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Oct 13, 2013 2:26 PM CST
Name: Juli
Ohio (Zone 6a)
Region: United States of America Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Daylilies Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Dog Lover Cat Lover Garden Ideas: Master Level
I am putting out this edition of the Series a little early because.....
Melanie has generously donated a box containing some of her previous introductions as one of the prizes for the Not-a-Raffle-Raffle. You will need to get your tickets SOON as the deadline is Monday Oct. 12, 2013 at 6 p.m. Central time. Here is a link http://garden.org/ideas/view/d...
Thanks so much Melanie!

also....
Melanie was interviewed for the ATP Podcast #39, which should be out on Thursday Oct 17, 2013. Watch the ATP Home page for the announcement.

Edited later to added... Here is the link to the podcast with Melanie...
http://garden.org/ideas/view/d...
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ATP Series: The Daylilies of Melanie Mason
North Country Daylilies, Saratoga Springs, New York
zone 4, AHS Region 4

I looked up the location of North Country Daylilies, as I am not familiar with the state of terrain of this area of New York. Located just east of the Hudson River, and just west of the Green Mountains of Vermont, it looks like a lovely area to live. Surrounded by many lakes, National Parks, forests, and Historical Sites.

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Coming out of college thinking she would make a career in fine arts, Melanie found herself teaching for a few years. After a couple years in Alaska with her husband, she returned to school for a degree in ornamental horticulture. Settling into running a landscape business on Long Island for many years, she realized that daylilies were tough plants that performed well. It wasn't long before she stopped in at Floyd Cove and met the Stamiles. Soon, she was buying from them, and joined the AHS. She began ordering plants in the mail, and dabbling in hybridizing.

A little later in their life, Melanie and Bob moved to Saratoga Springs, closer to their farm. She began amending the soil, moving plants. The farm started with 75 acres, but grew to 450. They raise Angus cattle, and many of you on the AHS Robin will have read her reports about mamas and calves.

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Even though the farm was less than an hours drive, they eventually moved to the farm. Now, Melanie could get up in the morning and go right out to hybridize and walk the seedlings. Like many hybridizers, she started out crossing everything, but has since narrowed her focus working exclusively with daylilies that have the qualities she looks for in her seedlings and ultimately in her introductions. Outstanding vigor, bud count, branching and flowers that open well. This has limited the number of parents that Melanie has available to breed with, but from careful selection, she has developed a line of beautiful daylilies with a great plant under them.

When I hear Melanie's plants being discussed, or read about them - their performance is always part of the discussion. I have recommended her introductions to people living in difficult and northern conditions. I haven't grown any of Melanie's intros, but have a couple friends that do, and I've always admired the flowers and the plants when I see them.

Melanie has registered over 100 daylilies and many have won awards. In 2012, she won an Award of Merit for 'Mabou,' which won the Honorable Mention in 2008. On her website, Melanie says 'Mabou' may be the best daylily she has introduced to date. Consistent, with blue-green foliage, 4-way branching, 25-30 buds, and "sinfully pod and pollen fertile."


She has been the winner of 11 Honorable Mentions since her first in 2004, when she won with 'Bordello Queen.'


In addition to 'Bordello Queen' and 'Mabou,' recent HM winners from 2011 are 'Dangling Participle,' 'Longlesson Orchid Thief.'



She has stated that 'Mrs. London's Apricot Tart' is one of her favorites, and that she is fond of watermarks, especially on pastels.


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'Gypsy Rose' and 'Nantucket Navigator' are two with edges that open well in northern gardens.


In the Daylilies in the Great Northeast newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 2, Fall 2012, there is a very informative article by Melanie Mason. Plant Hardiness: Which Way's North? One of the things she explains is Growing Degree Days, Heating Degree Days, and Cooling Degree Days, and how we can use that information when selecting daylilies. There is a chart that lists the numbers of each for various daylily hybridizer's gardens around the U.S.

I visited the robin archives and read how Melanie shared a room with Ellen Hizer at a daylily event. Ellen showed her photos of a litter of her Labrador puppies…. and this was the beginning of one of Melanie's hobbies. She wrote of doing agility with her Labs, and although I didn't ask if she was still doing agility, when I spoke to her on the phone, one of their dogs had a little of pups recently.

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I spoke with Melanie last week, and she gave me permission to post images from her website, and use information there. Thank you Melanie! Although I have met Melanie before, I just have to say what a warm and friendly person she is to talk to.

For more information....
website : http://www.northcountrydaylili...
email : [email protected]

Big Hearted Jim (2013)
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Oct 13, 2013 4:34 PM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
What beauties! Sounds like Melanie has the right equation when it comes to hybridizing great daylilies.
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
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Oct 13, 2013 4:47 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
I have a lot of Melanies intros growing in my garden. I would recommend them to everyone. Fabulous garden plants, just fabulous.

