AHS Region 2/Great Lakes Newsletter
have looked dead if they had been treated by the old
ORO. In Merrillville, it begins to bloom at the end of
method. Of course, a second treatment would set them
May and continues until frost. I was not surprised that
back. Nevertheless, Walter's experience with the
he had several comments to make about it. Walter
method led him to expect eight to ten inches of growth
wanted to breed miniatures on short scapes.
after six or seven weeks instead of the usual few
 I can't stomach those tall minis. I go for the plant
inches. With the high success rate and less critical
because I think that a miniature on a large plant is just
margins of error,  It will give the novice a chance to
out of proportion. It's the wrong place for a little
work with them,  he said.
With Walter's dog, Mandy, following us, we walked
How did you get the short mini to begin with?
outside to sit in lawn chairs and to get down to the
 Of course I had BITSY.  STELLA DE ORO goes
back to BITSY. BITSY, SNOOPY, and another one or
two.  STELLA DE ORO is about four generations
from BITSY, he said. Walter admitted that he didn't
pay much attention to STELLA DE ORO the first year.
 I thought it just rebloomed late. Then the next year
after that I watched it, and there it was   all summer. 
On STELLA DE ORO as a parent:  It's hard to get any
After treating 42 plants, he managed to get a tetraploid
STELLA DE ORO. It's a little bit taller and a little bit
larger  but it shows all the tetraploid points. It's stout,
and it has a deeper color. 
Walter is excited about SUPER STELLA, his 1982
introduction out of STELLA DE ORO. Whereas
STELLA DE ORO has gaps between periods of
 I know the background of most of my things. I do make a
rebloom, Walter claims that SUPER STELLA does
few planned crosses in the beginning if I get something
not.  This one never quits until it freezes. It's a smaller
real nice, and later on I just go for looks. 
flower. It has about twice as many buds, and it has a
business of an interview. I was surprised that Walter
had been working with daylilies for so long.  I got
started really in about 1929. And then in 1932 I bought
two collections, one from a nursery in Connecticut
where Dr. Stout released his plants. I was milking 87
head of cattle, we farmed around six or seven hundred
acres, and I was still monkeying with daylilies. 
Did you hybridize daylilies from the very start?
 Yes, a little bit. The pods developed, and I just
planted them. From then on I was more selective, but I
didn't introduce any until about eight or ten years ago.
I was just too busy. As I say, we were farming. On top
of that we had a restaurant. 
What is the first one you introduced?
 BRIGHT MEMORIES. That's a nice daylily. The
other one that wasn't as popular, but I believe it was a
better lily, was PINK HOSTESS. It's rather pink, and it
was, for that time, unusually wide petaled. Green
 I can't stomach those tall minis, I go for the plant
because I think that a miniature on a large plant is just
Walter's best known introduction is STELLA DE
out of proportion. It's the wrong place for a little flower. 
 Spring/Summer 2003


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