It seems to be either feast of famine with my blog ramblings for Region 10 News. But after I posted earlier this week, I received some additional news that needs to be posted. First of all the Middle Tennessee Daylily Society held their show and sale this past weekend. Winning Best-in-Show was H. 'Gadsden Icicle' (Reinke-J, 2004) grown by Rusty and Sharon Turner. Introduced by our own Region 10 hybridizers, Bill and Joyce Reinke, I have grown 'Gadsden Icicle' for several years and have never seen it look as good or as large as grown by Rusty and Sharon. Going forward, this coming weekend there are two shows in Kentucky that I am aware of - there may be others, but I have not be notified about them. On Saturday, June 26, the Daylily Society of Louisville is holding their show at Mid-City Mall from 1-4:30 PM. One of the largest displays in Kentucky, if you are in the area, you should try to visit. it. On Sunday, June 27, the Blue Grass Hemerocallis Society (BGHS) is presenting their 57th annual show and sale, "The Blue Grass Daylily Derby". Held at the Mall at Lexington Green, it is open to the public from 1-4:30 PM. It too is a beautiful show that you should not miss if your schedule allows it. I've also been reminded about the weekend of July 3 in Lexington which will be the BGHS members’ Open Gardens. A complete list of the gardens that will be open, plus directions, is available at their website: http://www.daylilyfans.com/bghs/info/Open%20Gardens/. And on July 4, the third annual 'Splendor In the Bluegrass Picnic Gala' will be hosted at the Swayze Daylily Garden again this year beginning 5:00 PM, July 4. This is hosted by the Swayzes, John and Annette Rice, and David Kirchhoff/Mort Morss. Reservations should be made and information may be found at the previously listed website.
On another note, don't forget to be thinking about casting your Popularity Poll Ballots. As described in the most recent edition of the Daylily Appeal - you may either use the ballot on page 6 of the 'Appeal' or go to the AHS website at www.daylilies.org/PopPoll for a ballot. You may mail or e-mail your ballot to me, but it must be received before September 1, 2010. Instructions for completion of the form are on the website. Don't forget - your vote counts - the 2009 winner, H. 'Primal Scream', in Region 10 won by only one vote and it only got 20 votes. So as you can see - all votes are very important.