HEATHER’S HOPE

am

5.5” bloom, 36” tall

2-4 way branching/22 buds

Tetraploid

Bloom season: mid

Foliage: semi-evergreen

FOUNTAIN OF LIFE x

BING CHERRY BINGE

14T11

Heather’s Hope – Hunter 2020

HEATHER’S HOPE is a pretty plum purple with darker plum veins and a lighter raised rib. She has a slightly darker band above a small yellow throat and green heart. The petals and sepals have a fine white picotee edge. Tall and showy, HEATHER’S HOPE has good branching and substance. She has started to show instant rebloom for me, but like her daddy, needs to be a mature clump to do it reliably. Her mom, on the other hand, is a reblooming machine. Fertility, as yet, is untested, but both parents are fertile both ways, and look at that fluffy gold pollen and perfect pistil!

‘Heather’s Hope’ is the name of the foundation that Heather, together with her family and friends, started before she succumbed to cancer at the young age of 36.  Her hope was that others struggling with cancer could get support in their battle. The proceeds from this daylily will do just that. 

$60.00 dbl fan, limited

METEOR SHOWER

am

4.5” bloom, 37” tall

3-5 way branching/21 buds

Diploid

Bloom season: early

Reblooms

Foliage: semi-evergreen

((Huben seedling x VANILLA STELLA) x Benzinger ML white uf seedling))


16D38

M
eteor Shower – Hunter 2020

In 2012, Mike Huben, known for his small diploid rebloomers, spoke to my Chicagoland daylily club and treated some of us with packets of his extra seeds.  Two resulting seedlings from my gift packet have proven to be great parents for me, producing several rebloomers with good branching and vigor. METEOR SHOW is one of those offspring that begged for introduction. Early bloom and rebloom are inherited from STELLA D’ORO, which appears in its family tree 5 times. It was admired in my garden last summer by visiting hybridizers, and won best ‘on scape’ seedling at my club’s annual flower show.

METEOR SHOWER is cream tinted green, with a small green heart and yellow-green throat that bleeds out onto ribbed petals and sepals. It’s tall and robust, with nice branching. When the clump is in full bloom, it looks like a cloud of little celestial explosions. Fertility currently untested.

$60 dbl fan


STAND THE WORLD ON ITS EAR

mid

7.5” bloom, 43” tall

3-5 way branching/20 buds

Diploid

Bloom season: mid-late

Foliage: semi-evergreen

Form: UF cascade

LEGENDS OF THE FALL x
MARGO REED INDEED

15D01

Stand The World On Its Ear – Hunter 2020

I am excited to introduce my first ‘official’ unusual form daylily. EAR is tall, well branched, and fun! It was difficult to decide which UF category to register it in, because sometimes the sepals quill or curl and sometimes the petals are quite pinched. It always cascades, so that’s where it landed. EAR has a small green heart and appears white in the morning, especially in overcast conditions. In sun and/or later in the day, it’s more of a cream color.

Both parents show some instant rebloom in my garden, which is why I made the cross. EAR has rebloomed for me, but not consistently enough to register it as such. Its large bloom is credited to its dad, its ruffles to its mom. I haven’t made crosses with it yet, but both parents are fertile both ways.

$50.00 dbl fan

YOU’LL BE GREAT

You'll Be Great

5″ bloom, 36” tall

3-4 way branching/15 buds

Tetraploid

Blooms season: early-mid

Foliage: dormant

BELLE OF ASHWOOD x
SMUGGLER’S GOLD

11T034

You’ll Be Great – Hunter 2020

Full sibling to YOU’LL BE SWELL, YOU’LL BE GREAT is very showy in a clump. She is raspberry red with a green heart and gold throat. The tightly ruffled petals are slightly ridged and have a ripply gold edge. She has great substance, like her sister and mom. 

Dormant and northern hardy, YBG has survived all the nasty weather that’s been thrown at us here since she was put in the ground in 2011. YOU’LL BE GREAT is a vigorous grower and is pod and pollen fertile.

$ 50.00 dbl fan

YOU’LL BE SWELL

am

5” bloom, 43” tall

3-4 way branching/18 buds

Tetraploid

Bloom season: early-mid

Reblooms

Foliage: dormant

BELLE OF ASHWOOD x
SMUGGLER’S GOLD

11T033

You’ll Be Swell – Hunter 2020

This brilliant orange and yellow bagel form is a 43″ tall show-off. The green heart expands to a yellow throat and yellow midribs that are slightly raised. Both the petals and sepals have lightly ruffled edges of the same hue. The color softens through the day to a lovely pastel blend. Slight ribbing on all the tepals adds textural interest.

YOU’LL BE SWELL inherits northern instant rebloom, dormancy, and hardiness from her pod parent, BELLE OF ASHWOOD. Mom also passed on heat and rainproof substance. Fertile both ways.

