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Name: Char
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Char
Jul 1, 2013 5:10 AM CST

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Just outside Charlottesville, Virginia is Woodhenge Garden where the daylilies are tall, narrow and unique. Woodhenge is home to the hybridizing programs of Jim Murphy and Margo Reed.

Both Jim and Margo were drawn to the narrow forms early in their beginning as hybridizers. At a time when the fashion was to focus on rounder forms, Margo was attracted to the graceful narrow daylilies of earlier days. She began collecting the older spider forms and narrow discards from those seeking fuller flowers and began hybridizing in her small backyard garden in Maryland. At about the same time, Jim began collecting daylilies and making his first crosses in the early ‘80’s. Early in their hybridizing Jim and Margo developed an appreciation for daylilies that would perform without a lot of fuss and bother, the carefree performers that come back each year and perform well in an average garden. In 2001 they bought the property now known as Woodhenge Garden. Margo, taught kindergarten and Jim, a landscape supervisor for the University of Virginia, worked together establishing their hybridizing programs and garden.

Clear and distinctive color, height, vigor, branching and budcount are all traits found in Margo Reed’s registrations. Margo specializes in distinctive diploid unusual forms and spiders. Her cultivars creative, unique names give a glimpse into a hybridizer with a quick sense of humor and an eye for beauty. ‘Scarlett’s Web’ (1995), ‘Planet Max’ (1996) and ‘Chesapeake Crablegs’ (1994) were the first to receive recognition with garden judges when they each received an Honorable Mention in 2002. In 2003 ‘Jellyfish Jealousy’ (1995), ‘Orangutan’ (1991), ‘Rocky Horror’ (1994) and ‘Eggplant Escapade’ (1996) each received HM’s. ‘Creature of the Night’, a 1999 registration, went on to an Award of Merit in 2009 after a 2004 HM. Another of Margo’s cultivars, ‘Grey Witch’ (1999) was also awarded an Award of Merit in 2009 after a HM in 2005. ‘After Awhile Crocodile’ (1997) was recognized for two awards in 2005, the HM and the Eugene S. Foster Award for the most outstanding late blooming daylily. Daylilies that receive the Eugene S. Foster Award also have to be registered as blooming in the late or very late season. More recent HM’s include ‘Dances With Giraffes’ (2005) in 2009, ‘Flight of Orchids’ (2005) in 2010 and ‘Third Witch’ (2003) in 2012.

Jim’s goals, beyond those carefree plant habits he and Margo strive for, include tall daylilies, late bloomers and sunfast colors. In 2011, ‘Monacan Trail’ a 2005 registration, 49” tall, cream beige with a purple eyezone and a bud-builder was Jim’s first “tall” to receive an HM. Others to receive HM’s are ‘Ocean Spirit’ (2006) in 2011, ‘Lotsa Dots’ (2004) and ‘Candy Cane Dreams’ (2005) in 2009, ‘Rocket Science’ (2005) in 2008 and in 2012 ‘A Little Fire, Scarecrow’ (2005) and ‘Lucky Streak’ ( 2007). One of Jim’s most popular introductions is ‘Margo Reed Indeed’ (2004), a beautiful cream white cascade unusual form which has earned the second highest award in the AHS Awards pyramid, the Award of Merit in 2010 after an HM in 2007.

‘Margo Reed Indeed’



Not to be outdone by Margo’s sense of humor with names, Jim has some great ones too. ‘Santa’s Pants’ (2007) is a cherry red spider form, ‘Wasn’t Born Yesterday’ (2007) another spider, ‘Heavens to Murgatroyd’ (2011) and ‘Droopy Drawers’ (2005).

‘Heavens to Murgatroyd’



‘Droopy Drawers’



If you are into ‘Alien Stardust’ (Reed 2011), ‘Don’t Know Jack”(Murphy,JP 2007) about ‘Rocket Science’(Murphy, JP 2005) or just want to be ‘Up the Wazoo’ (Reed 2013) in ‘Unidentified Flying Objects’ (Reed 1997) check out the Woodhenge Garden website for the creations of Jim Murphy and Margo Reed.

http://www.woodhengegardens.com/

From Margo Reed….

