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New additions to the garden

Was able to get into the garden and start wok for this year.

Added to two newer hybrids from Trimmer to the garden … total named hybrids in the display garden is now at 158.

First add was Flamingo Crossing which is a 2016 brand new introduction

Flamingo Crossing daylily

Flamingo Crossing daylily

And the 2nd add was Peach Season which was a 2015 introduction

Peach Season daylily

Peach Season daylily

National AHS 2017 Display Garden! Newest additions

Key West Sunset was accepted to be one of the 24 daylilies to represent Region 2 in the 2017 AHS National Convention display garden.    Very excited to make the cut!


In other news … received 3 new daylilies for the garden Wednesday night which will replace the 3 that did not make it over this winter.  My new daylilies are:

Out of Sane

Out of Sane daylily

Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas daylily

The Blue Parrot

The Blue Parrot daylily

Open House for the display garden

With dedication to the garden and much appreciated assistance from church and family, our garden become one of 10 national daylily display gardens in Indiana.   We are entering prime bloom … please come on by the house and visit and just look at the flowers if you have the time.

We are not sure how many flowers will be left … but we are having an open house on Saturday July 26th from 11 am to 2 pm and you can stop by and get some free food, visit and see what is still blooming.  More information can be found here;  Anders Family / Galak’s Garden Open House

Heidi Douglas with Key West Sunset


Heidi Douglas with Key West Sunset

Today was the annual 2 day open house at Brown’s Ferry Garden. Was able to get Carolina Lemon Squeezer, Rose F Kennedy, Can You Dig It, Wine and Cheese & Little Bluegill (most of those are newer daylily hybrids (and not much out of pocket thanks to Christmas gift certificates to Brown’s Ferry from my in-laws and the 25% open house sale). The image is of Heidi Douglas one of the owners of Brown’s Ferry and a great hybridizer and someone I’m glad to have gotten to know. Heidi is holding a sign for Key West Sunset (my hybrid) that she is planning to use for her hybridization program and maybe also sell the plant in the future in the nursery. Was very happy to see the double fan I sent her last year had propagated to 6 fans in a pot in the southern climate. Tripling the fans in one year is a very good sign for this daylily to be marketable. Very happy.

First bloom of 2014 and expanding the Garden

So one of my daylilies decided that it was already June and started blooming in the middle of May.    Buttered Popcorn (which can be seen all over the land next to public highways in North Carolina) is my first bloom of 2014!

Buttered Popcorn

Our lilac bush a “Miss Kim” is blooming and smells incredible.  I run my company from the room behind the Miss Kim and opening the window this time is a great sensory experience.    Also very pleased as this is my newest daylily bed I planted and they are all coming in nice and healthy.

Miss Kim lilac in bloom and our newest daylily bed

Finally … we ran out of room for new daylilies (insert silent screaming face here).   So my wonderful wife gave me permission to dig up the grass and expand one of our daylily beds to another 90 square feet for our display garden.

Expanding the Display Gardens at Galak’s Garden (work in progress)

Weatherman lied … Old Man Winter was not gone

So gearing up for a new daylily season … I’m excited. Last fall my garden was approved and we are now one of 10 official AHS National Daylily display gardens in Indiana ( ).

So I’ve been watching the weather forecast and 10 days ago the weatherman said that we should not drop below freezing again this year.

So I went out and cleaned up all the dead foliage and put down new part, got the fountain out from under the protective cover, pulled out the new official display garden sign and spent several days pulling my seedlings out from the garage and getting a new display bed planted.

Then I wake up to snow yesterday and ice today … sigh … thanks Weatherman! 🙂

Thankfully daylilies are fairly hardy so the overall damage should be minimal and nothing really expensive was planted. Just happy to be starting up again for the new season.

Frozen Fountain

Frozen Fountain

New Display Bed for 2014

New Display Bed for 2014 – 17 unregistered seedlings from several different local hybridizers

The main Display Circle - April 2014

The main Display Circle – April 2014. Was very happy to see that none of the daylilies died during our hard winter

Blooming June 29 to July 1, 2013

Hi everyone.

It has been raining for the last 3 days so I’ve been running out to get pics of the daylilies blooming for the first time this season so I could show them off. Weather gets better I’ll need to do another day of showing off everything blooming.

So what was new over the last three days … some nice stuff. My wife had one of her favorites bloom (Princess Diana) which we waited patiently when we first saw it for it to go down in price until it was in the budget for the garden. Rocket Blast also bloomed for the first time this season today which is my favorite pure reds I’ve seen to date.

