Morry – 2010

All introductions are listed in alphabetical order. Click on each photo to see a full-size, high-quality photo of the flower in full bloom as it would appear in your garden.

LE HAMEL (Moonlit Masquerade x Area Fifty-One): Mick Morry – Tetraploid – Dormant  LE HAMEL Le Hamel has a 5.5 – 6 inch bloom, on a 32 to 36 inch scape, blooms midseason, and has 4-5 way branching with 24 to 30 buds. Le Hamel is our First World War 1 (WW1) memorial introduction saluting the achievements of Canadian and British troops in the European theatre. Le Hamel stands proud and tall, just as the brave allied troops did when they sacrificed their lives and freedom for what they hoped would be a lasting, future peace in Europe and the world. Le Hamel is a fast increasing, very fertile plant both ways, with large seed counts. Sometimes a deeper purple, it is typically, as seen in this photo, a fairly hot fuchsia with darker veining, and a plum eye. We have had great hot purple kids out of Le Hamel.
MAPLE LEAF FOREVER [(Always a Pleasure x Twist of Lemon) x Fortune’s Dearest]: Mick Morry – Tetraploid – Dormant  MAPLE LEAF FOREVER Maple Leaf Forever has a 5.5 inch bloom on a 28 to 30 inch scape. It blooms midseason and has 4 – 5 way branching with 24 to 30 buds. Maple Leaf Forever (MLF) was named in honour of the first, unofficial Canadian national anthem, composed in the 19th century, and after the maple leaf, the ‘emblem dear’ and symbol of Canada world-wide, that is proudly featured on our modern flag. How can you describe a flower that has given us everything, as MLF has done except to say that it is deceptively simple in appearance, yet a powerhouse in the breeder’s arsenal? Maple Leaf Forever is fertile both ways, and once again, has large seed counts. This plant is parent to several dozen important plants in our hybridizing program, many of which are potential future introductions. See our website www.avaloniadaylilies.com to view MLF kids! MLF is a neon yellow going to orange based flower with a hot orange going to red eye, with a serrated, hooked and knobbed edge. Deceptively simple in appearance, it has, bred to diverse other colours, produced every imaginable colour and form (including polytepals, which are especially common amongst its kids). Both Mick and Ms. Lanny’s most treasured seedlings are Maple Leaf Forever kids.
MARTHA’S GOOD THING (Sumatran Tiger x Panda Bear): Mick Morry – Tetraploid – Dormant  MARTHA'S GOOD THING Martha’s Good Thing has a 5 to 5.5 inch bloom on a tall – 30 to 32 inch scape. Bloom is midseason, and has 4 – 5 way branching with 24 to 30 buds. It is mildly fragrant here in the North. Martha’s Good Thing has become a garden favourite with visitors here in Canada, and is also a favourite of Karen Newman in her Tennessee garden. Named in honour of one of the strongest, well motivated women I most admire other than my mother…. (guess who??) Martha’s Good Thing hits you in the eye from right across the garden and has what we call here, 400 foot colour. You cannot miss it! Martha always looks good, and it always sets pods and is tremendously fertile both ways. It is a very good parent for entrenching hot rich colour in its kids. Martha quickly establishes well, clumps quickly, and always looks good in our garden, and Karen tells us it is a treasure in her garden as well.
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE (Always Afternoon x Twist of Lemon): Mick Morry – Tetraploid – Dormant  PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE 5.5 – 6 inch bloom on a stately 30 to 32 inch scape. Midseason, mildly fragrant, with 4 -5 way branching with 16 to 24 buds. Patience Is a Virtue is a hot bubble-gum pink, happy flower that represents the positive nature of the phrase – patience is a virtue. Patience is a necessary trait for hybridizers, and appreciation of the simple elegance, of a clear, clean flower that breeds bigger and more ostentatiously than itself, is a hallmark of this bloom. We have been getting mostly patterned children out of nowhere with this simple little eye. Ms. Lanny’s seedlings with fractal red eyes were most dramatic this year. Colourfast in the hottest days of summer, this simple but honest flower is solid and robust for garden visitors, even at day’s end.
PETTY HARBOUR (Strawberry Candy x Raspberry Beret): Lanny Morry – Tetraploid – Dormant  PETTY HARBOUR Petty Harbour is a 5 – 5.5 inch bloom on a 4 to 5 way branching scape, with 18 to 24 buds and blooms in the midseason. Petty Harbour is named in honour of one of the prettiest four-century old fishing villages on the Avalon Peninsula, in Newfoundland, Canada. It represents the start of a series of introductions that will honour the Avalon Peninsula, its communities and its people, from where we are most recently descended (at least for the last 200 years!). All the Newfoundland series that are to come feature eyes, like the wild orange fruited bog berries that look like raspberries, called bakeapples (in Scandinavia they are called cloudberries), that I grew up collecting and making into jams and jellies after rambles with my family in the berry fields of the Avalon. It is a fast establishing, hardy flower that blooms with multiple scapes once established, with happy, bright eyed flowers that cannot be missed from anywhere in the garden. Extremely fertile both ways with great kids in our garden.
