2013 Best in Youth

It has been quite a long time since I last posted about my daylily garden. I just finished my senior year of high school and am looking forward to attending Vanderbilt University this fall.

I would expect that most of you are here to read about daylilies, so that is where I will head.

Last summer I moved houses and thus my garden had to move with me! The move, as all moves  are, was a great undertaking, but moving over 160 different daylilies was quite a challenge. I had to keep each one labeled and identified, then dig them up, put the in grocery bags, and drive them over to the new house, luckly only a few miles away, and plant them quickly enough not to harm the plants. All in all, last June was quite an adventure, and I learned a lot about moving daylilies.

This summer has been much cooler than usual, and we have had much more rain here in Kennesaw than we usually do. I checked the newspaper the other day and it said that the yearly rainfall was 11 inches over the average. The plants have enjoyed the rain, but the cool weather has delayed the bloom season by a month. This limited the number of flowers I had available for the show. Furthermore, the plants have only been growing for one winter, and had much fewer buds and blooms than usual. Even with the difficulties, I managed to pull of a win in the youth division at the Cobb County and Greater Atlanta Daylily Show.

For those of you who came here from Mr. Waldrop’s blog, I thank him for the shout out and I am glad you are here. For everyone else Mr. Waldrop’s blog isbillsdaylilycorner.blogspot.com and his official website iskennesawmountaindaylilygardens.com. He is a great gardener and mentor!

Spacecoast Modern Symmetry

-The photo is from the new garden!

A Review of Summer 2012

November 13th, 2012

I know it has been far too long since I last posted, but I have been quite busy! The summer started off by moving my entire garden to a new house; yes all 200+ plants. The moving process filled the whole month of June. I still participated in the Cobb County and Greater Atlanta Daylily Show, though, where I took best in show in the youth division. The plant that I won with was ‘Lady Neva’. On top of moving, I have been busy applying to college (its my Senior year). The process has been tiring, but still very exciting. Even though I was moving I still managed to produce some seeds, many of which have the potential to be very nice plants. I worked hard this year to make unique crosses, and get strong color. I cannot wait to see what happens!

This spring has been quite warm, and the plants have greatly enjoyed it. My daylilies are 2 or 3 weeks ahead of schedule and some are already getting scapes! This means that I wont have to wait as long to see my plants bloom. Don’t be surprised if you see some pictures of the garden in the next couple of weeks. There are going to be a lot of new plants to photograph this summer. Last summer I added a whole new section to my garden, which includes around thirty plants. Also, it will be interesting to see my registered introductions bloom in their new location. If you don’t remember I had them in my raised bed, which I believe can be seen in seedling images. Now I have them all moved to the front yard to be on display for all to see. It will be a learning experience for me to see how they survived the move. I also gave “Heaven’s Melody to Mr. Bill Waldrop and Mr. David Arthur, so they can see how it does in their gardens! In case you were wondering, some the new plants I planted last year include “Marietta Heartbeat” by Bill Waldrop, “Homemade Blueberry Ice Cream” by Tim Bell, “Space Coast Royal Rumble” by Kinnebrew, and “Chinese Fire Dragon” by Dr. Bill Petit-who graciously gifted me 3 plants. I also got some pear trees this last summer, to add to the growth, and they already are bearing fruit! Well, I guess that’s it. Don’t forget to check back in a few weeks for pictures of the new plants.

Hi everyone! My 2011 introductions can now be seen on daylilies.org. On the side bar go to “Daylily Database Online,” and then type Van de Vate in the hybridizer search bar. There should be 10 introductions on my list! I hope they are to your liking. It feels great to say that I am officially a hybridizizer now. Thanks to everyone who has mentored me along the way, The Waldrops and Arthurs and everyone else, it has been a great experience. And don’t worry, more seedlings are in the works!

  This May my friends from school and I are flying down to Gautemala City to work in an orphanage. We are also going to be doing construction in a Mayan Village. Our mission is to enlighten the children with the good news of Christ and teach them the important leadership skills needed for success. While on the trip we will  be climbing two volcanoes. It should be a lot of fun and a great experience.

As spring as continued on my snowball viburnum are begining to bloom and the daylily fans are growing tall and thick. Each day a new plant explodes into bloom. I have some blue berries that are in bloom and have recently purchased some grape plants and strawberry plants. LV-005 is doing fanatasctic. My other seedlings are also looking very well. The iris plants in my yard are about to burst into bloom and my maple tree is getting its leaves. I hope to post some photos soon!


June 26th, 2009

If any of you are wondering about how the show went, it went GREAT. No. It went AMAZING! I won 4 yellow ribbons, 4 red ribbons, 15 blue ribbon, eight purple ribbons, and best in show for the youth division. My seedling is doing great and has put up a new fan. I have also built a raised bed for all my new seedlings. I will have pictures of everything soon!!!

Hello world!

February 13th, 2009

Hello, my name is Luke. I am a teenager with a love for hibridizing daylilies. I was inspired by Bill Waldrop or/and his garden named  ”Kennesaw Mountain Daylilly Gardens.” I have won best in show for Youth with many blue ribbons. (Winner: H. Little Business)