suggestion is most appropriate.  IRISH ROYALTY has a chartreus edge that is evident during the early morning hours.  The glorious purple color with a deep green throat makes this daylily a "winner."  The parentage is as follows:  ((Shirley Anne McCord x Marietta Heartbeat) x Home of the Free).  The measurements are as follows:  28" tall, 4-way branching, 26 buds, and a 6" flower.  It is a semi-evergreen, and it is pod and pollen fertile.

The third daylily that I'm going to introduce will be HOTLANTA, and the parentage is as follows:  (Walter Kennedy x Red Eyed Radiance).  It is 31" tall, 4-way branching, 22 buds, and a 6" flower.  It is a semi-evergreen, and it is pod and pollen fertile.  I just adore the beautiful red color of HOTLANTA.  The color of the self is red, and then there is that huge red eye, and the green throat.  This daylily will live practically anywhere, and it is pod and pollen fertile.  I am so pleased to have it for introduction since the AHS National Convention is coming to Atlanta in 2015.


The fourth daylily that I will introduce does not have a name.  If anyone offers a name that I use, then I will give the plant as a gift in exchange for the use of the name.  The parentage is as follows:  (Cerise Masterpiece x Tet. Dena Marie).  It is 33" tall, with perfect 4-way branching, 31 buds, and a 7" flower.  Yes: I reported a 7 inch flower!  Just a giant bloom.  It is pod and pollen fertile, and it is dormant.  I intend to use this beauty to help me reach flowers that are of even bigger size.  If you like big flowers, then this tall giant should be added to your garden.

Another exciting thing that has happened is that our daylily from many years ago, called KENNESAW MOUNTAIN HONEYSUCKLE, has been used by Suave, the shampoo company, to market its products.  I've seen advertisements in the newspapers and magazines, and I've also seen advertisements on TV.  I'm showing a picture that I took of an ad on TV.  You can see KENNESAW MOUNTAIN HONEYSUCKLE in the middle of the picture.  It is such an honor that Suave chose to use our daylily to help market its products.  Thanks Suave!

I also must report that several weeks ago we took Little Lily Rae to the Cobb County Fair.  She particularly enjoyed seeing the animals, and she particularly liked the "goats."  She could walk up to the goats and touch them, and she would just laugh and laugh and laugh.  Lily Rae has a wonderful laugh!  When we were with the goats I bought a cup full of seeds, and gave it to Lily, and she bravely held the seeds to feed a particular goat that she liked.  Lily is so much fun and she brings such joy to her Grandfather.

More news soon.

Bill

10 comments:

  1. Great work as usual Bill! I love the look of Irish Royalty and that 7 inch seedling is magnificent - what an eye for color you have! I would call that flower Fuchsia Frisbee or, in line with your other intros, Kennesaw Mountain Berry Sorbet.

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  2. how about kennesaw mountain sweetheart? with the color and the yellow heart, there should definitely be a heart in the name <3

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  3. Hi JW and Sonja,

    Thanks so much for your notes and your name suggestions. I like both names. Will keep listening for suggestions. I'm particularly pleased that you both like the unnamed pink!

    Bill

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  4. Hi Bill. Great intros. My wife uses Suave shampoo. We'll look for your daylily in the advertisements. So, for your pink seedling, how about Kennesaw Mountain Matriarch? I agree it should have a Kennesaw name as well.

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  5. Hi Paul,

    I really like KENNESAW MOUNTAIN MATRIARCH. Whopper of a name. I'll ask Diana and Kelley what they think.

    You'll see the advertisement with the daylily. Let me know what you see!

    Bill

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  6. Oh my gosh..your daylilies are gorgeous.. I NEED Hotlanta..LOL and several of the others.
    Have you named a daylily Lily Rae yet? that's the name that came to me for that one yet unnamed...so glad I found your blog a while back...beautiful. I am in Athens and love daylilies.
    Mona

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  7. Hi Mona,

    I had not thought of Lily Rae. Her name would be great. I'll ask Diana! Are you in Athens Georgia or Athens Greece?

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  8. Yes, it has been! (since you last posted). I am thrilled that I added a few of your lovely plants to my garden this fall, Bill. OH, and the name that came to mind was "Jolly Pink Giant"...lol.

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  9. Hi Lynn,

    I really like JOLLY PINK GIANT, but the name that I chose and registered is FULLY BLESSED. I really like your suggestion, and I plant to cross FULLY BLESSED with several conversions. I will keep the name in mind for the right flower.

    Bill

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  10. Hey Bill,

    I am in Athens, GA..

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