QUIRKS AND QUARKS (Bali Watercolor x Weapons of Mass Distraction): Lanny Morry, Tetraploid – Dormant  QUIRKS AND QUARKS Quirks and Quarks blooms on a 26- 28 inch scape, with a 5.5 to 6 inch flower and four-way branching with 20 to 24 buds. Wow, how do we describe Quirks and Quarks and what it has done for our program? Q & Q is parent of many fabulous seedlings and future introductions coming down the line, including one that will be named after my artist mother Evelyn Morry, Mick’s grandmother, who selected one of Mick’s Q & Q kids to be named after her after seeing it in first dramatic bloom. Q & Q is named in honour of one of our favourite CBC Radio One science programs that frequently explores distant space discoveries amongst the quirks, and quarks and quasars. Its near charcoal black eye is unique and is producing many surprise eyes that are both dramatically large and vivid in their colour intensity, some going to the electric violet and blue range, and others going to a quite bright red. The rest are going glossy black like liquorice. Q & Q is very fertile both ways, with outstanding kids.
SUN MOON STARS- Mick Morry 2010 introduction [(Ed Brown x Edge Of Heaven) x (J.T. Davis x Canada Day)]: Dormant in north. Sev-dormant in the south  SUN MOON STARS Tetraploid. 7 – 7.5 inch flower. 24-26 inch scape. Mid season, re-bloomer in south. 3 – 4 way branching in the north with 17-24 buds per scape. 4-5 way branching in the south with 24-30 buds per scape. Polymerous Tetramer 4 x 4 20% or greater. I am proud to announce that due to popular demand we have decided to finally release SUN MOON STARS. SMS is the most important cultivar I have bred that is in use up here at Avalonia. It is a reliable polymerous 4 x 4, and has produced more than 20 futures–many that are polymerous too. SMS is also our edge maker here at Avalonia. It has produced edges unheard of in the upper north. It’s best kid named after our webmaster LARRY LONGSON can have up to 7 angel wings on a flower with a 1 to 2 inch edge any day–any weather. SUN MOON STARS is heavily sculpted and also partially doubles at times. If you are looking for a dormant jumbo edge maker or looking for a consistent producer of polymerous daylilies or sculpting–then SMS is the plant for you. SUN MOON STARS opens golden cream in colder weather and within a couple of hours goes to a cream off white hue. On hot days it opens tremendously white and gets more and more white as the day lengthens. Sun Moon Stars was given it’s name due to both the colours of the Moon and Stars, but also for what it gave us in it’s children. We really did get the Sun the Moon and the Stars out of SMS. Sun Moon Stars is also producing many green edges due to the doubling up of J.T. Davis. CANADA DAY is behind much of the golden colour SMS opens up with early before it lightens up with the sun. My mother’s future Canada Day also has a green edge. It has helped reinforce SMS’s breeding capability for getting green edges–even though SMS has a yellow and gold–diamond dusted edging itself.
THE SOMME (Shades of Darkness x Unchartered Waters): Mick Morry, Tet – Dormant  THE SOMME The Somme is 30 – 32 inches, early to mid-season bloom, 6 to 7 inch flower, a frequent polytepaler, that can have entire scapes poly here in the North. It has solid 4 way branching, 17 to 24 buds. The Somme is a very rich port wine to sometimes near black bloom with a reasonably flat yet deep blackish eye that holds up all day. The Somme is the second in my World War One Memorial series, and is one of the most important in the series as my great-grandfather, Howard Leopold Morry, served at Beaumont Hamel on the Somme battlefield, and survived one of its bloodiest days, when on a single day, on 1 July 1916, his Royal Newfoundland Regiment was reduced from 860 to 64 members within 30 minutes – a true decimation of the regimental force. He survived, and so only for that reason, I am here. The Somme is one of the earliest flowers to bloom in our garden, and one of the most consistent in colour and form and breeding prowess. An outstanding feature of The Somme is its gaseous golf-ball sized green throat that reminded me of what my great grandfather said the poisonous gas looked like when it was unleashed against the allied troops in battles across the verdant the fields of France. The Somme is a great breeding base for throwing some of the larger ruffles and keeping clean solid colour when bred to some of the more finicky southern purples. The Somme is almost too fertile and takes every time both ways, and has given us way too many seeds, but we still plant them and get great purples every time – and tons of polytepaling kids.
THOMAS GRAHAM MORRY (Killer x Area Fifty-One): Mick Morry, Thomas Graham Morry is a Tet – dormant  THOMAS GRAHAM MORRYTHOMAS GRAHAM MORRY AND LANNY MORRY A 6 inch bloom on a 28-32 inch scape, 4 – 5 way branching, 24 – 30 buds, and is a very fast increaser and also extremely fertile both ways. Named after my grandfather, who picked what he described as a ‘manly’ looking flower to be named after him, Thomas Graham Morry opens electrically grapey and then fades to more of the burgundy range later in the day – a colour I know my grandfather as a wine connoisseur and collector probably greatly appreciated. Just like him, this is a bigger than life flower and it has produced wonderful children, just like he did, and we are looking forward to seeing how the grandchildren are – as we have only seen a few grandchildren, and we are not sure yet how far the apple fell from the tree! My grandfather spent three years admiring this plant before he picked it to be named after him. He loved this plant.