This is a wonderful article on North Country Daylilies! Thumbs up
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Oct 13, 2013 6:31 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Laughter is the Best Medicine!
Region: United States of America Rabbit Keeper Hummingbirder Salvias Charter ATP Member Birds
Echinacea Butterflies Tender Perennials Bee Lover Container Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
"What beauties! Sounds like Melanie has the right equation when it comes to hybridizing great daylilies."

"This is a wonderful article on North Country Daylilies!"

Hurray! I agree Thumbs up
Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


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Oct 14, 2013 5:11 PM CST
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Name: Char
Vermont (Zone 4b)
Daylilies Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Region: Vermont
Dog Lover Hybridizer Enjoys or suffers cold winters Keeper of Poultry Organic Gardener Pollen collector
Great article Juli! Melanie is well known for her introductions and their ability to perform in the garden. The plants are vigorous, scapes strong and well branched carrying many buds. Over the years quite a few have found their way into the beds here and have proved very popular with visitors.

Longlesson Showoff


and Glimmerglass


are two favorites. Longlesson Showoff blooms forever and Glimmerglass is a shimmering lavender-lilac. Sorry, I had to borrow database images, I can't seem to find mine tonight.

My all time favorite of Melanie's is Astral Voyager. One of the best plants in the garden with a gorgeous lavender -purple flower, super parent passing on the great plant habit and pretty clear colors.
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Pineapple Daiquiri a late blooming soft lemon yellow.
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and Rogue which sometimes shows teeth or claws
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Oct 14, 2013 5:13 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
Lots of Mason intros here in my garden also.
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Oct 15, 2013 3:01 AM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oh Wow! That color on Glimmerglass just stole my heart!
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
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Oct 16, 2013 7:53 AM CST
Name: Bi and farmwind Dehuan
Nanning Guangxi province ,CHIN
Region: Georgia Native Plants and Wildflowers
That is awesome! Hurray!
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Oct 16, 2013 10:31 AM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
Who won the box from Melanie in the raffle?
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Oct 16, 2013 2:02 PM CST
Name: Juli
Ohio (Zone 6a)
Region: United States of America Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Daylilies Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Dog Lover Cat Lover Garden Ideas: Master Level
I don't think it has been announced yet who chose what. Shrug!
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Oct 16, 2013 2:08 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
Someone would be very smart to snap that up. Melanie's daylilies are top of the line garden plants with lovely flowers.
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Oct 16, 2013 2:10 PM CST
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Hybridizer Irises Butterflies Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Birds Region: Michigan Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Heucheras Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
I was offered that prize but I just don't have room for a whole box of daylilies. If it was one intro maybe I would have taken it.
Lighthouse Gardens
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Oct 16, 2013 2:13 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
That is too bad about not having the room. I can't praise Melanie's daylilies enough. A FABULOUS prize!
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Oct 16, 2013 4:49 PM CST
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
SONGBIRD GARDENS
Birds Hummingbirder Hybridizer Irises Lilies Peonies
Sempervivums Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: United States of America Vegetable Grower Hostas Heucheras
Cindy, I would have helped you out!
Bee Kind, make the world a better place.
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Oct 16, 2013 5:21 PM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
I don't know who else got what, but I got Tink's lovely apron!
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
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Oct 16, 2013 5:49 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Waco, TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Cat Lover Dog Lover Keeps Horses Raises cows
Vegetable Grower Irises Daylilies Roses Hummingbirder I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
I was the very lucky one who chose Melanie's daylilies for my prize. I thought for sure it would be the first prize taken, so I was delighted to see it still on the list when my turn came. Lovey dubby
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Oct 16, 2013 5:55 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray Patricia. First off, Melanie is very generous when sending fans, she always sends a nice bunch. And her daylilies just thrive. Put that together with such stunning colors and pretty flowers and you just can't go wrong. You got a great prize! Big Grin nodding Thumbs up
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Oct 16, 2013 8:45 PM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
Way to go Patricia!
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
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Oct 17, 2013 12:09 PM CST
Name: Jill
Weatherby, Missouri (Zone 5a)
Birds Charter ATP Member Daylilies Farmer Irises Region: Missouri
Pollen collector Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Plant and/or Seed Trader
Good choice, Pat. That's the prize I was most interested in. Please post photos when the bloom. Smiling
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Oct 18, 2013 5:34 PM CST
Name: Celeste
Northernmost and largest state (Zone 5a)
The Vacation Land!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Vegetable Grower Garden Ideas: Level 1
Photo Contest Winner: 2016 Region: Northeast US Lilies Dog Lover Daylilies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Have to chime in here and say I too am a M. Mason fan! Hurray!
"A GARDEN IS A LITTLE PATCH OF HEAVEN ON EARTH"

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