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Fairy Summerbird 1999 (Golliwog x Asterisk)

AHS DATA: height 27", bloom 5", season EM, Dormant, Diploid, Fragrant, 20 buds, 2 branches, Unusual Form Crispate,  Pale lavender and mauve bitone with light yellow to chartreuse throat. (Golliwog × Asterisk)

FAIRY SUMMERBIRD is one of those cultivars that keeps me in continual smiles. I think that if I were never able to breed another hemerocallis, this and PALANTIR would be those two that express the highest goals I hope to reach.

In early spring its low, wide and ripply-edged foliage already tells of a beautiful display later on... Then the 3, 4 and sometimes 5-way candelabra-like branching displaying the near-perfect, flat-open and wide spatulate forms is yet another spirit-raising moment.

Its colours are true to its Hem. ASTERISK heritage: richer and clear pink-pale-violet in the morning, denser after cool summer evenings, then fading in intense heat to a pale pastel.

The heat has diverse effects on the flower form, too: after warm, muggy evenings here in Italy, the flower forms are more slender, the sepals sometimes tightly quilled, the narrower base of the flower segments also slightly rolled back. The overall effect is a more slender flower.

Light fragrance, nocturnally-opening, hardy to -30C dormant, EM-ML flowering sequence, FAIRY SUMMERBIRD is a spectacular parent - see in the right margin for some of her children. I can see FAIRY SUMMERBIRD's effect on breeding even 2 or 3 generations down the line! 


Flight of the Dragon 2001 (Dancing Summerbird x (Golliwog x Seedling))

AHS DATA: height 28", bloom 7", season La, Dormant, Diploid, Fragrant, 16 buds, 1 branches, Unusual Form Crispate,  Amber cinnamon chartreuse blend above chartreuse yellow throat. (Dancing Summerbird × (Golliwog × sdlg))


Green-Eyed Lizard  1999 (Foolscap x Ron Rousseau)

AHS DATA: height 28", bloom 8.5", season M, Rebloom, Semi-Evergreen, Diploid, Fragrant, 15 buds, 1 branches, Unusual Form Crispate,  Soft sienna amber with green suffusion and mahogany dusting above deep clear green throat. (Foolscap × Ron Rousseau)


Heron-Marked Sword 2008 (Dick Kitchingman x Tomorrow's Song)

AHS DATA: height 27", bloom 8.5", season MLa, Semi-Evergreen, Tetraploid, Fragrant, 18 buds, 2 branches, Spider Ratio 5.73:1,  Mauve violet with rosy violet chevron eye above large ivory yellow throat. (Dick Kitchingman × Tomorrow's Song)

For a few years I did crosses to develop Spider forms (ROGER GROUNDS, PAUL WEBER, HERON-MARKED BLADE... and a couple of generations lost in my "Israel Disaster 2000-2008/9" ;-)!) but I realized that I only have space and time to truly develop one form and make an impact on improving that form, so I stopped most of these crosses. But.. I have to admit, that when this seedling out of my DICK KITCHINGMAN x TOMORROW'S SONG started blooming with its wide, elegant, wiry and strong branching with these flat-open, spider-like forms... I almost re-started in this direction. :-)

Hardy to -30C and below, HERON-MARKED BLADE (from the popular book series WHEEL OF TIME) starts blooming when all the others have peaked, and then continues for about 3 weeks. The elegance and overall harmony of this cultivar cannot be exaggerated. Exquisite with Miscanthus 'Morning Light', Hem. LOTH LORIEN and other Orchid-Form hemerocallis.


Highland Summerbird 2001 ((Aquamarine x sdlng) x (Golliwog x Asterisk))

AHS DATABASE: height 28", bloom 7", season EM, Rebloom, Dormant, Diploid, Fragrant, 17 buds, 2 branches, Unusual Form Spatulate,  Lilac lavender blend above green soft yellow throat. ((Aquamarine × sdlg) × (Golliwog × Asterisk))

A delicate-looking and beautiful flower, HIGHLAND SUMMERBIRD has good substance and fragrance. Of “Cattelya Orchid Form”, it has been the most important breeder of this particularly refined Spatulate Form we’ve ever created. Our only faithful DORMANT rebloomer. It’s garden beauty is in the production of its highly refined, singularly-placed, soft lilac flowers over a 3-4 week succession.

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(seedling: "Pale Lavender Ladles")


(seedling: "White Ladles")