Daylily: Smilin' Cindy*

Hybridizer: Owen, P.
Year of Intro: 2010
Ploidy: Diploid
Bloom Size: 8.00 in.
Scape Height: 34.00 in.
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Basic Attributes:

reverse bitone, blooms mid-season, reblooms, 3-4 branches, 18-24 bloom count, pod fertile, pollen fertile, dormant.

The pod-parent is (Proper Stranger x Pug Yarborough)
The pollen-parent is Concord Nelson


This flower brings so much whimsical cheer to my garden, I just couldn't help but name it for yet another entity that brings tons of cheer to my life... my Sister Cindy!  Cindy has always been the eternal optimist... a lover of not only "all things good", but the one who has always done SO much to insure that she brings these things together as well.  For years, she would have our entire family to her house for a gourmet family reunion... going to unbelievable lengths, to bring plenty of smiles to the entire family!  When Cindy lost her husband to a freak auto accident just a few years ago, the thought that she'd lose her unbelievably fantastic approach to life as a result was almost unbearable for us all.  Indeed, it was really hard on her and her kids... as I'm sure you would guess.  However, it seems almost embarrassing now to think any of us could have doubted that her light could ever be in any way diminished... and she's now found true love again, and smilin' more than ever before!  Oh yes, Cindy is somethin' alright... the best kind of Sister a guy could ever hope for, and a person with a quality of perseverance that's the admiration of us all.

I've actually included two photo's of this flower, because one shows how beautifully it can cascade... while the other shows much better the very unusual fixed trait of being a "reversed bicolor".  Unlike most daylilies... the sepals, you see, are the ones in this case with an edge.  The raspberry color is actually picked up from the inner eye in the petals, and displayed in a most unusual way here... assuredly "slightly different"!  A genetic quirk, perhaps... but did I ever imply that Cindy was "normal"?  ;-)

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