‘Jellyfish Jealousy’



‘Dances With Giraffes’



‘Creature of the Night’



From Jim Murphy….

‘Monacan Trail’



‘A Little Fire, Scarecrow’


Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Jul 1, 2013 6:07 AM CST
I only have 3 but pics of 2.

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UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT
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Lighthouse Gardens
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OldGardener
Jul 1, 2013 12:54 PM CST
This is the first year for Magnetic Personality in my garden. As it continues to blooming, it is turning more yellow but it did start out quite pale. This is a photo of its ffo in the very early morn:



It has quite the carefree feel!
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Name: Lisa
Grove City, Ohio (Zone 5b)
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mlt
Jul 1, 2013 4:03 PM CST
Oh boy Oh boy! Jim and Margo are 2 of my favorite hybridizers!! Here are some pics from previous years.

Alchemist
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Catherine Smith - named after Margo's mom


A series of Dances With Giraffes - the last one is in Jim & Margo's garden
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Heartbreak Ridge
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Ice Water
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Monacan Trail


Monster Magic
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Orion's Band


Planet Max


Revenge
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Salmon Chanted Evening
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TNT


Virginia Moonshine
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Before
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Once Upon a Time - first year blooming last year in the drought


The Sky is Falling


Lemon Ice Tea

Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Jul 1, 2013 4:36 PM CST
Very nice!!!
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jul 1, 2013 5:49 PM CST
Have these of Margo Reed:

Brown Witch
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Eggplant Escapade - not bloomed for me yet

Grey Witch


Rocky Horror - not bloomed for me yet

Third Witch



Closest to anything from Jim Murphy are the three different sets of seeds with 'Margo Reed Indeed' as part of the cross I got off the Lily Auction last year. Big Grin None of them do I know which is which, since I mixed up the sprouted seedlings. Don't even know if any of them are still alilve. Sticking tongue out
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Kim W
Md (Zone 6a)
More daylilies!!!!
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kimkats
Jul 1, 2013 7:05 PM CST
FROM MY GARDEN Smiling

LATER ALIGATOR
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LOTSA DOTS


& MY FAVORITE Lovey dubby
DANCES WITH GIRAFFES (1st year blooming!)

It's my cats world, I'm just here to open the cans.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jul 1, 2013 7:15 PM CST
What I really like about Murphy and Reed Intros is that have many late and extra late bloomers. I wanted to very much extend my bloom season to make it much longer. Those extra lates are really so fabulous to have at the end of bloom season.
Name: Debra
Nashville, TN (Zone 7a)
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shive1
Jul 1, 2013 10:15 PM CST
I'm really loving the photos of Ice Water, Revenge, and Dances With Giraffes.

Lisa - My Once Upon A Time does not look like yours.

ONCE UPON A TIME


SHELBY
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TRANCE
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TNT
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A LIITTLE FIRE, SCARECROW


MARGO REED INDEED - This is not its usual shape, but I loved this look!


CREATURE OF THE NIGHT


COROLLA LIGHT

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Name: Lisa
Grove City, Ohio (Zone 5b)
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mlt
Jul 2, 2013 6:19 AM CST
Hi Debra,

Maybe Once Upon a Time will look much different for me this year. The drought caused some very strange looking blooms on other plants that have been in my garden for years last year. Or, maybe I got it mixed up with something else again. We'll see what it looks like this year! I got that one directly from Jim and Margo at their garden, and when I do that I tend not to mark stuff very well. I guess I'm excited to be there. Margo says, you'd better mark that, and I say I'll remember what it is. Ha! I have 2 clumps of their stuff that obviously contain 2 different plants. Shelby with a dark purple, and Skin and Bones with a wide petaled yellow.

Out to deadhead and take pics! I'll be back.

