We have the following new introductions for your enjoyment this year:



'An Orchid For Mother'



‘An Orchid For Mother’

(Dormant, tet, midseason, 28", 6", 3-4way branching, 22 buds)

For the past few seasons we have enjoyed this orchid toned and used it heavily in hybridizing.  Unfortunately, it is one of those waif children as the tag was lost in the mix of things.  Nonetheless it has become one of our favorites throughout the course of each season. 

The two pictures on the webpage here give a good idea of the two expressions that AN ORCHID FOR MOTHER presents.  The early season expression is that of the deep, rich lavender-orchid with blue undertones.  The lighter color represents the tone of later season when the days are warmer, with a very orchid lavender with pink undertones.  In either case, the color is very clean and clear.

She is something of a changling on color expression obviously.  The good part about this is that both expressions are unique.  We have not seen quite these tones in several thousand of the seedlings in bloom here or in other named cultivars that we grow.

The blooms are richly veined which creates more interest.  Flower centers express a lav-pink to chartreuse watermark  leading to green heart.  Petals are nicely ruffled and often show a narrow band of gold ruffles.

Growth rate is average and a settled clump will host numerous bloomscapes.  So, if perhaps you have a mother who enjoys daylilies, here is your opportunity to give her an orchid that keeps on giving season after season.   We have been holding AN ORCHID FOR MOTHER back to make sure we had enough to fill orders; at this point we should have enough to supply double fan plants on orders.

Price: $50.00 (NET)

(not subject to discount)





'Blood Money'




‘Blood Money’

(Dormant, tet, late, 32", 6", 4-way branching, 24 buds)

(From seedling crosses involving Blenheim Royal, Ebony Standard, Grand Rouge, Red Hot Embers, and Poinsiana Regal)

The late Chet Tompkins of iris, hosta and daylily fame was well known on the West Coast for his hybridizing efforts that spanned back well over 50 years. Among his interests in daylilies was a focus on various expressions of red color, ranging from black red to oxblood, scarlet, and molten ember reds. Our introduction of BLOOD MONEY goes back directly to his lines that we have pursued here. 

You will note in the pictures on this page that there are two distinct color expressions of this daylily: deep pure red and an intense molten ember red. Because Chet worked with so many expressions of this color, it never surprises me to see so many variations in the seedlings which bloom here each year.  But BLOOD MONEY goes a step beyond in that the two distinct color forms are shown on the same cultivar.  The intense molten color is generally evidenced in mid season, wheras the deep pure red is usually seen at the beginning and end of the season.  So there is the story on color.

Now as relating to other matters, BLOOD MONEY quickly forms a large, commanding clump with strong foliage, scapes with good height, multiple branching and strong bud count.  Most seasons she also tends to be a bud builder. Scapes are produced with abandon.  Substance is heavy and very heat resistent. Blooms open readily.  First flowers appear toward the end of mid season and have extended bloom well into late season when very little other color is to be seen in daylily plantings.  As such it makes a good companion for a contrasty companion planting of our 'Guernsey Cream'--which we have done here.

For someone wishing to hybridize with reds, we readily recommend this cultivar.  Depending on the cross, she produces kids in the various tones already mentioned.

Price: $50.00 (NET)

(not subject to discount)




'Gideon’s Trumpet'

(Dragon Rider x Seedling)



‘Gideon’s Trumpet’

(Dormant, tet, early, 3-way branching; 16+ buds; crispate cascading UF)

(Dragon Rider x seedling)

'Dragon Rider' has proven to be and continues to be a prepotent parent in our hybridizing, especially for UF (unusual form) kids.  Other hybridizers have shared similar experiences with us in that regard.  The introduction of GIDEON'S TRUMPET is an example of that parenting qualiy.

From the first bloom onward we have enjoyed the dominant open green throat, which shows all the more expressively in that it is an early season bloomer when bloom is still sparce in the growing rows.  Nicely ruffled petals flare open and recurve; sepals turn back, usually with a twise.  The flower form itself accentuates the already strong green centers  Early blooms usually evidence a sculpted form, as the picture here shows.

Clean, clear intense color comes from Dragon Rider as well--a deep wine that contrasts strongly with the bold green centers of the blooms.  Color holds well even on very warm days.

Like its parent, GIDEON'S TRUMPET is rock hardy and a strong grower with the ability to produce a very large flush of  30" bloomscapes on an established clump.  Blooms open in a staggered fashion to prolong the season.

