2016 was a rough year for us here at Willow Rock Gardens, with Heather suffering injuries from an auto accident and we fell behind on our introductions but hope to get back to it in full swing in 2017!
  

New in 2016

  
ALL YA’LLS
(Hotaling A & Hotaling-Giglio H, 2016) 

Delaware may not be down south as far as we’d like but life here, is a little bit different, and some say we talk a little funny.  According to our friend, Scott Elliot of Maneki Neko Gardens when talking to a person individually, you can say How Ya’ll doing?  When speaking to a group of people you greet them as Hello, All Ya’lls!  

This daylily is a strong grower and will be sure to greet anyone out in the garden with a warm and friendly,  HOWDY ALL YA’LLS!  It is 35” (h) bloom is 8.25”,mid season, dormant, Tetraploid,  19 buds, 2 branches.   Vibrant yellow with a ruffled edge (seedling x seedling)       $75DF

New in 2015

Artfully Yours Betty
 (Hotaling A & Hotaling –Giglio H, 2015)
Ruffles pale peach with tiny yellow throat 26"h, mid, 15 buds, rebloom, 5.5"bloom dorm DIP

Our Aunt Betty is a wife, mother, sister and aunt as well as a advocate for the disabled and a wonderful artist.  As an artist, she finds colors and textures interesting and loves weeds!  As a gardener, I love the colors and textures but work hard to eliminate the weeds!  This simple flower is a blank canvas for her to make into her own masterpiece!  Her artwork can be found on Fine Art America's website   
Please be sure to check out her terrific artwork and it will allow you to make comments too! Tell her Heather and Amanda sent ya!
  
Jeff and Heather Sing Johnny Rebeck
(Hotaling A & Hotaling-Giglio H, 2015)
Bright red with a wide yellow star shaped throat 28" Mid, 18 buds, rebloom, 7.5 bloom, Dor, DIP

My cousin, is my hero and is truly “My Sunshine” but the song he and and I are best known to sing together is Johnny Rebeck.  Jeff was born with Spinia Bifida and now in his 50’s he has overcome so much---including my singing—which is small in comparison to the other challenges he has had to live with,  He always has a smile on his face and a look that tells me we are going to have a lot of fun! Jeff, is one of a kind and the dearest man I know.  I am so proud to call him my cousin.
Here are the words to our favorite song even if he does change the words on me to another version LOL

Once there was a Dutchman
His name was Johnny Rebeck
He made the finest sausages and sauerkraut and speck.
He made the finest sausages that'll evermore be seen,
Till one day he invented a sausage makin machine.
Chorus:
Oh, Mr. Johnny Rebeck how could you be so mean,
I told you, you'd be sorry for inventin' that machine
now all the neighbors cats and dogs will nevermore be seen
For they'll be ground to sausages in Johnny  Rebeck's machine.
One day a boy came walkin' a walkin' thru the door.
He bought a pound of sausages and laid them on the floor.
The boy began to whistle, He whistled up a tune.
And all the little sausages went dancin' round the room.
Chorus:
One day the machine got busted the darn thing wouldn't go,
So Johnny Rebbeck he climbed inside to see what made it so.
His wife she had a nightmare, went walkin' in her sleep
She gave it a yank a deuce of crank and Johnny Rebeck was meat!
  
Carol's Little Red Dress
(Hotaling A & Hotaling-Giglio H, 2015)
Deep candied apple red with darker band and a yellow-green throat 28" h, mid, , 20 buds, rebloom, 4.5" bloom Dor DIP

When Uncle George and Carol came down for our garden wedding, Carol had on a little red dress that really stood out to me and it was stunning on her!  When Amanda and I were out in the seedling beds we flagged this one to watch and with its reblooming habit we knew just what its name had to be!
  
