Flower Show Photos

049Does anyone have photos of the flower show they’d like to share? Send them my way and I’ll happily post them for everyone to enjoy! :)

20140222_142738If you’d like to stay connected with CDS via Facebook or Twitter, check the right upper column to click over and friend/follow us! :)

Give me time to accept requests and follow back. I’ll get there sooner or later.


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A Bunch of Things

First of all, wonderful meeting yesterday!  Thanks so much to Richard Howard for giving us a virtual tour of his garden and providing all of the lovely auction/door prize plants. Rich’s website is here, in case anyone wants to give it a closer look (and do go visit–it’s worth the trip from anywhere!).  Also, he made mention of The Lily Auction. It’s like eBay for daylily addicts. If you haven’t already been sucked into the vortex, try it. You’re gonna love it. ;-) I plan to go over there and spend money as soon as I’m done here.

We also spoke about the CT Flower Show coming up on Feb. 20-23rd at the Connecticut Convention Center. I’m sure we can find a spot for you to help man/woman our booth if anyone has an interest in free admission! It’s totally worth the effort, and great fun to chat with fellow flower enthusiasts and get in the mood for spring. Nothing gets me more jazzed to get my hands dirty than strolling around an enormous building full of blooming landscapes. Sigh.

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Additionally, we mentioned the 2015 Regional and how Cheryl Fox is hosting the Stanley Saxton bed at her tour garden. Any hybridizers who are interested in having one or more (up to three) of their unregistered seedlings featured and evaluated in the Saxton bed, please leave a comment here and I’ll forward your contact info to Cheryl, or you may contact her directly.

Finally, there was mention of our recruitment initiative for the club.  In an effort to represent CDS on social media, I’ve taken the liberty of registering a Twitter handle for CDS —@CTdaylilyclub. Our brand new Twitter page can be found here. If you utilize Twitter, please follow us, and I will make an effort to follow back in a timely fashion. It would be fantastic to see some familiar faces and hopefully reach out to like-minded people in the area (and everywhere!).  I’ve also added a Facebook account for CDS. Please friend it here: https://www.facebook.com/ct.daylilysociety if you are on Facebook. I’m not sure how active I will be over on both of them since I already have a ton of time-sucks, but I’ll try to pop in and post updates to the blog over there. That way you can share those with your Facebook friends and help spread the word.

Thanks for playing along, everyone! :)


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Have You Seen Your Region 4 Newsletter, Yet?

If not, move that to the top of your reading pile!  You’ll see a number of familiar faces, as well as articles by three of our members!

Rebecca Nisley wrote a wonderful piece on our annual sale, with tips for other clubs to emulate that which we have down to a fine science. :-)

Lori-Ann Jones submitted a detailed piece on hybridizing.

And the Szarek’s shared what has become of their high-maintenance swimming pool!

So if you haven’t already, sit down with a coffee or steaming hot cocoa and enjoy a breath of summer in the latest Region 4 offering.

Oh, and one more thing: as the CT flower show approaches, Rebecca and I will be asking for member photos that fit with our theme this year. The Cool of the Day makes us think of flowers with names that have certain key words such as cool (obviously), afternoon (got a gorgeous shot of that favorite Always Afternoon?), dawn, evening, or something with a water mention.

5-30-09 F23Also, do any of you club members have a water feature surrounded by daylilies? Please give myself or Rebecca a shout out–we want your pictures! Pretty please with sugar on top?

Here’s a list we compiled to get you thinking of what you may have. Keep in mind, we are open to any plants with names that suit, so long as you have a quality photo.


Afternoon Blues

Afternoon Cocktail

Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Glow

Always Afternoon


Cool Acres

Cool Blue

Cool Breeze

Cool Cat

Cool Chemistry

Cool Clear Water

Cool Confections

Cool Coral

Cool Delight

Cool Island Breeze

Cool Jazz

Cool Moon Rising

Cool Morning Mist

Cool Streams

Cool Summer Breeze

Cool Twister


Double Misty Dawn

After the Dawn

Dawn Bouquet

Dawn’s Echo

Dawn’s Frolic

Daybreak Fantasy

Daydream Believer


Evening Concerto

Evening Elegance

Evening Enchantment

Evening Solitude


Fountain Tune


Misty Alps

Misty Lavender


Moon Dazzle

Moon Dust

Moon Indigo

Moon Music

Moon Twilight

Moon Witch


Moonlight Rhapsody

Moonlit Caress

Moonlit Pearls

Moonstruck Madness


Morning Cloud

Morning Colors

Morning Cheerfulness

Morning Dawn

Morning Grace

Morning Loveliness

Morning Pearls

Morning Serenade


Twilight Rose

Twilight Secrets

Twilight Star

Thanks, Stay Warm, and Happy Holidays,


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Getting Ready for the Regional

Phil and Cheryl have been busy! In preparation for our July 2015 Regional, they’ve killed some grass. ;-) Feast your eyes on the newborn Stanley Saxton bed.


