Introducing Mick Morry

Delano Daylilies has been honored to serve as the USA Test Garden for Avalonia Daylilies in Manotick, Ontario, Canada since their first introductions in the spring of 2009. Our Canadian friends—Mick Morry, Mick’s wife (Jennifer Patterson) and Mick’s mom (Ms. Lanny)—sent us some of their selected seedlings from 2009 until 2012 to grow for increase as possible future introductions. Several were introduced (see the links below for specific registrations from 2010 through 2014). Canada’s growing season is not very long, so there’s not much chance to see a plant increase as fast as they would like. The Morry family wanted to see how their plants would grow in an alien environment and, boy, did we find out! Since 2009, what started out as a small space in our garden in southeast Tennessee has taken on a life of its own and now encompasses more than one third of our entire sales area.

Since the “test” garden has reached its goals, and has also become more physical labor than Steve and I can handle, we have declared it a success! The bulk of the plants will remain here except for some that Mick and Ms. Lanny want us to return to their garden for them to use as bridge plants and stock. The remaining plants (registered plants as well as seedlings) were freshly lined-out in August/September 2014 for sale in the spring of 2015. See the Price List link at www.delanodaylilies.com for specific plants and prices on the Canadian plants.

Growing conditions in southeast Tennessee can be a real struggle during line-out season because of the extreme heat and humidity. We lose some plants every line-out season, but it’s just part of getting the garden ready for the coming year. I’m proud to say that the Morry family had the foresight to use the right parents to produce kids that are “tough as nails”. Since 2009, we have never lost a single plant to rot. Everything we have grown for them has proven to be healthy, hardy and vigorous growers. The plants they have sent to us would be a welcome addition to any garden.

Background

Mick, his wife (Jen) and his mother (Ms. Lanny) live in rural Manotick, Ontario, Canada (AHS Region 4, Zone 4b/5). For more than twenty five years, Mick and Lanny have been involved in breeding orchids (cattleyas) and champion whippets. They originally started their whippet breeding program with the finest available stock from Europe and developed the ultimate breeding line.

In 1998, Avalonia kennels took the Europeans by storm and Mick’s home bred whippet, Cdn. Ch. Avalonia Wheatfield Waving, won the world championship in Helsinki, Finland, the dog world’s Stout Medal equivalent, and set records as the first Canadian bred dog to do so.

When Mick turned his attention to hybridizing daylilies, his energy and enthusiasm could not be contained. His wife, Jen, and his mother soon started making crosses along with Mick and the competition began! As with whippet stock, Mick sought out the “best of the best” breeding lines for his introductions. He’s still young (mid-40’s) and with several generations of seedlings under evaluation with only the best parents, he is already becoming a force to be reckoned with in the daylily world.

Working only with tetraploids and focusing on water-resistance and heat-resistance, Mick is also making leaps forward in ruffling, sculpting, polytepaling, veining, form and branching. He focuses on hot colors but isn’t afraid to mix it up a bit! If his plants can’t survive Canada’s cold winters and also bloom in Florida’s heat (and be breedable both ways) they’re headed for the compost heap!

An accomplished writer, Mick Morry has been published in Journals of both the Canadian Hemerocallis Society and the American Hemerocallis Society. He is also a very talented painter. His watercolors of several daylilies at Can-Am Conventions were a big hit and commanded top dollars at auction. Mick is heavily involved in www.MyDaylilies.com and his mother, Lanny Morry, an accomplished photographer, is a welcome presence on FaceBook as she posts photos of many of the plants blooming at Avalonia Daylilies in Canada.

Remember the name—Mick Morry—and watch for his future introductions. You can contact Mick at:
Mick Morry
Avalonia Daylilies
3901 River Road
R.R. 3, Manotick, Ontario, Canada
K4M 1B4
Telephone: (613) 826-0251
E-mail: mickmorry@gmail.com

STEVE NEWMAN

H. ‘Steve Newman’ (Morry, 2014)