NEW AHS PUBLICATIONS
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Posted by: Claude Carpenter
Three New AHS Publications available on the Portal
The Open Form Daylily: Spiders, Unusual Forms, and Other “Exotics"
Author: Oliver Billingslea
This is first and foremost a botanical book, treating two recognized classes of daylilies in a format typical of books published by the American Botanical Society, and in the final chapter offers a brief look at those open form daylilies which hybridizers sometimes call “flamboyants” or “exotics,” although these types at present are not recognized as constituting a class of daylilies in themselves.
The book features the work of numerous hybridizers along with stunning photography submitted by members of the American Hemerocallis Society. Every effort has been made to choose an accurate representation of cultivars in respect to color and form. It is a book designed for the pleasure of the ordinary reader, as well as the aficionado who seeks more information on the detailed history of these increasingly popular forms. The book is dedicated to both the hybridizers and the photographers who made our publication possible. Special recognition is given to those hybridizers who shared biographical information.
From the date of its publication in 2006, “Caught in the Web” Spiders & UFs was well received. Under the editorship of Allen McLain, this 128-page handbook was the primary book source dedicated to the emergence of spiders and unusual forms. Now, a bit more than a decade later, this expanded, totally rewritten version, continues to capture the historical significance of the open-formed daylily in all its glory. For the most part, the book is organized chronologically, although Chapter Fourteen on “Unusual Forms in the Twenty-First Century” and Chapter Fifteen on “Dual Registrations” are organized alphabetically by hybridizer and then by cultivars as a convenience to the reader seeking information on contemporary hybridizers and their work. We have made every effort to recognize a large number of hybridizers, although there are clearly others at work developing both spiders and unusual forms. Data for each cultivar is taken from the AHS website, and, whenever available, parentage is cited, so that the reader may see the historical importance of daylilies which have figured largely in the efforts of hybridizing.
Presented in a new, full-color 8½" x 11" format to enhance the quality of the photography, the text and layout of The Open Form Daylily: Spiders, Unusual Forms, and Other “Exotics” are by its author Oliver Billingslea, AHS Chair of Special Projects. Photographs were selected in respect to the importance of specific cultivars and the quality of available photographs. Over 6,000 photographs were submitted for consideration. Two abbreviations are used throughout the text designating awards given by the American Hemerocallis Society: AM for Award of Merit and HM for Honorable Mention. An Index lists alphabetically the names of all hybridizers included, the names of cultivars featured in photographs, and the names of contributing photographers.
The 2017 Revised Edition of THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO DAYLILIES
Author: Oliver Billingslea
Included in the Revised Edition are 10 new photographs, replacing dated material in the earlier edition. Newly included are photos of the 2014, 2015, and 2016 winners of the Stout Medal.
All of the Lenington All-American winners from the first winner in 1970 through the winner in 2015 are pictured. (The last publication to have these winners up through 2001 was the 2002 NEW DAYLILY HANDBOOK.)
In the chapter on “Companion Plants,” many Perennial Plants of the Year are included. New to this edition are the 2015 and 2016 winners.
The chapters on "Photographing Daylilies" and "Registration Procedures" include new photos, among which are the 2016 AHS Photography Awards for Single Bloom, Multi-bloom, and Landscape, and new illustration for a daylily to be pictured on the AHS Website after the
Checklist is finalized spring 2017.
One of the most significant changes was to correct a statement on p. 11 of the previous edition concerning A.B. Stout's observation about a semi-evergreen daylily "which retained many of its leaves and appeared somewhat evergreen when grown in the North, but lost all its leaves and went dormant when grown in the South.” Inadvertently, the words "North" and "South" were interchanged; but members of the Scientific Committee confirms the accuracy of Stout’s statement as written above.
The second significant change is that another member of the Scientific Committee pointed out that the photo of zinc deficiency on p. 13 is that of a corn leaf, not a daylily leaf, as implied.
The sections on "Japanese Beetles" and "Earwigs" on p. 79 are rewritten to make both sections more informative, and the picture of the European earwig on p. 91 has been replaced with that of a Riparian earwig, which is considered more beneficial.
Updated numbers, such as the number of current registrations, the number of Stout Medal recipients since 1950, and the number of Lenington All-American Awards since 1970, are included.
An updated Index and Bibliography is provided, including the most recent publications from AHS.
Like the previous edition, the 2017 Revised Edition is truly the “primer” for anyone growing daylilies.
My Grandparents' Daylilies
Authored and Illustrated by: Patrick Larsen
Editors: Grace & Patrick Stamile and John Ware
There has not been a children’s book written specifically about our favorite flower! The story starts off with a child named Kate who on her 10th birthday receives a cell phone from her parents. As the plot unfolds the child abuses cell phone privileges and regretfully becomes lost in an unfamiliar, downtown area. There is no negativity concerning the misuse of the phone, but there is regret on the part of the child and a lesson learned. During a summer visit to stay with her grandparents, Kate forms a close bond with them. Communication is easy and she enjoys being outside to help in their daylily garden. She can feel her grandparents passion for raising daylilies and their love for one another. While she was mulching flowers, someone surprisingly takes her picture with a cell phone. Although it is not important at the time, the child later remembers that her phone can record information. When Kate asks about the visitors, she learns that her grandparents’ have an official AHS display garden and they tell her about the types of flowers that are found there. The story continues with the grandfather teaching the child about how to create hybrids. She learns that anyone can pollinate a flower, but that hybridizers usually set goals in their hybridizing efforts. The watercolor illustrations make this story easy to follow as the art of hybridizing comes to life! The enthusiasm is at a high point when her grandfather gives Kate some marking tags! He describes how to use the tags and how crossings are noted when the seeds are collected. The grandfather points out the various characteristics of daylilies that hybridizers might want to enhance. One morning Kate gets up early and takes pictures in the garden with her cell phone. The next school year, we see Kate standing in front of her class giving a “show and tell” about daylilies. It is obvious from this scene that she has her images downloaded on a computer because a daylily can be seen on a monitor. After school that day Kate meets some of her friends at her house where she demonstrates how to pollinate a flower in her parent’s garden. The last scene depicts Kate as a young adult, volunteering in a city park. A group of students are carefully listening to Kate as she points to a special daylily registered by her grandfather, labeled as H. ‘Kate’s Love’. This book was printed in a hard back edition for children 8 years old to adult; however, younger children will enjoy the illustrative nature of the story.
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