Today as I write this, the temperature is recovering from a low of 26° last night.
Yesterday we drained all the waterlines in preparation for the low temperatures.
We should have freezing or near freezing temperatures at night hereafter. It is a
wonderful time to move shrubbery, trees, and even perennials if you can move them
with some dirt. We have been more aware of the fact that perennials sold in garden
center have been sprayed to keep them from growing tall. They have to fit on the
shelves of delivery trucks. That "special" border plant might end up 4 feet tall
next season! We have laughed at several of our experiences.
Congratulations to the Foothills Daylily Society for hosting a wonderful Fall meeting
in October. For a "newbie" club, the members came together and put on a great event.
Vic was thrilled for his 'Carnival In Mexico' to be the recipient of the 2012 Stout
Silver Medal. This cultivar performs well here and, apparently, does well elsewhere.
A big "Thank You" to all the Garden Judges who voted for it.
The wonders of the daylily! The magnificent patterns, colors, and sizes continue
to evolve at a rapid pace. It seems that the patterns are almost limitless - with
various colors and hues adding to the potential. The extreme interest in "blue" has
added to the possibilities. One of these mornings we will wake to find the daylily
world abuzz with news that someone finally has a true blue eye or even a blue daylily.
Won't that be fun!
Alas, we still have only one cat, Snowflake, and he has only three friends: Vic, Van,
and Julio. He is afraid of all other people and races for the bushes as soon as
anyone else arrives in the yard. He follows us around all day and constantly moves
into our shadows to keep out of the sun. He loves to be stroked. Ah, the life of a cat!
The 2012 daylily season was very good. We had enough early rains to make for excellent
blooms. "Days" were not excessively hot either, and this made seed-set much easier
than the previous few seasons. We were thrilled to get most of the crosses we wanted.
With a spring seed-planting and a mid-summer transplanting, we should have "lots" to
see in 2014. We cannot bear to "pitch" any seed; so they may fill the seedling field!
Come join us!
If you are interested in becoming more involved in learning about daylilies you can
visit or join one or more of our local Daylily Clubs. Here are a few in our area:
THE CATAWBA VALLEY DAYLILY CLUB (Hickory, NC)
Meetings: On the fourth Saturday of each month at 10:30 AM., at The Arts and Science
Center on the S.A.L.T. Block in Hickory, NC. No regular meetings in December, June,
July or August. We usually plan unofficial outings or social events for the off months.
Membership dues are $10.00 per year for adults with youth members admitted free.
Contact: Richard Garren at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FOOTHILLS DAYLILY SOCIETY (Rutherfordton, NC)
Meetings: On the 2nd Sunday of each month at 2 P.M., at the County Courthouse Annex
located at 289 N. Main St. in Rutherfordton, NC. No meetings in December and January.
Dues are $10 per year Contact: Nancy Womack at email@example.com
PIEDMONT DAYLILY CLUB (Charlotte, NC)
Meetings: On the third Saturday of the month, at 9:00 A.M., at Carmel Presbyterian
Church. The address is 2048 Carmel Road in Charlotte, NC. No meetings are held in
June, July, August, or December. Dues are $15 annually for an individual, or $25
per year for a family. Contact: Mitchell Hagler at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CAROLINA BREAKFAST CLUB (NC & SC)
Meeting: Usually on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 9:00 A.M. for breakfast and
chatter at various venues. After breakfast we try to plan some activity like visits
to gardens, arboretums, garden centers and greenhouses, slide shows, etc. No meetings
in June, July, and August but member gardens are often on tour. This is an informal
group with no dues or officers.
Contact: Vic Santa Lucia or Van Sellers at email@example.com
UPCOMING CONVENTIONS for Region 15 - North and South Carolina !
The Regional meetings are a wonderful way to meet daylily enthusiasts from North
and South Carolina. The National Convention is a chance to meet daylily folks from
other parts of the country, as well as Canada and Europe. So mark these dates on your
calender and start planning now for a great vacation in Asheville in June 2014!
2013 Region 15 Summer Meeting - June 7th, and 8thM
- The Georgetown Area Daylily Club will host .Blooms At The Beach.
- Headquarters will be the Georgetown Quality Inn - (843) 546-5656
- Contact: Heidi Douglas at firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 Region 15 Fall Meeting - September
- Raleigh Hemerocallis Club will host the event
- Contact: Ken & Ann Cobb at email@example.com or
- Ray & Wanda Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 AHS National Convention - June 25-28, 2014
- Western North Carolina Daylily Club will host:
- Headquarters will be the Crowne Plaza Resort, Asheville, NC
- Contact: Janice Parker at email@example.com or
- Libby Gallion at firstname.lastname@example.org