Lisa
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jul 2, 2013 6:33 AM CST
There are sooooo many I want just for the name. Like 'A Little Fire Scarecrow' Big Grin
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Jul 2, 2013 6:35 AM CST
I like that one too Debra along with Shelby, Dances With Giraffe's and Monster Magic Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
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floota
Jul 2, 2013 3:20 PM CST
A huge number of Jim and Margo's daylilies grow here, so this may be in a few different posts. Because they live less than two hours away, their plants do exceptionally well here.
Here are a few below.
A LITTLE CRABBY (Margo) and A LITTLE FIRE SCARECROW (Jim):

ALCHEMIST (Jim) and AMETHYST TEARS (Margo)

APPALACHIAN TRAIL and APPLEBERRY MOUNTAIN ( both Margo's)

BAT SIGNAL (Margo) and BROWN WITCH (Margo)

CABARET CABERNET (Margo) and CASEY AT BAT (Margo's daughter is named Casey)

CASEY'S CURLS (Margo) and CATAPULT SAM (Margo's son is Sam)

CELEBRATING GOLD (Jim) CHESAPEAKE CRABLEGS (Margo)

CREATURE OF THE NIGHT (Margo) and CRYSTALLINE ENTITY (Margo)
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DANCES WITH GIRAFFES (Margo) one of her really tall ones and EGGPLANT ECSTASY:

EGGPLANT ELECTRICITY AND EGGPLANT ESCAPADE ( both Margos)


More later!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jul 2, 2013 3:32 PM CST
Gorgeous. Simply Gorgeous! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up Big Grin
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
Jul 2, 2013 3:38 PM CST
I agree I agree I agree I agree
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
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dormantsrule
Jul 2, 2013 4:27 PM CST
The antics of Don't Know Jack.

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Name: Lisa Klette
Dayton, KY (Zone 6a)
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Lilydaydreamer
Jul 2, 2013 4:40 PM CST
Loving Dances with Giraffes! Lovey dubby

Like to see how plants bloom in other gardens for comparison.

Unidentified Flying Object


Bat Signal

Love what you teach and teach what you love!
Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
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floota
Jul 2, 2013 4:52 PM CST
Here are more of Jim and Margo's plants. They have wonderful plant habits, the branching and budding being among the best in the garden.
EVEN STEPHEN ( named after Margo's other son) and FLIGHT OF ORCHIDS (Margo's - one of my favorites - LOVE it!)

GORILLA ( Margo's) and GREY WITCH (Margo's - usually show the clump shot as that tells about the plant habit)

INCESSANT (Jim) and JELLYFISH JEALOUSY ( love, love this one!)

KEENE (Margo) and LATER ALLIGATOR (Margo)

LUCKY STREAK (one of my favorites of Jims) and MAGNETIC PERSONALITY:

MONOCACY SUMMER MIST (another fave of Margo's) and MONOCAN TRAIL (Jim)
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MONSTER MAGIC (Margo) first pic at Woodhenge as a seedling and growing here.
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NEGATIVE IMAGE (Jim) and OCEAN SPIRIT (one of my faves of Jims)

ONCE UPON A TIME ( doesn't look like other pic)These were taken two different summers, pretty consistent blooms here.
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ORANGUTAN (Margo's first intro) and OUT OF SANE (Jim's - love this one too!)


Yes there are more!
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jul 2, 2013 5:30 PM CST
Rita, I was glad to hear that the Murphy and Reed daylilies have mid-late and late bloomers. I just bought Corolla Light and James River Rose this year, so I don't have any blooms yet. Can't wait to see these.

All of these pictures are gorgeous!
Vickie
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Name: Lisa
Grove City, Ohio (Zone 5b)
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mlt
Jul 2, 2013 6:59 PM CST
These photos are from today!

Cold Bear Rapport - Jim's


Flight of Orchids here in Ohio- Margo's


Just Jessie - Margo's - first bloom open ever here


Shelby - Margo's


The Cow Jumped Over the Moon - Margo's. Registered at 72", even taller than Dances With Giraffes. This is it's first year blooming here.
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The Troll Under the Bridge - Margo's only registered Tet

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