Daylily: Ken Can Do

Hybridizer: Owen, Paul
Year of Intro: 2015
Ploidy: Tetraploid
Bloom Size: 7.25 in.
Scape Height: 48.00 in.
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Basic Attributes:

extra large, blooms mid-season, reblooms, 4-5 branches, 24-28 bloom count, pod fertile, pollen fertile, dormant.

The pod-parent is (Torrent x Mars Attacks)
The pollen-parent is For The Love of David


THIS velvet hottie is "THE BOMB"! Set your garden positively SMOULDERING with this big bad boy, ASAP! Rock-solid dormant habit pumps up GORGEOUS well-branched scapes, and the flower? I just wish I could make draperies out of that velvety richness!!!

Anyone who's been here for any one of the many daylily events I pull off... you've met my Sis Jane's hubby, Ken. The dynamic duo live in Floyd, Va... just 3 hours up the hill from me. They're both card-carrying Hippies, ridiculously educated (both are professors), and just COOL PEOPLE!!! They took me in when I was 16, which is when I started school at UF (Gainesville, FL)... and as they both worked there, they definitely taught me the ropes - about a LOT of things! I can't say Ken was like a "father" to me (he's too young, and that would tick 'im off)... but for sure, he's been a mentor ever since I served as ring-bearer in his wedding to Jane when I was only 5. After 25 years of teaching in some 8 different Middle Eastern countries, there's not much that daunts Mr. Ken! As a Physics Professor and Army-trained mechanic, Ken can fix ANYTHING... and believe me, HE'S responsible for keeping this place "up and running" as much as I am!

I've gotten out of the habit of naming plants for people (really just because it's harder for me to think of creative names, so I'd prefer the challenge). However... there's NO way I can go any longer, without somehow trying to let Ken know just how much he's meant to me... over my entire lifetime. He's tall and hot-headed, hence a choice that "makes a statement" with its tall and stately presence... and the fiery-red color (though velvety smooth, once you get a "closer look"). His areas of expertise are numerous (great branching)... and it seems no matter what, he's a survivor (rock-solid dormant habit).

Funny thing is, Ken actually picked out a plant a few years back that he pulled me aside to say was his "favorite"... but even though I knew what he was getting at, it was a tiny little frilly pink-eyed dwarf! Just shows that no matter how powerful a man can be (and Ken is twice that), y'just never know what kind of heart he has... until he does somethin' like that! Of course, I knew it long before then... but don't tell him that. ;-)

I love you Ken... and can tell you with total honesty, my life would not be the same without you. Thanks for catchin' (and keepin'!) 'im, Jane!!!
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