As in the biblical account where the sound of Gideon's trumpet caught the attention of everyone, so this GIDEON'S TRUMPET has always caught our attention in early season. We have nice double plants available.  The introductory price is low as we have a large supply. 

Price: $35.00 (NET)

(not subject to discount)




'Midnight Merlot'

(Ebony Standard x Born To Reign)



‘Midnight Merlot’

(Dormant, tet, mid season, 28", 5")

(Ebony Standard x Born To Reign)

Karol Emmerich's 'Born To Reign' has been a very good parent for deep, pure coloration and heavy ruffling.  Crossed with our near black 'Ebony Standard' we were pleased to find this seedling which incorporates the best of each side: deep wine purple color, a black-merlot eye, intense green throat, and evenly crimped ruffles all around.  Furthering the positive effects of MIDNIGHT MERLOT are the black veins that reach out into the petals from the merlot eye.  We have enjoyed this daylily from the first bloom as have several garden visitors.  Finally, we have enough stock to list it.

Standing about 28" tall, Ebony Merlot grows quickly and has been rock hardy here for us.  With a top "v" on the scape and a side lateral, she produces between 16 to 18 blooms.  Substance is heavy, and even with this intensity of color she holds color better than either parent on very hot summer days. 

The sultry intensity of color goes well with the dark green of the foliage; and like some other good dark hued daylilies, MIDNIGHT MERLOT tends to draw one in for a closer look.  We have used this new introduction a good deal in our hybridizing for the last three seasons and have produced several very dark eyed kids that are under evaluation.

If you enjoy the dark, sultry rich tones in daylilies, we can readily recomment our MIDNIGHT MERLOT.  Nice 2-fan plants for late spring shipment.

Price: $50.00 (NET)

(not subject to discount)




'Return To Narnia'

(Moon Over Narnia x Dragon Rider)



‘Return To Narnia’

(Dormant, tet, mid season, 30", 7", semi cascading type UF)

(Moon Over Narnia x Dragon Rider)

Both the parents of RETURN TO NARNIA have proven themselves to be prepotent in the matter of producing quality seedlings.  However, we had never given much thought to working them together until a few summers ago, and then making only a very limited number of crosses.  With the size differential in petal with we weren't sure just what to expect, and the offspring were widely and wildly different.  We selected 4 of these seedlings that were more taylored (semi spidery some would say) and grew them on. All were nice, but that one we have introduced as RETURN TO NARNIA caught our eye each season.  Everything seemed to "come together" on this one.

The picture give a good idea of what to expect. Flaring, open form with a bold, green throat.  Segments recurve nicely.  Base color is a medium lavender on which is imposed a darker bluish lavender eye that feathers out on the petals.  Colors are every clean and the blooms take our summer heat while retaining their good color expression.

A strong grower, RETURN TO NARNIA quickly forms a clump that supports a large number of bloomscapes.  Height of about 30" holds blooms up to be seen.  Nicely branched (3-4) and a usual bud count of about 20.  Another matter we have noted is that it will often produce rebloom scapes, although we did not register it as such.  So, if it does this in our zone 4, the odds are that it will be more prolific on rebloom in zones 4-7. 

On wet summers (we do not irrigate here) this one will often keep producing new buds at the terminal of the bloomscape.  Overall bloom season is longer than average as the bloom is staggered in presentation.

RETURN TO NARNIA has been a good parent for more kids of this UF type.  Crosses to 'Calligraphy', 'Dragon Ship' and 'Badger State' have proven very productive for us.  It has proven to have a stalward garden presence each season.  Nice double fan plants available.

Price: $50.00 (NET)

(not subject to discount)




Last Year’s Introductions



'Ark of Refuge'

(Forty Days And Forty Nights x Heartbeat Of Heaven)



‘Ark of Refuge’

(Dormant, tet, mid-late, 32” tall, 6.5” bloom, 4 branches, 20 buds)


This rich and clear colored daylily is a cross of two of Karol Emmerich’s introductions: Forty Days And Forty Nights x Heartbeat Of Heaven.  In addition to F.D.A.F.N., Karol has two other introductions with names relating to the biblical account of the Noah’s Flood:  Mount Ararat and Rainbow In The Clouds.  As we were searching for a proper registration name, it seemed fitting to choose ARK OF REFUGE due to its heritage.


From the outset we have been impressed with the clarity and richness of color expressed in A.O.R.  A daylily can have many good qualities, but if the color is not clear and clean it ends up in the compost heap with us.  From F.D.A.F.N. comes rich color, good growth rate and hardy dormancy.  And from the now famous Heartbeat Of Heaven comes flower size and beautifully ruffled edgings along other things.


