Ramblings about daylilies and various other subjects.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Visitor & Greenhouse Bloom 7 . . .
Today was a glorious day! We received about ¾" of rain this morning. It seems as though we have had a lot of rain this spring, but the weather men (and ladies) say we are about 6" behind. Doesn't seem possible. I will have to wait 4 or 5 days before I can till in the garden again. After the rain this morning, I took the above picture of the Red Bud tree in the front of our house. I believe it is now about 15 years old as we planted it early on when we moved here.
Another special treat today was a visit from Bill Waldrop of Kinnesaw Mountain Daylilies in Marietta, GA. We had a great time talking daylilies and time got away from us so we decided to continue our conversation over lunch. Jean took this picture of Bill and me.
I am guessing that by next week I will be at peak bloom in the greenhouse. One of the seedlings that Bill spotted today was Seedling No. 9080, a cross of H. 'Fringe Benefit (no image) as the pod parent and our H. 'Horny Devil' (left) as the pollen Parent. No. 9080 is shown below.
One of the named varieties that caught Bill's eye was H. 'Bluegrass Memories' a 2008 introduction by Ted Preuss of Mississippi. This is a picture taken in the greenhouse this morning which does not show the true blue color of the eye. (I apologize to Ted for the incorrect name when I first put this on the blog. The above is correct).
Another day that would not have been possible if it were not for the friendships formed through daylilies
Lee and Jean were born and raised in Iowa. They met in 1954 and were married in 1957. Both attended the Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) and graduated in 1962. Both accepted teaching jobs in Council Bluffs, IA where they lived until moving to Tennessee in 1974. Lee retired as an administrator in the Dean's office at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Jean retired from the classroom in 1999. They have two children, two grandchildren and currently live in Hixson, TN with their two dogs, Sara Jessie, a yellow lab, Spikey, a rescued mixed breed, and a Snow Shoe Siamese cat, Shiloh.