$50 dbl fan 

LUNA’S MOONSTERPIECE

Luna's Moonsterpiece

5” bloom, 34” tall

Tetraploid

Blooms midseason

Reblooms

Foliage: semi-evergreen

MOONLIT MASQUERADE x

COYOTE MOON


11T180

L
una’s Moonsterpiece – Hunter-L. 2019

The summer of 2011, my 2 year old granddaughter was in the garden with me while I was hybridizing, and piped up, “Granny, me do it.” I told her to pick a flower she liked, and showed her how to remove a stamen. “Ok, now pick another flower you like.” After she dabbed the pollen on the pistil, we tagged the bloom. That’s when I noticed that Luna had chosen as parent plants, COYOTE MOON and MOONLIT MASQUERADE, both of which rebloom in my garden.

It was a serendipitous choice which yielded several robust rebloomers. Luna is 9 now, and we are introducing our first creations together. Embarrassingly, hers has better branching (4-6 way) than any of mine, instantly reblooms every year and in 2017 bloomed for 3 months. Fertile both ways.

$50 dbl fan (for college fund)

FOREST CITY QUEEN

6” bloom, 37” tall

Diploid

Blooms mid season

Foliage: dormant

DIFFERENT FLAVOR x

SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE

10D144

F
orest City Queen – Hunter 2019

Tiger orange with darker veins, a green/gold throat, and ruffled edges. FCQ has a flat profile, thanks to its pollen parent, SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE. Tall, sturdy 3-4 way branching scapes, with no flopping. These flashy blooms can be seen from a distance, one of the underappreciated characteristics of orange daylilies. Substantial substance keeps the color still looking good in the evening. Named in honor of a hybridizing friend who also loves orange. Fertile both ways.

$ 50.00 dbl fan

GOPHER IT

Gopher It

7” bloom, 48” tall

Diploid


Blooms mid-late


Foliage: semi-evergreen


CELESTIAL SHOWERS x


SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE


10D130

G
opher It – Hunter 2019

This large, playful maroon bloom boasts a flat, expanded golden throat. The 48” scapes don’t flop, but are flexible enough to move a bit in the breeze, which catches the eye. It is a beacon in the late summer garden, when many daylilies are done for the season.

GOPHER IT has good substance, with the colors still holding at the end of the day. The petals and sepals can twist and pinch, or fan out. The 2-3 way branching falls a little short of my goals, but the form, color, and over-all garden value of the plant convinced me to introduce it. Not to mention that, in the opinion of my neighbor, who used to live in Minnesota, Gopher fans will love it! Fertile both ways, but pod is more difficult because of the long pistil.

$50.00 dbl fan

LIGHT THE LIGHTS

Light The Lights

5.5” bloom, 32” tall

Tetraploid

Blooms midseason

Foliage: semi-evergreen

Reblooms

DRIPPING WITH GOLD X

BELLE OF ASHWOOD

10T035

L
ight the Lights – Hunter 2019

This polychrome is a cool morning opener that morphs from a light creamy diamond-dusted yellow to a peachy yellow as the day progresses. The substance is good, standing up to rain and heat. The petals have an understated yellow ruffle, and are usually pinched, sometimes with a little ‘flourish’ at the tips. The sepals roll back, giving it an overall triangular form.

The 2-3 way branching is tighter than I would like, however that is not a ‘deal breaker’. LIGHT THE LIGHTS rebloomed the first year it put up a scape, but not the next year. Although disappointed, I didn’t compost it because I really liked its face. My daughter-in-law exclaimed the first time she saw it, “That’s YOURS?!!” As the clump matured, the rebloom improved, and it now reblooms every year in my garden. I learned this year that it also passes on rebloom. In a short cross with a non-rebloomer I got only 3 seedlings, but all have shown instant rebloom their first 2 years in flower. Pod & pollen fertile, pollen easier.

$50.00 dbl fan

BLOW A KISS

4.5” bloom, 30” tall

Tetraploid

Blooms early midseason

Foliage: semi-evergreen

CAPTIVE TUNE x

BELLE OF ASHWOOD


10T014

B
low a Kiss – Hunter 2019

Diamond dusted peachy pink with a strawberry band and edge. The edge is lined with iridescent gold. BLOW A KISS won ‘best seedling’ at one of my daylily club’s annual flower shows. When our president saw her blooming later in my garden, he said, “So, you’re going to register this one, right?” I said I wasn’t because it didn’t rebloom, which is my main hybridizing goal. He rolled his eyes. “They don’t ALL have to rebloom!”

BLOW A KISS does occasionally show instant rebloom, and has given me reblooming seedlings when I have crossed her with another rebloomer. The genetics are in there because of Belle of Ashwood. The shiny gold edge also is often passed to the offspring. BAK has 3-4 way branching, is a cool morning opener, and is pod and pollen fertile.

$50 dbl fan