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*RED HAT DIVA (seedling T98-37) {IMPERIAL IMPRESSION X (seedling T94-9, SCARLET ORBIT X ED MURRAY)} 6" ML 28" SEV TET RED HAT DIVA has an astounding presence in the garden. She comes on with brilliant red blossoms just as the season is showing signs of winding down. The bloom continues well past the end of the season for most of the rest of the garden. One could not ask for better foliage. It stays a bright green well past the first frosts, looking like most plants do before bloom. (As I write this on the 16th of November the clumps of RHD look as good as any clumps here do at any point in the year.) When we had rust here RED HAT DIVA showed almost complete rust resistance. It took some looking to find a single rust pustule on this stalwart. This plant is a must for any hybridizer who is looking to put rust resistance into their plants. The large blossoms on heavily budded and branched scapes make this plant a highlight of the end of the season. A bright green throat adds much to the lovely bloom but the outstanding feature of the blossom is the very clear, bright white edge. This plant has the vigor which we would all like to see in daylilies.   Fertile                        double fan  $15

note 12/2011 Every season that goes by illustrates to us how powerful a breeder RHD is. The row of seedlings which we got from the cross to WORTH IT ALL is the most impressive group of reds you are likely to see anywhere. Among them, our future, GREATFUL RED, seedling T10-30 is head and shoulders above any red we have seen anywhere. I looked carefully to see if there was anything that rivaled it in the gardens at the National in Baton Rouge. There was nothing that was in the ballpark with it that I saw.  SEEDLING PAGE 10 Follow this link to see what we are so excited about. 

note: I just received a call from Mike Derrow telling me that I needed to correct the above information. He reminded me that he had taken home 7 proliferations to put into the greenhouse. Four of them bloomed after only three months and he set three or four pods on each of them. They took that use (abuse) without looking any worse for the wear. If you have noted the declining lack of vigor is some of the recently introduced plants RED HAT DIVA will show you that they don't have to be that way.  


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KERMITS SCREAM (seedling 01-3) (LIGHTS OF DETROIT X WHEN I DREAM) X (LIGHTS OF DETROIT X WHEN I DREAM) 6" EM 25" DIP This is the plant that has been drawing attention here since its first bloom in 2001. That is perfectly understandable when you take into consideration that the blossoms sports a 4.5" green throat. This one is from our no-trumpet line, a cousin to our unique introduction, SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE. The name, KERMITS SCREAM, was inspired by the way the gigantic green throat calls attention to the plant from 100 ft away. The throat is outlined by the red color of the petals but the green throat is the dominant feature of the blossom. I do not think there is another cultivar in which the throat is the distinctive feature. KS is the second in a line of what will be many introductions in our no-trumpet line in both dips and tets. The lack of any trumpet in the blossom creates distinction and beauty which sets it entirely apart from all that have preceded it. I fully expect to see the no-trumpet look create a niche in daylilies which is entirely new and innovative.                                                                                                                                                                        DISCONTINUED DUE TO LACK OF SUPPLY. KS IS STILL A WORTHY CULTIVAR. Please check out our 2016 and 2017 introductions which upgrade KS as they are so much superior in all regards. 2017 brings another in this genre that is superior to KS in a variety of ways.  

2009 note: KERMIT'S SCREAM won an H. M. from the American Hemerocallis Society this year. 







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 ASHWOOD RINGS OF SATURN has several different expressions that it shows. Above you can see two of them. The pattern requires that the plant be established and the pattern is enhanced by heat. A newly planted fan or one grown in colder conditions may not clearly show the pattern you see in the images above. 

*ASHWOOD RINGS OF SATURN seedling T01-13 (ROSE PARFAIT X ALTERED STATE) SEV to DOR 6" EM 36" RE The rings of rose in descending gradations of intensity place this cultivar in a category by itself. We are pleased to be able to tell you that AROS has great plant habit to go with the beautiful bloom. Clean, dark green foliage make the plant attractive all season. Fertile both ways. With 22-25 buds and some rebloom there are many blossoms to admire and use. We have great hope that this introduction will be the first in a long line of blossoms with multiple concentric rings of color in all ranges. 

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ASHWOOD DARK SIDE is shown here contrasted with a wonderful dark purple, CRACK OF DOOM, which is the blossom on the left in the second picture. ASHWOOD DARK SIDE is alone in the image on the left and it is shown again on the right. Click on the second image to see what the got the attention of the attendees at the hybridizer's meeting at Myrtle Beach in November of 2004.