Lots of my own crosses blooming in the back test bed … but still not seeing anything worth registering. I was excited though to find out that with just a little more work my garden can qualify as an official daylily display garden. So when I get better from the surgery recovery … just a little more weeding and we can register to become official. Our garden has dips and tets, small, miniatures, spiders and doubles and we have enough different varieties (over 50 (our garden has 121)) and have them all labeled clearly … so looking forward to getting that distinction as there are only 10 registered daylily display gardens in all of Indiana currently (so it is not a common thing to get in my area).

Okay what is blooming new over the last three days:

This is a shot of one of our daylily beds in the garden. There are 50 different daylilies in this one.

Wild At Heart

Strawberry Patch – no red or pink on this one … just goes to show when you name your daylily it does not have to say much about what it looks like. 😉

Sarasota Night Eyes – this is one of our 4 miniatures which we show around our mailbox. Miniature daylilies are that are less than 3 inches in diameter. I like the thin eye on this one.

Rose for Charlotte – this daylily is a very tall spider. A spider is a daylily whose petal length is four times or more the petal’s width or more. If you are used to more common daylilies, some spiders can look really ususual. We have 3 spiders in our garden currently.

Rocket Blast – amazing red daylily and you can pick it up from nurseries that have it for not much $$$. A great addition to your garden. My favorite red daylily.

Princess Diana – one of my wife’s favorite. Did not open all the way today … will get better image on a future blog pic.

Painting the Roses Red – really striking with watermarks (faded area of daylily) which for some reasons did not show well in the picture.

Italian Rivera – this was a gift for helping with some website work. Beautiful red with a thin white border.

Heartfelt Challenge – see the sign! You have to have those to become a registered display garden and mine just came in yesterday. Was like a kid getting them put together to run out and get them in the ground. (simple pleasures for simple men … I know … I know)

Green Dolphin Street – pretty green in the morning … sun fades to very pale yellow during the day

Forsyth Summer Snow – white, white, white. Daylilies cannot truly create true white, black or blue. However you can get daylilies that look white by getting either yellow or pink that is so pale that it looks white to the human eye. Forsyth Summer Snow is one the prettiest pure whites I’ve seen from the yellow side of the spectrum (Lipstick Halo is another in our garden that does it from the pink side).

Forsyth Miami

Forsyth Indian Summer

Fairy Tale Pink

Dr Jerrold Corbett – pink with a great bright yellow ruffled edge.

Condilla – while spiders are not a form of daylily I really enjoy, my wife does not care doubles (which are daylilies that have a flower within a flower to use laymen terms for it) … so we do not have many in our garden (we have 4). However she does like Condilla which is another older daylily (registered 1977) but is a beautiful gold double. Simple but striking.

Buttered Popcorn – this is an old daylily (registered in 1971) but it is a beautiful yellow. If you drive through North Carolina, you’ll see them a lot as the state used them to line the major highways and interchanges. Seas of this bright yellow. It might be an older daylily but it is one I recommend having for your garden.

Seedling – purchased from Kirchoff/Morss gardens as it was not good enough for them to registered (too low bud count) but it is beautiful

One of my seedling crosses – Condilla x Starman’s Quest. Not good enough to register so this one is going to a neighbor as a gift as it is too nice to just throw into the composter.

Blooming Today – June 28, 2013

If you asked me to save just one daylily that we purchased from our garden for me it would have to be With All My Heart. The colors are beautiful and the flower fits the name to me. It is not the most showy daylily … but its the only one in my time with daylilies that I saw at a nursery and said … I want it … don’t care what the price is (fortunately it was affordable and I didn’t have to break the piggy bank to get it).

Blooming today for the first time of this season:

With All My Heart

Belle Isle Lipstick

Big Bill – tall large flower with lot of buds

Charlotte Roycroft

Lipstick Halo – Bob Roycroft is responsible for getting me into daylilies. I learned a lot from him and my wife and I were regular customers of his. As a result we are able to get a pot of a few fans of this daylily before he even registered it. My wife and I were there when he realized that his original pick for a name, Lipstick Traces, was already taken and we helped him rename it to Lipstick Halo (very cool to be there right place at the right time). This is my favorite white in the garden with just touch (a halo) of pink to it.

Lowcountry Blaze

Blooming today previously seen on the blog:

Amethyst Veil

Andy Candy

Black Eyed Bully

Border Music

Calico Poly

Carolina Trilogy

Calico Poly

Fortune Berry

Hill Street Blues

Key Lime Ice

Linda Beck

Mark’s Bouquet

Mystical Rainbow

Peasant King – nice clump image

Primal Scream

Purple Crowned Fairy

Sanford Intermezzo

Shipwreck Cove

Still The One

Wonder Of It All

Purchased Seedlings Blooming Today

Cream Seedling

Miniature Seedling

Seedlings blooming today from our own crosses – unfortunately nothing worth keeping

Seedling Anders

Seedling Anders

Seedling Anders