Tuesday, December 25, 2018

White or near white daylilies.

                                        Mike Derrow seedling T18-18

                                       Paul Van Mechelen seedling

                                           Moonsail (Stuart Kendig)

                                         Snow Globe (Stuart Kendig)

  I was trying to think back on when I first saw a white or near white daylily, and it had to be out at Rock Bottom Farms in Middlefield, Ohio. (Local daylily nursery) There I think the first near white daylily I saw was Gentle Shepherd (Yancy 80). It was very white, but it seemed to lack a little in the bud count and branching department. Also at the same nursery I saw the daylily, Joan Senior (Durio 77) for the first time.  Those two were always in the conversation for the closest to a white daylily for their time.  Since then there have been many advancements on the color.  Pat Stamile really was a pioneer for bringing the color white and cream into the modern day tetraploid daylily by doing conversions on these early diploids.  I will start by showing pictures of Gentle Shepherd, and Joan Senior, then take you through the daylilies that lead to the modern day whites.

                    Gentle Shepherd (Yancy 80) Photo by Ramona Hall Titus

                              Joan Senior (Durio 77) Photo by Darrel Apps

Pat Stamile hybridized many white daylilies over the years.  Nordic Mist, Alpine Snow, Victorian Lace, Voila Francois, Michael Miller, and Boundless Beauty just to name a few. Below are some photos of a couple of those introductions:

                        Voila Francois (Pat Stamile) Photo by Claudia Conway

                       Michael Miller (Pat Stamile) Photo by Pauline Lavigne

                      Boundless Beauty (Pat Stamile) Photo by Ronny Hermans

Below are a collection of modern whites and near whites in different forms and shades.  Enjoy:

                                      Heavenly Banquet (Bill Waldrop 18)

                                      Bill Waldrop seedling 8-738

                                     Bill Waldrop seedling 8-751

Heavenly Angel Ice (Jamie Gossard) Photo by Linda Ferguson, Stout Medal winner.

                Heavenly Snow White (Jamie Gossard) Photo by Paul K. Lewis

                            Bridezilla (Ken Dye) Photo shared by Cindy Dye

                             Small World American Beauty (Michael Miller)

                                  Small World Snow Fox (Michael Miller)

                                               Mary Baker seedling

                 Jammins Magnolia Beauty (Singletary) Photo by James Clancy

                                       White Admiral (Claudia Conway)

          Beulabelle Eckhoff (Carol Sims future intro to be named for her mother)

      Collection of white daylilies in different colors. (Image from Stuart Kendig)

I'd like to thank every one who shared their photographs to make this segment possible.  All photographs are the property of each individual, and use without prior consent is prohibited.  I must admit I was really amazed at how many white introductions there are.  It has been enjoyable doing this research.  I know I have been telling you all about these great interviews I have lined up, but out of 7 or 8 people I have sent these questions to NO ONE has sent them back.  I guess I am not high on their list of priorities. LOL!  Hopefully that will change in the coming weeks.  I really want to post a couple at least before winter is over.  Anyway hope you all have a happy holiday season. Look forward to bringing you more new segments in 2019.


Sunday, December 2, 2018


             John Kulpa future intro to be named for his mother, Ann Marie Kulpa

                                     Dad's Black Gold (Mark Sattelmeier)

   I am waiting for people I have sent interview questions out to, to respond.  I have a good group of interviews lined up for this season, but I don't want to announce any until I receive their questions back.  So, in the mean time....I hope you enjoy these pictures of toothies that I put together on the fly. Here is this week's picture show:

                      Karol Emmerich seedling 31214.  Fabulous dark toothy!

                                     Shark Tank (Paul K. Lewis 2019 intro)

 Avianna Grace (Val Jean & David Hansen) Photograph by Susan Hamilton

                                Lewis seedling (Beastman X Black Horns)

                            Ed Thaubald seedling taken in Bentley Gardens.

                         Sense of Occasion (Rich Howard, Spring 2019 intro)

Well, there ya go!  Been a very wet and cold November.  I'm still trying to get seeds in the ground and finish leaf clean ups for my landscaping customers.  Hope you are all well.   I know this time of the year the weather can be depressing.  Keep your chins up.  I hope my next segment will be the first interview of the season.  Stay tuned.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Stripes, Speckles, and Spots 2018.

             Angela Ridder seedling. Spring 2019 introduction, name pending.

                              Rich Howard (Stuart Kendig, 2019 introduction)

   WOW! 2018 was a great summer for striped, speckled, and spotted seedlings. I was amazed by the number of cool seedlings being hybridized by my friends.  Here's this week's picture show:

                            Rich Howard (Stuart Kendig, 2019 introduction)

                                       Stuart Kendig seedling 17-01.

                   Cyclone All American (Lovell) Photograph by Elaine Seifert.

Explosion in the Paint Factory (Rich Howard) Photo by Paul K. Lewis. Parent of many of these striped daylilies above. Rich Howard won an HM for it this year.  Very deserving.
                    R2D2 Colorful Chaos (Chad Bush) Photo by Peter Donato.

                                               Chad Bush seedling.

                                             Chad Bush seedling.

                                             Chad Bush seedling.

                                             Chad Bush seedling.

                           Clown Pants (Steve Todd) Photo by Peter Donato.

                                    Clown Pants seedling (Dave Mussar)                 

          Bill Waldrop seedling (Master Sergeant Kenneth Lane X Undefinable).

                               Sonja's Broken Sunbeam (Judy Sweeney)

                    Dave Mussar seedling (Sp. Freaky Tiki X Undefinable).

                     Dave Mussar seedling (Clear Conscious X Undefinable).

                            Dave Mussar seedling (Splatter X Undefinable)

                             Dots Galore (Dave Mussar, 2016 introduction)

                   A Hard Day's Starry Night (Dave Mussar, 2018 introduction)

Hope you enjoyed that as much as I enjoyed putting it together.  A LOT of exciting things happening in this category of daylily hybridizing.  Happy gardening.