*ASHWOOD DARK SIDE seedling T99-51 (RUBY REGALIA X NOSFERATU) DOR 5.25" M 40" A bright green throat is accented by a line of brilliant red. Other than that, this cultivar is very black. As with any cultivar this dark there is some degradation of the blossom on intense, hot days. However, most days the blossom still looks good into the afternoon. Pollen is quite fertile but pods are difficult. The babies are very black like ASJ showing a wonderful breeding potential. Bud count is 20 to 25 and is even better in the kids. We have learned that ADS will survive but not thrive in zone 4 in Wisconsin. Here the plant habit is exemplary with lean, deep green foliage.              

2009 note: ASHWOOD DARK SIDE won an H. M. from the American Hemerocallis Society this year. 

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*CLARITY OF VISION (seedling T01-95) (RASPBERRY CANDY X MOONLIT MASQUERADE) X CLARIFICATION SEV 5.5" M 38" RE This is a very clear cream to white blossom with a lavender purple eye and edge. It has as good a plant habit as any of the best CLARIFICATION babies, in fact as good as any plants we grow. CLARITY OF VISION has the kind of instant rebloom we love combined with superior budding. It is easily fertile. With a heavy bud count and instant rebloom on well budded scapes, COV puts on a spectacular show for a very long time. The CLARIFICATION blood shows in the babies as they are even clearer, brighter and more sophisticated.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 double $20 



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*FOREVER IN LOVE (seedling T02-36) (DESPERADO LOVE X FOREVER IN TIME) SEV 6.25" M 40" REA great big clear yellow with a delightful lavender purple eye which breaks up into a pattern on rebloom. Instant rebloom with both sets of scapes nicely budded and branched makes this one very special. Visitors who have seen the pattern have called it a major winner. The large blossom on the tall scapes are outstanding. Fertile.                                                                                           DOUBLE $20





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*BELLE OF ASHWOOD seedling T01-32 (CHANCE ENCOUNTER X WILLIAM AUSTIN NORRIS) X PEARL HARBOR 5.5" DOR 28" EM RE 2008 note: BELLE OF ASHWOOD was just rewarded an HM from the AHS with the third highest vote total of region 2 introductions. This may be our best all around plant yet. It is the clearest and smoothest of pinks with an exciting gold edge. The day does not phase BELLE OF ASHWOOD as she looks exactly the same at dusk after a 95 degree day or a rain. Heavy budding and rebloom keep the show going for several months. The babies are marvelous and show some of the best off season foliage in the garden. Fertile both ways and one of our for most important breeders the last several years.

note: The 2005 season has clearly demonstrated that this is going to be one of our most important breeders, period. Of the characteristics that BOA brings to the table, being able to impart instant rebloom in its kids is the one we most value. In the difficult 05 season perhaps 40% of the babies showed instant rebloom in the form of two scapes per fan. The scapes came on in just the way that we would wish. The second fan appears when the first is part way through the bloom cycle. BOA may (should) prove to be very valuable in extending the bloom season in the north. In the south I would expect it will be a very long blooming cultivar. We have now bloomed babies from BOA crossed to purples, eyed/edged cultivars and, of course, pinks with gold edges. There have been very good results in each category. As I write this there are a dozen plants of BOA in the greenhouse waiting to be crossed to everything in sight. Such is the breeding ability of BELLE OF ASHWOOD.                        limited                                                            double fan $20




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*ASHWOOD SMOKEY JOE seedling T01-73 ( T98-28 x TUPAC AMARU) SEV 5.25" M 30" The long-awaited ASHWOOD SMOKEY JOE is available. The most exciting discovery of the past two years is that ASJ passes the pattern along to its kids with ease. The babies are not duplicates of ASJ as so often happens with unique cultivars but are variations on the theme. The budding and branching on ASJ are excellent, in the range of 25 to 30 buds. The budding is passed along to the offspring too. The first bloom or two on ASJ tend to be a more solid, grayed purple. The rest of the blooms are more likely to show the pattern and coloration that have made this the most awaited of our cultivars. Some of the babies are even better at exhibiting the uniqueness of this line. The base color can be described as a grayed rosy-purple. A white edge outlines a dark purple to black border which varies in width. The rosy purple eye is outlined in a black border. The website image shows everything with more of a rose shading than there is in the flower. Excellent plant habit. Fertile both ways Babies are well branched and budded and quite distinctive                                                                               double fan $20

2009 note: ASHWOOD SMOKEY JOE won an H. M. from the American Hemerocallis Society this year.