Master Gardeners learn about the elusive blue daylily
Jonathan Poulton was the guest speaker at the March 26 meeting of the Washington County Master Gardeners. His program was “In Search of the Elusive Blue Daylily.” Poulton is a bio-chemist and shared many factors that can have an effect on the color of the daylily.
The meeting was held at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington County Extension office with 12 members and three guests present. Poulton showed pictures of daylilies with many of them containing shades of blue. Many hybridizers are after a lily with a fully blue face. Many have blue throats and partial blue faces but so far no one has achieved creating a fully blue face.
Poulton shared Web sites of daylily hybridizers and their names so those interested can view the daylilies that each has been working on. There are about 70,000 registered cultivars and only 594 have the word “blue” in them. He also passed out a handout on the Cedar Valley Iris and Daylily Society and their Web sites. They have garden tours and sales and auctions throughout the year.
After Poulton’s presentation, a short business meeting was held. Dianne Nelson gave a report on the seed starting workshop that was held Saturday, March 23. Fourteen people attended and had many great questions. Topics covered included starting seeds, bulb planting, propagation by cuttings, and proper planting methods.
The group also discussed annuals that would be good to plant by the front door of the Extension Office. Planting will be done in mid-May in case of any late frosts.
Refreshments were provided by Sandy Krotz and Colleen Sojka.
For more information on the Master Garden program please contact Washington County Extension at 319-653-4811. A master gardener training will take place in the fall.