Uncle Carl's Eierkuchen
(Hotaling A &Hotaling- Giglio H, 2015)
Sunny yello with substance and a yellow-green throat 36' h, mid, 15 buds, 6" bloom, dorm TET

This is named after our Uncle Carl who made the best eierkuchen. Uncle Carl is kinda quiet and shy but a great hugger. We didn’t know he was really behind making our breakfast when we stayed at their house.
GERMAN EIERKUCHEN (EGG PANCAKES)

2 cups milk
4 eggs
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups flour
Preheat a hot griddle or large skillet (cast iron is best). Brush with oil, butter, lard or shortening.
Beat eggs with 1/2 cup of the milk; add flour, salt and beat until smooth. Add remaining milk and beat until smooth.
Pour about a cup of batter into the center of the hot pan and tip it in all directions to spread the batter.
When the pancake is brown on the bottom and the edges develop larger bubbles flip the pancake and bake the other side for about the same amount of time, or until cooked through in the center.
Stack pancakes with a small pat of butter between them and keep warm in a 200°F oven until all the pancakes are baked and you're ready to serve! Serve with honey or brown sugar syrup or fresh fruit preserves and melted butter.
Variation: If you like vanilla, add a teaspoon of pure vanilla to the batter.

Julie's Musical Notes
(Hotaling A & Hotaling-Giglio H, 2015)
Pale pink with ruffles and a gold throat 28" h, mid, 18 buds, rebloom, 6" bloom, DOR Dip
  
Julie has always loved to sing and she, unlike me, can even remember the words! She always hits the right notes.
Along with her daughter Allie, she has become involved with theatre and other creative venues. Julie is also very active with animal welfare projects.  
 
Be on the lookout for a new intro named after Allie in 2017!
  


Geocaching George
(Hotaling A & Hotaling-Giglio H, 2015)
Burnt red with a golden throat extending out on petals 30"h, mid season, 2 branches, 22 buds, rebloom, 7" bloom Dor Dip

This is named after our Uncle George who got us hooked on geocaching.  Geocaching allows you to visit some really cool places as well as get some exercise. He has gone to many school concerts, science fairs and many other events. This reblooming daylily goes the distance just like Uncle George.
  
Tinkie's Mission ImPAWSable
(Hotaling-H.&A.-Rishell-G., 2015)
height 40 in.(102 cm), bloom 5 in.(13 cm), season EM, Rebloom, Dormant, Tetraploid, 25 buds, 4 branches,  Warm coral with an darker band that appears to have heart tops with ruffles on petals and a wide golden green throat. (Abilene Nan × Uppermost Edge) × Rock Solid) Awards: None

Tinker Belle was a very special cat. She "washed" in Hurricane Sandy. She was thin, had raw paws and was perpetually hungry. She became our third rescue and lived a good life with us and still holds a very special place in our hearts.
  

New in 2014

POLLEN PACKING PETER
(Hotaling-Giglio H, 2014)

This bright yellow, somewhat toothy daylily brings a little cheer to the garden! After work in New York I would often stop by to visit by daylily buddy and fellow hybridizer Peter Saxton. a couple blocks away. I found the history in that garden and his knowledge of the Hemerocallis fascinating! I loved that he was always willing to share his experience and would tell stories of the old AHS and members. Sometimes, progress isn’t such a good thing. I knew he found it funny that with my own garden that I went to his for a break! I fell in love with Historic Daylilies here in this garden. The older the better! I was always amazed to see such a huge daylily garden in the middle of a city! The little white hybridizing tags dangling off daylilies swirling in the breeze such a great memory! When Peter relocated, after 70 years, he offered me a lot of his inventory and I am PROUD as anything to grow almost all of the daylilies he and his dad so lovingly created.
A garden is such a wonderful escape from everything that is negative in the world. Peter is a man I feel doesn’t get the credit or appreciation he so rightly deserves, so my friend, Thank You! Remember, you have forgotten more than some will ever know……. 
MARINE STAFF SERGEANT RECKLESS
(Hotaling-Giglio H, 2014)

