Hello Daylily Friends,
Well tonight I want to talk about one of my best successes this past summer. It is my seedling number 8-213, and the cross is as follows: [(Magic Amethyst x J. T. Davis) x Bluegrass Music].
The most exciting thing about this new seedling is that it is totally dormant. Indeed, it grew as a seedling among a number of evergreens, and it took two years before I saw it bloom. However, when it bloomed I suspected that it was dormant, and my suspicion was correct. I know that there have been many plants from Florida that have had similar colors, but none have been dormant. Dormancy makes a big difference. This dormant seedling will grow anywhere north of Marietta, Georgia. What a blessing it was and is to have this new daylily.
What makes 8-213 to be a dormant? I would surmise that it comes from two of its parents. First, Magic Amethyst is a dormant. Second, one of the background parents of Bluegrass Music is Tet. Lavender Blue Baby, which is a dormant. The second question might be about the creation of the double edge. How did this happen? Obviously, the yellow edge comes from J. T. Davis, and the purple eye comes from Bluegrass Music. There may also be a parent behind Magic Amethyst that causes a purple eye and edge.
Well you might ask: Well how many seedlings of 8-213 do you have? Regretfully, only two. However, I have it growing in a 7-gallon bucket and it has just been brought into the greenhouse. I intend to cause it to multiply. I hope to be able to introduce it in two years.