Daylilies: Beyond Stella de’Oro
I stood on my back steps leading down to my lower garden and looked over the still sleeping bed of daylilies I planted on the slope. Each year I fight the Johnson grass and other noxious weeds that persist among the beds and this year I vow to master them and have a clean slope of only my hearty lilies. That remains to be seen! None the less, the lilies will grow and bloom and offer a midsummer riot of color. Among my collection, near the bottom by a small path, I have a few “dwarf” lilies routinely hidden by their larger comrades above them. One I have particularly enjoyed is named ‘Happy Returns’ and is a re-blooming daylily much like ‘Stella de’ Oro.’ Recently I’ve learned of a whole new line of ever-blooming daylilies that will be taking the market by storm.
Those familiar with the old fashioned orange tiger lily know its bloom lasts for a day—thus the name daylily. Similarly, most gardeners are familiar with the gold Stella and enjoy it for its compact size and re-blooming habit throughout the summer. Still, the Stella does not bloom constantly; rather, there is the grand flush of blooms early in the summer followed by sporadic blooming until fall. Now that is changing with the introduction of the Happy Ever Appster® Daylilies.
I first encountered these at a wonderful web site www.perennials.com posted by John and Kelly Schroeder at Valleybrook Gardens in British Columbia. They are a wholesale nursery, but their website is
free to all gardeners and I highly recommend their
Happy Ever Appster® daylilies get their name from 1) Happy because all varieties are from ‘Happy Returns,’ 2) Ever because these everblooming Daylilies flower from summer to frost and 3) Appster because this line is hybridized by world-renowned daylily breeder, Dr. Darrel Apps, who has isolated the recessive everblooming gene. According to the information posted on the Valleybrook site “Happy Ever Appsters® exhibit at least three blooming cycles per year, leading to the longest bloom times available. Under test conditions they have carried flowers for up to 125 days in a single year. Actual garden performance varies by climate, but 75 days of bloom should be possible even in cool summer regions.” Happy Ever Appster® Daylilies range in colors of apricot, yellow, pink, rose and red, some even have dazzling contrasting colors in the centers.
Now that’s all the good news. Finding Happy Ever Appsters® in our area may be difficult. Vallybrook is wholesale only and they have no locations within 300 miles of our area. At this writing, I have found no supplier closer than the Milwaukee area in Wisconsin and Crystal Lake, Illinois but there may be several suppliers via the internet. I plan to contact some local retailers to see if they have any way to obtain these wonderful plants. In the meantime, I’ll close with a brief description of a few of the current offerings. ‘Apricot Sparkles’ is deep apricot with blooms over 4” wide and a shiny dust-like shimmer on its petals. ‘Happy Returns’ is lemon yellow and was the first ever-bloomer and is available in most retail markets. ‘Just Plum Happy’ has 6”+ blooms in rose pink with a wide purple center. ‘Romantic Returns’ has ruffled petals of deep coral rose. ‘Stephanie Returns’ is a short and sweet variety with a pink/rose red bi-color. ‘Sunset Returns is a very low plant—a true groundcover—with blooms that are 4” wide with piecrust-ruffled petals in pastels of apricot, yellow, and gold. ‘While My Sweetheart Returns’ has blooms of blush lemon cream with ruffles. Some of these daylilies begin to bloom earlier in the season than others, but all bloom late into September. I can only hope we see these delights showing up in our retail markets and if any of our readers locate some, tell me and I’ll share the locations in a future column.
Cremer’s Baked Ham with Maple Glaze
5-6# Roses Spiral Cut Ham
1/4 cup Big Timber pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1. Remove ham from refrigerator 45 minutes to 1 hour before roasting. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Place ham in a roasting pan.
2. Roast for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. In a small bowl, mix together the maple syrup, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and mustard powder.
3. When the 30 minutes are up, brush 1/3 of the glaze over the ham. Bake 20 minutes, remove ham, brush with remaining glaze. Let ham stand for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.
During the Great Depression, my folks used a meat grinder. It has been in my possession for many years. It is the No. 2 Universal model. I can’t help but wonder if there is any value to this meat grinder/sausage maker. — Helen, Granite City, Illinois
During the 1950s, my mother also used a similar contraption that clamped to the kitchen counter. Most of the meat grinders I have seen in shops and at antique malls have been priced in the $50 to $75 range, a little more if it also has the various attachments.
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I have two pocket watches, both made by Elgin. I would like to sell them but have no idea of what they’re worth. — Betty, via e-mail
I recommend that you do a little homework before you make a decision. You can access a great deal of information at elginwatches.org. This easy to use website features a database that includes a comprehensive history of the Elgin Company and its products, technical help and additional links that will connect you to established dealers and collectors. You also should check values listed at www.watchpricing.com.
Remember, values are just a guide and nothing more. For example, if one of your watches is listed at being worth $200 but you can sell it for only $150, the true value is the lower figure, since an item is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it in cold cash.
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I have an American Button Hole Sewing Machine, model No. 7. I bought it at a public sale several years ago. The machine is intact and still has its original box cover and attachments. I seem to be the only person who owns this particular machine and wonder if you can tell me more about it.
— Barbara, Denver, Pennsylvania
According to Antique American Sewing Machines, a value guide by James W. Slaten, your machine was made between 1867 and 1877 and is valued at about $550. Since my copy of this guide is a number of years, I suspect it might be worth slightly more.
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Pets Help Forge Community Ties
DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I recently graduated from college and took a job in a brand-new city. The area is great, but I feel lonely most of the time and haven’t really met anyone I can hang out with regularly. A colleague at work laughingly suggested that I get a dog. Although it was meant to be a joke, I’m kind of considering it. Should I get a dog, or is it a bad idea to have one in the city?
— Kurt H., Somerville, Massachusetts
DEAR KURT: It sounds like a great option. Of course, as a pet-care adviser, I’m a little bit partial to the idea. But I also can tell you that pets not only enrich our lives, but enrich the lives of our neighbors in subtle ways, too. A new study reported in Scientific American found that people with pets are more likely to get
to know other people in the neighborhood, and
those relationships have more substance than
List the pros and cons of owning a pet. Do you have the time to care for and train a dog? Do you have roommates, and are they OK with having a pet in your apartment? What additional costs are involved —food, veterinary care, licensing, training, apartment pet fees and so on? What size and breed of dog is best for your living space? Lifehacker has a very comprehensive guide to considering, deciding and then bringing a
Also, should you decide to get a dog, I hope you’ll consider adopting from a local shelter. Many great dogs are waiting for just the right owner to find them.
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