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Alta Vista 1999 (Hem. altissimo x Martha Adams) x sdlng)

AHS DATABASE: height 42in (107cm), bloom 5in (12.5cm), season La, Dormant, Diploid, Fragrant, 18 buds, 3 branches, Unusual Form Cascade,  Lemon ivory with green throat. ((Altissimo × Martha Adams) × sdlg)

This near-species cross was an attempt to breed a class of extremely tall Hemerocallis and even though the results were as expected, I stopped this line because practically no one wanted 5-6 foot inflorescences and I was a bit insecure of starting down a long path in breeding that would inevitably be outdated before it was even "dated". 


ALTA VISTA blooms typically late for Hem. altissima offspring, starting at around Mid-Late and continuing until Very-Late. It's flowers are a soft yellow in a typical near-species trumpet form. 

Quite slow to bloom well, growth is excellent but bloom power comes only when well-established, its wiring scapes are delicate-looking but resilient, and it's character is species-like. It look excellent with Miscanthus "Morning Light".


Amerstone Amethyst Jewel 2001 (Fairy Summerbird x Dancing Summerbird)

AHS DATABASE: height 25in (64cm), bloom 4in (10.2cm), season M, Dormant, Diploid, Fragrant, 25 buds, 3 branches, Unusual Form Crispate,  Lilac amethyst polychrome above yellow chartreuse green throat. (Fairy Summerbird × Dancing Summerbird)

One of the successful crosses between FAIRY SUMMERBIRD and DANCING SUMMERBIRD, AMERSTONE AMETHYST JEWEL is, however, one of the lowest, most compact. The colors, twists and quilling typical of this cultivar are best brought out with slightly cooler evenings and very warm days. In drought (which we have ever summer here in Italy) the colours fade and the petals become more slender.

Bloom sequence starts at Mid Season and continues for about 2.5-3 weeks, often completely covering the leaf mound with blossoms. The branching is low and tight, so the spent, medium-sized flowers may need to be cleaned out in order to make room for the many new blossoms opening.  


Aslan's Mane 2001 (sdlng x Yazoo Green Ocotopus)

AHS DATABASE: height 32in (81cm), bloom 6in (15.0cm), season La, Rebloom, Dormant, Diploid, 15 buds, 3 branches, Unusual Form Spatulate, Polymerous 95%,  Pale yellow self above greenish pale yellow throat. (sdlg × Yazoo Green Octopus)

My excitement soared to get this consistent polytepal spatulate form back in the mid 1990's.. it was somewhat of a tender evergreen, though, having used the very evergreen YAZOO GREEN OCTOPUS as a pollen parent, but.. alas... I think that's why, after moving our house and garden to the Valley of Rebengo in Rocchetta Tanaro where the temps usually get to -15, sometimes -20C every winter... ASLAN'S MANE left us...


Augusto Bianco 2001 (Golliwog x Asterisk)

AHS DATABASE: height 26in (66cm), bloom 6in (15.0cm), season E, Rebloom, Dormant, Diploid, Very Fragrant, 18 buds, 2 branches, Unusual Form Crispate,  Chrome yellow with deeper veining above green throat. (Golliwog × sdlg)


An instant stand-out as a seedling, but I waited years to introduce it.. well.. because it was ANOTHER yellow! How wrong I was to assume that there was not much need for yet another of this colour group because AUGUSTO BIANCO was and still is an instant hit with gardeners and designers from Italy to Holland, from Israel to the UK.

When my friend, Augusto Bianco (, an award-winning iris breeder, asked me, "Marc, I want you to name a GOOD ONE after me..." I asked him, "Do you like yellow?"...

Starting from the dark green, low, wide and ripply foliage mound of arching leaves the multi-branched scapes start to emerge in Early Mid season. Usually with 3, but sometimes with 4-way branching starting in the leaves, the 5.5 - 6 inch flowers are held a few inches above the beautiful, undulating foliage. As soon as the first buds begin to burst open, a second round of scapes begin to emerge, extending its bloom sequences from EM through ML. One of our longest-blooming cultivars.

AUGUSTO BIANCO growing in Israel (showing the full rebloom with the spent scapes still in the leaf mound.) Its colours lighten with heat to a soft yellow with ivory-cream blushes.

