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ATP Podcast #52: Talking Daylilies with Curt Hanson

By dave
April 11, 2014

We are joined today by the prodigiously award-winning daylily hybridizer Curt Hanson, and will discuss everything hybridizing.

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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Apr 15, 2014 8:39 AM CST
Great podcast, Dave and Trish, and Curt!

It was nice to hear from a seasoned daylily grower/hybridizer. Curt didn't hold back, telling it like it is, including the tediousness of record-keeping. (Well, it sure gets tedious to me!) You can tell he's enjoyed learning and "playing" over the years with his garden plants. Thanks for sharing, Curt.

Dave, I've known for years you like crape myrtles, too, but had no idea you were so hooked you now have over a hundred different varieties! I'm jealous. I guess now the Whitinger kids will one day be taking cuttings to root and offering them through their seed company, eh!? (hint, hint, children! Thumbs up

Glad I finally took time to listen, have been running a bit behind in all I do these days it seems. Looking forward to the next one!

Happy Gardening!
Shoe
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Apr 15, 2014 8:52 AM CST

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Hi Shoe, I'm glad you liked the podcast. I really enjoyed talking with Curt. It's always nice to have a guest that is easy to talk to and who really knows his stuff.

As for crepe myrtles, I might have mis-spoke. I do have over a hundred crepe myrtles planted, but they are not individual varieties. I might have 20 different cultivars here. Every year I add new ones!!

I love your new avatar. You're looking great!
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
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Horseshoe
Apr 15, 2014 8:12 PM CST
Well, 20 cultivars of crape myrtles is more than I have...maybe one day though!

As for my avatar, that was this past Thanksgiving, and I'm itching to get rid of the winter beard now, at least by half. After all, it's nearly tomato planting time and most folks around here won't set out their tomatoes til they see my winter beard trimmed back. Smiling

Shoe (off to watch the not-a-raffle winners video!)

Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Apr 16, 2014 6:31 AM CST

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Horseshoe said:most folks around here won't set out their tomatoes til they see my winter beard trimmed back.


I got a great laugh from that!
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
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Horseshoe
Apr 16, 2014 7:28 AM CST
Heheheh, yeh, it's one of the local phenology signs. For decades people knew when my beard was finally trimmed the air temperature was just right, the ground temperature has warmed up enough, and the coolness of the nights was just enough to encourage abundant fruit production.

Unfortunately one year I trimmed my winter beard in February for a school event my daughter was in. Dang if people didn't set out their tomatoes. And, of course they all froze. It's been over ten years now and some of those folks haven't spoken to me yet. Whistling

Won't be long now!

Shoe (scratching and combing beard hairs)
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Apr 16, 2014 7:39 AM CST

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Hilarious! Hilarious! I love it!
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Apr 16, 2014 1:52 PM CST
Love the photo Shoe Thumbs up
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
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Horseshoe
Apr 16, 2014 2:01 PM CST
Vic, I just noticed the photo doesn't show my balding head. My forehead is getting taller I suppose to balance out the abundance of chin hairs. Maybe I can resize the photo and get more of me in.

Hope you survived last nights freeze; hope you get to set out tomatoes soon.

Shoe
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I sent a postcard to Randy! Region: United States of America
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vic
Apr 16, 2014 3:33 PM CST
It hasn't been all that long since we've seen you and you're not bald - ok, maybe receding Green Grin!

I hope I can get my tomatoes in the ground too. Some have blossoms already Thumbs up
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Apr 17, 2014 11:56 PM CST
Just watched the podcast and found it very interesting. I really enjoyed the part about direct sowing. I knew daylilies could self sow if left alone, and I may have a few in my garden now because I certainly didn't plant something where one is coming up.

Curt sounds very down to earth and practical. I like his approach to hybridizing and am even more glad now that I have Primal Scream in my garden.
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown

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