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!

A Tale of Two Brothers

May 2nd, 2012

The daylily season is about to be in full swing and i thought I would tell you all a “tale of two brothers.” The two plants I am going to show you are both from a cross of “Leprechaun Eye” and “Heaven All Day.” Most of the children in this cross have been cream or yellow,even my introduction “Mud Creek Sunshine” comes from this cross. The art of genetics presented itself this morning as I was walking around my garden. I was hoping to carry the red eye in “Leprechaun Eye” into the self of ‘Heaven All Day.”I wasn’t getting the results I wanted . The plant I saw this morning was the closest I got in the cross, but what interested me was the clear example of how genetics work. It is so interesting to see how a pinkish flower with an eye and a nearly white flower can be of the same lineage. It is truly amazing to see how different siblings really can be!

Brother 1

Brother 2

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.

2011 Introductions

November 16th, 2011

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 is the first seedling to bloom this season. It has three way branching and is 5-6 inches across. The scape height is about 24 inches tall. The plant is a cross between Paige Duggan and Heaven All Day. Pictures of these plants can also be found on my webpage. I hope you enjoy the new seedling, as well as LV-005! I really like the way the new flower lays flat, as well as its shape, branching and height.

LV-005 Has Bloomed!

June 7th, 2010

I am thinking of naming it after an orphan I met while in Guatemala.

Summer 2010

May 23rd, 2010

Check out some of my summer 2010 pictures!

My very first seedling has obtained its very first scape! This morning I was walking around my garden and was checking up on all my daylilies. Many of the daylilies have grown scapes due to the warm weather. So, when I saw all of these scapes on my other flowers, I decided to look at my seedlings. When I was brushing through Lv-005’s foliage I identified its first scape. I can’t wait to see it bloom!

  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!