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Name: Juli
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Jul 22, 2013 4:54 AM CST
ATP Series: The Daylilies of Richard Norris

Ida Mae Norris
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(clicking on plant names by photos will take you to their page in the ATP database)

It's been many, many years since my first visit to Richard Norris of Ashwood Gardens, Glouster, Ohio. Surrounded by Wayne National Forest, Burr Oak State Park, Wolf Creek Wildlife Area, and several other parks and wildlife areas, the garden is located in an absolutely lovely area of Ohio. Steep hills, valleys, streams, and woods around every bend in the road. There are scenic views from all over the garden. Click here for an aerial view of Ashwood Gardens from Richard's website

Bob O'Neal lives near me and grows many of Richard's introductions, and the photos I used here are his. (Thanks Bob for the use of your photos!!) One of the plants I have seen at Bob's that always impresses me is Ashwood Wray Of Sunshine (2007). Talk about non-stop bloom. One set of scapes up and blooming, a new set just under that ready to come on and another set down in the foliage. Richard's website description says that this plant is "a highly inbred cultivar which displays vigor, health and good plant habit with aggressive rebloom."
Ashwood Wray Of Sunshine
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I spoke with Richard yesterday, and asked him a few questions about where he started and where he is headed with daylilies.

Richard is from northwest Ohio. He and his wife Janice have a lovely home overlooking the rolling, wooded hills. Richard tells me that when they bought the property, he bought lots of types of perennial seed to grow Among them were daylily seeds from Park Seed. Of all the seeds that he ordered, the daylilies did the best. He says it was "a natural progression" to hybridizing. A short time after that, he was placing an order for plants from Wilds. A new passion was born.

Mary Lightfine
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Richard's early mentors were Ohio hybridizers Steve Moldovan and Curt Hanson. Both men instilled in Richard the importance of having a good plant under a pretty flower. He learned how important good bud count, branching and the health and over all vigor of the plant was, especially here in Ohio. This was a lesson well learned, as most of the plants that I see of Richard's growing at friend's gardens, and in Display gardens are always loaded with buds. Many of them "instant rebloom" which is a characteristic that Richard's Tet introductions are becoming known for.

Evidence of Aliens
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One of Richard's first widely grown introductions was Clarification Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Clarification') in 2002. In the database entry, Newyorkrita comments "I have to write that this is my favorite Richard Norris introduction even though it is not one of his newer daylilies. Big beautiful flowers and lots of them." Here is Rita's database photo from her garden.


Richard has won several Honorable Mentions.
2005 Mary Lightfine
2008 Belle Of Ashwood, Coral Majority, Clarification, Mary's Baby, Substantial Evidence
2009 Ashwood Smokey Joe, Ashwood Dark Side, Flight Of The Raven, Kermit's Scream
2010 No Blue Oxfords, Evidence Of Aliens
2011 Memorial To Steve
2012 Pigment Of Imagination, Ashwood Wray Of Sunshine

Belief In Vein
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Richard's breeding program has taken a new focus lately. While his program used to be centered more on tetraploids, he says 85% of his work this year is with his diploid line, and is finding it very exciting. Since he has begun to see the possibilities coming from Substantial Evidence, he has redoubled his efforts working with it, especially with two of it's kids, Ida Mae Norris and Pigment of Imagination. Richard named Ida Mae Norris for his sister, and he only names special plants for close relatives. He told me that Ida Mae Norris is producing "gorgeous" flowered seedlings, while Substantial Evidence is being used because of its ability to produce flowers of great distinction, some being most unusual.

Pigment of Imagination won runner up for the AHS 2012 Presidents Cup at last year's National. When we spoke, Richard was clearly excited about Pigment of Imagination, and the seedlings he is seeing out of it. Starting out the day purple/red or red/purple, this daylily goes through various shades - or fades - of color as the day wears on. Gunmetal grey, clear jade, turquoise and then on the petals and not an eye - a "bluish" shade.

Pigment of Imagination
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Richard's long term goal is to produce a line of daylilies that would open similar to, and be the size of perennial hibiscus. Can you imagine? I think Richard can, and I think he is taking strides to that goal.

In this link to a photo on Richard's site, you can see evidence of another passion of Richard's - racing pigeons. Richard is quite involved with racing pigeons, and tells me that they take up nearly as much of his time as daylilies do. Richard retired recently, after many years of teaching Spanish, Economics and Sociology, so he will have more time to pursue both of his interests!
http://www.ashwooddaylilies.com/DSCN0422-wb.jpg

For more information - Ashwood Gardens - Richard and Jan Norris
http://www.ashwooddaylilies.com
Name: Doris&David Bishop
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Casshigh
Jul 22, 2013 8:20 AM CST
Your "Pigment of Imagination" pictures are no exaggeration. We were amazed at the different looks it had as the day went on. Doris has a few pictures at different times of the day. I crossed it with "Bonibrae The Freak," which changes it SHAPE during the day. What if...
David

I suspect we will be acquiring more of his intros in the future.
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Name: Theresa Maris
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tgarden711
Jul 22, 2013 8:33 AM CST
The others are lovely too but, Wow! Pigment of Imagination! How unique!
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lovemyhouse
Jul 22, 2013 8:54 AM CST
Another educator!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

