<posted April 29, 2014> This is H. 'Ida Mae Norris.' This is my favorite cultivar of Richard Norris' to date. I grow and enjoy several now and have had even more over the years that I have traded, sold or given away to friends as tastes and space evolved. I also love his H. 'Ashwood Dark Side' and H. 'Plane Geometry,' but this one takes the cake. First, it is 7"+, matte and flat as a pancake. Although flat and matte, it also has a supple texture that grabs my attention. I'm surprised to see he still has some for sale on his website.
Here are two other pinkies I like. First is H. 'Rose Colored Glasses':
And the second (below) is H. 'Small World Looney Tunes' from Michael Miller. It's the first introduction of his I bought directly from him and I'm very pleased with its performance. Looking forward to taking it to a show this summer to see what it can do here in region 2. This one also has a very funky pattern in the morning - and pretty consistently. It is also a fast increaser in my Illinois garden.
I've been buried under some wonderful projects lately with people from many different areas of my life. I had some big school projects at my son's school, some home improvement projects, some large-scale garden tour plans, daylily club projects and some big writing projects, too. Dealing with these simultaneous projects has been delicate. I am working with people who aren't so easy to work with in situations that aren't easy with the best of teams. Some of the teams were so high performing we never convened as a group and the event went off without a hitch. I haven't much liked the last 60 days of hard brain work, but I did lean on some writings of people way smarter than me at some of my most frustrated moments. Theodore Roosevelt is one of my favorite politician, soldier and outdoors man. I've shared this story before, but its a good time to share it again.