*April LaQuinta
 
 
*APRIL LaQUINTA (Front Cover) -- (Glacier Bay x Tet. Siloam Ralph Henry) (Belle Cook) Sev. 7 - 8” fl. 30” sc. M 30 buds.  Before describing this flower, let me tell you what other hybridizers have said about it.  Pat Stamile and I sometimes trade pollen.  After walking through the entire garden, Pat asked if he could have a flower of April LaQuinta.  Why, out of the thousands of seedlings you have seen, did you choose this one?  Pat said, “It is a beautiful clear pink, very large flower with a gold edge, and it has a wonderful, tall, well branched scape.”  A few years ago, Larry Grace asked if he could guest a plant in his garden.  Later, when I told him I was going to introduce it this spring, he smiled and asked if I was sure I was ready to release these genetics to other hybridizers so soon.  I wondered why the master of pastels would regard this plant so highly.  Larry responded, “It is about as close to a perfect daylily as you can get.  It is really big, is a pure clear pink with a wide gold edge, and has a killer scape.”  Larry went on to say, “Ted, this daylily is the best thing you have ever done.  You had better name it for a family member.”  Taking Larry’s advice, I named it for my younger sister, April LaQuinta Petit.   After telling you what Pat Stamile and Larry Grace said, what else can I add?  I love big, big flowers, clear colors, and gold edges.  But, big flowers need a tall, well branched scape to show them off properly, which April Laquinta has.  Also, I love heavy gold edges, but many of the newer gold edge flowers hang when they try to open.  Despite its beautiful gold edge, April LaQuinta  rarely, if ever, hangs.  While many of the modern pinks have thin substance, April LaQuinta has a heavy waxy substance.  It is also fertile both ways, easily setting pods.  I have taken it to every color, and it has been my best parent for huge, ornate flowers on tall scapes.  A magnificent flower and plant.