As the picture on the website denotes, the color is an expression of claret wine or deep lavender.  And coming from both parents comes a Munson type watermark of chalky lavender in a rather cloverleaf form which feathers a bit out on the petals.  The green throat of each bloom provides very nice contrast.  Petals are nicely ruffled with a clean, silver edging.  Again, the picture gives the best explanation.


Happily, ARK OF REGUGE opens readily with an outfacing expression on a scape height that is right for the height of the clump.  Growth rate is strong and foliage always looks good.  With her dormant nature, she is rock hardy and has never suffered from our Wisconsin winters. 


We are happy to offer this daylily for your consideration.  A sharp garden plant, she requires no fussing and always looks good.  And, for hybridizing  we have both pod and pollen fertility in this one.  Nice double fan plants available.

Price: $50.00 (NET—double fan)

(not subject to discount)




'Guernsey Cream'



‘Guernsey Cream’

(Dormant, tet, late-v. late, 30” tall, 6” bloom, 3-way branching, 16 buds)


For some strange reason yellow daylilies have become sadly rather passé,  Our gardens tend to become filled with all the new colors and expressions to the point that one must search to find a really nice yellow even in some tour gardens.  Recently we took a look over our plantings after a visitor asked to be directed to some really good yellows.  Finding only a handful, our sad realization was that we have been neglecting them of late.


With this year’s introduction of GUERNSEY CREAM we hope to correct this trend to at least a small extent.  The name seemed to fit, remembering the youthful days milking Guernseys here on the farm and their rich cream that we used daily for butter, ice cream and sweet cheese curds. 


Our earlier introduction of lemon yellow WORD CRAFT, a very early season chartreuse hued, fragrant yellow has done well here and in many Midwest and East Coast gardens.  GUERNSEY CREAM readily provides a strong blooming butter yellow as the end of the season, making a nice way to end the season.


The blooms are very clean butter yellow with a more intense heart and heavy corduroy expression.    As a dormant, this daylily is exceptionally hardy, even though its background stems from evergreen introductions of the late Bill Munson.  And being from Munson background plants, GUERNSEY CREAM expresses a nice fragrance on warm days here. 


Bloom begins in late season and extends to the point that this is one of the very last blooms in all our daylily rows—a nice way to close out the season!  Another matter we appreciate about this late bloom is that the scapes on an established clump are produced in a very staggered manner.  The first scapes are in bloom while an understory of later scapes are still emerging.  Not really a repeat bloomer, but nearly the same idea as the slower emerging scapes start their bloom as the older are finishing theirs.  We like this!


As a clump, this daylily establishes and grows quickly, sending up strong numbers of bloom scapes.  A great plant to site at the end of a bed to show its good qualities when others have finished their bloom.  We price it a bit lower than our other 2018 introductions simply due to the fact that we have a ton of it planted in a long row at the bottom one of the patches—where it makes a great contrast with the strong green arborvitae hedge.  Strong double plants shipped.

Price: $35.00 (NET—double fan)

(not subject to discount)


'Here Abide Dragons'



‘Here Abide Dragons’


(Dormant, tet., early-mid season, 28-30” tall, 6” bloom, 3 way branching, 15 buds)


Stemming from our lines of ‘Dragon Rider’, ‘Calligraphy’ and others of the tetraploid uf expression, Here Abide Dragons takes a step beyond the usual.  And, stemming from its heritage, we thought it would be best to keep it with a “dragon” moniker.  As the picture shows in part, we have a bloom that folds a great many positive traits into one: Rich clean color, raised textural pleating and ruffling, intense green throat with dominant contrast, and an open, unique informal expression with petals that usually twist and turn.


An early mid season bloomer, Here Abide Dragons drips with color.  The maddening part of the color expression is that it is not easily duplicated in a photo image.  The pictures are very nice, but not close to the real color intensity.  The best descriptor would be that of a base of deepest wine-red with undertones and brushings of merlot.  Petal edges are often near black.  The real thing is deeper, richer and more contrasty by far than our picture. 


We have used this unique uf a good deal in our hybridizing efforts for the last few seasons and have several kids that we are observing for possible introduction at a later time.  She has worked especially well to produce novelty forms with great color.


Totally dormant, Here Abide Dragons is rock hardy and a good increaser.  Additionally, established clumps produce large numbers of bloom scapes to create a great floral display.  We are very pleased with her and have well rooted, sturdy double fan plants available.  As always, our guarantee holds:  Grow her for two seasons and if you aren’t pleased, send back the clump at our expense and we will refund your original purchase.

