Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas 2010 . . .

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Christmas 2010 will go down in history as the first Christmas in the south since 1889 that we have had a white Christmas. The first since the 1800s with this much snow. How much was there? Very close to 4". Now, those of you in the north will poo poo 4" of snow, but for the south, that is a lot of snow, and it came on Christmas. About 100 miles south of Chattanooga, Atlanta had it's first white Christmas since the 1800s.

This picture was taken early in the morning in our front yard. You can see that the flakes were large and wet, great snow for making snowballs or a snowman. When snow falls like this, and you don't have to travel somewhere, it is a glorious sight.

The ground was covered up to the greenhouse, with some snow even accumulating on the top. Inside, the temperature is set at 50° and the daylilies continue to grow. On January 1, I will raise the temperature to 55° and about mid January to 60°. I would hope to have bloom in Mid March.

Many of you know the story of the Christmas wreath on the greenhouse door, but for those of you who do not, I will repeat it. When we built the first greenhouse in November of 1993, this same wreath showed up on the door that Christmas. I was told, "This wreath symbolizes your Christmas present, your birthday present and your anniversary present until such time that it does not appear on the door". You can see that it did, indeed, show up again this year so I did not expect any presents under the tree for me. I was not disappointed!

Our 9 year old Lab, Sara Lee, has one responsibility. She goes out to the driveway near the road each morning and retrieves the newspaper so she can catch up on the day's happenings. The real reason Sara retrieves the paper is that she receives a treat. Sara will do anything for a treat! In the background you can see one of our grandsons, Benjamin.

Shiloh even gets in on the holiday season. He really enjoyed sitting among the presents under the Christmas tree. The tree had ornaments and tinsel missing about 1½ feet off the floor. Shiloh likes playing with ornaments and tinsel.

We wish all of our daylily friends a very happy and prosperous new year.

Now is the time to start planning to attend one of the many symposia that are coming up, including The Mid-Winter Symposium in Nashville, TN on January 21-23, 2011. Please join us and greet old friends and meet new ones.

Exciting things happen to those who hybridize daylilies!

Life is very, very good. Remember, when the bloom is gone, you still have your friends!


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