Daylily Haiku Thursday | Orchid Moonrise

showing off, dreaming
of narrow wins and losses.
they both count.  really. 

Shown above is a shot from the Indiana daylily show I judged last summer.  It was the first time I saw this cultivar in person and although this form is not usually my cup of tea, I feel in love with the veined petals, quilling sepals and happy chartreuse throat.  This was a great exhibit, which was groomed perfectly.  Notice how well-branched this exhibit is!  You can see the lateral branching half way down the scape. 

Part of the reason I love daylily shows is the opportunity to see and appreciate the flowers at my eye level (which isn't too hard to do if you know how tall I am {not}.) 

This beauty is H. 'Orchid Moonrise,' hybridized by the late Ned Roberts.  It was registered in 2003 as 36" scape, 7" bloom, early season bloomer, Dormant, Diploid, 12 buds, 3 branches, Unusual Form Crispate, Purple with gray eye above yellow green throat.  Although 12 buds isn't a lot and most likely in Michigan it would even be fewer, I still loved this exhibit.  A lot.



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