When we first saw this daylily in our seedling bed it stood out and we watched it for several years before moving it out to really evaluate it. The name didn’t really come to Heather until she and Dave went to  Quantico: Home of the United States Marine Corps Museum . This is a wonderful place to visit and to see what the Marines are all about. Dave, showed me around the base as he was stationed there for a time, before going overseas. I am certainly proud of his service! We have watched over the years as they have been working on a concrete walking area with different statues and different plantings and one day we noticed the new life size statue of Marine Staff Sergeant Reckless. Suddenly, that beautiful red daylily with the bright yellow throat (think Marine colors) had its name! What better way to honor this heroic horse? Reckless, was a stabled at a Seoul racetrack and “drafted” into the 5th Marine Regiment 1st Marine Division and served her role in Korea during the Korean War. She was a quick study who seemed to live by the motto “Get er done!” In March 1953, she made 51 trips up jagged hills from the Ammunition Supply Point to the firing sites, 95% of the time by herself.  “She carried 386 rounds of ammunition (over 9,000 pounds – almost FIVE TONS! -- of ammunition), walked over 35 miles through open rice paddies and up steep mountains with enemy fire coming in at the rate of 500 rounds per minute.”, as per  www.sgtreckless.com  She was wounded twice while making these runs and still kept going.
The movie “WAR HORSE” is based on her life. When the war ended, she was rewarded not only with a title she had earned but the love between this hero horse and the soldiers she fought with, was so strong that she returned to the United States with them and lived out her days at Camp Pendleton in California. Rest in Peace, Reckless and Thank You for the your service in the U.S. Marine Corps. 

New in 2013

POPPY'S BEAN QUEEN
(Hotaling H-Hotaling A 2013)

If you have read "How Heather Became the Lily Lady" you'll get to know how Heather was very close to her grandfather and that they spent a lot of time on the mountain (not Walton's Mountain). Although she grew up with lots of extended family, the farm was her grandfather's get away and they could often be found up there escaping their everyday life! It was here she first fell in love with the daylily, H. Fulva to be exact! After a long day riding on the tractor, her grandfather would be too tired to cook so he would take a can of Campbell's Pork and Beans and that would be dinner! Being a teenager, she didn't think this was a great thing! If he wasn't too tired sometimes he would throw a few hot dogs in...GAG! This and the fact that the farm didn't always have a working bathroom was just too much! When we began hybridizing this was one of our first crosses and it's maiden bloom was NOTHING that we could ever have imagined it was just plain ole ugly and every time Heather walked by it she would glare at it and call it "Bean Queen" because of the color--- a few years later she went by it and it had turned into a stunning plant and the muddiness of the color had turned into a lovely orange with as much character as her Poppy, thus in his honor it was registered as Poppy's Bean Queen--- maybe in her honor---as she ate enough of those nasty beans to be a Bean Queen! 
THE GREAT MADPADI
(Hotaling H. Hotaling A.-Rishell 2013)

This daylily is named to honor a wonderful man, Madhu Padi MD. This daylily is bright and bold, always cheerful just like then man it is named after! 
LUCKY'S RAINBOW
(Hotaling H-Hotaling A 2013)

** Tissue Alert**

Lucky was a rescue who found Heather in 1992 and she was a year to 2 years old according to the vet. When Amanda Jack was born in 1994 Lucky had taken it upon herself to "watch the baby" and the two grew up together. In 2009, as we were preparing to move to Delaware we told Lucky not to worry she would go with us. Sadly, Lucky passed away in June of 2009, we had her cremated and SWORE that we would never again own a cat! EVER! Lucky was a house cat who lived to be nearly 20! The day she was put to sleep, we cried our fool eyes out but as we passed the vets office we noticed the MOST BEAUTIFUL RAINBOW and knew that it was her telling us she was safe and happy and that she loved us. We had her cremated and kept our promise to bring her with us to Delaware. She was always sitting and watching us sort seeds, pot plants and when we saw this daylily in the garden we just knew it was LUCKY'S RAINBOW. Her spirit will live on through this daylily.... and Yes, we did adopt more rescue cats!