Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Looking Back - - - Looking Forward

 Looking Back --- Looking Forward!


It all started back in 2007 when I went on a city-wide tour of gardens in Green Bay, Wisconsin. So many beautiful private gardens!  However, I want to zero in on just one of them that has made a BIG difference in my gardening hobby.


#8.1 2007

#8.2 2007


This is one of the first daylilies I hybridized. That was in the summer of 2007.

I am fascinated by the complex of colors in this bloom.

You should see it in the early morning dew – it becomes iridescent!

Really the colors sparkle and shine.



I was slowly walking around one of the gardens and stopped to look at some daylilies.  There was an elderly woman standing there and I mentioned how beautiful the lilies were. I said to her, “that must be difficult to get such beautiful lilies” and she said “no it is rather easy”.  She then went on to tell me that this is her garden and she hybridized all the lilies that I see there. Then she said, “it is rather easy”.  I said, “really!”.  She then went onto explain how she did the hybridizing.  In that moment I caught the “bug” and decided I had to try hybridizing daylilies.


A 2010

#12 2007

#X6 2009

E 2010

#7.3 2007


I have shown here in this Blog Posting only a few of the many daylilies I have hybridized over the years.  Each plant is given a code number or letter and year hybridized so that I can keep tract of the ancestry going back these many years, as I have often (combined) hybridized some new plants with older plants hybridized years ago.


#10 2007

#X9 2009

C 2010

One of the many lily fields

From that short encounter over seventeen years ago, I went on to hybridize so many daylilies.  To date, I have now hybridized “created” over 550 different individual plants all with different blooms. As I combined different colors and bloom structures, I kept a list of all the parents and even grand-parents of each daylily that I created down through the generations. I now have this extensive log of my work over the years. It is interesting to me that even though I thought I knew what the end result of each combination of plants I hybridized would be, in many cases the final results in colors, combinations and characteristics were different than what I was expecting – must be some recessive genes coming to the foreground.

#X1 2009

#X1.3 2009

#17 2007

#11 2007


Once I have harvested the new seed, I plant it the following Spring and it then take a minimum of three to four years before the first new hybridized bloom appears.  It is a rather long time waiting to see if what I created meets my expectations.


 Here are a couple of the most recent hybridized plants created in 2017

blooming for the first time this year.


J1 2020

EF1 2020

EF2 2020

J3 2020

J3.2 2020

J4 2020

This little hobby has now become an obsession.  Even though I have given away well over one- hundred and fifty of these plants as I have tried to find more garden room, I have finally run out of garden space. Time to find a new hobby!!!




Sunday, August 13, 2023


Each month Gardens at Waters East (GAWE) will post a few never before seen photos of “garden life” called - - BLOG SHOTS.  Here are the photos for this posting.


moments in the garden - - enjoy

Another early morning at Gardens at Waters East 



Geranium - Splash Splash



Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily

Trumpet Vine


Archway with vines 



Reference Note:  For a complete list of the ten (10) Principles of Design plus the special “Golden Principle of Design” used throughout Gardens at Waters East, check out the archive postings for November 14 – 24, 2010 and May 2, 2011.



NOTE:   All photos use in this posting were taken on the property of Gardens at Waters East

unless otherwise marked.

NOTE:   Since this Blog is meant to be an accurate journal of the gardens;

no photos are “staged”, “arranged”, or ”photo-shopped” in anyway.

What is posted – is what it here.  It is what it is.


Wednesday, August 2, 2023

The Ridges


As promised in the last posting – I did run back up to Door County to hike the Ridges.

Here is that posting.


The Ridges Sanctuary is a 1,600-acre nature preserve and land trust in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin. It is listed as a National Natural Landmark, important Bird Area and Wisconsin State Natural Area. It was founded in 1937 and was the first land trustin the state. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Hiking along the sanctuary trails you are walking atop ridges that were built by Lake Michigan’s receding shoreline.  Running parallel to the ridges are water-filled wetlands called swales.



A very rare plant - Dwarf Lake Iris.

Very seldom seen anywhere except on the East Coast.

Indian Paint Brush

Plant called - Gay Wings

Have no idea of the name for this plant.

Boardwalks allow you to safely cross over swales and give you spectacular long views down the wetlands. Baileys Harbor faces almost directly south allowing winds cooled by the lake to create the ideal conditions for a boreal forest including 11 species of conifers. There are 29 species of orchids, many rare plants, 60 species of birds can be spotted, Hine’s Emerald dragonflies, and so much more.  Check it out on the WEB.


I find this plant to be most interesting.

One of many of the variety of orchids here.

Part of this sanctuary includes Baileys Harbor Range Lights, an Interesting navigational system.


The incoming ship would line up through the tower window

the light from the inland tower house to be able to be in the right channel. 

This is the walkway between the two towers.

An interesting way to spend a day.  So much to learn.