Sunday, July 20, 2014

Potpourri . . .

Most of you have heard me extol the virtues of the Maid-Rite sandwich which is only available in Iowa and in other states with their border close to that of Iowa. I try to attend the Pollen Dabbers meeting in Marshalltown, IA every year to see Iowa friends, visit our parents' graves and to eat Maid-Rites, not necessarily in that order. Since lunch is on your own on Saturday at the Pollen Dabbers meeting, many of us head to Taylor's Maid-Rite shop, one of the few remaining original stores in the chain.

Also, close to my home town of Colfax, IA, there is a Maid-Rite shop in Newton which is about 10 miles away. A college friend of mine owns it which gives me a good excuse to visit that one also.

I would like to share the following picture with you taken two years ago.

Guess where? Yep, Taylor's Maid-Rite shop in Marshalltown. Lee, Don Lovell and Selwyn Rash, all enjoying a Maid-Rite lunch break at Pollen Dabbers. Can't you see the smile on our faces?

 This picture shows the inside of the Newton, IA Maid-Rite shop. You can see they are not fancy. I have made many visits here beginning way back when I was a kid my parents made their weekly visit to this shop.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Maid-Rite sandwich, I am showing the following picture. Maid-Rites are simply loose hamburger that is steam cooked, not fried. WOW! I heard that a member of our club, Libby Bell, drove an hour out of her way after attending the national in Minnesota just to find a Maid-Rite shop. She ordered one and liked it so well, she ordered a second. Good going, Libby.

Now to the daylily seedlings. I am going to show a few of my favorites.

Seedling 4007 (Red Saphire X Fringy)

Seedling 4020 (Marilyn Morss Johnson X Seedling)
The flower is stunning with both color and form

Seedling 4020 (Angels Gather Around X Fringy)
David Kirchhoff was here when this bloomed. I asked him if it was a double and he said no, it is a sculpted daylily because all of the ruffling is coming from the mid-ribs. Folks, this may fit the AHS definition of sculpted flower, but not mine. To me, a sculpted flower has grooves. How we ever got this form as sculpted, I sure don[t know.

Seedling 4063 (Cimarron Rose X Barbara Mandrell)

Seedling 1004 (Doug's Caress X Camelot Red)
This is one of my particular favorites and has been used extensively in my red hybridizing program.

I hope you enjoy looking at these seedlings. Remember, a left click over the image will give you a larger picture.

Life is very, very good.



  1. Great red flower in 4603. Love the big ruffles at the ends of the petals.


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  2. Well, I mess up with the number of my favorite red seedling. Try 4063>


  3. Lee I call your pink flower cresting. I am working on these, so if you aren't happy with her send her my way, I'll use in my program.
    I am loving your red flowers. Outstanding. Hugs

  4. Hello Lee, I don't know what to call your seedling 4020 but it is lovely with its showy center and amazing edging.
    The pink is great but the reds are truly lovely. I really like the effect of the deeply ruffled edges on 4063 that adds to the recurved petals - too many petals recurve out of sight but the ruffles make this one look deep and 3-Dimensional.
    Thanks for the lovely eye-candy!
    Diane Kehoe, Delta, BC, Canada

  5. Loving the reds. I have never done reds, but your seedling pictures have me hooked! Wow, your have such incredible saturation and vividness. Keep up the great work...and please keep blogging!