The judges have voted and the winners of the 2012 American Hemerocallis Society daylily awards have been announced. The highest award given to any daylily is the Stout Silver Medal in honor of Dr. Arlow Stout. This award represents the best daylily cultivar of the year. The competition is fierce and only one medal is given out each year.
2012 Stout Silver Medal Winner
Carnival in Mexico hybridized by Vic Santa Lucia in 2000, 30 inches high, bloom width of 7 inches, mid to late season bloomer, Dormant, Tetraploid.
Pale veined rose with a very large deep red eye above a green throat.
2012 Stout Silver Medal Runner Ups
Heavenly Angel Ice hybridized by Gossard in 2004, 36 inches tall, bloom width 8 inches, mid to late season bloomer, Dormant, unusual form, crispate. White self above a green yellow throat.
Persian Ruby hybridized by Trimmer in 1998, 30 inches high, bloom width 7.75 inches, early to mid season bloom, Dormant, Tetraploid. Ruby red self with a green throat.
Thin Man hybridized by Trimmer in 2002, 42 inches high, bloom width 12 inches, mid season bloom, Evergreen, Tetraploid, unusual form, crispate. Bright red self with a yellow green throat.
Shores of Time hybridized by Stamile in 2002, 26 inches high, bloom width 5.5 inches, early to mid season bloom, Dormant, Tetraploid. Rose with a gold edge above a green throat.
Award of Merit Winners for 2012
Each year this daylily award is given to 12 cultivars that are distinctive, beautiful and also perform well over a wide geographic area. To be eligible for this award a cultivar must have first received the Honorable Mention Award at least three years previously. The 2012 winners were:
Webster’s Pink Wonder / Dorothy and Toto / Sebastian the Crab / Fashion Police / Bass Gibson / Velvet Ribbons / Micro Chip / Jerry Hyatt / Amanda’s Little Red Shoes / Mabou / Stella’s Ruffled Fingers / Red Squirrel
Two years after winning this award, the cultivars will automatically move into the competition for the Stout Silver Medal.