SUMMER AT ASHWOOD

Our thanks to Jerry Dalrymple of Pleasant Plain, Ohio for the use of the following images from their visit here. It seems as though I always get so busy during bloom season that I never think to get any shots taken here of the whole place. Jerry was thoughtful enough to send a disc of these images and give us permission to use them, Thanks, Jerry! 

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The first ten images are general shots of some of the seedling beds and display beds around our little hilltop. The second image from the end shows a seedling bed with evidence of a hobby that Jerry and I were surprised to find that we share beyond daylilies, that of racing pigeons. The last image is of yours truly doing what you will find me doing much of the time on summer afternoons during bloom season, digging out daylilies for customers.

NEW SHOTS FROM THE SUMMER OF 2006

  

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The first two images were taken on the last day of July of 2006. As our season begins about the 20th of June, you can see that there is some rebloom in the area of the seedling patch visible in the first image. In the second image, taken the same day, we see selected a bed of seedlings and future introductions in the foreground. You will notice that the bloom is much stronger here, not like main season bloom, but the rebloom keeps a lot of color going.  

The second shot was taken closer to mid season. It shows one of the dozens of seedling beds. In the background is a flock of my racing pigeons getting some exercise. I am proud to be able to say that these very birds did themselves proud in a series of competitions in August through October returning to their home here from distances of as much as 300 miles and at speeds of as high as 55 miles per hour. These birds came out on the very top of the competition that include some 50 lofts in central and southeastern Ohio. Two of the specks you see in the background have a good chance of being honored as American "Ace" Pigeons by our national journal The Racing Pigeon Digest. 

For the person who enjoys animals, birds in particular, I would recommend the sport of pigeon racing. There are some 20,000 members of the two national racing pigeon organizations. Pigeons are raced in every state of the union. There are several particular hotspot areas in the country. One is centered around Spring Hill, Fl. (not far from Florida Mecca) Another one is along the east coast in the general area of New York City. Another active pigeon racer is the Florida hybridizer, Ed Brown whose genius gave us such fine daylilies as JANICE BROWN, RUFFLED MASTERPIECE.and COLLIER.  I am sure you know that the 2006 Stout Medal winner was named by Jeff Salter in his honor. Up and coming hybridizer Bob Faulkner of Ohio as well as the famous Frank Smith are both pigeon breeders. However the birds that they breed are selected for their beauty not for their racing ability.   

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