On Saturday morning we were up early, took a shower, and went to a wonderful breakfast. We sat with friends, and then galloped to the bus to see everyone as they arrived. We were all excited, and I was eager to share the daylilies that I brought with us to give to friends on the bus. The first garden that we visited was "The Bill Stephens Garden" owned by Bill and Marilyn Stephens. Marilyn greeted us when we arrived, and she provided transportation to the garden in her "snappy, beautiful" gold and black golf cart. I liked seeing the daylilies, and I particularly liked several of the bird houses. These were so well built, and then I saw Diana with Francis and Mandy carefully examining and admiring the daylily "BIG BIRD." All too soon we were back on the bus and our journey continued.
We arrived at "The Sugar Creek Daylily Gardens," and it was expansive. I was soon able to meet Greg and Jayne Lough, and I learned so much. Greg's parents are apparently in their 80s, and Greg's Dad still works on the farm. They own 7,000 plus acres, and primarily grow corn and soy beans. They have two daughters and one son who is a senior at Purdue University. Indeed, the son is studying Agricultural Science. Then, Jayne told me that she had my daylily, LYDIA'S REGAL ROBE, blooming in a pot. So, naturally, I asked to see it, and it was beautiful. So, I had my picture taken with Greg and Jayne with the beautiful bloom showing in front of us. Then, before we left, our whole bus gathered for a group picture with LYDIA'S REGAL ROBE in the foreground.
We then had a wonderful lunch. Although I often think of a sandwich or something similar for lunch, our lunch was exceptional. I had pork, green beans and mashed potatoes. As Grandpa used to say on the ancient, He Haw program, "Mmmm Mmmm Good"!
After lunch we went to visit our friend, Eric Simpson, that we met in Canada on a trip there two years ago. Eric had a garden bed that included many flowers from Bob Faulkner, and there was a gentle recording that could be heard throughout the garden that shared the sound of wild African animals in keeping with the theme, "Blooming Safari." Even our friend Jamie Gossard barely escaped the open jaws of an alligator. I also had a good look at Sandy Holmes' daylily named, I LAVA YOU. Wow. Such height and branching! I hope to have this daylily.
We were soon back at the Hotel, and we went to the "Boutique" to look around. I saw our friend J. R. Blanton from Ohio, and he was selling this yard sculpture which is designed to really "zap" a deer. I haven't set it up yet, but I'll report on the results. We later had a wonderful supper, received good news from our new President, Nickki Schmith, and then listened to Margo Reed give insight into her lifetime of success as a Hybridizer living on the mountains of Virginia.
As I walked into Dr. Zollman's garden I soon saw a red double seedling. There aren't very many red doubles that are quality plants. Dr. Zollman's double was about 37 inches tall with 6 way branching. The flower looked to be 5.5 to perhaps 6 inches in diameter. The time of day that we arrived at the garden was around 10:45 a.m., and the evening before we arrived it had rained about 1.5 inches. So, conditions for the double were not the best, but as you can see from the picture, the double looked good. I've also got to mention Dr. Zollman's bee hives. He sells "honey," and I made a purchase. He also grows a variety of Orchids, but he must have a place to store these during the winter. So, had a wonderful time talking with Dr. Zollman, and being in his garden.
Soon we were back at the Hotel and we decided to take a different route back to Georgia. We decided to drive over to Cincinnati, and then take I-75 basically to our front door. Again, the driving was good and I wasn't tired, and neither was Diana. However, when we were in Tennessee everything went bad again. There was a serious wreck and all lanes were closed for many hours. Our trip home again took over 11 hours, and when we entered Georgia it rained very heavy with lots of wind. For quite a distance I could drive only between 25 and 35 mph on the Interstate. Meanwhile the heavy trucks went by at very fast speeds. I'm glad that driving experience is all over.
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Indiana to see so many daylily friends, from so many States. Tomorrow its back to full time work in the garden. We've got to continue getting the garden ready for 2016.
Thanks to my friend Mike Holmes, and to our friends in Region 2 for inviting us to visit! And thanks to Mike and Region 2 for making such an effort to have LYDIA'S REGAL ROBE available and blooming in the gardens.
Henry requested to see a bright orange introduction from TET. HANDSOME ROSS CARTER. So, I've decided to introduce Seedling 3-442, which I intend to call BURNT HICKORY. The name was suggested by my friend Claude Carpenter. The name is of a road very close by that is named BURNT HICKORY. The measurements are as follows; 32" tall, 5-way branching, 25 buds, and a 6 1/4" flower. It is semi-evergreen, and grows well even with a hard winter. The only draw back is that it is not pod fertile. Here are some pictures.
The pictures of BURNT HICKORY and Seedling 5-804 were all taken outside with the measurements shown with the comments.
When I was at Region 2 this past weekend looking at the gardens, I noticed that folks in Region 2 like the burnt orange look. I saw flowers that had somewhat of a resemblance. Also, during the national Convention back in June many people were very interested in BURNT HICKORY. I hope that TET. HANDSOME ROSS CARTER helps improve the burnt orange appearance.
Thanks Henry for the question.