Hi Daylily Fans!
The BADS club had a fantastic season this year. Many club members reported seeing scapes as early as February and many had blooms in March. By the Greenfest show, the last weekend in March, BADS was blooming! We displayed a few flowers and our colorful display draws in new daylily enthusiasts. We attributed our early proliferation of blooms to the lack of cold weather that most of the country experienced. After March, our season takes off like a plant sucking up Superthrive! No sooner do we knock down the tent from Greenfest, than we find our club getting ready for our show and sale the first weekend in May.
Our loyal customers start lining up early at the doors of the First Baptist Church on Gandy Blvd. At 9:00 a.m., the shopping begins and the judging commences. Our show features the usual flower show/contest, but also a photography display and an educational program. Linda Sample shares her expertise and uses plants and a PowerPoint to teach new daylily lovers the finer points of planting and growing these beauties. I must say, I am happy with the results as my Boney Maroney won the Best Large Flower category! See the picture.
My winning flower, Boney Maroney.
Jay Jarman, our president for the past two years, and an officer for three years, recently moved to Jonesboro, Tennessee. We’ll miss Jay’s enthusiastic salesmanship and Cari’s work on the photography contest — both devoted many hours to the club notwithstanding dissertations to write and brain tumors to fight [he’s now fully recovered]! We wish them the very best in their new home.
Our bads.us site has a slightly new look because it is now a WordPress blog. One reason I switched the format of the site is because it is more flexible. However, the address is exactly the same. There are tabs for growing, growers and events and more to come if needed. Our homepage is going to be the best place for the most up-to-date information concerning the Regional meeting this Fall 2012 and Spring 2013. Be sure to bookmark our site.
The new BADS officers are:
- President, Dennis Hoffman
- Vice President, Greg Crane
- Secretary/Historian, Sandy Soderberg
- Treasurer, Kay Smith
- Regional Show Chairperson, Elaine Alito
The BADS Show 2012 winners were:
R.W. Munson Award Pahokee Princess Mark Headley
Best Seedling Nancy & Bob Withers
Best Extra Large Flower Boney Maroney Kyle Pierson
Best Double Cardigan Bay Kay Smith
Best Spider Lime Slide Kay Smith
Best Unusual Form Springfield Clan Elaine Alito
Best Small Flower Coffee to Go Greg & Melanie Crane
Best Miniature Flower Dark Avenger Mark Headley
Best Large Flower Carol Mann Greg & Melanie Crane
Sweepstakes Greg & Melanie Crane
We hope to see you in St. Petersburg this Fall and Spring!