My top 10 garden stars selections for 2010

by Lanny Morry

Greetings all, Lanny Morry here in Manotick, Ont. Canada, AHS region 4, zone
4b, where today it is hot and overcast with 90% humidity. The result is it
feels almost 10 degrees hotter than it is, and that makes working outdoors
weeding, which I did most of the morning, very very hard to sustain. So
this is break time.

Our bloom season here in our garden is pretty well wiped -- it began early
and it is ending weeks and weeks earlier than we have ever had it end
before, and so, over the past few days I went through the photos I took this
season to identify my favourite blooms -- of other peoples daylilies, not
our own (with one exception). The impetus to do this came from a fairly
decent number of emails we have received over the course of the year,
especially this spring and into this summer, from people who know that
though we live and grow in the north, we use southern hybridized daylilies
as a key component of our hybridizing program. So people often contact us
to say what do you grow, how long have you grown it, how well does it grow
and over winter for you, and do you have any advice on how to make these
plants happy, how fertile are they and what are the things you are getting
out of them like -- and of course a lot of people want to know what
expensive plants they should avoid because they may not survive in a
northern environment (folks, there are not many of those.) As
a consequence, as I took photos of outstanding blooms, this year I took
particular note of the number of fans and scapes, the number of seed pods
produced, etc. in addition to the quality of, and durability in bad weather,
of the blooms. Pictures of the flowers that passed my criteria were put
into a file (Top 2010 blooms) and it was from these that I drew up my list
of my AHS region 4 popularity poll picks. I will be converting my photos
into a power point slide show now so others can see my choices and see what
so thrilled me this year.

My favourite blooms list is ALPHABETICAL, and is set out below first. Five
of these blooms were on the AHS region 4 list and I selected them, and 5
more were my harder than heck to choose favourite five from 2010 from the
rest of the blooms in our garden. A goodly number of the plants were bred
in the north, notably in Ohio but also from Maine and the US Midwest,and
the rest come from hybridizers from Florida to California to the Carolinas.
Hopefully these plants will start to make their way onto the popularity
poll list in our region so that ultimately, over time, the region 4 list
will contain a nice balance of oldies but goodies, along with more modern
faced daylilies that are more popular now. Two of my choices were diploids
(yes, I grow, and am hybridizing with some diploids now) and the rest are


American Freedom - Frank Smith
Baby Valentine - Dan Trimmer
Big Business - John Benz
Big Navy - Patrick Stamile
Boundless Beauty - Pat Stamile
Circus Performer - Ted Petit
Crazy Ivan - Frank Smith
Crystelle's Love - Frank Smith
Dragon Fang - Jamie Gossard
Eloquent Cay - Pat Stamile
Enchanted Forest - Phil Reilly
Enduring Freedom - Karol Emmerich
Fame - Frank Smith
Gavin Petit - Ted Petit
Granny Smith - Frank Smith
Half Moon Key - Ted Petit
Heavenly Angel Ice - Jamie Gossard
Impressionist - Bill Maryott
Janet Benz - John Benz
Last Snowflake - Patrick Stamile
Ledgewood Jumpstart - Gunda Abajian
Linda Chaffee - Phil Reilly
Lone Wolf - Frank Smith
Maple Leaf Forever - Mick Morry
Mean Green - Judy Davisson
Michael Bennett - Gerda Brooker
Miss Izzy - Frank Smith
Nebula On Fire - Frank Smith
Oh Great One - John Benz
Pansy Yellow - Patrick Stamile
Paula Nettles - John Kinnebrew
Portofino - Frank Smith
Ports of Paradise - Frank Smith
Paul Nettles - John Kinnebrew
Princess Most Lovely - Jack Carpenter
Red Corvette - Ted Petit
Rock Solid - Patrick Stamile
Rose F. Kennedy - George Doorakian
Ruby Lipstick - John Benz
Shores of Time - Patrick Stamile
Song of the Empire - Jack Carpenter
Spacecoast Peach Fringe - John Kinnebrew
Spanish Weddling Gown - Frank Smith
Sunday Sandals - Frank Smith
The Band Played On - Patrick Stamile
Tooth and Nail - John Benz
Traces of Red - John Benz\

As noted, ten of these became my Region 4 selections. They are as follows:


From the listed plants on the Region 4 list I chose:

1. Heavenly Angel Ice, Jamie Gossard. A fabulous ufo white diploid
registered in 2004 I have seen it looking outstandingly in gardens from the
deep south to here in Canada.

