Thursday, January 26, 2012

Curt Hanson's daylily, "Up on the roof."

     Having lived two doors down from Curt Hanson from 2000 till 2008, has enabled me to see his daylily hybridizing up close, and probably annoy the heck out of Curt when I would drop by quite frequently during the daylily season.  Curt is a good guy for putting up with me for all of these years.  I think I have learned a lot by just watching how Curt goes about his hybridizing.  One of the things that Curt emphasizes in his daylilies is that it must have good plant habit.  The Curt Hanson daylily I am featuring today, "Up on the roof," has stellar plant habit.  I'm sure you've heard of the expression, "that daylily is branched like an oak tree."

     Well, "Up on the roof," fits this description to a "T!"  Just take a look at the picture at the top of the page, taken in Curt's garden in the summer of 2010.  Introduced in 2007, "Up on the roof,"  is from the cross of "Women Seeking Men X Worlds Collide."  Curt lists the height at 53 inches.  When you visit Curt's Crintonic Gardens in Gates Mills, Ohio, the first daylily you notice as you walk through the gate is "Up on the roof." It sports 5 way candelabra branching and is easily fertile both ways.  I have included two photos taken in my garden.  I am excited to see what the offspring look like in the coming years.  Curt already has one introduction from "Up on the roof" called "Building the Colossus," introduced this past year.  You owe it to yourself to include this daylily in your collection.  I look forward to featuring more daylilies that performed well in my garden in the coming weeks.  I hope you enjoy seeing some color during the dull winter months.


  1. NICE COLOR! Paul - do you find the paper hybridizing tags hold up well through the summer elements (rain, wind, etc.)?

    1. Last year they did not. What I wound up doing was going back and putting those multi colored wires on after a few of the paper tags fell off after some of our bad rain storms in Ohio this past summer. I may transfer over to all wires this year. I had so many of those pods that went into the unknown category and it was pretty discouraging. I prefer to know what the parents are from each seedling. Curt told me he got to see your OSU greenhouse. He said he really enjoyed seeing it. I think he's about to go to Africa. Finishing up his 2012 catalog. Should be out in March.