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



'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)




Last Year’s Introductions



'Another Man’s Praise'

(Heartbeat Of Heaven x seedling)



‘Another Man's Praise’


  • 5” bloom
  • 28” tall
  • mid season
  • dormant
  • 14 buds
  • strong Rebloom


We are very happy with ANOTHER MAN’S PRAISE for several reasons.  The first is naturally a strikingly beautiful bloom:  a very clean, clear rosy pink bitone with a wide edge of gold ruffles.  It is the sort of color expression that draws one from across the garden.  Blooms open readily with segments recurving to provide an open form.


Hybridizing efforts here in the last 10 years have been toward developing hardy daylilies that will rebloom faithfully.  ANOTHER MAN’S PRAISE has proven itself to meet the three big criteria: beauty of bloom, hardiness, and a steadfast rebloomer each season.  Accordingly, this daylily provides a long  season with the instant rebloom it provided. Typically, just as the first scapes finish bloom, the second set starts. Like our earlier reblooming introduction of POTTER’S WHEEL, ANOTHER MAN’S PRAISE is also from Karol Emmerich’s renowned HEARTBEAT OF HEAVEN.  We have several very promising seedlings  from this year’s introduction.  She is fertile both for pod and pollen.

Price: $50.00 (NET—double fan)

(not subject to discount)



'Heritage House'

(FEAR NOT x seedling)


'Heritage House'


  • 5.5” bloom
  • 28” tall
  • mid season
  • dormant
  • 16 buds
  • Reblooms most years


As a parent, FEAR NOT has produced some very fine kids for us.  They tend to be very consistent in regard to color expression, hardiness and substance.  HERITAGE HOUSE matches these criteria perfectly.  Color is a deep, rich violet-lavender with a lighter watermark set above a bitter green throat that expresses itself strongly.  Substance is strong, promoting good sun resistance,  The nicely ruffled edges show a clean creamy chartreuse tone.  Blooms open readily and most seasons HERITAGE HOUSE hosts a good deal of rebloom for us, which helps extend the bloom season.  We have been happy with HERITAGE HOUSE since its maiden bloom and hope to have enough to fill orders.  Establishes and increases readily.  Simply stated, a really fine garden plant that always looks good.

Price: $50.00 (NET—double fan)

(not subject to discount)


1. Order any two of this years 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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