2. Last Snowflake, Patrick Stamile 2006. Perfect perfect flowers every
single bloom. Huge flowers, easily sets pods. I must have 50 photos of
this one, which is one of my top five Stamiles of all time.

3. Rock Solid, Patrick Stamile 2002. Very long bloom season, very pod and
pollen fertile, extremely vigorous. Parent of my personal favourite
seedling (crossed with Butter Cream). Think BIG flower and HUGE Rock Solid

4. Rose F. Kennedy, George Doorakian 2007. A diploid that I hope will also
be converted, I saw it thriving in Florida at Dan Trimmers where he had it
in for conversion, as well as up here and that was it I had to buy it.
Normally I don't vote for a new to me plant but this one bloomed, set pods,
and made pods!

5. Shores of Time, Patrick Stamile 2002. A longtime favourite of mine, pod
and pollen fertile, parent of several of my registrations.

From my alphabetical list noted above, I chose the following five after
agonizing over some of the plant choices:

6. Boundless Beauty, Patrick Stamile 2005. A gorgeous tall, exquisite near
white with loopy ruffles, here in our garden with 8 scapes, 20 plus buds per
scape, more than 45 pods set, this plant does it all for me. Probably my
favourite daylily on earth. It takes a lot for anything to outdo this
magnificent plant.

7. The Band Played On, Patrick Stamile 2006. A brilliant mix of rosy
purples/purple blue eye, ever changing edges, a big tall flower every bit as
vigorous and fertile as Boundless Beauty, with 9 scapes and scores of pods
this year, a fabulous flower in any garden and again, and one of my top 10
daylilies of all time.

8. Song of the Empire, Jack Carpenter 2004. A richer than yellow buttery
coloured flower of perform form and heavy substance, it is carved and creped
and stunning. A yellow for the ages.

9. Portofino. Grace-Smith 2004. A classic lightly ruffled, large pale
pink blossom that is elegant and yet indestructible in bad weather. Parent
of many promising seedlings and a tough choice of many fine Smiths that have
stood the test of time in our garden. Sinfully fertile both ways.

10. Half Moon Key, Ted Petit 2002. A beautiful soft pink that recurves
perfectly each day with a thin white edge, with an expansive throat
beginning with a pale linen to peach band, becoming yellow and green at the
centre of the throat, this is an enchanting bloom. Once again it is
extremely vigorous, with multiple scapes now laden with pods.

On the honourable mention runner up list:

Fame, Frank Smith. I know some people claim they have never seen a good
bloom on Fame, especially people who live where dormancy is a problem. Fame
is a dormant and needs winter to prepare it for the bloom season ahead.
This year our Fame -- a shorter than normal Smith plant but still sturdy and
strong and carrying its blooms at about 20 to 22 inches and well above the
folige, had four scapes with picture perfect flawless blooms every single
day. It was breathtaking.

Gavin Petit, Ted Petit. We could have sold 100 fans of this gorgeous plants
this summer if we had them to sell. A beacon that can be seen across the
garden in either of its two locations, garden visitors went gaga every time
this was in bloom, and that was often.

Granny Smith, Frank Smith. It looks like a larger JT Davis with lime green
ruffled edges. Awfully awfully pretty. Grown adjacent to some much taller
blooms we are moving things to encourage it to reach full height next year
as it was only about 20 inches tall.

Finally, there are three exceptional plants on my Watch List for 2011:

The following plants were stunning this year, but several were new and need
to show their stuff another year to make the top list. These are the ones I
will be watching.

Irish Halo, Bill Waldrop 2010. Oh my oh my oh my. Yesterday when it opened
with three stunning blooms, all with strong green edges, each bloom perfect,
I almost cried with delight. If this one performs as well in our garden as
other Waldrops do it will be one for the ages.

Little Bo Peep, again, Bill Wildrop 2010. Nothing little about this
wonderful recurved pink beauty with the frog green eye. Clean pink is so
hard to get, because most of the pinks you see blemish so much. This one,
and the pinks of particularly, John Benz, don't blemish. Look at Janet
Benz, look at Oh Great One.

Wrapped in Ruffles, Polston 2009. Joel Thomas Polston has been doing what
we have been doing up here for a long while now -- marrying northern hardly
lines to quality southern plants, with the aim of producing ruffles.
Wrapped in Ruffles proves you can in a vigorous, quick growing, northern
hardy plant. This is a pale peach bundle of ruffles on a perfect opening
flower, and it is stunning. New to us, let me see how it performs next

Ms. Lanny

Lanny Morry
Avalonia Whippets and Daylilies