Mike Huben's northern-bred daylilies for real garden needs. Rebloom, diverse heights, graceful scapes, clear colors, ornamental foliage, and new combinations.
Welcome to Diploids Resurgent!
I'm Mike Huben, gardener, botanist, hybridizer, and all-around plant fanatic. (That's Magnolia ashei, a big leaf magnolia behind me.)
I've named my site "Diploids Resurgent" because I'd like to encourage others to appreciate the diploids too, rather than simply follow the tetraploid fashions. There's a world of daylilies out there besides southern-bred eyed and edged tets, and the most diverse are the diploids. Oh, I've got southern-bred tets in my garden: some are fantastic, and I wouldn't put them down. But in the north (I lived in Arlington, MA -- near Boston) we have different needs that the southerners can't or don't breed for.
I'm available for speaking, and have presented often to a number of clubs in the north. I often speak on subjects besides my own breeding, such as the legacy of past northern breeders, the design of a breeding program, the most reliable perennials in northern regions, extending the blooming season, etc.
I have retired (from work, not daylilies) to Ecuador, but still have about 5 years of introductions growing at Harmon Hill Farm. I intend to shortly resume growing and breeding daylilies in Ecuador, where they have precious few varieties. I remain active with the AHS, on the science committee and as an assistant editor for science in the Journal.
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