Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Field bloom 5 . . .

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I just spent a great weekend at the Region 13 meeting in Hot Springs, AR. All of the gardens were impeccable and at their absolute best. I neglected to take my camera, so I don't have any garden pictures to show you. However, I did get to see my old friends, Jim and Cathy Elliott. They came to our garden shortly after we moved here in 1993 and Jim said he bought H. 'Midnight Magic' from me . . . how he remembers that I will never know. Anyway, here is a picture of Jim and me doing what else, but eating. (Picture by Cathy Elliott)

I had the real pleasure of meeting Josh and Nikki Jaques from Louisana. As you can see, Josh is young and an up and coming hybridizer. Sometimes I worry about the future of daylilies and then you meet someone like Josh and you know things are going to be fine. Here is a picture of Josh and me . . . he is the tall one! :-) (Picture by Nikki Jaques)

This mornings tour around the garden showed some great bloom. Here are a few of our previous introductions that were blooming this morning:

H. 'Eleanor Frye' (Pickles, 1998) height 24", bloom 6", season EM, Rebloom, Semi-Evergreen, Tetraploid,  Light rose with merlot red eye and edge above lime sherbet throat. (Rhine Maiden × Elizabeth's Magic).

H. 'Denver Scott' (Pickles, 2000) height 28", bloom 6", season EM, Rebloom, Dormant, Tetraploid, 30 buds, 4 branches,  Pale pink with burgundy band above green throat. (Moonlit Masquerade × tetra Barbara Mitchell). This daylily was named for a special friend and mentor, Denver Scott of Harrison, TN who passed away a few years ago. At the TVDS show a year ago, DS was named Best In Show.

H. 'Horatio Alger' (Pickles, 2007) height 35", bloom 5.37", season M, Rebloom, Semi-Evergreen, Tetraploid,  Smokey rosy polychrome with pale corn yellow ruffled edge and throat. (Palace Garden Beauty × Forbidden Dreams).

Now for a couple seedlings:

Seedling No. 0624 (Doc Branch X Bas Relief) 30" 6¼", 3", 1¾". One of our most heavily carved seedlings. Will probably be a 2011 introduction.
Seedling No. 0751 (Horny Devil X Golden Tentacles)

Seedling 0040 (Awesome Bob X Christmas Greetings)

That is the group for today. It is always exciting to see what tomorrow will bring.

Exciting things happen to those who hybridize daylilies!

Life is very, very good.



  1. Had a great time Lee! Thanks for sharing this weekend with us.

    Josh Jaques

  2. Me again Lee, Tana. O624 is a knock out and I certainly want on the list for when it is released. I made that same cross last season and am still sitting on the seeds, rofl. Better get em outta the fridge. Did you get to say anything or did Jim do all the talkin? He is so nice and quite the rachet jaw, lol. Have a great nite.