Daylilies forum: ATP Series: The Daylilies of Van Sellers and Victor Santa Lucia

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Name: Char
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Char
Aug 5, 2013 4:42 AM CST

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A pair of oriental lilies with their intoxicating scent are keeping me company as I sit here getting back into life without peak bloom and on the road again with our series. A big Thank you to Juli for preparing the last two weeks of intros!

From the Reinke’s garden in Tennessee we travel to Iron Gate Garden in Kings Mountain, North Carolina for the hybridizing programs of Van Sellers and Victor Santa Lucia.

Originally home to the hundreds of iris and daylilies of his mother, Iron Gate Gardens is now home to the vibrant daylilies of Van Sellers and his partner Victor Santa Lucia. Van began selling daylilies in 1965 with his first daylily registrations of ‘Iron Gate Gala’, ‘Iron Gate Galaxy’ and ‘Iron Gate Premier’ following in 1968. ‘Iron Gate Glacier’ was Van’s first registration to be recognized by garden judges with a Junior Citation (JC) in 1971, an Honorable Mention (HM) in 1975 and the Award of Merit (AM) in 1978.

While attending the 1980 AHS National Van met Vic Santa Lucia who was also attending the meeting with his sister Grace Stamile and her husband Patrick. Vic began traveling from his home in New York to help at Iron Gate each year and after retiring moved to North Carolina in 1991. Both Van and Vic have separate lines and likes in hybridizing, but share a common goal for color which can be seen in both the boldness and clarity of color for which their cultivars are known. Distinction, form, EMO (early morning opening) and colorfastness with the ability to look as good in the evening as they do in the morning, especially important in darker purples and reds, are important to both hybridizers.

All American Chief (Sellers, 1994)



From Van’s white lines ‘Iron Gate Glacier’, ‘Iron Gate Iceberg’ and ‘White Temptation’ have been awarded HM’s and AM’s. A double form, ‘Exotic Echo’ received an HM in 1989, an AM in 1994 and the Annie T. Giles Award for best small flower in 1993. His red lines have produced some very popular cultivars with both growers and garden judges. ‘Big Apple’, a 5 inch saturated cerise red, has a 1989 HM and a 1992 AM. Registered as a small flower at 3 ¾ inches (a small flower is at least 3 inches but not more than 4 ½ inches)and red with a darker red eyezone ’Mister Lucky’ was awarded an HM in 1999, a AM in 2003 and the Don C. Stevens Award for best bold eyed cultivar in 2006. In 2008 Van’s ‘All American Chief’, a huge 9” red, received the society’s highest honor for a cultivar the Stout Silver Medal.

Iron Gate Glacier (Sellers, 1971)



Big Apple (Sellers, 1986)



Mister Lucky (Sellers, 1995)



Along with the many cultivar awards Van has been personally recognized with several service awards and for excellence in hybridizing with the 1987 Bertrand Farr Silver Medal. In 2012 he received the Steve Moldovan Mentoring Award, a yearly award given by AHS and established in the memory of Steve Moldovan to honor those who mentor others in the world of daylilies.

Carnival in Mexico (Santa Lucia, 2000)



Vic’s hybridizing lines have also been successful with growers and garden judges. His first registration ‘Seal of Approval’ in 1990 is cream edged lavender, a color commonly referred to as edge no eye, which received an HM in 1996. HM’s awarded in 2002 included Vic’s ‘Rocket Booster’ and ‘Satan’s Fire’. The bold red eyezones from Vic’s line are extremely popular with the 2007 HM recipient ‘Bandito Rojo’ and ‘Carnival in Caracas’ awarded an HM in 2011.The veined rose with red eye ‘Carnival in Mexico’ is Vic’s most awarded cultivar with an HM in 2005, an AM and Extra Large Diameter Award (for flowers measuring 7 inches and over) in 2010, the 2011 Don C. Stevens Award for best boldly eyed cultivar and in 2012 the highest cultivar honor the Stout Silver Medal.

Seal of Approval (Santa Lucia, 1990)



Rocket Booster (Santa Lucia, 1997)



Satan’s Fire (Santa Lucia, 1998)



To see the newest introductions from Iron Gate Garden visit them at http://www.irongategardens.com/intros_featured.html
Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Aug 5, 2013 5:17 AM CST
Mister Lucky will always have a place in my garden. I love it!


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lovemyhouse
Aug 5, 2013 6:29 AM CST
Of Santa Lucia, I have/had:

Brace Yourself. Last year's bloom. Didn't bloom this year, probably from the drought.
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Cherokee Star. Love love love love this one!
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Exotic Rings. This one was a bonus and a pleasant surprise. Love the sparklies. :-)
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Look See. I like it and it is similar to others in the yard. Might rehome it later.
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Summer Star. Also a bonus that I really liked, but I think the drought did it in, as it didn't come up this year.
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Young Planet. One of my favorites.
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Sellers

Bill Fall. Beautiful red color.
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Garden Chapeau. Needs a different location with more sun for full form, but still very nice. :-)
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Safe Haven. Another bonus plant that might be rehomed. (I prefer more saturated, jewel-like colors.)
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Name: Mike
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Aug 5, 2013 11:43 AM CST
I only have two Sellers and one Santa Lucia.