I have:

Mary's Baby
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Mary Lightfine
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Sturm und Drang
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 22, 2013 2:58 PM CST
Clarification is an AWESOME daylily. Pictures never quite show how truely lovely it is. An fabulous doer in the garden. I have Ida Mae Norris also. As well as Belle Of Ashwood, No Blue Oxfords and Clarity Of Vision. Plus others. Love his intros. Sam Able is one of my most recent of his intros, truely a stunner.
Name: Maryl
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Maryl
Jul 22, 2013 5:15 PM CST
You can't talk about Richard's daylilies without mentioning Coral Majority. A late bloomer that has done very well in our hot/humid climate. During my rust attack last year (my first) it remained 99.9% rust free (just in case I missed something I'll leave the percentage at that). Another one I'm pretty crazy about is Mary's Baby. It's listed with a bloom size of 4 1/2 inches, but mine is larger then that for sure. I have a thing about a daylily being colorfast/sunfast. Obviously the color/substance will be richer and deeper in the AM, but I want a still recognizable color when the cool of the evening starts to move in (no bleached out blobs of melted petals for me). Surprisingly to me, although Richard Norris is a northern hybridizer, both Coral Majority and Mary's Baby are pretty darned good in both catagories considering my climate. I'm hoping btw, that someone tries another of his deep purples, his 2013 introduction Approaching Storm. If it's anything like Mary's Baby it should be another winner..... Here is a picture of Mary's Baby taken at 7 at night after having spent the day in the sun with a 95 degree temperature. We had already hit 102 for a couple of days before this and both it and Coral Majority did remarkably well considering......Maryl
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Casshigh
Jul 22, 2013 7:54 PM CST
Mary's Baby in our garden in 2010. It looks like velvet.

We have a few more of Norris' intros, but I cannot find them quickly now. I will look for the pictures that I took of Pigment Of Imagination one day, so you can see how the blooms changed throughout the day. It is really neat! It was THE hit of last year's National. I contacted Richard Norris to see if he still had it available. He did and sent us 4 fans last August.

Here are pictures taken of Pigment Of Imagination on June 27 of this year at the following times:
@ 8:07 a.m.
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@12:24 p.m.
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@3:30 p.m.
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Name: Mike
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Jul 22, 2013 10:57 PM CST
David, I am sure you are aware that BTF and POI are half sibs. Here is my only Norris I believe. Substantial EvidenceThumb of 2013-07-23/Hazelcrestmikeb/917d9c
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Polymerous
Jul 22, 2013 11:01 PM CST
Richard has registered a couple of polymerous daylilies. (Sadly, he is not into hybridizing for that trait, so I doubt that we will see any more polys from him.)

Hip to Be Square



(This one sometimes swiftly reblooms here, but it is not a consistent trait. My overgrown clump starts flowering late May as a rule; it is currently still going on the rebloom scapes. This cultivar is both pod and pollen fertile.)

Polly Wolly Doodle

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(This one starts flowering earlier than 'Hip to Be Square', and has larger flowers. The downside is that the clump also finishes blooming quicker. I would describe the flower as being yellow, rather than gold. Pods can be a bit difficult for the hybridizer to set (the pistil is often blunt or kinked), but the bees seem to manage the feat occasionally. Persistence is called for if you want to use it as a pod parent.)

Polly Wolly Doodle multiple blooms, with Hip to Be Square to the right

The current avatar image is that of a volunteer daylily seedling showing cristation.
Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jul 23, 2013 7:19 AM CST
Really like that last photo of Polly Wolly Doodle. Thumbs up
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Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Jul 24, 2013 5:49 PM CST
Mary's Baby is gorgeous! So many beauties here. I hope Richard succeeds in his quest for a daylily to mimick perennial hibiscus. That would be awesome!

I only have one Norris daylily, but this year it has really put on a show. Rita's picture of Clarification made me wonder if it and Flight of the Raven shared parentage and they do. They both came from pod parent Mask of Time.

Flight of the Raven
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Jul 26, 2013 5:59 PM CST
A few more of the photos from my friend Bob O'Neal.....

Rings of Saturn
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Red Hat Diva
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Red Carpet Moment
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Wizard In The Shadows
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Ashwood Blue Highway
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jul 26, 2013 7:32 PM CST
Beautiful, Juli. Smiling Thumbs up
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Jul 26, 2013 7:52 PM CST
I will tell Bob you said so!
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lovemyhouse
Jul 26, 2013 8:12 PM CST
Please do, any accolades are well deserved. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Jul 27, 2013 5:44 AM CST
Very nice! I especially like Red Hat Diva.
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Newyorkrita
Jul 28, 2013 12:17 PM CST


Shining Like The Sun
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jul 28, 2013 1:01 PM CST
Thumbs up
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Jul 28, 2013 5:47 PM CST
I will tell Bob you said so!
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daylilydreams
Jul 28, 2013 6:03 PM CST
Here is one of the Norris daylilies in my garden Ashwood's Still Night very deep dark color.
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