Saturday, May 16, 2015

The love of my life.

May 24th will be the 61st anniversary of the first date with my wife, Jean. I remember the day we met vividly. It was about 2 weeks earlier. Her grandparents lived in my home town and her family visited often. Just happened that on that Sunday she was with a classmate of mine in downtown Colfax. Now, you have to know that downtown Colfax is a whopping 2 blocks long, and if you stretch it, maybe 2 ½ blocks. They were sitting on the steps of the Presbyterian Church and I happened to drive by and spotted her. I drove around a couple more times (remember, it is only 2 blocks long) and they finally got up and began walking toward Werrick's Drug Store in the middle of town for a cold drink. I quickly found a place to park (not difficult in Colfax either) and went into the drug store where we were introduced. On that day, I lost my heart in Colfax.

Our first date on May 24th was right after my high school graduation night. We double dated with my cousin who was dating a classmate of mine. We drove to Des Moines, IA where we went to a pizza restaurant, if I remember correctly, it was Mama's Pizza Restaurant. This was our first introduction to pizza and neither of us liked it (unlike now). 

Jean was a rising Senior in HS. We dated for a year, then I asked her to marry me. If I remember correctly, she said "Yes"! She graduated from HS and then went to (at that time) Iowa State Teachers College and got her 2-year degree to teach. She graduated in June and we were married on August 17, 1957. The smartest thing I have ever done in my life.

Here is a picture of us taken by Deb Monbeck at the 2015 MWS which was printed in the Region 10 newsletter, The Daylily Appeal.

I look at this picture and still see the young 17 year girl old that I met in early May of 1954. My life began when she said "I do."

Life is very, very good


Sunday, May 10, 2015

New Seedlings in the Greenhouse

The greenhouse named varieties and previous year's seedlings are just about through and the 2015 seedlings are beginning to bloom. How exciting!

I have just about decided that I have more than enough seeds to plant later this summer so will probably not do too much more hybridizing . . . so I say! It is hard to walk in and see all those beautiful blooms just hollering to be come parents. How can you resist!

Bill Waldrop has been trying to convert H. 'Choo Choo Caboose' for me. I was excited to see that it was going to bloom this morning. However, when I examined the bloom and plant, it appears that it is still diploid. I tried some of the pollen so will see what happens. Below is a picture of H. 'Choo Choo Caboose'. It has wonderful, saturated color, great branching and bud count and good plant habit, and wonderful green throat, so you can see why I would like to get it converted.

H. 'Choo Choo Caboose' (Pickles 1995)

H. 'Kacie Boy' (Durio 1983) 
X H. 'Bonbini' (Pickles 1995)

Reds have become my passion. I would estimate that 80% of my crosses this year have been with red flowers, mostly seedlings. The other 20% would be 15% in the purples and 5% in toothy flowers. One toothy named variety new to me that excited me this year was Jeff Salter's H. 'The Incredible Earl Watts'.

Pollen Parent

Seedling 2042 [(Rockets Bursting in Air X (Camelot Red) X Doug's Caress]

Pod Parent

H. 'Barbara Mandrell' 
(Kirchhoff 2009)

Seedling 5006

Seedling 5023
Seedling 2042 ( picture above) X
H. 'Scarlet Angel' (Petit 2010) (no picture available)

Pollen Parent
Waldrop seedling W2-466 
[(Shirley Anne McCord X Marietta Heartbeat) X Gnashing of Teeth]

Pod Parent

H. 'Bluegrass Memories'
(Preuss 2006)

Seedling 5020

I guess that is all for today boys and girls.
Life is very, very good

Saturday, May 2, 2015

2015 Seedlings Blooming in Greehouse

The 2015 seedlings are beginning to bloom in the greenhouse. For me, this is the most exciting time of the year. Here are three that I have numbered so far.

 Seedling 5013 Lee's Blue Bayou X W2-466 [Shirley Anne McCord X Marietta Heartbeat) X Gnashing of Teeth]
W2-466 is a seedling I acquired from Bill Waldrop

Seedling 5005 [(Marilyn Morss Johnson X Seedling) X Lee's Blue Bayou]

Seedling 5005 (Seedling 2041 [(Camelot Red X Doug's Caress) X Barbara Mandrell]

Life is very, very good.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Jessie's Birthday

Sara Jessie's 2nd birthday was on Tuesday, April 29. She had a very eventful day. It began by delivering birthday cupcakes to the vet's office where she goes when needed. The staff loves Jessie.

In the afternoon, Jessie got to go to the doggy park for running and play with other dogs. There were probably 8 to 10 dogs there and all came up and gave her a smell and wished her Happy Birthday. One downside, she did lose her ball to one of the other dogs.

Finally, when Jessie came home, she had her cupcake. At first (picture 1) she didn't know what to think of it. After it was quartered (picture 2)  she didn't have a problem gulping it down. Spikey, our little mixed breed, got to celebrate with her and had his own cupcake. He knew exactly what to do with it.

Jessie sitting at the patio table with her cupcake. It should have had 2 candles, but that may have confused her more.

Here she is eyeing the quartered cupcake. When told she could eat it, she gobbled it down. Look at that stare!

Here are some things blooming in the greenhouse this morning.

