Daylilies forum: Trip to visit Bill Maryott's open garden

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Aug 22, 2011 11:44 AM CST

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It's been several years since I stopped in to see the daylilies at Maryott's so when we got the notice that he was going to have an open garden, my Mom and I jumped at the chance to go visit again. Betty also was able to come, (this was our second time meeting, hubby and I stopped by her place back in March when we were on a mini road trip)
Bill is out on the coast (4 miles from the water actually) where it is quite common to have overcast fog during the summer months. Most of the time it burns off eventually but he said that sometimes it's like that all day. We had overcast all day with a couple of light drizzles. He said this is not the place to come and see how the daylilies open, that's for the greenhouse and all the folks back east.
So what you'll see in these images are deeper colors from the cool weather and well as spotting from the dampness and of course, blooms not opening as full and lush as those folks with warm nights.

Bill grows his sale plants on their 5 acre property plus he leases 3 acres from the neighbor for his seedlings.
He gave Betty, my Mom and I a tour of the greenhouse, showing us his methods of hybridizing and then explained how he plants them out into the field and selects them fro further evaluation. He just loves what he does and is so enthusiastic in sharing his knowledge with others!

Betty, outstanding in the field!
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No display beds here, they are all in rows, he uses a machine that makes the mounds for growing strawberries. Not easy for a visitor to walk through (my first visit, it was muddy in spots, I had a major slipping mishap, my Mom still laughs about it, remembering how both my feet flew up in the air!)

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Aug 22, 2011 11:52 AM CST

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And now for some blooms, names on on the images, so you'll have to enlarge to see that.

(I started out just taking shots and many of them had spent blooms, which I hate seeing. Out of habit from touring gardens in FL, we never grooms a plant in someone else's garden in case they are hybridizing but then I realized these are the sale plants and he does his hybridizing in the greenhouse so I started cleaning them up for shots)






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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Aug 22, 2011 12:01 PM CST

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I could not get the correct color on this one, it was much darker due to the weather but an excellent opener! That's what I look for now since I get cooler nights at my new home, early morning openers. (EMO)


This went on my wish list!

and I really liked this one of Bill's!! (also now on my wish list!)

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Aug 22, 2011 12:06 PM CST

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Wow, Bill is making some real cool eyed ones!! This one varies it's looks depending on the weather. Check his website to see the other looks.



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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Aug 22, 2011 12:10 PM CST

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Here's Bill giving us the tour in the greenhouse.

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And we got an unexpected surprise when we arrived, Pat & Grace Stamile came! I had not seen them in a few years and now they live here in CA so it was so nice to see and chat with them again, they are soooo happy in their new home!
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Aug 22, 2011 12:21 PM CST

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And all visitors were gifted with one of Bill's new 2011 intros! What a generous man! And in my favorite colors too. Thumbs up

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Here are a few seedlings in the greenhouse that were blooming that day. Bill has a great line started for unusual eyes, many of them going back to Pat Stamile's New Paradigm daylily, among others.
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I believe this is a future (marked with a blue tag in the field,which he uses for keepers, red tags for non-keepers)
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And last but not least, a couple of shots of the touches around the house:
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the fence along the driveway had a whole collection of bird houses, here are a few:
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and some beautiful sunflowers by the seedling field
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Betty should be home tonight, please add your shots as soon as you can Betty! Hurray!
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philljm
Aug 22, 2011 2:20 PM CST
I would love the opportunity to tour Maryotts, lucky you! I received Pandora's Treasure a couple of months ago, and had some beautiful blooms. I also received Halloween Costume as a bonus, can't wait for next year so I can see it bloom. By the way, Maryotts has a great sale going on right now. ~Jan
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spunky1
Aug 22, 2011 2:47 PM CST
Very Interesting stuff from Bill, thanks for posting. His patterens are getting better all the time.
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Newyorkrita
Aug 22, 2011 3:00 PM CST
Oh my. Just wonderful. I looked and read everything and had to post to say thank you for the tour and great pictures. Now I am going back to read it all again and look more carefully at the pictures. Sounds as if you all had a great time Big Grin
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Hemlady
Aug 22, 2011 6:20 PM CST
Thanks for posting. Really enjoyed all the beauties!!!
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Aug 22, 2011 6:44 PM CST
Oh, WOW, Sue. Incredible photographs. Thank you very much for posting them. Hurray! Angel Hurray!
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daylily
Aug 22, 2011 8:21 PM CST
Looked like great conditions for taking photos! Really nice job! Thanks for posting!

Some really interesting flowers. Wonder what they would look like if they were grown here. We certainly don't have soil that looks like that! WOW!
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Aug 22, 2011 9:30 PM CST
I LOVED THE TOUR THANKS FOR SHARING.
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Aug 22, 2011 10:15 PM CST
Loved the tour, beautiful blooms and great photos. Thumbs up
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stetchworth
Aug 23, 2011 4:47 AM CST
Enjoyed seeing the photo's as I am getting my first order from them in September, thanks I tip my hat to you.
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ohladybug
Aug 23, 2011 9:31 AM CST
Oh, that's just wonderful, all those beautiful daylillies. I also love the eyes, so strikingly different. Thanks so much for sharing these really well taken photos. Now I have to go wipe my mouth off from drueling so much! Hilarious!
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lovemyhouse
Aug 23, 2011 9:43 AM CST
Yep, Sue has some SKILLS! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Betty
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Betja
Aug 23, 2011 11:05 AM CST
Guess it's my turn now. I am not the incredible photographer that Sue is, and I just ran around pointing and clicking without giving a thought to picking off the dead blooms or shaking some of the water drops off -- but hopefully you'll get a feel for these beautiful flowers anyway.

First off, my garden shot -- can you pick out Sue and her mom?
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Bill Maryott took us inside his greenhouse and talked about how he hybridizes and the incredible schedule he keeps to. I can't believe it, but he said he only refrigerates his seedlings for TWO WEEKS and then plants them to keep to his schedule!
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And a couple of his seedlings in the greenhouse. Look at the size of the first -- that's his hand holding the bloom! And I really love the applique eye patterns he's working on.
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Here's a seedling I'm very impressed with (and I think Sue has a picture of it too) - Seedling #G1763N. This seedling impressed me so much because it was getting the same amount of rainfall as all the others and yet it didn't waterspot like all the other darks did! And I really loved the deep plum burgundy color. I think he said he may introduce it soon.
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Aug 23, 2011 11:32 AM CST
Yep, I really love those eyes. Pretty burgandy as well. I wonder if it would keep it's true color in this part of the woods! Sticking tongue out
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Betja
Aug 23, 2011 11:37 AM CST
As Sue said, it was a little tricky maneuvering around in the rows. About every four rows was a nice wide elevated row that was easy to walk on -- but for the ones in between we had to go into the trenches and it was just a tad bit muddy with the rows close together -- not too bad, though. But that kept me from getting close to so many that I would have liked to get pictures of.

BESIDE STILL WATERS (another darker one that didn't seem to waterspot much) and FIJI


EXOTIC DESIGN and GOLD KISSED - I couldn't get a good angle on this one, but I could see it from clear across the garden -- love the color!
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MELISSA BEGNAUD (what a beauty) and OFF BEAT - I'm purchasing OFF BEAT after seeing it in his garden.


PANDORA'S TREASURE (another one I just ordered) and ELOQUENTLY EDGED


PURPLE MAZE - I should have ordered this one earlier and now he's sold out -- but there's always next year. Love it!
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PUMPKIN BANDIT and PACO BELL - Sue and I both loved these!
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More later...

Betty
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