H. "Rooty Tooty" (Pickles, 2011)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

June, 2011

Wow - I cannot believe that two months have passed since I posted my last blog.  Where did the time go?  It is suddenly early summer, 95 degrees and the daylilies are loaded with scapes after a spring that provided an excess of rain and cooler than normal temperatures. My historical cultivars and species collection kicked the bloom season off several weeks ago, but just in the last few days have I started to see recent introductions and my newer cultivars start to bloom. Pictured at the right is Hemerocallis 'Symphony' (Stout, 1941).  Yes, it's an exciting time of the year for daylily enthusiasts in Region 10. It's not too late to plan to attend the Region 10 Annual Summer Meeting and Garden Tours in Louisville, KY on June 24-25, 2011 which is sponsored this year by the Louisville Area Daylily Society (LADS). Reservations may be made at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (1-877-227-6963). For more details you may contact Andrea King at JasOKing@aol.com.  This is a wonderful way to view other daylily gardens, get landscaping ideas as well as recommendations for new cultivars that you may want to grow in your garden. And don't forget to consider making a donation to the the Plant Auction during the Summer Meeting.  All proceeds go to finance the Regional newsletter, The Daylily Appeal.  Without adequate funding and auction proceeds, the newsletter cannot have color pictures or the wonderful articles that we all enjoy and appreciate. LADS is still requesting plant donations for the auction - they should be  cultivars with a minimum value of approximately 35.00 or more. Cash donations will also be accepted. I've been told of at least one club that will be making a cash donation to the Summer Regional in place of plant donations. Several clubs have contacted me with news of upcoming and recent events. From the Tri-Cities Daylily Society comes news that Maurice Greene of the East Tennessee Daylily Society conducted a grooming class on June 4 in preparation for their upcoming Flower Show. They are also planning garden tours at the homes of Spike and Donna Good, Dennis Marshall and Ingrid Lane. For more information and dates, you may contact Susan Okrasinski at susanokrasinski@charter.net. The Middle Tennessee Daylily Society  has its annual 'Breakfast in the Garden' planned for June 11, 2011 at the residence of Dewayne Roberts in Spring Hill, TN. These two clubs contacted me regarding club events, but for other club meetings and flower show dates, don't forget that you may access the American Hemerocallis Society Membership Portal at the AHS website.  Region 10 has pictures, forums and club events posted for everyone to enjoy. That's all for now -  looking forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming Region 10 Summer Meeting in Louisville !!

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