The Open Form Daylily: Spiders, Unusual Forms, and Other “Exotics”
Author: Oliver Billingslea
This publication 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.
232 pages, 616 full color illustrations, 10 sketches; softbound, first edition January 2017
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