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Jun 10, 2013 4:48 AM CST
|This week we travel to Jasper, Alabama and the hybridizing programs of Jessie and Terah George.
Jesse and Terah George attended the same high school in Alabama where they dated and later married. After moving to Auburn, Alabama both Jesse and Terah graduated from Auburn University and accepted teaching positions. Terah taught home economics while Jesse taught agri-business and English. Jesse also coached track, basketball, football and baseball and was the principle of an elementary school for several years. They became interested in daylilies while on vacation in 1990 returning home with a carload of daylilies instead of the roses they had intended to purchase.
T & M Garden was started and named after Terah and her mother when they decided to raise daylilies as a hobby. After Terah and her mother became interested in hybridizing Jesse joined in and the garden was renamed JTM Garden. Jesse’s main hybridizing interest was for pinks, unusual forms, spiders and doubles while Jesse chose to work with eyes and edges. They both concentrate on working for large flowers, good plant habits, rebloom and consistency of form. The first introductions were in 2000 when Jesse introduced ‘Mama Mae’ a gold edged pink named for Terah’s mother. Others introduced by Jesse in 2000 were ‘Camera Shy’ an eyed ivory bloom and ‘Coach’s Edge’, ‘Coach’s Fast Break’ and ‘Coach’s Pride’ the beginning of his “Coach’s” series named for his time spent as a sports coach. Terah’s first four introductions also in 2000 were ‘First Horizon’ a burnt sienna double form, ‘Pink and Proud’, ‘Key Lime Special’ and ‘Primetime Red’. With the 2001 introductions Terah started “Smith Lake” series name for her pink lines with ‘Smith Lake Charmer’ and ‘Raspberry Twizzler’ started the “Twizzler” series for the spiders and unusual forms.
With goals focusing not only on beautiful flowers, but also on the plant underneath it was not long before their introductions were noticed by garden judges. Both Jesse and Terah received 2005 Honorable Mentions, Jesse for ‘Coach’s Fast Break’ and Terah for ‘Key Lime Special’. Three other’s from Jesse’s “Coach’s” series have also received Honorable Mentions, ‘Coach’s Pride’ in 2006, ‘ Coach’s Class Act’ in 2007 and ‘Coach’s Winning Edge’ in 2008. Terah’s double forms have been equally recognized with Honorable Mentions for ‘Alabama Wildfire’ in 2008, ‘Double Blue Blood’ in 2009 and ‘Double Dog Dare You’ in 2010. From her unusual form lines both ‘Banana Smoothie’, a beautiful tall, 10” yellow and ‘Loose Reins’ a 9” pink have both received Honorable Mentions.
To find more of the George’s introductions you can do a search of the ATP Database or visit their website. http://www.jtmgardens.com/
Key Lime Special (George-T 2000)
Coach’s Class Act (George-J 2004)
Double Dog Dare You (George-T 2006)
Banana Smoothie (George-T 2006)
Coach's Bag of Bones (George-J 2007)
Jun 10, 2013 8:38 AM CST
|I'm so glad you are spotlighting the Georges! Terah's unusual forms are among the best performers in my garden.
RASPBERRY TWIZZLER has fabulous branching and bud count, and usually reblooms for me.
GRAPE TWIZZLER is usually my highest budded UF. It's much taller than registered here and has always rebloomed.
EYE ON A STRING is a good performer too and usually reblooms.
I only have one of Jesse's, but it's a real sweetheart.
Debra in nashville
Jun 10, 2013 5:28 PM CST
|Very interesting, Char! I don't think I have ever seen a George intro growing around my area. They are probably here - I just need to get out more!
Sounds like they are interested in about all aspects of daylilies. That makes it nice when you visit a garden. With all the variety, there is something there you will like!
Jun 10, 2013 5:49 PM CST
|This one was really interesting to do, (they all are). I've been watching their intro's from the website updates for several years and really like the variety of colors and forms. Terah does have some really nice UF's , Eye on a String sounds great! And Jesse...well Coach's Bag of Bones came this spring It's a Sherry Lane Carr kid so I'm hoping it will do well this far north. He has a new one Monica Lee Smith that I have been eyeballing I see enlarging the sculpted form beds...again...in my near future! Just redid the dragon section this spring and it's full...|
Jun 11, 2013 4:26 AM CST
|These are two people who have been great friends for many years, both have registered daylilies that do well every where. Terah's DOUBLE BLUE BLOOD has been on the Region 14 Popularity Poll for several years.
A SPECIAL RAINBOW Terah 2013
CHRISTMAS TIMES A COMING Terah 2013
DOUBLE SCREAMER Terah 2011 (Best double at our Regional this year)
JOE M LANGDON Jessie 2012
KATHLEEN MANNING Jessie 2010
KENNETH RASCO Jessie 2013
MONICA LEE SMITH Jessie 2013
RAINBOW IN MOTION Terah 2012
RED WIGGLER Terah 2011
COACH'S BRAIDED ANGEL Jessie 2009
DOUBLE DODAD Terah 2010
DOUBLE EYED DANDY Terah 2001
Will post more later.
Jun 11, 2013 7:47 AM CST
|Those are very nice!!! I imagine since you are good friends that you probably have more of his than anyone else on here does.
Jun 12, 2013 4:53 AM CST
|I have grown most of there things since 2001
FIRST HORIZON Terah 2001
JIMMY LOUISE MILLER Jessie 2012
Jun 13, 2013 11:22 AM CST
|Only a few of Jesse's and Terah's grow here but they do great. Glad to know that they are good performers in a similar climate!
Here is COACH'S CLASS ACTt:
Terah's DOUBLE BLUE BLOOD:
Terah's KEY LIME SPECIAL. The throat on this one glows!
That's it. Sure do like Terah's Unusual forms, thought!
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Jun 14, 2013 4:04 AM CST
SISTER MAGIC Jessie 2013
Jun 15, 2013 4:02 AM CST
|We grow a few of Jesse and Terah's stuff
DOUBLE BLUE BLOOD
COACH'S PAINTED ROCK
COACH'S SEEING EYE
COACH'S BAG OF BONES
COACH'S ALL STAR
COACH'S MAGIC MAN
EYE ON A STRING
Jun 15, 2013 7:03 AM CST
|All are so pretty! I really love Coach's Class Act and although doubles are not usually in my favorites, I like First Horizon a lot.
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Jun 15, 2013 2:56 PM CST
|Coach's Bag of Bones is on my long list. I now see Mango Sunday and it will join it. He has some nice colors.....Maryl|