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
And the 2nd add was Peach Season which was a 2015 introduction
Peach Season daylily
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
Am going to really try to be better this year about posting to the blog. I had 3 daylilies not survive the winter here in Indiana. Homewrecker, Kentucky Shape Shifter and Perseus Sandals. They will be missed (especially since I had never even had two of the bloom yet).
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
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.
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!
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)
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 ( http://www.daylilies.org/AHSreg2.html#R2gardens ).
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.
New Display Bed for 2014 – 17 unregistered seedlings from several different local hybridizers
The main Display Circle – April 2014. Was very happy to see that none of the daylilies died during our hard winter