Where in the world do I begin? Firstly, I want to point out that no daylily that I have created and probably will create will change for the better the future of Daylily Hybridizing. This daylily is truly The Master of our garden. MASTER & BOLD RULER has no faults. If you look at the above stats and embrace the following you will see why I love it so. I would like to add though that this long description is not about pride or exaggeration, or is priced for greed. I basically got lucky and this leap forward is a game changer; not only for me but for everyone who chooses to see or breed with him. My claim to fame is simply long hours and hard work, so while breeding for BIG, I made as many crosses and seed as I could, forgoing other directions, to simply explore the gene pool of big! I mostly use the same technique today.
OK here are some facts: The Master has never lost a plant; whether dividing-up in August or in a clump. He has grown and survived well over this past winter in a zone 4 section of New Hampshire after a cold winter with no mulching or snow cover! Regarding the size factor, the phrase genetically jumped the fence is precisely what has happened; again to ALL OF OUR good fortune… The process went from two parents approx. 7” to an offspring over 70% larger. Like a horse giving birth to an elephant! With large ruffles and the occasional angel wings, MASTER AND BOLD RULER does not hang-up and has the strength to always open no matter what’s in the petals way. Pod Fertility is average to good whereas generally big flowers are the hardest to set on. There are many other attributes. One problem for me is once I release this monster how do I then introduce 7 ½”, 7 ¾” or 8” futures?I will only be releasing a little over half my stock, approx. 30 pots. The rest will be MY pod makers. MASTER & BOLD RULER is a daylily that never has a bad hair day, throws big flowers and sets a new standard for size in the Full Form category. For this reason, I will not be giving him away. I have in the past bought two $300.00 daylilies. One is quite pretty but only blooms on 11 buds. The other has teeth but is basically just a poor bridge plant. I was not happy. As with all of my daylilies I guarantee them unconditionally. Of course there is no way I can make every hem perfect everywhere, but I have heard the term “Risk” too often when speaking of buying a new daylily. As a consumer myself there is nothing worse than paying big money and blooming a B minus cultivar – Except when they rot on you, Or both! When you buy one of my Hems I want you to be thrilled, and if you’re not just let us know. The price for a large blooming size double fan is $500.00. For the collector or the hybridizer this is more than fair. I will offer Single Fans for $300.00. For $500.00 I will provide a bonus plant (1), up to $200 in value, our choice from your long list of suggestions from Spring 17 or Fall 2016. This bonus is in addition to our regular bonus on the rest of your order. I have done this to offer a Win/Win. You are our customers, our friends, and it is important to keep a price point of integrity, for this bold and truly one of a kind new daylily! Enjoy… Fertile both ways.