Daylily: Butterfly Ann

Hybridizer: Owen, P.
Year of Intro: 9
Ploidy: Tetraploid
Bloom Size: 5.50 in.
Scape Height: 25.00 in.
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Basic Attributes:

bitone, blooms early to mid-season, reblooms multiple times, 4 branches, 20-24 bloom count, pod fertile, pollen fertile, semi-evergreen.

The pod-parent is (Sultry Smile x Barbara Morton)
The pollen-parent is Spiny Sea Urchin


Okay... it's been a full decade since I started hybridizing seriously. Any of you who know me, know full well that my Mom is not only a HUGE part of who I am... but she's also my mentor in life. No, I'm not a "Momma's Boy"... it's just dumb luck that the most incredible person I've ever met in my life, just happens to be my Mother!

Believe me when I tell you, naming a flower directly after her is something I've wanted to do since hybridizing in perennials started for me 13 years ago... but coming up with what I felt was "the perfect flower" to do it with just wasn't easy to do! Naming a flower "Ann Owen" just didn't do it for me though... she didn't exactly "pick" that name, and though it represents her, it just didn't put forth her true attitude towards life. No... I just had to think of what really told you something about her and her "true" persona!

When I was a kid (the youngest of 6), and even though my Father had already passed prematurely, Mom certainly went "above and beyond" to make sure all of us kids pursued what made us as happy as we could be. A social worker, she encouraged our diversity and education... and gave us the confidence of super-heroes! In the late 70's, she decided to veer just a bit from her very conservative Catholic ways... she tossed off her shoes, picked up a tamborine, wiggled into a sun-dress, and burned her bra! Oh yes, she was a single liberated mother of 6... on a mission to not only be the best person she could possibly be, but to make sure that her kids wouldn't miss out on all the fun life had to offer either!

When I was 13, she enrolled us all into a "self help" workshop... a really neat "Mind Control" seminar by Jose Silva, designed to teach us a lot about our "inner selves" (hey, it was the late 70's, don't forget!). One aspect of the seminar was to help us with the memorization of people's names (I've still got to work on that one), where they taught us that visualizing something when people tell you their names can help you remember. We each got to pick what we wanted people to think of, and Mom's choice was simply... "a butterfly". As you can see in her picture here of her celebrating her 79th birthday this past June, it certainly fits!!!

Anyway, this flower, like my Mom, really means a lot to me! It's of my favorite color in daylilies, clear and searing coral pink. This beauty reblooms immediately (twice!), and is tremendously vigorous to boot! The clear and sparkling gold tendrils can reach 3/4" on mid-Summer blooms. Like my Mom... it's just plain gorgeous!

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