Daylilies forum: Frank Smith Daylilies - Fall 2011 Intros

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Name: Betty
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Betja
Aug 8, 2011 10:31 PM CST
I just got in their website to check something, and I discovered they have their Fall 2011 introductions posted, and also a note that they are now under the ownership/management of Pete Harry. Here is their link:

http://www.franksmithdaylilies.com/index.htm
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Name: Suzanne
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Calif_Sue
Aug 8, 2011 11:13 PM CST

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I got the email a couple of days ago, guess he decided to hand over the reigns to someone else.
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Name: Betty
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Betja
Aug 9, 2011 1:18 AM CST
Do you think Pete Harry is related to Nicole Harry?
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Aug 9, 2011 6:46 AM CST
I have as yet to try a Frank Smith daylily here. I am not sure if they would be hardy in my climate.
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daylily
Aug 9, 2011 7:55 AM CST
Pete is Nichole's father.

I am surprised that Frank let them keep his name on the operation. Or, that they wanted to.
Name: Suzanne
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Calif_Sue
Aug 9, 2011 1:32 PM CST

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Maybe that will eventually be changed.
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Name: stephanie king
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rebloomnut
Aug 9, 2011 8:02 PM CST
I have a few of Smith's and they are doing fine.
Frank's Star Of Bethlehem
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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Aug 9, 2011 10:30 PM CST
Stephanie, those are such beauties! I really love both of them.

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Name: stephanie king
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rebloomnut
Aug 9, 2011 11:22 PM CST
Thanks Betty. Frank Smith really has created a lot of Hardy Hems that are beauties. Do you have many of his in your area?

Cindy you really need to check out hisDL as he does have some great ones and so many would do well for you.
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spunky1
Aug 10, 2011 5:01 AM CST
Mr Harry is Nicole's father and both have worked with Frank for several years. Frank and Pete have been in the orchid business for many years and are good friends.
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Aug 10, 2011 5:43 AM CST
I guess that explains keeping the name, if they are all friends. If I was taking on a business that had someone's given name in it, I think I would want to change the name. But, that is up to them!
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Aug 10, 2011 6:43 AM CST
Thanks Stephanie. I guess I will have to check his daylilies out. I have always admired Front Porch Swing and I'm sure now you can get that one at a reasonable price.
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Hemlady
Aug 10, 2011 6:53 AM CST
Well I went to Frank's website and I just realized by looking over the list of plants that I already grow 4 of his and they are doing pretty well here. I grow American Freedom, Caesars Head(just got that one this spring), President Ronald Reagan and Seagulls Heaven.
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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Aug 10, 2011 9:56 AM CST
I just scrolled through his list of previous introductions and discovered I have at least seven of his! Didn't even know it, although I did just get HAPPY HAPPY, which is why I got into his website to get the details on that variety.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Aug 10, 2011 10:22 AM CST
I only grow two Smith Intros, LAVA FLOW and MIDNIGHT SENSATION. Got these back when I was still buying southern intros. They really are pretty daylilies but while MIDNIGHT SENSATION does well, LAVA FLOW has about 6 buds per scape and that is the way it has been for years. I really should get rid of it but the flower is so pretty that I never do.
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
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coconut
Aug 10, 2011 10:35 AM CST
WAH!! They're expensive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wanted to see if they have evergreen daylillies, but I'll have to catch my breath before I look around some.

I mostly am "in" Adeniums right now, does he sell seeds?
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Aug 10, 2011 11:13 AM CST
Melissa, if you check out other nurseries on the web I'm pretty sure you can get most of his previous introductions for less -- usually quite a bit less. I've even discovered that if you check out the general listings of some of the other big hybridizers, like Water Mill Gardens (Trimmers) and Floyd Cove Nursery (Stamile/Pierce) you can sometimes get multiple fans of other hybridizers' daylilies at a huge savings from the actual hybridizer's price (like half price or even less sometimes). You just have to shop it out to get the best price. But of course if you want one that was just introduced or introduced the year before, I think you'd have the best luck at the Lily Auction -- although that would probably be a single fan. I know Spunky1 (Fred) has offered some fabulous daylilies by other hybridizers on the Lily Auction, but you have to be prepared to bid competitively if it's a hot one! Oh yes, and the Lily Auction sells seeds too. You're probably already familiar with the Lily Auction, but if not you should check it out. I've just gone crazy over the last couple of weeks with purchasing Westbournes and some of the toothy daylilies, as well as some newer ones plus one of Fred's seedlings!

Oh-oh, I just noticed you're not in the continental US, so shipping might be tricky. So check out the seeds!
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 10, 2011 11:22 AM CST
The best place to get seeds is the Lily Auction. Also do you have rust in the VI? If not you don't want to introduce it and there are probably even have plant restrictions. Once you have rust in that tropical climate you have it forever as no winter to kill it.

The Florida hybridizers all spray for rust but that only stops the outbreak of the signs of rust, It does not cure the desease.
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Aug 10, 2011 11:25 AM CST
Wow, good advice Rita! I haven't noticed much rust here and our hot, dry summer weather seems to kill it anyway. But in a tropical climate...

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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Aug 10, 2011 11:26 AM CST
Question: Can you get rust from seeds? I would think not, but maybe just an inclination toward being susceptible to it.

Betty

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