Return To Sender
(Bachman 2010)
This page has been created to showcase the worth of a particular daylily that we have used a lot and have a great deal of admiration for.

Our opinion is, and has been for several years now....if you like to hybridize unusual form daylilies, and spidery daylilies, and you are NOT using Dan Bachman's Return To may be missing out on an opportunity.

RTS was one of several daylilies Richard and I purchased from Dan several years ago, sight unseen. The bloom season was over, and I went to Dan and asked him to choose a few seedlings based strictly on their plant habit. I wanted big seedlings for their age, with great foliage. Return To Sender was the biggest and best of the lot.

When we saw the first blooms, we gave it a garden name of "Open Wide" because of it's big, wide blossoms. It wasn't a particularly 'pretty face', but there was something about it that drew you in. There was a lot going on in that dusty orange face with it's big eye, but aside from it's over all look, there was something much more important as it's claim to fame. We were to find out, over the next few years, that this plant was a power-house breeder. It would set pods like no tomorrow, big pods full of fat seeds, and even better...... those seeds would grow into some exciting seedlings with almost any spidery pollen we put on it.

We found it to be super compatible with Primal Scream, Wild Wookie, and especially with Skeezix, and had great difficulty thinning the herd when it came time to choose keepers. I wanted to keep far more than we had the garden space for.

Prior to going into daylilies, Richard and I raised generations of Champion Norwegian elkhounds. One of the first things you learn in a dog breeding program is...a great brood bitch is worth far more than a great stud. Sure....the stud can produce MORE pups with his name on them. And more of them can become champions, making him SEEM more important. But that excellent brood bitch is still the most important dog in the kennel.

It's all about ratios.

So it is in daylilies.....the pod parent is more important than the pollen contributor. Of course, the only people I know who call a good pod parent a good "brood bitch" are me and Richard. Old habits die hard.

RTS proved to be one of the best broods in the garden, and after a few years I convinced Dan he should register it. And that's where the name came from. I thought it should be Return To Sender for obvious reasons, and Dan agreed.

Unfortunately, RTS doesn't seem to be striking enough to generate interest, people tend to want pretty, weird or toothy....which RTS is not. Because of it's 'plain jane' looks,  Dan still has most of what we gave him back and then some....minus one fan that sold in a collection.

I think that is unfortunate....not just because I get a kick-back if Dan sells any, but because I know what this baby can do and I think people are missin' the boat. I'm pushing RTS as a top brood bitch and think all ye who like to breed UFs and spiders should run, not walk, to Valley Of The Daylilies and buy a fan or two for your own garden. [And no...Dan is not behind this...I am working alone.]

If you've read this far, you probably want to see pictures...right? OK. We'll start with a few of Return To Sender, taken in our garden before Dan repo'd it.
RTS makes a super crazy poly. My apologies for the washed out color. This shot was taken in full sun late in the afternoon.
The rest of this page will be a hodge-podge of images of RTS kids and grand-kids, added as I find the pics in old files or take new ones. Feel free to check back often.
(07-33-14)  RTS X Skeezix
This is one of our favorites and we registered it in 2012. Very fertile both ways, and already producing exciting babies.
RTS X Skeezix
When I sent pictures of this cross to Pat Stamile he chose this as his favorite and told me that tet pink spiders were hard to come by and that it should be 'cherished'. I love it. It is also pod and pollen fertile.
Another keeper from RTS X Skeezix
Harder to get a pod on, but I've done it. Big, tall and handsome.
RTS X Skeezix
This is one that didn't make the cut. I really liked it, but we just didn't have the room. Someone wound up with it as a gift....can't remember who.
RTS X Wild Wookie
I really loved this one, but it didn't increase as well as it's 'litter mates', nor did it have as many buds. I look at this picture and wish I had been more patient, but we have limited space. I gave this to a Facebook friend.
(06-46-1) Registered 2012
RTS X Wild Wookie
I wanted to show this seedlings' wild side. This one has many faces, and usually extends it's petals into the form of a true spider. Fertile both ways.
RTS X Wild Wookie
To be honest, I have no idea what happened to this seedling, but I wish I did. Sometimes they just wind up being given away or tossed into the compost heap, and I'm left scratching my head.
(Return To Sender X Skeezix) X Dave Jackson double UF seedling.
Too darn cool!
09 seedling.
(RTS X Skeezix) X Lavender Bachman UF
The color range from RTS and it's kids is limitless.
I'm not sure how this one will mature, but I added it for the 'weird-factor'.
Forestlake Ragamuffin X [RTS X Wild Wookie}
06-46-6 (Madam I'm Adam)
RTS X Wild Wookie
This thing is by far one of the most pod fertile UFs in our garden. It doesn't increase very fast, but it sets so many pods it doesn't really matter. And I'm talking pods with a TON of seeds in them. This is a great 'brood bitch', just like it's mama. :)
Will be one of Richard's registrations in 2012.
Another, more normal image of Freddie. As the temps go up, the curls get very tight.
(RTS X Wild Wookie) X Bo Diddly
This is an '09 seedling we've chosen to watch, not because of it's looks, but because of superior plant habit. (It's worked before.)
(RTS X Wild Wookie) X Lavender Bachman UF seedling.
RTS X Primal Scream
2010 seedling from sib X sib cross of RTS X Skeezix
Littermate to the sib cross above:
(RTS x Skeezix) X (RTS x Skeezix)
A favorite of the 2010 seedlings, yet another from the (RTS x Skeezix) X (RTS x Skeezix) sib cross.