Twenty years ago it was love at first sight twenty years ago when Pollie Maasz saw her first spider Hemerocallis and she has been sharing this passion as a nusery grower in Hampshire for 8 years. Early on she was fortunate to meet and befriend Diana Grenfell Grounds and mentored by Diana who had written a book on Daylilies soon collected enough expertise and plants to become a National Plant Collection Holder of Hemerocallis (spider and unusual forms), not bad for someone who started with a red one, an orange one and a yellow one and thought that’s all there was.
2011 marks Pollie’s debut appearance at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and inevitably it has been a steep learning curve. But Pollie says that they looked on it as an adventure, down to the camping at Apps Court Farm. I hope that she and husband Terry are remembering that on this rainy evening. Winning a silver-gilt medal on their first attempt should help.
Pollie has started breeding new cultivars and has a few promising candidates. She hopes to name one of them after Diana and we can look forward to seeing this available in the next couple of years.