October Meeting

2019-20 Calendar
of Events

October 19th – daylily hybridizer Dave Mussar

10 am at Cooperative Extension offices

November 16th – TBD will be
held at Cooperative Extension

December 14th
Holiday Party with UNYHS.

January 18th – 1:00 pm at

February 16thSunday
Winter Doldrums Party

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

April 18th – TBD

May 9th

June 20th – Members’ Sale
and Distribution of Babysitters

July 11th – Picnic

August 15th – Big Annual Sale

September 19th – TBD

October 17th – TBD

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.

Daylilies in the article are:
Kendra Marie by Mussar, 2015 and Joanne Meyer
by Mussar, 2014

The daylily in the article is:
Queen of Floof by Mussar, 2019

The daylily in the heading is:
Rocky Racoon by Mussar, 2019

October Meeting

The October meeting is Saturday, October 19th at 10 am at the Cooperative Extension offices on Martin Rd. in Voorheesville. We are very excited to have Dave Mussar coming from Canada to speak to us about his daylily hybridizing program and to give us a sneak peek at his new introductions for next year.

Dave has been seriously growing and breeding daylilies for 19 years. From the beginning his focus has been to develop a spotted daylily. That has expanded to include stripes and broken colors primarily at the tetraploid level. Dave has also done a lot of work with toothy daylilies using Brother Charles Reckamp cultivars as a starting base. He has also been working on tetraploid cristate forms based on his own daylily,
Kendra Marie.

In addition, Dave has tried his hand at conversions of diploid daylilies to tetraploid daylilies, which has taken him in several other directions. Dave has served as President of the Ontario Daylily Society for a number of years, chaired the annual Can Am Classic for a long time and served Region 4 as the Regional Publicity Director for several terms.

We can order daylilies for next year, but we should wait until Dave updates his website later this fall. Perhaps we can discuss doing a combined order or if people decide to go to the Can Am next May, we could coordinate a pickup there. You can see more of Dave’s daylilies on his website:

As our gardens wind down for the fall, it’s fun to anticipate next year’s daylily season. Come join us for a look into a daylily hybridizer’s life and work – bring a friend (we are always happy to have fellow enthusiasts join us). If you can, bring a dish to share or a donation for the door prize table.

October Meeting cont.


Co-Chairs – Bill Wurster
(518) 786-3105 and
Cindi Jones (518) 598-3366

Secretary – Kathryn Mohrt

Treasurer – Carol Volungus
(518) 383-0447

Committee Chairs
Programs – Speakers

Debi Chowdhury

Historian – vacant

Newsletter Editor
Stephanie Kronau

Hospitality – Barbara Sander
and Don Constantino

Sunshine – Debi Chowdhury

Babysitter Plants
Frank Almquist
and Sharon Gallucci

Display Garden
Pat & Don Salhoff

Website – Janet Spychalski

Photographer – Cindi Jones

Membership – Carol Volungus
4 Applewood Dr.,
Rexford. NY 12148

Publicity – Cathy Fruhauf

Scholarship Chair
Cindy Jennings

Daylilies in the article are:
A Hard Days Starry Night
by Mussar, 2019 and Give Peace
A Chance by Mussar, 2019

Co-Chair Corner
By Bill Wurster

I would like to let everybody know I will be stepping down as Co-Chair effective September 30, 2019. It has been my pleasure to serve as HADS Co-Chair along with Cindi Jones.

The contract for our meeting rooms at Cornell Cooperative Extension next year has been signed and our Treasurer will be returning the document along with payment. The Contract for the March Flower show has been completed and payment has been provided. The contract for the bus trip to the AHS Region 4 Conference has been completed and the payment was provided. At our September meeting a motion to establish a $1000 dollar scholarship like the one provided by The Hosta Society was approved. The application for the scholarship has been approved and will go out to schools for 2020. I have tried to complete all the duties needed to set the table for HADS 2020 season. October is the normal time to hold HADS election according to our bylaws.

I could not have done this for so many years without the help of the committees and volunteers who have helped every time there was a need.
Thank You!!!

Winter Outlook 2020

Frances Marie Cowieson by Mussar, 2019

Freckled Sunshine by Mussar, 2019

Daylilies in the article are:
Hello I Love You by Mussar, 2019
and I Am The Walrus by Mussar,

Thanks to
Two Volunteers

Please welcome Kathryn Mohr who has volunteered to be the Secretary for our club. Also welcome Cindy Jennings who volunteered to be Scholarship Chair for HADS. Many thanks to both these women for their generosity in helping our club.

Don’s Daylily Divider

Don’s Daylily Divider is a very handy tool to have when you find yourself wrestling with large clumps of daylilies, trying in vain to get the fans to loosen their grip on each other and seeking for a way to get a tool into the clump without breaking off fans from their roots. The divider is two forked sections hinged together that open to work the daylily apart gently. You can order it from the website:
or see it in action on You Tube – search daylily divider.

Thanks to Frank Almquist for an early look
at a winter forecast….


First few Some rain or snowshowers
1st wk Some snow then fair and cold
2nd wk Snow – Some Ice then wet
and milder
3rd wk Icy cold then moderating with
rain A.O snow
Last wk Bone Chilling Cold


1st wk Snow showers followed by
a snow storm
2nd wk More snow and cold
then moderating – windy
3rd wk Party cloudy and cold
Last wk Fair – cold – chance of
a light wintry mix

MARCH 2020

1st wk Early rain then cold
with a late wintry mix
2nd wk Some rain then a larger
winter storm late
3rd wk Winter storm may
change to rain
4th wk Partly cloudy – seasonable

Summary: Intensifying cold late January into mid February. Cold spells with follow into mid March. Storms will be plenty . . .most of which will bring snow or a wintry mix.

New Year’s Day Some rain or snow showers
Martin Luther King Weekend Icy cold
Valentine’s Day Windy – chilly
President’s Day Weekend Fair – cold
St. Patrick’s Day Stormy