Winter Doldrums Gathering


2020 Calendar of Events

February 16thSunday
Winter Doldrums Party –
Matthew Benson will present
the PhotoGraphic Garden

March 28th – Meeting at
Capital District Garden and
Flower Show

April 18th – Denise Maurer
will talk about “Stunning Succulents”

CanAm Classic– May 1st to
3rd, Mississauga, Ontario

May 9th – Shakespeare in the
Garden with Master Gardener
Cathi Gifford

National Convention
May 25th to 27th 2020 –
in Savannah, GA

June 20th – Members’ Sale
and Distribution of Babysitters

July 11th – Picnic

Region 4 Summer Meeting
July 17th to 19th –
in Avon, CT

August 15th – Big Annual Sale

September 19th – TBD

October 17th – TBD

November 21st – Diane Steele
– Workshop on boxwood trees

The Albany Co-Cooperative Ext.
is located at 24 Martin Road,
Voorheesville, NY. 12186.
Meetings begin at 10 am
unless otherwise noted.

The William K Sanford
Town Library is located at
629 Albany Shaker Rd,
Loudonville,NY 12211.

The daylily in the heading is
My Sunny Valentine by
Salter, 2007

Winter Doldrums Gathering

The Annual Doldrums Gathering is a joint celebration held for over 20 years now with the Upstate NY Hosta Society, the Capital Hudson Iris Society and the Hudson Adirondack Daylily Society. We are gathering on Sunday, February 16th, 11:30 am at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County offices, 24 Martin Road in Voorheesville.

Anyone who would like to help set up should arrive about 10:30 am. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share for the luncheon as well as contributions for the Door Prize table and a friend who would enjoy the talk, food and camaraderie. The Upstate New York Hosta Society is the host this year and they will supply the beverages, paper goods and the guest speaker.

Matthew Benson is an author, award-winning photographer, organic farmer and acclaimed speaker for the National Garden Club of America. Matthew is also involved in the restoration of Stonegate Farm, his 1860s Carpenter Gothic estate farm and studio in New York’s Hudson Valley. Matthew’s talk on THE PHOTOGRAPHIC GARDEN is a comprehensive visual learning experience for garden, landscape, and still life photographers. You’ll learn how to explore the garden with your camera; how to apply the fundamentals of composition, light and color to image-making and how to use digital technology to improve and enhance images you’ve taken. Most of all, you’ll be motivated to see like a camera, work like a professional, and imagine and create like an artist.


American Daylily Society 2020 National Convention cont.


Skydiving by Reed, 2004

Zella Virginia by Knopf, 1982

Daylily in the article is Primal Scream
by C. Hanson, 1994

Looking for something to do during winter that will satisfy your need to see garden related topics? Take note of these lectures and programs coming up…

Other Dates of interest

Berkshire Botanical Garden Winter Lecture
February 22, 2020
at 2:00 pm at Lenox Memorial Middle/High School. Tickets available from:
www.berkshirebotanical.org

Tom Coward will speak about The Legacy of Wild Gardener William Robinson. Considered one of the most respected gardeners working in Britain today, Tom Coward is the head gardener of Gravetye Manor, the former estate of Victorian “wild garden” exponent William Robinson. Tom’s presentation will provide insight into Robinson’s legacy and Gravetye’s unparalleled historical significance.

Spring Garden Day
March 7, 2020
from 9:45 am to 3:30 pm at Tamarac/Brunswick High Schoool. Registration form at:
www.ccerensselaer.org

Keynote Speaker Lorraine Ballato. She is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and a Master Gardener in the Connecticut Master Gardener Program as well as for the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut.

You can also choose from 10 different gardening subjects or a delicious lunch provided by the Rensselaer County Master Gardeners.


Stiltgrass: Barbarian at the Garden Gate cont.


What are the steps I need to follow to become a garden judge?

1) You must have been an AHS Member for at least 12 calendar months to begin training. (When you send in an application to become a judge at the end of your training, you must have been an AHS member for 24 calendar months.) **Eligibility will be determined before admitted.

2) * Very important: Before you take any workshops, read Chapters 1 and 2 of the Garden Judges’ Handbook Judging Daylilies in the Garden. Need the FREE PDF of the Garden Judges Handbook? Download it from the
Portal here:
www.daylilynetwork.org/page/GardenJudgesHome

3) Take Garden Judges Workshop I (approx. 2 hrs.) This is taught by instructors using a Power Point. Students must pass written, timed, open book, online exam with at least 70% to receive credit.

4) Take Garden Judges Workshop 2 (approx. 2 1/2 hrs.) This part of the class is taught in a garden, and students learn to evaluate registered cultivars and seedlings with accredited instructors. These workshops are offered at Regional Summer meetings and National meetings and at times, are sponsored by daylily clubs.

5) After completing both workshops, you must fill out and send an “Application for Appointment as a Garden Judge” to your RP (Regional President). Your RP will send the form to the Garden Judges Records chair, who will notify you of your appointment for a five-year term as a garden judge.

Mechanical Removal:
Stiltgrass can also be cut using a weed whacker, mower, or scythe from mid-August through September to prevent it from going to seed. Because stiltgrass is an annual, cutting LATE in the summer when you see the thin flower heads forming on the end of the stalks stops the seeding process and doesn’t give the plant enough time to regrow. Do not cut it earlier in the season because stiltgrass then responds by regrowing, flowering and dropping seed sooner than normal and it’s how people end up with a lawn full of short stiltgrass >>>>>>So the best prevention is a combination of hand pulling when it emerges followed by a timely cut back of larger populations.<<<<<

What Happens if the grass starts to go to seed?
If you miss getting the grass earlier and it starts to go to seed you can solarize it by pulling it and putting in a CLEAR plastic bag. Put the bag in the sun for a few days and it will get hot enough to kill the seed or any seedlings that start to germinate. Even then do not put this in a compost but rather make an area on your property where you can dump the cooked plant materials and keep the vegetation covered with a tarp until it breaks down completely.


