Daylilies forum: First registration a special memorial

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Name: Dennis
SW Michigan (Zone 5a)
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Dennis616
Sep 17, 2020 3:53 PM CST
I have officially applied for my first daylily registration. Its proposed name is JOHN'S RESILIENCE in honor of my father.

A couple years ago I showed my father photos of seedlings from my first year of hybridizing and asked him which was his favorite. He did not realize I was planning to name and register the one he selected in his honor. I felt the need to do that sooner than later because I wasn't sure how much longer he was going to live.

It is amazing my father has lived as long as he has. Burdened with severe rheumatoid arthritis, he has had over 40 surgeries and many falls and sicknesses requiring hospitalization. Often we thought the end had arrived-- only to witness his incredible resilience pull him through once more. Nonetheless there seemed to be signs that could not continue much longer.

Here are some photos and stats for the one he selected:

Parentage: Rocket City x Vitamin C

Tetraploid, dormant, 36" height, 6" bloom, 4 branches, 23 buds

Gently ruffled orange petals with a reddish-orange eye, gold starburst throat, and gold midribs that fade to white.

The plant is vigorous and forms large clumps.

Thumb of 2020-09-17/Dennis616/d63c98
One of the first photos of it

Thumb of 2020-09-17/Dennis616/6a3418
Another photo of it

Thumb of 2020-09-17/Dennis616/463f9a
An indication of how it looks when faded at end of day

Thumb of 2020-09-17/Dennis616/e332a2
Photo of a split of it growing at my father's condo

I presented him with a plaque containing a photo of the bloom and the following dedication:

This daylily is named for my father, John
It is a vigorous and hardy plant able to thrive even under difficult growing conditions. This parallels the strength and resilience of my father who, despite the pain and difficulties presented by severe rheumatoid arthritis, has continually maintained a thriving spirit and strong faith.
Some daylilies fade poorly, but the bloom of "John's Resilience" will look good even at the end of a long day of scorching sun. In fact it may even look better-- the edges of the petals and the midribs become white to form a beautifully contrasting outline around the glowing orange of the petals. This too parallels the resilience of my father who, despite ever-increasing physical limitations, manages to live a long, full life filled with a rich and active fellowship with family and friends.
I am proud to present the daylily "John's Resilience" in honor of my father.



Unfortunately this past weekend he had a rapid decline, and finally passed away at 3am last night. I was on the "night watch" alone with him, quietly singing hymns to him when it happened. What a poignant, bittersweet experience. I am happy this daylily will serve as a memorial.

P.S. Please do not be offended if I fail to respond to replies. This is a hectic and difficult time...








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Name: Heidi
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mom2cjemma
Sep 17, 2020 3:58 PM CST
I'm sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and good memories when his namesake blooms
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Paul2032
Sep 17, 2020 4:04 PM CST
No need for a reply. I was with my Wife the early morning she passed from ALS and with my Mother when she passed from several problems because of her age. Bittersweet memories. You are proud of your Dad as I am for of my loved ones. I feel strongly that you will be blessed for all you did in his care.
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Name: Nancy
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alilyfan
Sep 17, 2020 4:12 PM CST
What a truly lovely memorial to your father. I am so sorry for your loss, but I know he took great pride in you and your tribute.
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kousa
Sep 17, 2020 4:25 PM CST
Beautiful flower for a beautiful soul! I love the color that fades at the end of day. The white midribs are striking at this stage of bloom.
Name: Debra
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shive1
Sep 17, 2020 5:53 PM CST
Congratulations on your first registration! I hope you find comfort in John's Resilience in the years ahead. I'm sure your father was touched by your tribute to him. My sympathies in this time of loss.
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touchofsky
Sep 17, 2020 8:03 PM CST
'John's Resilience' is a beautiful and unique bloom and it is a lovely tribute to your father. Please accept my sincere sympathies.
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Name: Robin
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RobinSeeds
Sep 17, 2020 10:42 PM CST
Congratulations on your first Registration John. More importantly, my sincere sympathy and prayers for your great loss. Group hug
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 18, 2020 1:31 AM CST
Dennis616 said:I have officially applied for my first daylily registration. Its proposed name is JOHN'S RESILIENCE in honor of my father.

A couple years ago I showed my father photos of seedlings from my first year of hybridizing and asked him which was his favorite. He did not realize I was planning to name and register the one he selected in his honor. I felt the need to do that sooner than later because I wasn't sure how much longer he was going to live.

It is amazing my father has lived as long as he has. Burdened with severe rheumatoid arthritis, he has had over 40 surgeries and many falls and sicknesses requiring hospitalization. Often we thought the end had arrived-- only to witness his incredible resilience pull him through once more. Nonetheless there seemed to be signs that could not continue much longer.

