Daylilies forum: What can you tell me about Mort Morss & David Kirchhoff?

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Name: Sandi
Franklin, WI (Zone 5a)
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Seedsower
Oct 9, 2012 8:16 PM CST
I will be having breakfast with them this coming Sunday at our local club presidents house. Will also be writing an article on their presentation to our club later that day.

I know nothing about them or their hybridizing programs. I've tried doing a websearch and haven't really come up with much. I am familiar with their names but not their work.

Anyone have any helpful info for me?

Thanks Smiling
Name: Jan
Hustisford, WI
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philljm
Oct 9, 2012 8:37 PM CST
I wonder if there is some info on the AHS site - I think there have probably been articles written on them in the past
Name: Juli
(Zone 5b)
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daylily
Oct 10, 2012 12:24 AM CST
I wish I was going to lunch with them! They are two of my favorite daylily people.

David is one of the daylily legends. He is well known for breeding reds and doubles. Mort has been working with patterns for years!

Both of them are very generous with their time, and donations, to clubs, daylily events etc.

David is a native Floridian, but moved near Lexington KY a few years back, to a historic big brick home on a hilltop.

David's father was a flower breeder, so he was brought up with hybridizing.

You will have a great time!
Name: Doris&David Bishop
Cartersville, Ga. (Zone 7b)
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Casshigh
Oct 10, 2012 7:57 AM CST
If you don't know about their program, go to their website:

http://www.daylilyworld.com/

You will be astounded by their work. Their generosity is legendary. Your nose will burn as you spray hot coffee through it from laughing at David! Mort and David are two of the nicest people you will ever meet, and are down-to-earth. You will enjoy them. 43 years in hybridizing! I HOPE I can have a few seedlings in the next 43 years that are remotely close to their early work! Of course, 43 years from now, I won't even be able to see them!

David Bishop, not Kirchoff
"Anything worth doing is worth overdoing"~~~David Bishop
http://daylilyfans.com/bishop/
Name: pam
gainesville fl (Zone 8b)
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gardenglory
Oct 10, 2012 9:12 AM CST
I have to agree with Juli and Doris, I had the pleasure at the National convention to have some after hours socializing with them at Dan Hansens and between them and Curt Hanson, it was just one of the most fun nights Ive had. Besides that, they do great work. Im a bit of a Truffle fan.
Earlier that day, we had been out in the field and David was walking down Leslies row of seedlings and giving her advice. Fun to hear what he was seeing. Wish I could help with more. Wish I lived in their house Drooling
Name: Juli
(Zone 5b)
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daylily
Oct 10, 2012 9:18 AM CST
Yes, I love their house!!! I've visited them a few times since they have come to KY. Their driveway is pretty scary though.... Blinking
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Oct 10, 2012 10:40 AM CST
See the envy green? nodding Wish I were joining you. Last year, I bought Sanford Winery and Sanford Time Out. Both turned out to be my absolute favorites of all 157 daylilies ever bought evvvaahhhh! Hilarious! Got Sanford Toad Hall this year, really looking forward to seeing it in bloom. Have half a dozen more Kirchoff in ground and a couple dozen additional on the wish list.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Juli
(Zone 5b)
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daylily
Oct 10, 2012 1:13 PM CST
David's 'Fabulous Frieda' is one of my all time favorite daylilies..... Every flower the last 2 years have been flawless. It looks like it is going to really do well here.
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Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Maryl
Oct 10, 2012 1:29 PM CST
I heard that they moved to Kentucky because they were fed up with the rust on their daylilies while hybridizing in Florida. The subject of rust is very interesting. If the story I heard is true, I'm sure they will have alot of insight into this nasty disease plaguing the daylily world. I would especially like to hear their experience with it in Kentucky and which varieties they grow that seem most resistant to it.....Maryl
Name: Sandi
Franklin, WI (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Daylilies
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Seedsower
Oct 10, 2012 7:42 PM CST
Thanks for the info! I guess I didn't dig into their website enough to find out a few tidbits. I couldn't find David Kirchoff's registrations on AHS but finally figured that out too! I'm not much of a search engine when it comes to finding information on the web.

Rolling my eyes.

I'll have to do some more reading before Sunday.

Thanks again!
Name: Juli
(Zone 5b)
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daylily
Oct 10, 2012 8:08 PM CST
Just remember it is two h's and two f's

Kirchhoff.
Name: Sandi
Franklin, WI (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Daylilies
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Seedsower
Oct 10, 2012 8:23 PM CST
Which is why I couldn't originally find anything on AHS! Sorry about the spelling
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Oct 10, 2012 9:28 PM CST
Me, too. I had the same problem in the AHS database and searching my favorite ebay seller's listings by Kirchhoff. Sticking tongue out Thank you, Juli.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Oct 11, 2012 4:10 AM CST
I have been to the KY Daylily World a few times. David and Mort are very nice! I have some nice landscape shots of their farm, if I can locate the file. Yes, their drive is secluded.
Name: bb
north of boston on the coast
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lilylady
Oct 11, 2012 5:25 AM CST
What can I tell you?

The David is a hoot!

Mort is quiet and very interesting (he designs jewelry too)
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
Region: United States of America Garden Photography Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Cat Lover Heucheras
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bluegrassmom
Oct 11, 2012 5:31 AM CST
On one visit I asked a friend to take a photo of me between Mort and David in the garden. He made a funny comment about the paparazzi after him LOL
Name: Jan
Hustisford, WI
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Daylilies Dog Lover Irises Region: United States of America
Region: Wisconsin
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philljm
Oct 11, 2012 6:27 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Oct 11, 2012 5:51 PM CST
Hilarious!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'

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