Daylilies forum: Ohio Hybridizer Charles Applegate dies, breeder of 'Blessing'

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Name: Juli
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Jul 6, 2013 6:11 AM CST
I saw on the AHS Robin this morning that it was posted yesterday that Charles Applegate passed away July 5.

Charles introduced 45 daylilies. He was a stickler for good plant habit. He especially enjoyed working with pink diploids, and with doubles.

Charles was one of the friendliest, most generous people I have ever met in daylilies. He was a senior gardener at Kingwood Garden here in Ohio for many, many years, and was very active in the Ohio Daylily Society.

When I first became interested in daylilies, I bought plants from Dottie Warrell for a few years, and as my interest grew, I decided to attend a daylily meeting, and went to Kingwood Center to an Ohio club meeting. My elderly Mom went with me, and Charles came over to us right away, made us feel so welcome. Struck up conversation with my mom about her home town of Perrysville, which was his home town also. It's about as big as a postage stamp, so not many people are from there. He invited us to come to his garden, and the next year during bloom, I made arrangements to do that. It was there that I began to appreciate hosta - he had the prettiest beds of hosta back in behind his home under some trees.

Two of his cultivars were favorites of mine for many, many years. I'd still be growing them now, if I was able to take care of more bed area, that's for sure. Blessing and Guile are still distinctive after all these years. One of his seedlings was not named, and I still have a piece of it. It doesn't have high bud count, or fantastic scapes... I kept it because of it's unusual color. He just called it the "rose spider" but it's not really rose - and it's not a spider. I don't know what color to call it. But I love it.

Another plant he encouraged me to use in hybridizing was Punk. He chipped a piece off the side of his small clump, and it barely had any root or crown, but he thought it would make it. It did - and I've had the most unusual seedlings from it. He told me at the time that Punk was a sib to Pardon Me. Punk has fabulous scapes and is dusty purple. I wonder what he ever got from it.

I remember Charles telling me how he planted his seed. He put them in soil in old coffee cans, sunk into the ground, one cross per can. Put the seed in there in the fall, let them germinate over winter. Then when they were up several inches the next year, pulled the cans from the soil, separated them and lined them out.

Charles --- thanks for being so kind and encouraging to me. Daylilies lost a kind and gentle soul yesterday and you will be missed.

Charles Obiturary
http://www.byerly-lindsey.com/obit.asp

Blessing
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Guile (sorry photo was taken in 2000--- digital cameras were not very good then!)


The "rose spider"
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Name: Debra
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shive1
Jul 6, 2013 9:19 AM CST
Juli - I enjoyed reading your tribute to Charles Applegate. Blessing is probably his most famous intro, and it is such a beautiful flower. It sounds like Charles was a blessing to all who knew him.

Debra
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Jul 6, 2013 9:57 AM CST
Juli, thank you for posting this story. Lovey dubby
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Name: Juli
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Jul 6, 2013 10:35 AM CST
I should have noted that 'Punk' was not n Applegate intro. It is from Apps. But, Charles loved it, especially for its superb habit, and bud count,
Name: Sunny
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Jul 6, 2013 3:04 PM CST
Thanks, Juli. Charles was a wonderful ambassador for daylilies, and Kingwood Center. An absolute charm of a kindhearted man. ... AND, now that you mention it, that "rose spider" was the most unusual color ! I do remember it.
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BookerC1
Jul 11, 2013 8:08 AM CST
Beautiful tribute! He sounds like such a kindhearted man! You ought to send a copy of your tribute (or a link, if you have their email address) to his family. I know when I lost a family member, all the memories people shared were such a blessing to me.
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Gleni
Aug 4, 2014 4:37 AM CST
I must get BLESSING. It is quite a looker.
How interesting that Rose Spider. It is very distinctive.

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