Daylily: The Lovely Ms. Margo

Hybridizer: P. Owen
Year of Intro: 2012
Ploidy: Tetraploid
Bloom Size: 7.50 in.
Scape Height: 30.00 in.
In Stock: Yes
Basic Attributes:

extra large, blooms mid to late-season, reblooms, 3-4 branches, 20-24 bloom count, pod fertile, pollen fertile, dormant.

The pod-parent is Shadow Warrior
The pollen-parent is Running for the Border


To me, Margo Reed has been an inspiration... not just with her world-renown abilities in hybridizing, but in her innate ability to be so well loved. I'm sure Jim, her hubby, would be the first to agree!

Margo is a gal who loves life. I could tell that when first seeing pictures of her home and gardens... a simply STUNNING spot, right in the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA. Anyone who has the vision to create such beauty is definitely going to be someone I admire, and she didn't prove that wrong... at ALL! It's been SO wonderful getting to know her (as well as Jim!) over the years... even getting to spend a full weekend with the dynamic duo here at the farm, and show them the true excitement of Polkville! When they got home, they wasted NO time is sending me a huge "care package" of truly awesome trees that they knew I could use... which are now foundations in the new display garden. I just LOVE that... 'cuz now I can (and DO) remember them each and every day!

Indeed, Margo is a "giver". Lord knows how many kindergarteners she's impressed over her teaching career, giving sure-to-be lessons about the beauty of nature. She's not only created incredible beauty (and on MANY levels), but shared it with thousands. After what just has to be an exhausting day of chasing 5-year-olds... she still finds the time to mend to her gardens, judge daylily exhibitions (and teach others how to as well), and serve on a myriad of boards and committees! To do all she does, and still maintain the most wonderful "presence" that she so fluidly does... well... it's just "lovely", dontcha think? ;-)

I love Margo's plants... that's all there is to it. They're fun, they're festive, and they're FABULOUS! She creates primarily diploids, but I have it on good authority to tell ya that she secretly does indeed like particular tetraploid! Uh huh... you heard right! Once I worked it out of her, I also figured out just what I might have that would blow her tie-dyed skirt up, too! SO... after sneaking around my tet beds for 2 full years to find the PERFECT plant to surprise her with... I finally DID! WOO HOO!

Margo loves "fresh colors"... and the way this one's vibrant waxy green throat flows out into yellow, then mandarin orange, to a veined pink is as FRESH as can be! The extra large open and full form with gentle ruffles is RIGHT up her alley! The fact that it reblooms so quickly is SURE to make her happy, too! Of course, I do LOVE my dip's too... but I just can't help myself but try my VERY BEST to tempt this woman "to the other side". Something about "corrupting the incorruptible" sounds so appealing to me for some reason, even if it just means teasing Margo... just a little bit. ;-)

Photo of Margo havin' fun in the Zolock Garden's swing was taken by Don Merkle.

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