The form is an unruly, insolent Spatulate with rolling, quilling, pinching and otherwise incorrigibly individualistic, creating exciting movement in an otherwise too "well-behaved" colour class. ;-)


 Brenda Newbold  1997 (Viola Parker x Asterisk)

AHS DATABASE: height 29in (74cm), bloom 6in (15.0cm), season EM, Rebloom, Semi-Evergreen, Diploid, Fragrant, Unusual Form Crispate,  Soft baby ribbon pin self with a green throat. (Viola Parker × Asterisk)

When BRENDA NEWBOLD first bloomed, I stood still... kind of in awe. Such clear, melon-suffused pink, very large in size, completely flat-faced in form, gently twisting segments.. I could hardly believe my eyes. Out of my then most-used pollen parent, ASTERISK, but with the parent of another favourite of mine back then (PEACOCK MAIDEN) I used the bright violet-pink VIOLA PARKER hoping for something nice... but never imagined this.

BRENDA NEWBOLD was named for a dear friend and wonderful person, an elegant lady I met through the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society one day at Apple Court garden in Lymington. I volunteered to do the auction and fully enjoyed being a clown at it. At the end, I'd kept one cultivar, one of my favourites, GOLLIWOG and I described its importance to me and to the goals of reaching "Butterfly Forms". When I started the bidding, Brenda opened the bids. I was very surprised at how many were keenly interested in this "Butterfly" (I would call many of them later "orchid" forms). Much to my surprise, the bidding actually got intense, but the soft-spoken, ever-smiling lady on the white wrought-iron bench won and as I gave Brenda and her husband, John Newbold, her plant (for which she'd actually paid many times the actual going value of the plant!), and we started talking.... and still are now, many years later. What a pleasure and honour it is to know them!

Back to the plant: BRENDA NEWBOLD, once we moved from our drought-stricken garden up on the hill in Rocca D'Arazzo, to our "moister" garden down in the valley, BRENDA NEWBOLD started to grow like it was on steroids! The low, compact plant that I had registered after trialling it in my garden, now started growing very tall, developed extremely wide, candelabra branching that would sometimes flop. ?!. With the MUCH larger plant size, the flowers seem smaller and less proportioned to the leaf mound. But the colour, heavy substance, the form and branching are still some of its most important attributes, which is also passes on readily to its seedlings. (See left)



Dance on the Wind  1997 ((Tylwyth Teg x Asterisk)

AHS DATABASE: height 42in (107cm), bloom 5in (12.5cm), season MLa, Dormant, Diploid, Fragrant, 18 buds, 2 branches, Unusual Form Crispate,  Violet self with light yellow and hints of green throat. (Tylwyth Teg × Asterisk)

This very tall, elegant cultivar was one of my attempts to create a tall, vertical element in the category of the Crispatas group of the Unusual Form Class. TYLWYTH TEG was a soft melon plushed pink, slender-petalled cultivar that had been created by Rosemary Whitacre. She entrusted me with a few fans of it before she disseminated it on the market in America because she said that it did "wonderful things" to colour clarity, branching and slender petalled-look. She was right. This and another seedling was selected out of a batch of about 100. 

For the first few years DANCE ON THE WIND stood fully upright.. but the last few years I had it in our garden I had to stake it.. well, I have this thing against staking plants that "shouldn't" be weak-stemmed... so I dug out perhaps 50 fans and gave them to a collector from Germany. In the meantime I've gotten word that DANCE ON THE WIND performs wonderfully in the UK and needs no staking at all there. Huh?

Excellent increaser, takes 2-3 years to bloom well, and then it blooms very heavily on 2 and 3-way branched scapes. Scapes reached about 5.9-6 foot in height, and the flowers were usually about 4.5-5 inches in size. Most often the flower form was a modified trumpet with some curling, twirling and/or quilling of the tepals.


