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the 1970's. Bill Sevetson sent a copy of the Chicagoland
price...gratis, and I advised my family that he would be
Daylily Society's Winter 1975 76 newsletter to the editor
coming.
in which Walter wrote the 1974 1975 president's message
When Walter was ensconced in his room, they con 
to its members. Also listed in this newsletter is a listing of
tacted him, and he was invited to the family Christmas
the 1975 registrations of the Chicagoland DS's breeders.
dinner. Everyone fell immediately in love with Walter.
Among these are Walter's BLUSHING BELLE, GREEN
Knowing how much he enjoyed that trip, I invited him
RIVER, PARADE REST, SEVENTEEN SEVENTY SIX,
to go in the ensuing years, and everyone enjoyed having
and STELLA DE ORO.
him come over during the holidays, particularly my
With Leo's encouragement, Walter did register and intro 
mother, who thought that he was really someone
duce STELLA DE ORO, and the STELLA legend was
special, indeed. He would walk Waikiki Beach early in
made. Every attendee at the AHS National Convention in
the morning during his stays there. (End quote)
Indianapolis received STELLA as a gift plant. The Wall
Attendees of the 2005 AHS National Convention in Cincin 
Street Journal carried publicity for the cultivar and helped
nati will receive a gift plant with a Walter Jablonski
spread its fame.  Nick Balash of Albion, Michigan, was one
connection. Leo Sharp is naming the daylily
of the recipients of this gift plant, and as Nick tells it,
BROOKWOOD ERNEST GULLION MEMORIAL.
STELLA DE ORO multiplied so fast that during the third
Ernest was from Vevay, Indiana, just a short way down 
growing season, he had 275 fans of the cultivar in his
river from Cincinnati and was Leo's friend for over 40
garden. Later, Nick continued, he, Hal Rice, the late Harris
years. It was Ernest who managed the Honolulu operation
Olson, and Peter DeGroot (a commercial nurseryman from
at the time of Walter's Honolulu travels and who looked
Coloma, Michigan) attended a Region 2 Summer Meeting
after Walter on these trips.
in Michigan City, Indiana. During one of the garden visits,
The Jablonski Heritage continues.
Nick pointed out a large circular bed of all MARY TODD
to Pete, encouraging him to add daylilies as a landscape
During his walks through Walter's seedling beds, Leo
plant to his nursery stock. Later, the group visited Walter
learned to be careful praising certain seedlings that held
Jablonski, and Pete ended up buying a large number of
high promise.  He had learned that if he praised any one too
STELLA DE ORO clumps from Walter for 50 cents a fan,
highly, he would be unable to buy it from Walter. Leo did
growing those clumps for a couple of seasons, and reselling
manage to purchase one seedling, however, and he later
them for $4.50 a clump.
registered it as PINK PUFF (Jablonski Sharp 1987). The
blossom of a 
September 23, 1987,  rebloom scape
 graces
And how did Walter come up with the name for this
the 
AHS Daylily Journal's
 front cover (Volume 43, No. 2
famous daylily? Leo, who is a virtual  treasure chest 
Summer 1988). Leo's 2003 pre registered BROOKWOOD
crammed full of wonderful stories about daylily people and
DIANE SEVETSON comes out of PINK PUFF X LAV 
their experiences, tells is this way (quoting):
ENDER STARDUST.
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During the last years of Walter's life, I was operating an
airline in Chicago...it was known as Worldwide Airlines
Editor's note
: Don't miss the reprinted  1982 interview of
(nothing modest about the name), and we operated three
Walter Jablonski by Phillip Brockington in this issue.
Boeing 707's to Mexico, London, Hawaii, and the
Caribbean. One year, most likely about 1983, I stopped
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AHS Web Site: http://www.daylilies.org
STELLA DE ORO daylily.
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Region 2 Web Site: http://www.ahsregion2.org
I asked Walter if he had ever been to Hawaii, and he
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Rust Information (Sue Bergeron's Rust Page): http://
www.ncf.ca/~ah758/rust.html
said that he had not but he had long wanted to do so. I
told him that if he would like to go the next weekend
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Spring Sickness Task ForcePage:
(this was most likely said to him on a Monday) that I
http://www.ncf.ca/~ah758/sstf.html
could provide a seat for him.  Walter was frugal! Not
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AHS Online Rust Survey Form:
that he was poor, but he understood  poor  and didn't
http://www.daylilyrust.org
want to go there again.  The offer was more than he
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Spider Images: http://spiderdaylily.homestead.com
could refuse.  He reserved his space.  He liked the
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