Here are some photos and stats for the one he selected:

Parentage: Rocket City x Vitamin C

Tetraploid, dormant, 36" height, 6" bloom, 4 branches, 23 buds

Gently ruffled orange petals with a reddish-orange eye, gold starburst throat, and gold midribs that fade to white.

The plant is vigorous and forms large clumps.

Thumb of 2020-09-17/Dennis616/d63c98
One of the first photos of it

Thumb of 2020-09-17/Dennis616/6a3418
Another photo of it

Thumb of 2020-09-17/Dennis616/463f9a
An indication of how it looks when faded at end of day

Thumb of 2020-09-17/Dennis616/e332a2
Photo of a split of it growing at my father's condo

I presented him with a plaque containing a photo of the bloom and the following dedication:

This daylily is named for my father, John
It is a vigorous and hardy plant able to thrive even under difficult growing conditions. This parallels the strength and resilience of my father who, despite the pain and difficulties presented by severe rheumatoid arthritis, has continually maintained a thriving spirit and strong faith.
Some daylilies fade poorly, but the bloom of "John's Resilience" will look good even at the end of a long day of scorching sun. In fact it may even look better-- the edges of the petals and the midribs become white to form a beautifully contrasting outline around the glowing orange of the petals. This too parallels the resilience of my father who, despite ever-increasing physical limitations, manages to live a long, full life filled with a rich and active fellowship with family and friends.
I am proud to present the daylily "John's Resilience" in honor of my father.


Unfortunately this past weekend he had a rapid decline, and finally passed away at 3am last night. I was on the "night watch" alone with him, quietly singing hymns to him when it happened. What a poignant, bittersweet experience. I am happy this daylily will serve as a memorial.

P.S. Please do not be offended if I fail to respond to replies. This is a hectic and difficult time...


Dennis ~ That is a beautiful daylily, and a fitting tribute to your father.

Group hug Group hug Group hug My sincerest condolences.
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Name: Mike
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Sep 18, 2020 6:34 AM CST
Dennis my sincere condolences as well. Something tell me that you will see him again on that blessed day.
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daylilly99
Sep 19, 2020 8:24 PM CST
My condolences Dennis. Your daylily is a wonderful tribute. I named my first ones for my father and mother. Dad was already gone to be with the Lord but Mom got to pick daylilies for both of them a few years before she went to join him. Their grandchildren are happily growing the namesake daylilies.

I was urged by a friend to register something and name it for my parents so that got me started. I'm glad your father got to know about his daylily.
Name: Tim
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Lyshack
Sep 19, 2020 8:52 PM CST
What a prideful and touching tribute to your father, Dennis. Well done. My sympathies to you and your family.

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ScarletTricycle
Sep 20, 2020 5:41 AM CST
Lovely bloom and what an honor for your father. Thank you for being with him through his illness and final moments. That is an important and most appreciated by him to be with him as he goes. Remember he is now a star shining down on you.

Again, sorry for your loss. Group hug
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pinkruffles
Sep 20, 2020 6:42 AM CST
Dennis, so glad you had the opportunity to be with your dad in those last hours. Your recounting reminded me of a hymn that I so often sang to my elderly mom in the night hours, that brought her so much comfort and peace. My deepest sympathies for your loss. Beautiful flower to honor a great dad! Hurray!
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bluegrassmom
Sep 20, 2020 6:55 AM CST
Words seem to offer little comfort during times of our personal loss, but I am truly sorry.

I am sure in the future you will have many fond memories to bring you comfort. Your plant is such a nice tribute.
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flowerpower35
Sep 20, 2020 9:08 AM CST
Dennis, so sorry for your loss. My father passed away last year after a long illness and I know what a trying time it can be. That's a beautiful daylily you named and registered in his honor. I love the ones that change color and get even more beautiful as the bloom ages. Hang in there and stay strong Group hug
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blue23rose
Sep 21, 2020 4:55 AM CST
Dennis, my deepest sympathy. What a beautiful way to honor your father with your very first introduction and I am sure he was just as proud of you as you are of him. It is a lovely daylily Group hug
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kidfishing
Sep 22, 2020 9:01 AM CST
Dennis,
So sad for loved ones to be gone from our daily lives. That is great to have a living tribute to your father. Something to grow and share that will be there thru generations.
That is a lasting tribute where future generations can grow and remember your father and the story of his life can be cherished. The daylily in his name can live on.
May your precious memories be recalled and shared with each bloom season. God Bless you and your family.
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Name: Dennis
SW Michigan (Zone 5a)
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Dennis616
Sep 22, 2020 4:32 PM CST
Thank-you so much, everyone, for your thoughtful and kind replies. Much appreciated.
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Diggerofdirt
Sep 23, 2020 4:05 PM CST
Beautiful memorial.
We pray for you and your family.
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