Sunday, April 22, 2012

Larry Grace's daylilies



      How can one not be a fan of Larry Grace's daylilies?  With his amazing introduction J.T. Davis, which won the stout medal, to countless other daylilies that were introduced through Frank Smith that Larry hybridized.  When one thinks of cutting edge daylilies, you think of Larry Grace's daylilies.  After Larry sold his program to Frank Smith, he still had the hybridizing bug and I'm sure the whole daylily world was happy to see Larry getting back into creating daylilies and introducing them again in 2009 for us to appreciate.  I believe it was in the spring of 2009 that Larry introduced his fabulous daylily, Angel's gather round, which I have a photograph taken in my garden posted at the very top of this page.  I bought Angel's gather round the year it came out and was not disappointed.  It was everything Larry wrote about in his description and more.  Green edged daylilies are one of my favorites to try and hybridize, and if you are trying to hybridize green edges, I strongly urge you to include Angels gather round in your selections.  I had never seen Larry's daylilies in person and in June of 2010 I was fortunate enough to go out to Larry's house and see his newest stuff.  I was blown away.  So many cool daylilies.  It was nice to see his current intros at the time and pictured right below Angels gather round at the top, is his 2010 intro Surrounded by love, which is out of Angels gather round.  Larry was very kind in showing me some of his newest seedlings and at the bottom of the page I have included several photographs of what you may see in the future.  I hope to be able to go visit Larry Grace down in Alabama again in the future.  It is no suprise almost his entire 2012 collection is almost completely sold out.  Hope you enjoyed these daylilies.

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  1. Nice picture's. Almost all of my Grace flowers that Frank Smith introduced do well in my garden. I have just purchased Angels gather round this spring and hpe to use it this year. I have seen it bloom at Browns Ferry Gardens many times but I finally got. I'm looking forward to hearing Larry's lecture next year at our Summer Regional.

    Marlon

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    1. Thanks Marlon. If you get a chance, go see Larry's daylilies in person. You'll be blown away. I've had great success with setting pods and using Angels gather Round's pollen. I saw a couple of seedlings from it for the first time last year and was pleased. One other green parent that I would recommend if you don't already have it is Pat Stamile's Leslie Renee. Bill Waldrop has had a lot of success with it and it is an easy pod setter as well. Happy gardening!

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    2. I do have Leslie Renee and Surrounded By Love too. Charles has several intro's out of Leslie Renee. I have the two from this year, Windsor Plantation and The Color of Wonderful. Both are hard Dormants so you might be interested in them.

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    3. Thanks Marlon. I grabbed my Browns Ferry catalog right away. I already have an order in for Kermit the frog. I am excited to see Kermit. I have never seen it in person.

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  2. I had the pleasure of seeing the maiden bloom of Kermit. Charles actually has some pictures that are greener than the one's he published. I asked him why he didn't use them and he said he wanted everyone to be surprised. It is a bigger flower than most green edged blloms you see. Another one of Charles's intro's last year was The Batchlorette that is a cross of Thelma Douglas and Leslie Renee. It's a Leslie Renee flower with Thelma plant habit except that it's semi evergreen. It's very hardy and throws dormant seedlings. Thelma is so dominate that 75% of her seedlings are dormant regardless of what it's crossed with.

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