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White Temptation--- Sellers



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Rocket Booster--- Santa Lucia



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Reforma Boulevard---Sellers

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mattsmom
Aug 5, 2013 11:35 PM CST
Frieda Allen Jerrell
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Ojo Rio
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Carnival In Mexico
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Name: Char
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Char
Aug 6, 2013 2:08 PM CST

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There are three cultivars from Iron Gate here,

Ballerina On Ice (Santa Lucia 1997) - It is EMO here.



Claudine's Charm (Sellers 2000) - Claudine's Charm is EMO.



Two Views (Sellers 2011) - here since introduction, first year bloomed on southern time, didn't bloom last year, blooming now to early to judge for EMO or CMO.




I've always wanted Frieda Allen Jerrell....the clump shot of Mister Lucky is beautiful!
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dormantsrule
Aug 6, 2013 3:47 PM CST
Here's a ffoe on Gold Card, Santa Lucia, 2000 before cutting short scape.

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Name: Liz Quinn
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Emquinn
Aug 7, 2013 5:08 PM CST
Feel so fortunate that Vic and Van's Iron Gate Garden is just up the road, they are in Region 15 and are members of my club. Just listening to them talk is a such an education. This year at our club show John Smethurst gave an insight on Vic and Van. He interviewed both of them for the presentation. It was informative, insightful and humorous. To say the least my garden grows All American Chief and Carnival in Mexico was added in the spring and a few others are grown as well. All are great performers and the color, Oh Wow!
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Name: Debra
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shive1
Aug 10, 2013 5:34 PM CST
All American Chief


Cherokee Star


Both of these are great reds that hold their color on the hottest days.

Debra

Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Aug 12, 2013 3:32 PM CST
Wow Debra, I am really impressed with the deep shade of red on Cherokee Star. Just gorgeous Drooling
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floota
Aug 13, 2013 5:04 AM CST
Debra,have to ask :are you certain the pic above is Cherokee Star and not Claudine's Charm? It looks like CC to me!
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Name: Julie
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floota
Aug 13, 2013 7:16 AM CST
Here are a few of Vic and Van's daylilies.
Frieda Allen Jerrell and Claudine's Charm. Anyone who has ever seen CC blooming here has tried to talk me into digging them a piece right then!
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Van's All American Chief and Concert Tour. AAC does the poly thing a few times each season.
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Vic's CARNIVAL IN CARACAS and CARNIVAL IN MEXICO.
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daylily
Aug 13, 2013 8:12 AM CST
Julie - Confused Both Debra's (Shive1 and Lovesmyhouse) photos look similar to my Cherokee Star. The photos that you, and Char posted of Claudine's Charm show a watermark as well as not being red?

This is Cherokee Star, in my garden, which I bought while visiting Iron Gate garden years ago. I think it was 1997. I grow very few reds, because I've been so disappointed with the color of most reds. I still grow Cherokee Star, and also their Coming On Strong - but I can't seem to find one of my photos of COS.

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Name: Julie
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floota
Aug 13, 2013 8:16 AM CST
Oops, I must have been looking at the wrong image somehow - was doing that on my IPad. Sorry, Debra, yes, yours and Juli's both look like Cherokee Star.
My CC was gotten from Van I believe, so know it is correct.

Thanks,

Julie
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daylily
Aug 13, 2013 8:50 AM CST
Thumbs up Smiling

My photo of Cherokee Star is actually a bit to red - garish. It was taken with my older Nikon Coolpix and it always wants to do that to certain colors. Cherokee Star is planted where a tree is shading it now, and so it's not blooming very well, and is begging to be moved back to see the sun again! So I don't have any better photos with my newer cameras.
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Anne
Aug 14, 2013 9:57 PM CST
Julie, apparently ipads can jumble up the order of photos shown in ATP threads. Here's a thread about it: The thread "My photos are showing up in othe people's post" in Site Talk forum
Name: Char
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Char
Apr 10, 2014 6:06 PM CST

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So many beautiful intense reds!
The orange with red eye cultivar in this 2013 AHS Awards update is 'Carnival in Caracas' (Santa Lucia 2007) the 1st runner up for the 2013 Don C. Stevens Award for best boldly eyed or banded cultivar.
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Gleni
Apr 11, 2014 8:50 AM CST
Thanks for all the updates on awards by the way, Char. You are wonderful.
'Carnival in Caracas' is on my wish list too.
Name: Char
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Char
Apr 11, 2014 5:49 PM CST

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Thank you Glen, glad you are enjoying them!
Carnival in Caracas has great color and on a 7" bloom, really pretty in a clump.
Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Apr 12, 2014 5:55 AM CST
Impressive! Love that eye and the star-shape quality.
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