Thursday, June 13, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
11:20 AM color inspiration, competition, day lily, daylily, daylily blog, daylily photography, exhibiting daylilies, flower show, kennesaw, region 2, something to ponder, thankful, waldrop daylily No comments
(photo) This is one view of Daylily World- literally. The gardens of the incomparable David Kirchhoff and Mort Morss.
(Don't worry, the trip was pretty blurry to me, too!)
The show boasted over 300 scapes and the two clubs did a great job once again of coming together to put on a joint show. There were five panels of three judges, and I was honored to judge with Dr. Scott Elliott (who is producing some of the best-scaped doubles I have EVER seen) and my sweet friend Rosemary Dixon. We had great discussions, many laughs and enjoyed our time together. I also got to meet Scott's charming wife and got to kid around with Joann Stewart, who I don't see often enough.
Here are two exhibits of Heidi Douglas' H. 'Papa Goose.' First time Ive seen it exhibited!
I was most impressed by the color shown on the section winners. Often, darker color flowers are harder to exhibit and you don't see head tables that are so "dark." This was impressive. I was also thrilled to see two Region 2 cultivars among the highest winners in this deep south show. Jamie Gossard's introduction (large photo below) was stunning. Love this one, Jamie - it has amazing masculine structure and is so intentionally white.
Here are the winning faces from the head table at this show.
(H.'Santa's Little Helper' and H. 'Blooming Beauty')
(H.'Free Wheelin'' and H. 'Everybody Loves Earnest')
(H.'Hats off to Sue' and the seedling winner from Bill Waldrop)
(H.'Virgil's Suspenders' and H. 'Grapesicle')
(H.'Brookwood Ojo Poco' and the head table of all winners)
H. 'Heavenly Snow White', hybridized by Jamie Gossard and expertly exhibited by Bill Waldrop. This one has little purple highlights on the buds and bracts. Very interesting!
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
2:18 PM collecting daylilies, color inspiration, day lily, daylily, daylily blog, daylily expert, daylily haiku, daylily photography, something to ponder, waldrop daylily No comments
<posted May 23, 2013> I swear the daylily foliage in my garden this year is the best it has ever looked. Or could it be that my eyes are just so sore for green, lush sights that I am imagining it? Either way, it is awesome out there. I'm dreaming of the days when the clumps of leaves are covered in an umbrella of bloom. Dreaming of the days when I search for the sight of the day that takes my breath away - something in the daylilies that makes me whisper an "ah" upon discovering it. If you need a chart to feel what I'm describing, here:
Its usually color that does it for me first. Saturated, sunfast and sexy color. Like Bill Waldrop's 'Red Sapphire.' It means to be pink and it is PINK - not a muddy mauve - but PINK. Here it is:
Sometimes its clarity of color that strikes me. Below in Kimberly McCutcheon's 'Baby Pinwheels' or the classic 'Julie Newmar' I see clarity and cleanliness of color.
And again with another Bill Waldrop introduction, 'Kennesaw Mountain Hayride' there is a deep saturation that looks like wet paint. I find that when I go on garden tours of other daylily-centric gardens, if I happen to "connect" or "have a moment" with a particular cultivar, I seek it out to grow in my own yard so I can relive that moment of excitement - that blip on my heart chart.
What I love about Tim Bell's 'Valdosta Again' (below) is not just the dependable pattern, but the chartreuse beacon at the center of the flower. If that were more dull, if it weren't so wide and repeated on the sepals, that pattern would not be so fantastic. This one was my gift plant for attending the 2010 AHS Convention in Valdosta. What an amazing time that was...
And it doesn't have to be complicated color to be amazing....look at Barrie Matthie's 'Bonibrae The Freak.' This has Richard Norris' 'Substantial Evidence' in its pedigree. LOOK AT THAT GREEN! This photo was taken outside at 1pm in Georgia heat when I visited Kennesaw Mountain Daylilies last summer.
Enough of this...I could go on forever. But you should go now and think about what it is in your garden that makes your heart chart BLIP! I'm going to continue to enjoy the hummingbirds feeding today during a light rain...
the soft rain coating their backs.
they don't seem to mind.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
11:40 PM day lily, daylily, daylily blog, daylily expert, daylily haiku, daylily photography, something to ponder 7 comments
<posted May 16, 2013> In one of the daylily groups on Facebook I recently posted about my reading this back issue of the fabulous HORTICULTURE magazine (2011). If you don't subscribe, you should. I am always inspired by the writing. The final page in this particular issue has a great story about eccentric gardeners that I could read 1000 times.
As you can see, this 2011 issue features daylilies on the cover, so I have it saved with other magazines which highlight daylilies. I quite often set this stack of magazines out when garden tours come through, or when groups visit that aren't daylily-centric.
Now, answer this question for me:
Now, answer this question for me:
I often wonder why so many people who "discover" daylilies for the first time are so astounded with the forms and diversity in the flower. Looking at the cover of HORTICULTURE, such prime real estate features basically a dark burgundy fulva-ish face.
"They" have left us in 1950.
Why would such a magazine leave such a diverse flower so mid-century? It's not like VOGUE or TIME look so far in the past for cover photos. They feature today's look and feel and influence the buying patterns of people who subscribe. They feature today's fashion.
Today's issues. Today's "prime stuff."
Why would HORTICULTURE choose to put such a safe face on the cover? I'm sending a package to its editor, complete with back issues of our amazing Daylily Journal and the Region 2 Newsletter. They will be so excited.
God Bless the historic cultivars and their place in our space, but its time more general-gardening fanatic folks understand that it's not your grandmother's daylily anymore.
What do you think? Would a cover be better with something like this?