Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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When the people deboarded, I had iced cloths ready for them to use to "wipe off the ride." Since they had been on that bus all day, I thought it would be refreshing to clean their hands and face with a citrus-scented wet towel. See it there by the bus door above?
This is what it looked like up close.
This has been my favorite spot to star gaze this year. The lower patio is where the disco ball is, too, so you know there are always hi-jinks afoot in this area. Remember, these photos are from June 5...seems like forever ago.
One of the visitors said,
"I'm having such a great time. It's like visiting a favorite far-away cousin's house I don't get to visit often enough."
I thought that was very sweet. It's how I felt, too.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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<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.
He presented a speech entitled "Citizenship in a Republic" at the Sorbonne in 1910, two years after Henry Ford rolled the first Model T out of Detroit. In my office at Ford Motor Company World HQ, there is a photo of Mr. Ford and Mr. Roosevelt, riding in a Model T on the slender streets of Dearborn. The photo gives me goosebumps to see such "movement and thought" sharing a ride together. The speech from the Sorbonne brings an overwhelming sense of personal call to action every time I read it. Here is an excerpt, and I hope you find some strength in it, too. It's pretty fierce, IMHO.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. THE CREDIT BELONGS TO THE MAN WHO IS ACTUALLY IN THE ARENA, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, IF HE FAILS, AT LEAST FAILS WHILE DARING GREATLY so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
Thursday, April 17, 2014
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HATS OFF TO SUE (Herrington, T. 2008) exhibited by Claude Carpenter at a 2013 Atlanta-area accredited daylily show.
This flower shows an eye. Note the darker color appears on the petals and sepals.
EDGED IN INK at a show in Michigan.
Bill Waldrop's winning seedling entry at the Atlanta-area show. Note the lighter color that appears between the glowing yellow throat and the petal edges.
This area is a watermark by definition.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
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Above is Martin Kamensky's H. 'Picotee Magic.' The saturation of pink at the edges of these petals really gets my heart racing. The midribs are so white. And so carved. Its not a surprise that this one is a former Englerth Winner in Region 2.
Below is Karol Emmerich's H. 'Woman at the Well.' I still remember the first time I saw this flower in a slide show many years ago. SO DISTINCT! SUCH MOVEMENT! The shading and gradient of color in the throat gives the bloom such depth. I just love it, Karol! Have you seen Karol's website lately? Here were her 2013 intros. WOW.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
An adorable friend posed a question on a daylily-centric email robin today. She asked,
"What brought you JOY in your daylily garden last season?"
I thought this was such a fun question and it made my brain feel good to think about it. This is H. 'Carolina Pink Pinwheel' by Gene Tanner at Browns Ferry Gardens. It was certainly one of my first thoughts when I thought about joy.
This topic is right on time, Kathleen. (who, if you don’t know her, EXUDES joy!) See her gardens here.
The most-influential daylily that comes to mind when I think of 2013 summer joy is GOD SAVE THE QUEEN from Mort Morss. So much going on in that daylily. It is so photogenic and puts on a display like no other modern cultivar that I grow.
Some days I would just walk by the clump and shake my head at its awesomeness. The height, the color saturation, the teeth, the eyezone, the size of the bloom, the strength of the scape. Man. LOTS of positives.
The near-equal runner up for materializing my summer joy is TRUFFLES MILANESE by David Kirchhoff. Insane substance, enormous bloom size, color tone, fragrance...super joy! Here it is:
I have mentioned this daylily about a bazillion times since it bloomed last July. I just counted 24 "keeper" photos of it in my 2014 files. If you don’t think you like doubles, or don’t have one of David's modern truffles - invest in this one. It adds a dimension to the garden that most other doubles don’t. It is clearly a double and makes no apologies for its "extra." It was 100% double, with more buds than advertised.
The extra joy in these two cultivars is that they are both dependable. Consistent. None of that waiting for a good hair day kind of stuff that so often comes with new and hyped daylilies. You know what I mean, right? The new cultivar you buy that has 8 buds and 6 of those open marred somehow and you just happen to be at regional the two days it blooms nicely?
Yeah, those. Ahem.
I don’t have that problem with these two cultivars. Every day (and lots of them) the blooms and bouquet are amazing.
Daylily World gets the stable ribbons for MOST JOY in my 2013 season. WIN and PLACE. Thanks, David and Mort.
Here are some of my Honorable Mentions:
H. 'Godiva Jam' by Judith Weston
H. 'Margo Reed Indeed' by Jim Murphy
H. 'Dragon Fang' by Jamie Gossard
H. 'Balloons Rising by Megan Skinner
These are daylilies that brought me joy in my 2013 season. They are shining examples in a large collection of also-awesome daylily specimens. Thank you to all the hybridizers who strive to bring JOY to the world. You can bet the flowers you produce all have a little piece of you in them!
Thursday, January 30, 2014
2:09 PM day lily, daylily, daylily blog, daylily haiku, daylily meeting, daylily photography, learning something new, something to ponder, TERM 3 Comments
This is the 2011 Summer Meeting for AHS Region 2, held in Troy, Michigan.
We coordinated an off-scape show during the opening day of the event and invited all our travelling guests, and local club members to bring in their blooms. The result was HUNDREDS of blooms in the hotel hallway that captivated the attention of all our visitors.
We used ACTION and SPECTACLE to make this a successful event. The mass display (length and width) of daylilies brought the spectacle. The spectacle was the "Wow. That is a boatload of flowers. Wow." Some folks cant get past this level of interaction. That is where they stop. The spectacle is how we draw new daylily lovers in to the black hole of daylilydom.
The ACTION came in though the organization of the show. By displaying flowers by like color and/or form, viewers are able to connect with the display on a more personal level. They find themselves drawn to highly-saturated blooms, or extra large blooms, or miniature flowers, or heavy-substanced faces...whatever makes their heart sing. Remember this post?
There is no better way to determine what type of daylily-lover you are than by attending a daylily show. On July 6, 2014, there will be an accredited Daylily Exhibition Show in Springfield, Illinois at Washington Park Botanical Gardens. Mark your calendar right now. It's the state capitol, tons of stuff to do and totally centrally located by highway from a lot of cities around our region. More details coming later. You can also check here for other shows across the country. That page will be updated as shows are officially scheduled for 2014.