Thursday, November 17, 2011

Blue eyed seedling. (future intro, Dick Goddard)

Well, instead of posting depressing pictures of my front yard as in previous posts,
I thought I would talk about one of my more exciting future introductions, Dick Goddard.
I probably won't introduce this daylily until 2015, since I don't have much of it at this point,
but it is probably my best seedling to date.  It is a cross of Steve Moldovan's Seraglio (pod)
X John Rice's Don Herrell. (pollen) The first time it bloomed was last year, but the plant
hadn't really established.  This year it stole the show.  Nice plant habits, desirable foliage,
good branching and bud count.  It set pods easily and is pollen fertile.  I look forward to
using it more in the years to come and hopefully it will be a good parent.  It is being named
Dick Goddard after a local Cleveland, Ohio weatherman who is also very active with our

animal humane societies in helping animals to get adopted.  Dick has been doing
the weather forecasts here in Cleveland, Ohio since 1961, and is still going strong
at 80 years old. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

First snowfall of the season.


Well, on 11-10-11 we had our first measurable snow fall of the season.  Always too soon for me.
The older I get, the less I enjoy winter.  I think my wife and I may move further south in the state
of Ohio in the years to come.  Anyway, my landscaping season is coming to a close soon, so
I should be able to share some sunnier photos from this past season of my daylilies and some
of other hybridizers that I think you might enjoy as well.  Hope you all have a nice weekend.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

What a wet year!!!

Well daylily friends, it's been a very wet year.  In fact the wettest on record for our area in Northeast, Ohio. They've only been keeping records for 141 years.  Anyway, I've always wanted to write about my favorite garden flower and share my opinions, insight, and experiences with others.  I've been hybridizing since 1999, and boy have I made some mistakes.  I guess the key to making those mistakes is learning from them,
and I think I've done a pretty good job of that.  I'm gonna try and post a photo of my front yard taken at
the end of October so you can see just how wet it was.  I've never had so much standing water for such
a great length of time.  Somehow the daylilies seem to have adapted to it.  They are very tough perennials. That's what I love about them.  I'll try and post more pictures from this past season for you to enjoy in the coming months.  Love to hear any feedback and welcome your insights as well.  Happy gardening to you all.