Seedling 2065 (Desire of Nations X Bluegrass Memories)

Seedling 2081 (Bluegrass Memories X Desire of Nations)

Also blooming, our 2014 introduction H. 'Lee's Blue Bayou' 
(t. Lavender Bluebaby X Bluegrass Memories)

Life is very, very good.

Monday, April 13, 2015

2 New Greenhouse Blooms

This posting is for John Dominy who wanted to know where the new pictures were. Here they are, John.

Things are just beginning to heat up in the greenhouse (no pun intended). It will soon be alive with red blossoms. Really exciting! Here are 2 new ones blooming this morning.

This is seedling No. 4025 [(Awesome Bob X Christmas Greetings) X (Camelot Red X Doug's Caress)] X (Santa's Little Helper X Home of the Free)]. About 6" with very saturated color and a light watermark leading to a green throat.

Seedling No. 2082 (Doug's Caress X Home of the Free) Great form, saturated color, watermark leading to an olive green throat.

We enjoyed having David Kirchhoff and Mort Morss as guests this past weekend. Mort spoke to our Tennessee Valley Daylily Society on Saturday. He showed his and David's 2015 introductions and some seedlings. Also in town were Curtis and Pat Montgomery from California. We all enjoy each other's company even though we do eat too much and maybe open a little too much wine. Hey, what are friends for?

Life is very, very good.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

WOW! Seedlings blooming in the greenhouse

I don't think there is any flower more beautiful than the daylily, of course I may be prejudiced. It is especially rewarding to be able to walk into the greenhouse and see blooms in March/April. That is exactly what is happening now.

My concentration now seems to be on reds with toothy and blue secondary. I became interested in reds when I saw Jeff Salter's 'H. Camelot Red' bloom as a seedling. Jeff registered it in 2010 but I had it as a guest in 2008 and used it quite heavily. It is one of the parents of my Seedling 1004.

Seedling 1004 (Doug's Caress X Camelot Red) was the best of the lot. It has been the parent of several of my selected seedlings. 'H. Doug's Caress' was a 2009 introductions from Stan Holly and I received it as a gift plant in an order I placed with the Holly's.

Seedling 2008 is another of those full formed, round flowers that I like. It is a cross of a Waldrop seedling, [Santa's Little Helper X Running Hot) X Home of the Free]. 'H. Home of the Free' was a 2012 Larry Grace introduction.

Another seedling that I like is 2009 (Juanita Manley X Cimarron Rose). 'H. Juanita Manley' was an introduction of ours in 2011. 'H. Cimarron Rose' was a 2005 introduction of Jeff Salter's, proving that you don't necessarily need the latest and greatest to get a nice seedling.

Seedling 2041 is just the opposite cross from Seedling 1004, (Camelot Red X Doug's Caress). I am using it heavily this year hybridizing.

Finally today, is Seedling No. 4052. [ Awesome Bob X Christmas Greetings) X Barbara Mandrell) X [Santa's Little Helper X Running Hot) X Home of the Free]. The latter seedling is my Seedling 2008 above. This also has another of my favorite reds in it's parentage, 'H. Barbara Mandrell', a 2009 introduction from David Kirchhoff.

I especially like the watermarks, saturated color and green throats that I am getting.

I hope you like my seedlings.

Life is very, very good.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Iowa Pollen Dabber's Meeting

This past week Jean and I were back home in Iowa. I try to go each year to attend the Pollen Dabber's Meeting in Marshalltown, IA sponsored by the Central Iowa Daylily Society. This year Jean traveled with me. We grew up in Iowa, spending our first 32 years there before moving to Tennessee in 1974.

In addition to attending the meeting, we take the opportunity to visit our parents' graves in Colfax and Colo, both small rural farming communities. 

And a BIG plus is that I get to eat some Maid-Rite sandwiches. When you grow up in Iowa, you are subjected to Maid-Rites from birth on. Maid-Rites are and Iowa tradition and I don't know of many places other than Iowa and the border of Illinois that they are available. Maid Rites are simply a loosely ground hamburger that is steam cooked rather than fried. 
I remember, as a kid, that we would trek to Newton, IA (about 10 miles) once a week for Maid-Rites. That was some 60 years ago. 

A college friend of mine now owns the one in Newton. The interior has not changed much in 60 years. This is what it looks like now and THEN.

One of the Pollen Dabbers traditions is to make a run to the Marshalltown Maid-Rite shop for Saturday lunch. Here is a picture from a couple years ago showing me, Don Lovell and Selwyn Rush enjoying our traditional lunch. Their milkshakes aren't to shabby either. MM Good.

 While attending the Pollen Dabber's meeting, I celebrated my 79th birthday. My friend, Bob Pappenhausen, having been born on the same day, turned 74. When trying to discover my age, a call was placed to Bob and he told them I was 10 years older than him. I wasn't, I am 5 years older. I understand a call was placed to Tommy requesting my age. He replied. "I am 80 and I know he is older than me". I want Tommy to know that he is 1 year older than me and always will be.

Here is the cake they had for Bob and me. You can see that they settled on my age being 84.

My friend, Bob Pappenhausen from Illinois. We enjoy each other's company and phone calls.

The Pollen Dabber's attendees, 30 plus of them. We spent the weekend looking a images of daylilies. What better way can you spend a winter weekend than looking at daylily images?

The last three images taken by Nan Ripley and shared with me.

Except for catching the cold from hell, it was a glorious weekend.

Life is very, very good.