During the spring of 2007 I bought LESLIE RENEE from Floyd Cove Nursery, and I was fortunate to later receive ANGELS GATHER AROUND from my good friend Larry Grace. I also had several other daylilies that I thought might help in producing green edged petals, but these other plants were "dead end streets."
Another one of my green edged daylilies is seedling number 8-197. It is also a semi-evergreen, and is the result of the same cross: LESLIE RENEE x ANGELS GATHER AROUND. Interestingly, 8-197 apparently did not bloom after its first north Georgia winter, but instead only bloomed after the passage of two winters. When 8-197 bloomed I was so thrilled: it had the best green edge that I have ever seen. I have not looked at a better green edged daylily anywhere. I also was thrilled because of its very unusual lavender color, and because of its faint eye. Here is a picture of 8-197:
You can click on the above photographs to obtain a closer view of the green edges.
I should also add that if you have not purchased ANGELS GATHER AROUND from Larry Grace, then you have made a mistake. ANGELS GATHER AROUND is a tremendous parent and produces beautiful seedlings. Simply stated, ANGELS GATHER AROUND is a "must have" daylily.
Here is an interesting question: what is it in daylily genetics that creates green edges? In my observation I believe the green edges eminate from daylilies that have deep, deep green eyes. The depth of these green eyes causes the green to expand from the eye and ultimately surround the outer edges of the petals.
Well, you now have my green edged comments for February 20, 2009.