Cheryl’s gardens are lovely even in late fall.


Somebody get that guy a beer!


Looks fantastic! Love the hillside bed!

Here are the Saxton guidelines according to the AHS website: <–Click on the link to go directly to the site and check out previous winners.

Stanley Saxton Seedling Award

The Stanley Saxton Seedling Award was first proposed by the Hudson-Adirondack Daylily Society as a means of focusing increased attention on Region 4 hybridizing.  Many AHS members of Region 4 actively hybridize and have produced some high quality seedlings deserving of the Region’s attention. This award will place emphasis on plants that not only survive in Region 4, but also bloom and increase well.

Specifications:    The award is for the best unregistered seedling seen at the yearly regional meeting. It will be awarded each year that there is a bloom-season meeting, and will not be awarded from photographs. Region 4 hybridizers are asked to submit a maximum of three (3) unregistered seedlings with a maximum of three-to-five fans each, the year previous to the judging. This will allow the seedlings to settle in and grow. All seedlings will be planted in one location in one tour garden for easy evaluation. This will insure that all seedlings receive equal treatment. Seedlings from purchased seed are not eligible, nor are purchased seedlings. All seedlings will be grown under number with no hybridizer or name identified on the label.

Absolutely no pollen will be taken, nor will pods be set during the plant’s stay in the guest garden. Flower scapes will be removed the season previous to bloom to encourage increase.
After the meeting, plants will be returned to the hybridizer. The hybridizer may opt to auction them or donate them.
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More Lovelies

Marifran Hiltz may have moved, but she was kind enough to share some flowers that traveled from CT to her new home. All but Split Infinitive were grown in good old Connecticut clay (but SI is a dormant from Melanie Mason, so it’s a fair bet that it will perform wonderfully in our state as well).

Split Infinitive (M. Mason, '07)

Split Infinitive (M. Mason, ’07)

Sunblest ( Waltermire, 1971)

Sunblest ( Waltermire, 1971)

True Gertrude Demarest (Spalding 1986)

True Gertrude Demarest (Spalding 1986)

Today's Charm (Sellers, 1986)

Today’s Charm (Sellers, 1986)

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Great Performers 2013

Thank you, Russ, for sending photos of your great performers of 2013!

First we have Stamile’s Mystical Rainbow (’96)

Mystical Rainbow - Stamile

Mystical Rainbow – Stamile

Here is Beautiful Edgings (Copenhaver, ’89). I grow this one myself, but I think it would like to get moved to a sunnier spot. Love the coloration on this gorgeous plant.

Peach Magnolia (Joiner, ’86) is another workhorse.

Peach Magnolia

And Astral Voyager takes Russ’ garden to a whole ‘nother dimension (did you see what I did there?). So stinkin’ pretty!

Astral Voyager (M. Mason, '00)

Astral Voyager (M. Mason, ’00)

All American Chief (Sellers, ’94) deserves to be hailed.

All American Chief (Sellers, '94)

And finally, Shores of Time (Stamile, 02) withstands the test of time.

Shores of Time

Thanks for sharing your lovely shots and recommendations, Russ. Anyone else have any great garden performers from this past year? Send them my way! :-)


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More Pretty Faces

Hope everyone who attended had a great time at the meeting on Saturday!  I know I thoroughly enjoyed Mike Grossman’s program. It made me want to go bid on some toothy seed over on the Lily Auction.

With Autumn upon us and cooler weather around the bend, don’t forget to check NBC Connecticut/WVIT or http://www.nbcconnecticut.com when weather is questionable. We will be sure to post meeting closings with them.

And remember, I’d love to be sent any photos you want to share with the group. Late bloomers? Star performers? How about a daylily with a name or color scheme that fits with the Flower Show theme for this year: Cool of the Day?  Hit me up with your ideas and pictures!

Richard Daniel sent a gorgeous shot of two of his seedlings:


I love the bluish watermark on that purple, Richard! And the edge on that left bloom is huge!


From Russ Allen we have a mid/late bloomer to prolong the season: “Bobbie Brooks’ Simply Scintillating, reg. 2004, performed quite well for me.  The last bloom was Aug. 31st, and they really are quite charming and distinctive.”
????????????????????????????????????It can be tough to get a variety of colors come late August, and this is a pretty pink to do the job.  Love the twist!

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