Dancing Summerbird 1997 (Gollwigo x Asterisk)

AHS DATABASE: height 26in (66cm), bloom 5.5in (14.0cm), season M, Dormant, Diploid, Fragrant, Unusual Form Crispate-Spatulate,  Lilac lavender self with a chartreuse throat. (Golliwog × Asterisk)

One of many crosses I made between ASTERISK and GOLLIWOG back in the early 90's that gave me the "Extreme Spatulate" look that I had hoped for. DANCING SUMMERBIRD was perhaps what put our name and goals in breeding on the map.

Top branched with a terminal cluster of about 8-12 buds, DANCING SUMMERBIRD's bloom power comes from the multitude of scapes she sends up - all at once - at EM.


Dawn Falcon 1999 (Orchid Corsage x Tylwyth Teg)

AHS DATABASE: height 38in (96cm), bloom 6in (15.0cm), season MLa, Dormant, Diploid, Fragrant, 25 buds, 2 branches, Unusual Form Crispate,  Pale peach ivory blend with pale lemon green heart throat. (Orchid Corsage × Tylwyth Teg)



Dick Kitchingman 2001 (((Orchid Corsage x Tylwyth Teg) x Exalted Ruler) x (Asterisk x Seedling))

AHS DATABASE: height 36in (91cm), bloom 10in (25.5cm), season M, Rebloom, Dormant, Diploid, Fragrant, 20 buds, 2 branches,  Rose salmon pale yellow polychrome above pale yellow throat. (((Orchid Corsage × Tylwyth Teg) × Exalted Ruler) × (Asterisk × sdlg))

I made a mistake on the branching on this one. Like a few of our other registrations in "pre-move-to-the-valley" stage, DICK KITCHINGMAN seemed to explode as if on steriods and the 2-way branching became a consistent 4-way, the branches themselves swept away from the main stem like the arms of a candelabra, and the height gained a few inches.  Even though we'd grown it for years, our other garden was high on a drought-stricken hill and this garden, with its alluvial, deep, humus-rich soil had a more of an effect on a few of our cultivars than we'd ever have expected!

Slow to increase, but robust and healthy with wide, ripply foliage. The flowers are 6.5-7inches in diameter and have a light to white midrib. A stately plant!



Dina Pascale 2010 - (Trahlyta x Asterisk)

AHS DATABASE:height 32in (81cm), bloom 6.5in (16.5cm), season EM, Dormant, Diploid, 18 buds, 3 branches,  Lavender salmon pink polychrome above ivory yellow throat. (Trahlyta × Asterisk)

DINA PASCALE is a tallish, strong-growing, rock-hardy, heavy-blooming hemerocallis that is an excellent landscaping plant. Named for one of the daughters of dear friends, DINA PASCALE is growing only in their garden at the moment. The flat flower form and abundance of flowers make it a stand-out specimen.



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Ideas for companion plants, the results of breeding and/or extra pictures of the plants listed in the left column.

ALTA VISTA in her environment: grasses and elegant, long-petalled lily form Hemerocallis!





AMERSTONE SAFFRON JEWEL is an exceptional companion to her sister, AMERSTONE AMETHYST JEWEL. Both are compact, heavily branched and floriferous almost to a fault ;-)!










































A seedling out of AUGUSTO BIANCO and a Brian Mahiue seedling (http:/



THE MAN HIMSELF: Augusto Bianco!

Please visit his site at for a world of award-winning irises:


























A seedling showing the colour clarity and wide, open-faced form that BRENDA NEWBOLD is known to pass on to its seedlings.


And here a picture of the wonderful, "real" Brenda Newbold, with me and our daughter, Vanessa, on a trip to the UK. Both Brenda and Vanessa were inspirations for special flowers I registered (see also VANESSA ARDEN). Brenda was one of the main instigators for me to "go for it" with my idea of the "Butterfly" or orchid forms in Hemerocallis. Her enthusiasm was a very needed "soul-fuel" to ignite fires of vision and set goals.. that I'm still working on some 20 years later...
















 DANCE ON THE WIND (actually "leaning with the wind" here.. ;-)!)
















DANCING SUMMERBIRD (this picture is truer to her actual colours in the garden).

seedlings from DANCING SUMMERBIRD:















A seedling out of DICK KITCHINGMAN and GREEN-EYED LIZARD.. lost in Israel when my collaborator moved his production and forgot my plants in the greenhouses... :-(