Stiltgrass: Barbarian at the Garden Gate still cont.


6) Garden judges should grow a variety of cultivars of various forms and sizes in order to better learn to evaluate the “complete garden plant” and to become familiar with all types of daylilies. Particular attention should be given to growing a sampling of regionally hybridized cultivars. Judges should also visit as many gardens as possible during bloom season and to attend Regional and National meetings.

Whom do I contact for more information?
You may contact the Judges Education Chair
judgeseducation@daylilies.org

Ticket To Ride by Mussar, 2018

Mechanical Removal:
Stiltgrass can also be cut using a weed whacker, mower, or scythe from mid-August through September to prevent it from going to seed. Because stiltgrass is an annual, cutting LATE in the summer when you see the thin flower heads forming on the end of the stalks stops the seeding process and doesn’t give the plant enough time to regrow. Do not cut it earlier in the season because stiltgrass then responds by regrowing, flowering and dropping seed sooner than normal and it’s how people end up with a lawn full of short stiltgrass >>>>>>So the best prevention is a combination of hand pulling when it emerges followed by a timely cut back of larger populations.<<<<<

What Happens if the grass starts to go to seed?
If you miss getting the grass earlier and it starts to go to seed you can solarize it by pulling it and putting in a CLEAR plastic bag. Put the bag in the sun for a few days and it will get hot enough to kill the seed or any seedlings that start to germinate. Even then do not put this in a compost but rather make an area on your property where you can dump the cooked plant materials and keep the vegetation covered with a tarp until it breaks down completely.

Meagan and Graeme’s Big Surprise by Mussar, 2014


Donations for Members’ Sale


AHS Awards for Region 4
Hybridizers, 2018

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Big Honking Bahama Richie by
Lori-Ann Jones, 2013

Yankee Pinstripes by Rich Howard, 2013

Lord of Autumn by Don Marvin, 2005

Donations for Members’ Sale

Many of our members have daylilies that are special and were expensive for them to purchase. As these plants grow and enhance our gardens, there comes a time when we need to divide them. What to do with the extra fans that we don’t want to plant back in our gardens? They would be perfect for the auction at the Members’ Sale. The Sale is meant to give club members the opportunity to purchase daylilies that are a cut above the ones offered at the public annual sale.

So, as you begin to assess your daylilies, remember the possibility of contributing to the Members’ Sale in May. And yes, I know it’s only January and the gardens are frozen and flat as a pancake – but don’t we all begin to think about spring and what needs to be moved, divided, added, etc.? Seed catalogs and spring garden catalogs are coming in the mail and websites are being updated for the 2019 gardening season. What delightful temptations await….

2019 Regional Meeting

The Long Island Daylily Society (LIDS) invites you to join us Friday, July 19, through Saturday, July 20, in Long Island, New York, for the 2019 AHS Region Four Meeting. Our guest speaker is hybridizer Gil Stelter, owner of Gryphon Gardens in Guelph, Ontario.

The host hotel is the HILTON LONG ISLAND/ HUNTINGTON 598 Broad Hollow Road, Melville NY 631-577-1506
http://www.Hiltonlongisland.com
Mention “LIDS” to get the group rate of $165 per night.

Your registration includes the Saturday bus tour and four meals: Friday buffet dinner followed by an auction, Saturday grab and go breakfast on your way to three garden tours, Saturday lunch and tour at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY, and Saturday evening sit down banquet, business meeting and program by Gil Stelter.

Please celebrate daylilies with us on July 19-20. Visit with old friends and make new friends while we all have “Fun in the Sun” on Long Island—you won’t want to miss it!

Check our website for details about each tour garden, open gardens, our speaker, fun things to do while you’re on Long Island, and more –
http://www.longislanddaylily.weebly.com


Other Open Gardens in Connecticut


Whip City Flames of Haiti
by L. Jones, 2016

Electrical Banana by C.M. Barnes, 2010

Sweet Cerise by M. Mason, 2011

Other Open Gardens
in Connecticut

O’Brien Nurserymen
John O’Brien
40 Wells Road
Granby, CT 06035
(860) 653-0163
http://www.obrienhosta.com
Specializes in daylilies, hostas and other perennials. Open Friday – Sunday, 10-5 or by appointment. Discover their Dazzling Daylily Displays July 20-22.

CTdaylily
Rich Howard
76 Anderson Road
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 294-9520
http://www.ctdalily.com
An ADS Display Garden. Please call or email for an appointment.

Mountain Meadow
Nancy & Don Smith
112 Parker Road (Off Rt. 83
– 1.4 miles south of Rt. 190)
Somers, CT 06071
(860) 749-9550
Open from June 24 thru August 5, Thursday – Sunday, 10-4.

Bloomingfields Farm
Lee & Diana Bristol
PO Box 5
Gaylordsville, CT 06755
(860) 354-6951
http://www.bloomingfieldsfarm.com
Open on summer weekends. Please call for an appointment
and directions.

There is nothing I like better at the end of a hot summer’s day than taking a short walk around the garden. You can smell the heat coming up from the earth to meet the cooler night air.
— Peter Mayle