Price: $50.00 (NET—double fan)

(not subject to discount)



'Red Hot Embers'



‘Red Hot Embers’

(dormant, tetraploid, mid-season, 28” tall,  5” bloom, 4 way branching; 18-21 buds)


Well known iris and hosta hybridizer Chet Tompkins also worked with daylilies at his Canby, Oregon nursery for over 40 years.  Through many annual summer visits when we would walk the rows of his seedling patch together, it was often the hot, intense, clean colors of his red, orange, ember and molten lava hues that stood out from even a good distance away.  In the last 20 plus seasons here on our Wisconsin farm, we have quietly pursued these same lines for our personal gratification more or less.  Visitors seem drawn to these intense expressions as such colors have a “demanding” nature. 


With several inquiries as to when one or another seedling would be introduced, we thought that there was enough stock of RED HOT EMBERS to register and list.  In its background are the Tompkins’ registrations (see AHS site for information) of ‘Poinsiana Regal’, ‘Around Sunrise’, ‘Blenheim Royal’ and ‘Orange Piecrust’ among others.


Early season blooms are sometimes more flaring in nature, but the basic form of RED HOT EMBERS is pleasingly round with segments that recurve.  Petals are nicely ruffled. The COLOR expression, however, is the great strength of this daylily.  With a backdrop of molten lava or red ember hues, the center of the bloom exhibits an intense red that bleeds out into the fiery base color.  Additionally, there is usually a very fine line of red around both petals and sepals.  Color expression is not affected by weather.  It is consistently HOT, INTENSE, BRIGHT, CLEAN.  The picture tells the story.


Growth rate is average with a compact clump form producing numerous scapes.  A total dormant, RED HOT EMBERS is rock hardy here.  As a parent she has been producing many promising kids ranging in color from intense eyes, clean orange, sunset red, russet blends, and interesting webbed/marbled blends of black-red. 


RED HOT EMBERS is a personal favorite.  We have nice double fan plants available as long as supply lasts.

Price: $50.00 (NET—double fan)

(not subject to discount)


'Spreading My Wings'




‘Spreading My Wings’

(Dormant, tet, mid season, 32” tall, 7-7.5” bloom, 4-5 way branching, 25+ buds)


After its maiden bloom, we numbered this seedling and planted it, along with a few of its siblings at the end of a crowded row by, of all things, a young walnut tree.  And there for a few seasons she languished.  But there was something about the color, the form, the stubborn vigor that merited lifting the clump and lining it out in good ground without competition.  And we are glad that we finally did so.


With the more-than-ample rains of last spring, the 2-year-old lined plants flourished. Bloom scapes sprang up with abandon and now with 4, 5, and 6 way branching.  The average bud count was about 25, but there were many that produced up to 30 buds.  To make us even more impressed was the fact that SPREADING MY WINGS then sent up a flush of rebloom scapes of equal quality.  Trips to the rows of numbered seedlings now included daily offerings of pollen for her, which she gladly accepted, producing a large number of seeds which were planted in the fall.


As to form and color, the picture gives the best idea.  Look at the blooms—look at the mass of buds.  This is no meek, retiring bloom. In early flush the diameter readily reaches 7.5”+ and even in mid flush the measurement was 7”.  Other than some of our spiders, SPREADING MY WINGS is one of the largest “usual” form daylilies in the garden.  Lightly ruffled petals flare, while sepals normally recurve a bit.  Substance is good and she holds up in the heat.


The base color is a clear, clean lavender with a darker eye that fans out on the petals. Making the bloom stand out even more is a chartreuse throat and a deep, apple green heart.  On occasion she will produce blooms that have dark lavender flecking.


Having not hybridized with S.M.W. when she was crowded and forsaken by the walnut tree, we have done so now with abandon—about 400 seeds from last summer’s crop. There was a handful of yearling kids that bloomed due to all the rain we had.  Most of these had the same open, flaring form in tones of lavender.  In spite of being produced on tiny seedlings, the blooms were about 7”. 


We offer SPREADING MY WINGS with the same abandon of confidence that she produced for us after finally treating her like the lady she is.  We offer sturdy, well rooted, double fan plants.  Our standard guarantee is always in effect.

Price: $75.00 (NET—double fan)

(not subject to discount)




1. Order any two of this year’s Introductions and we will include an additional one of our choosing FREE.

2. Order any three Previous Introductions at $20 or more and we will include another Previous Introduction of our choosing FREE.



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