Rossie Daylily Garden
The Rossie Daylily Garden is an
AHS Display Garden and is located in Hammond La. on two lots close to SLU.
Ronnie is in a family run retail Furniture business that he had done for more
than fifty years and Cathryn divides her time between many social, community
clubs and seven grandchildren and three great grand children. They are members
of three Daylily clubs; Ronnie a Garden Judge is president of the North Shore
Daylily Society and are members of the American Hemerocallis Society.
Ronnie and Cathryn happened on
Daylilies while bicycling in the country and spotted a yard full of daylilies.
The couple sold us our first plants and gave us the name of a lady in Hammond
that also sells plants, Margaret DeKerlegand (the pot lady) half of her
Daylilies were in pots. Margaret gave us the name of the biggest grower and
hybridizing in the area Clarence Crochet; both took us under their wings and
that is how we got started 35 years ago.
The purpose or adding Daylilies
to the garden was for landscaping but that all changed while visiting Clarence
Crochets garden to buy plant material. Clarence asked if I had tried
hybridizing? My answer was no and Clarence said its easy and showed me the
basics of hybridizing and how to keep track of the seedlings. That was the
beginning of my dabbling in hybridizing. While at Margaret's garden to purchase
plants she showed me a double, I couldn't believe how different it was.
Margaret didn't care for doubles because
she found them to hard to pollinate, that was all the challenge that I needed
to begin collecting and pollinating doubles, today a large percentage of my
registered plants are doubles. I had no
plans to sell Daylilies and to this day don't sell my plants they all go to the
club for our plant raffle that is at the end of each meeting. It wasn’t until I
met Jimmy Terrio and Joe Goudeau that I started to register my crossings, and
those have been named after family members for the most part.
Their garden consists of fifteen or so raised beds that
cover most of the yard. I specialize in diploid doubles but dabble in spiders eyed
and big edged Tetroploid. Recently I have been interested in small and mini
daylilies with some good results but not quite ready to register. My favorite
Diploid is Cathryn Rossie naturally, a large full form round pink dip and
Doubles are Bryce Cothern, Katie Andres, Christy Andres, Denise Cothern,
Martini Arruebarrena, Brenleys Reject, Kelly Andres, Angel Andres, Tetroploid
John Cothern, Tyler Cothern, Courtney Andres, all named for my 3 children 7
grand children and 3 great grand children. Most of the Daylilies have been in
my garden for years with their seedling number but not named or registered in
2010 I registered 5 and the rest is history. There are about 450 named and
labeled cultivars along with 2,500 numbered seedling clumps waiting to be
registered or raffled at club meetings.
Every Morning Ronnie spends two hours or more in the
garden. He heads out with a folding ruler, 6" strips of mini blinds and a
couple of pieces of pvc pipe fourteen inches by one half inch. If there are any
new blooms of interest it is described and all the stats are noted the blind
and it is inserted in the pipe at the seedling base for future references. It
is his time for exorcise and enjoying the sights and sounds or lack thereof.
That is the time to do his crosses, take photos, moving and separating clumps. This
is my favorite time of day. It take almost A year to dig line out and add new
soil to all the beds in the garden. I start just before the last blooms in mid
July, it is normally to hot to bare root and line out, so I raise the clumps
and if I can divide them in half or quarters without removing too much soil
then they are raised and plant. As it gets cooler I line them out. This year I
started the process in June because last year we had two floods one in March
and again in August along with hip replacement surgery that slow me down. I am
behind the usual schedule this year but I will catch up, and replace the lost
plant due to the flood.
My program, if you can call it that, was more of a
challenge to find doubles from the only gardens that I visited, Margaret and
Clarence, with registered Daylilies. While visiting Clarence's garden I spotted
a yellow double King Kahona that he had just registered but could not sell
because of short supply. It cost $100.00 more than I had spent on a single fan.
I told Clarence that I wanted it along with a few other introductions when they
are available. A few weeks later I got a call from Clarence asking if I still
wanted the daylilies? It was a definite yes with, I come get them. I'll bring
them to you was the response, great you can visit my garden, don't have time
can we meet at the Holiday Inn. It was years later that I finely got him in my
garden at a region 13 meeting. While there he spotted an unusual form double
seedling, his comment was, Ronnie keep an Eye on that one. I said, the cross that
I used was, King Kahona and Peacock Madden. Clarence said that he wouldn't have
thought to cross those two. Clarence gave a lot of thought to every cross that
he made. For me there wasn't any though behind the cross with King Kahona it
was my most expensive and best and I crossed it with every diploid and more
than once. Years later it won two region
My numbering system. Every daylily in my garden is
assigned a number, my retail experience a model number, King Kahona is 58 that
is a low number I am in the 500 now.
when I cross #58 with #62 for example, the seedling number would be
F58M62 if it is the only seedling from that cross with more seedlings from that
cross a number (1) and (2) and so on is
added. The seedling number for the second seedling will be F58M62(2) That seems
to be complicated but I can check the heritage by the numbers. let's look at it
F58M62 2 if crossed with 80 it will be
(F (F58M62 2) M80) so at a glance you can see the cross line. for many
years my seedlings only had numbers it was only with the encouragement of Joe
Goudeau that I began to name and register
my seedlings at first it was family then other manes that came to mind. The
first, and my favorite is Cathryn Rossie # 230 so you can see that I had 230 daylilies
by the time Cathryn was registered. my interest today is not only big doubles
but small doubles and with big eyes with
wide edges but also single color flat with wide ruffles and miniatures. At one
time I had an interest in plants that would perform good in shady conditions I
called them Shady Days but the control conditions to prove that they preformed
best in shade was too much. I would have to have 6 or so in each control, shade,
dapple light, partial light, and then full sun to see how each group would
perform. That study was scrubbed, may be someone will tackle the job, if they haven't
already done it.
What is new? I am partial to pastels full form and plate
size flat diploids. Cathryn likes pastels so it became my choice of color and
form when selected plant material for breeding in the beginning. You are
influenced in your program of hybridizing buy your taste and what is available.
My daylily world revolved around Clarence and Marguerite and to some degree the
daylily club that I attended on occasion.