Our 2017 shipping season will begin at the end of February, and for the most part end after the first week in May. Garden visits and hybridizing makes shipping difficult, but not impossible after this time. We have found the U.S. Postal Service to still be the best means of domestic shipping, especially during the warmer months as the trucks are all white so afternoon deliveries remain fresh. This allows us to only charge $15 for the first 10 plants ordered and $25 thereafter. Keeping things simple has worked for all. If You have any questions regarding shipping, please, just give us a call. Our international shipping is now quite limited.
GUARANTEE AND BONUS PLANTS
All of our plants are dug and prepared by Jane and me and we are proud of the plants we send out. Our plants are bloom sized and true to name. A few of the brand newer introductions will be large bloom sized single fans, but almost everything else will be at least bloom sized double fans.
Bonus plants: We send out gift “bonus plants” worth about 20% or more of the order, so please send us a list of plants we might consider when we make our gift selections. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the plants you receive just return them for a refund. The first year we even try to replace plants that winter kill, stock permitting, at no charge. Occasionally we have to replace with something other than the lost plant, but we always try to the do the best that we can.
Daylily Gift Certificates make wonderful presents, and we are happy to provide these for your friends and special occasions. Contact us directly at our home phone (386) 574-2789 or via E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
ABBREVIATIONS: Ev. evergreen; Sev. Semi evergreen; Dor. dormant; EE Extra Early; E. early bloom; L. Late bloom; Re. rebloom; SF. Single fan offering; UF unusual form; First inches in description refers to scape height, second inches in description refers to bloom size.
FULL FORM COLLECTION of 17 cultivars lists individually at $2,125. will be sold for $1,700. a savings of 20%
MORNINGSTAR COLLECTION consisting of Long Petaled cultivars: LADY DRAGON ($100,) RAINBOW BLUES ($125) and MAMA KNOWS BEST ($175) priced at $400 will discount to $325 a savings of $75.
Norman Hughes diploids (MIDNIGHT HOUR & PIRATE QUEEN) are net at $100 each.
Last year I outlined my views on hybridizing in general. and I'll restate again as I feel backyard hybridizers should not feel the need for overly large programs necessary for hybridizing success. I've been a big proponent of out crossing, and of the use of converted diploids into tetaploid programs for over 30 years. Almost my entire tetraploid daylily hybridizing experience is based upon the use of converted diploids. For these many years we've even given away more converted plants than we've sold. Back in the early days it was mainly Oscie Whatley, John Benz, Patrick Stamile, and then me, meeting strong, and at times vocal opposition from some mainstream hybridizers who strongly believed in line breeding, only rarely using material from outside of “their” lines. The debate is now long since settled; that out crossing is a more powerful, and economical means to advance the goals of creating what heretofore did not exist in the exciting world of daylily hybridizing. A smaller field of seedlings using new conversions and other quality out crossings usually yields far greater results than a field of many thousands of line bred plants. Thus, this year we again offer many conversions and two new conversions. Our release of the tetraploid conversion of Pete Harry's wife's namesake ROSSENCILVIA is an easy to use, very large, round, ruffled pink beauty that will further deepen and offer still more new directions in the Tetraploid gene pool. At times shockingly unique is a diploid I converted for our Italian friend, Stefano Peroni's, DEEP IMPACT. See photos on page 23. Although the tetraploid version of DEEP IMPACE is usually more of a solid eye it breeds more like the exotic diploid pictured.
As a side note I'd like to say that I've had a strong interest in genetics long before I became involved with daylilies. Prior to Jane and me having children Jane worked at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, then the worlds leading center for genetic research and the home of two of the 20th century's Nobel Prize winning genetic researchers. Out of curiosity I spent hours availing myself of the lab's library, where I learned that 1950's ideas concerning line breeding that had dealt essentially with food crops had been replaced with the the more modern principle of usually considering breeding with as wide a gene pool as possible, especially where the gene pool is as diverse as we have with daylilies. What great news for backyard daylily hybridizers!
THOUGHTS FROM THE GARDEN
This past fall during the Water Mill Gardens “Great Weeding Party” many labels containing our crosses were mistakenly discarded, so for the first time many of this year's and next years introductions will have the parentage listed as unknown.
“You don't need a huge garden and tractor to be a successful hybridizer.” ~Dan Trimmer