Daylilies forum: Daylily Show Tips

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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Dec 20, 2014 9:59 PM CST
Hello, I was wondering how many have shown their beautiful blooms? If you have,
what is some of your best show/grooming tips? Thank you!
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Dec 21, 2014 4:33 AM CST
Yesterday being the shortest day of the year, I aways feel like I can plan for the coming year now. So glad to get over that hump. 2014 has flown by quickly. I am sure it will be June and bloom time just as fast.



Name: Fred Manning
Lillian Alabama

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spunky1
Dec 21, 2014 7:08 AM CST
I do not do any thing different for the show flowers than the rest of the garden, all get plenty of water and fertilizer all year. After being an Exhibition Judge for several years I do have several daylilies that are only used for show's, these are ones I have judged or seen in shows over the years. These daylilies will normally preform close to what the hybridizer says when he or she registers the daylily with AHS. It is important that the bloom, branch's and bud count be close to the registration information. The other important thing is the scape must be clean and green, on show day I only choose daylilies that need minimum grooming. Also a lot of the older daylilies are really good show flowers, all that new bling doesn't necessarily mean its a winner.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Dec 21, 2014 7:30 AM CST
Good morning, Fred
Is there book or something that tells you how to groom a plant? Maybe a class. I have never shown any of mine because of the 2+ hr drive to Nashville or Lville. I have seen some posting about how to transport them. I thought if we don't have a drought or other odd things, I might try a couple this year.

I can look back and see that a lot of older, well grown daylilies have won in the shows. Oldies can be goodies in my book!
Name: Doris&David Bishop
Cartersville, Ga. (Zone 7b)
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Casshigh
Dec 21, 2014 12:19 PM CST
Teresa, if you are coming to the National in Atlanta in June, we are having 14 educational workshops (45 minutes each) spread out over Friday and Saturday afternoons. One of the workshops will be a grooming clinic for daylily shows.

Check out this link to the AHS 2015 National to see all the workshop topics. http://www.ahs2015convention.org/clinics--workshops.html David and I are coordinating these.

Doris
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Dec 21, 2014 5:06 PM CST
Thank you, Doris. I am planning on the Region 10 but not Atlanta. I wish I could but staying with Mom, I don't get to far away Rolling my eyes.
Name: Doris&David Bishop
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Casshigh
Dec 21, 2014 6:26 PM CST
I UNDERSTAND, TERESA.
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Name: Fred Manning
Lillian Alabama

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spunky1
Dec 22, 2014 7:03 AM CST
There are Judges in the AHS who do programs for clubs on preparing a daylily for a show. Also if there is a Judge or someone in your club in your club that has entered a show can be a great help.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Dec 22, 2014 7:39 AM CST
I will ask our group if they have anything on grooming. The winner of the most prizes is a judge!!
Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
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floota
Dec 22, 2014 7:46 AM CST
AHS has several free videos available for download on this subject for our members ( members only section- look under Media Library) Also, the main website has a great section on shows that is quite inclusive.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Dec 22, 2014 7:49 AM CST
Good morning, Julie
I will look and see if I can find them. It is a large website and I usually just ck the database. Thanks and Merry Christmas!
Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
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floota
Dec 22, 2014 1:11 PM CST
It was too difficult to try and copy the links with my IPad! Here is the link to Daylily Exhibitions on the main website and it is crammed with lots of good information:
http://www.daylilies.org/EnteringAHSShows.html

Here is the link to the Members Only site where members may download videos on this subject:
http://www.daylilynetwork.org/?media

Hope this will help!
Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
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farawayfarmer
Dec 22, 2014 8:22 PM CST
bluegrassmom said:Hello, I was wondering how many have shown their beautiful blooms? If you have,
what is some of your best show/grooming tips? Thank you!


I wish I could help you but the last time I showed my blossoms in a daylily show was circa 1973.
John
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Dec 22, 2014 8:29 PM CST
Wow, John that was before I was even thinking about my own garden. I have only been collecting about 10 yrs. I am a late bloomer Rolling my eyes.

I bet your garden is super nice!
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Dec 23, 2014 6:52 AM CST
Like John, its been quite awhile ago that I have shown any flowers too. I know my friend that got me into daylilies told me to always groom the scape and cut anything brown off. I used a double edge razor blade to do that.
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Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
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farawayfarmer
Dec 23, 2014 9:00 AM CST
bluegrassmom said:Wow, John that was before I was even thinking about my own garden. I have only been collecting about 10 yrs. I am a late bloomer Rolling my eyes.

I bet your garden is super nice!


During the sixties and early seventies, I was totally into daylilies. I was an exhibition judge, and what was then referred to as an awards and honors judge. After my divorce, I moved to another city, and left my garden behind.

The sixties were a great time to be involved in the hobby, especially in central Florida. Ophelia Taylor (an early Stout Medal winner) lived just a few blocks from me, Bill Munson was starting to work with tetraploids, and a number of mostly now forgotten people were actively growing our favorite flower. And we were blissfully unaware that rust would one day be a problem.

Now, well into retirement, I'm starting over.

John
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Dec 23, 2014 1:03 PM CST
John so glad that you are starting over. Some of the best advice I ever received from my sister was DO MORE OF WHAT YOU LOVE! Daylilies, and gardening in general brings joy to me, so why not grow them Smiling

I have a few Munson and I love them, they are classics.
Name: Kabby
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Kabby
Dec 24, 2014 10:13 AM CST
@farawayfarmer John you knew Bill Munson and toured Wimberlyway? He did so much for hybridizing tets and I can't see a chalky eye without thinking of his influence. I have greatly reduced my collection but still grow many. @bluegrassmom likes them too!
Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
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farawayfarmer
Dec 24, 2014 10:19 PM CST
Kabby said:@farawayfarmer John you knew Bill Munson and toured Wimberlyway? He did so much for hybridizing tets and I can't see a chalky eye without thinking of his influence. I have greatly reduced my collection but still grow many. @bluegrassmom likes them too!


The old Munson residence was close to where the VA Hospital was built across the street from Shands Hospital. The VA took it when the hospital was built. Bill was an Architect for the State of Florida, and commuted between Tallahassee and Gainesville. I think he spent the week in Tallahassee, and came home most weekends. It was a long time ago, so I might not have that quite right. If I remember correctly, he designed the new house, which is roughly north of the Oaks Mall. The main house was occupied by his sister and her family, and I think Ida Munson (his mother) lived there, as well. Bill's bachelor quarters were in a separate building separated by a sort of breezeway from the main house.

I remember more than one Region 12 meeting at which he discussed his adventures with colchicine.
John
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Kabby
Dec 28, 2014 6:51 PM CST
@farawayfarmer, John thank you for the information. It sounds like his hybridization was done after retirement perhaps? No that can't be right he had registered daylilies from the 50s. I never knew what his "real job" was. I have an old Wimberlyway catalog, it's amazing some of his cvs were as expensive as the new intros of nowadays.

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