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Apr 16, 2015 7:29 PM CST
Name: Karen
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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I was wondering if anyone has done any crosses using Stamile's flower, The Band Played On??? It was named for my grandson, Erik, and I was just curious to find out.
Happiness is doing for those who cannot do for themselves.
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Apr 17, 2015 4:23 AM CST
Name: Jimi
Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a)
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I have not personally but there are 7 child plants listed in the daylily database. Now I'm curious as to the story behind the naming. Do tell!

Daylily (Hemerocallis 'The Band Played On')
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Apr 18, 2015 4:49 AM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
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The Band Played On is a beautiful daylily and it sure has some impressive kids. You've got my curiosity too about why it was named for your grandson! Please, do tell Smiling
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Apr 18, 2015 6:20 AM CST
Name: Karen
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Garden Art Region: Minnesota Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2
Erik was the only child of our youngest daughter, and he died in a senseless car crash at the age of 16. The driver of that car did not receive a scratch, but Erik was instantly crushed to death. Our only consolation was that he never suffered.
I know that when these things happen, people always say "he was a wonderful kid". Well, let me tell you with no reservations, that he really was. He loved music, building things, and being nice to everyone he came in contact with. He had been hired for the coming summer by the vocational school to help build homes because he was so good at it. He was an "adopted" grandson to every person on his paper route, and they all had a funny story to tell about him. He loved playing his trumpet in the Marching and Pep band, and never missed a practice. You can see where this is going!!!
When he died, the local and city newspapers all did stories about him and they were all titled The Band Played On. The high school band played all his favorite songs at the funeral, and his trumpet sat on his empty chair.
Erik had this thing about dragonflies, so of course our daughter received all sorts of them in his memory. I in turn, wanted to do something for him that would not end up tucked away in a drawer and forgotten. For a year, I kept trying to come up with something but nothing clicked until I saw his friends laying flowers at the crash site on the first anniversary. I loved daylilies and what if I could get one named after him that would be around forever.
The person that jumped to mind was Pat Stamile because his were my favorites, but how do you approach such a person. For a week, I tossed it over and over in my mind feeling sure that I was a foolish person to think he would do such a thing. I finally sent an email to him telling Erik's story, my hands shaking so badly I could hardly type, knowing that I would never get a reply. Three hours later, the reply came through. He and his wife had a son, killed in a car accident at sixteen. He would be honored to name a flower after my Erik. Mr. Stamile is known for the bands of color in his flowers, so there was no question that Eriks flower would be called The Band Played On as it will for many years to come.
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Apr 18, 2015 7:32 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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That story is the most profoundly moving that I have heard in some time.
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Apr 18, 2015 7:49 AM CST
Name: Betty
MN zone 4b
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Karen, my heart goes out to you and your family. Group hug Group hug Group hug What a wonderful way honor your grandson by making the request of a well know hybridizer, the entire story is very moving.
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Apr 18, 2015 10:41 AM CST
Name: Ashton & Terry
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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I just got The Band Played On this morning.
Great to know what's behind the name.
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Apr 18, 2015 10:48 AM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
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I don't mind telling you that I have tears in my eyes. What a wonderful tribute to your grandson and a beautiful gesture on Pat Stamile's part. The fact that you felt compelled to contact Pat was meant to be.
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
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Apr 18, 2015 1:02 PM CST
Name: Karen
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Garden Art Region: Minnesota Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2
Thanks for all the nice comments. It was nice to have the opportunity to talk about it since the anniversary is coming soon. It is a great group of people here on ATP!!!
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Apr 18, 2015 7:42 PM CST
Name: Lisa Klette
Dayton, KY (Zone 6a)
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Now that I know this story, I must get this Daylily! Thank you for sharing him with us.

Lisa
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Apr 19, 2015 10:15 AM CST
Name: Karen
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Garden Art Region: Minnesota Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2
I know you will enjoy the plant, Lisa.
Happiness is doing for those who cannot do for themselves.
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Apr 20, 2015 8:17 AM CST
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Karen, thanks for sharing Erik's story with us. That's a very pretty daylily. I have always admired it.
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Apr 21, 2015 5:35 PM CST
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Crying Group hug Thanks for sharing Erik's story and I appreciate Pat Stamile's empathy.
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Apr 28, 2015 7:07 PM CST
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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Karen, thanks for sharing. You were so blessed to have such a wonderful grandson! Words are never enough but I am sorry for your loss.
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Apr 28, 2015 7:21 PM CST
Name: Karen
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Garden Art Region: Minnesota Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2
Thanks for your kind words, Teresa.
Happiness is doing for those who cannot do for themselves.
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Apr 29, 2015 3:45 AM CST
Name: Hilary Picton
Dousland, Devon UK (Zone 9a)
What a moving story, I am so sorry you lost such an amazing grandson but thrilled that you have such a beautiful daylily named for him. It would be wonderful if everyone who has this plant could know the story behind it.
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Apr 29, 2015 4:39 AM CST
Name: Karen
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Garden Art Region: Minnesota Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2
Thanks, Hilary. Your avatar is really stunning. What is that??
Happiness is doing for those who cannot do for themselves.
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Apr 29, 2015 3:54 PM CST
Name: Hilary Picton
Dousland, Devon UK (Zone 9a)
Thanks Karen it's a seedling Green Tarantula x Frilly Bliss I bought the seeds on Lily Auction and these were the first blooms last year. I am waiting to see what the bud count is this year and if it reblooms. I have named it Joan Clements after my Mum
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