Our Summer Adventures Along the Daylily Trail

This year we found ourselves doing a lot of “first time” things.  One of them being entering our first Daylily show!!!  Many of our daylily friends had been encouraging us to try showing daylilies.  As much as we love growing and hybridizing, we had just never wanted to compete against others.  We were told if you ever do it once you will want to continue.  We finally decided to give it a try even though I had no clue as to what to do.  I thank Tim Bell for taking me under his wings to show me the ropes.  Not only did Tim show me how to groom, place and use my eyes to visualize, he took the time to explain why and what the Judges would be looking for.  He let me decide how I would display the flower but showed me what he saw.  We entered 4 flowers and came away with 2 blue ribbons, 1 red ribbon and 1 yellow.  One blue ribbon took best in show in the UF category and was placed on the head table to be judged for the Best in Show.  The flower we won Unusual Form with for Guy Pierce “Cool Banana”.  We didn’t win overall Best in Show, but just wait till next year.

Next, we traveled to the AHS National Convention held in Myrtle Beach, SC…  There we had the pleasure to see old friends and make many new daylily friends.  I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, “There is nothing like a daylily friend.”  We had the opportunity to tour 4 fantastic gardens.  When you go into another’s garden you can see all the brains going, “WOW I can do that in my garden,” or “wouldn’t that look good in our garden”.  Phones out taking pictures or professional cameras out shooting this way and that way.  In the evenings you shared the evening meals with the same group of folks.  We were fortunate enough to get to share ours with Eric Simpson and Robert Selman.  What a treat!  There was another young lady and couple at our table, but for the life of me I just can’t recall their names.  We had a great auction, in which we were fortunate to win a couple of bids on.  Plenty of awards were given out and an announcement that the AHS (American Hemerocallis Society) would now be ADS (American Daylily Society)… which in all honesty makes sense to me.

Then we were off the very next weekend to the Region 5 Spring Regional meeting help in Alpharetta Ga hosted by the Greater Atlanta group.  What a fun time this was.  This group of daylily addicts are led by a great President, Mark Franklin.  This was not an ordinary meeting.  With the great imagination of Pattie Franklin and others it was a fun and very laid back.  We again got to tour several great gardens gathering another load of ideas and writing down names of must have daylilies.  In the afternoon upon our return from the garden tours, we could go to our rooms and rest before the evening activities, play games of all kinds in the convention area or do both.  We did both and so glad we went to play games as well.  I’ve never played bingo and laughed so much at the same time.  That evening we got to enjoy the company of the Mullins, Scott Elliot, the Kirby’s, the Netherton’s and another gentleman.  We learned so much about showing flowers and came home with a must have list of flowers to show.  Also, there was just plain good conversation and laughter among all.  Of course, there was another daylily auction which part of was another first for me.  I was fortunate enough to be asked to be one of the auctioneers for the evening.  Mind you I’m not a Tim Bell, but we had fun.  Well, all good things must come to an end, but we weren’t finished by far.

Next, we traveled to Columbus, Ga where we were invited to sell daylilies and give a program on growing and hybridizing the daylily.  What fun and great people.  We took 500 double fan daylilies and came home with only 5.  It was H-O-T, but after an evening of rest, we were ready to go again.

The biggest and most important first for us was we began to be asked to give talks on growing daylilies.  We had the great pleasure of speaking for so many clubs.  We spoke at the Dublin Daylily Club in Dublin, Ga., Ogeechee Daylily Club in Statesboro, Ga., The Middle Ga Club in Centerville, Ga., Albany Daylily Club in Albany, Ga., Valdosta Daylily Club in Adel, Ga., Northwest Ga Daylily Society in the Stiles Auditorium in Cartersville, Ga., Cobb Co Daylily Society in Marietta, Ga., Suwannee Valley Daylily Society in Lake City, Fl, Ocala Daylily Club in Ocala, Fl., Tallahassee Daylily Club in Tallahassee, Fl., Wiregrass Daylily Society in Dothan, AL., and Daylily Society of Greater Atlanta at the Bellmere Garden House in Johns Creek, Ga.  We still have an upcoming talk to be given to the Central Florida Daylily Society in Orlando, Fl March 17th and we will have the great honor of being the speakers at the Region 5 Spring Regional to be held in Warner Robins, Ga on May 25.  We will have more information on this event soon.  We would love to see you all there.

We have several clubs wanting us to talk, but we are temporarily not speaking due to our being the speakers at Region 5 Spring Regional.  We would like nothing more than for folks to come hear us there and don’t want them to be bored (lol) of hearing us.  We are currently preparing for this event.  We will be changing up our program a little and will have many new seedling pictures and new photos of our new 2019 introduction.  We will resume speaking after this event.

Well this is it for this blog.  We hope you will join us again soon as our adventures along the Daylily Trail continues.  Till we see you again… happy planting everyone!
Kathy and Bruce,
Kathy’s Daylilies

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