Good Evening Daylily Friends,
Well my good friend Larry Grace came to visit. We had a wonderful adventure. Larry arrived on Sunday around 11:30 a. m., just after I came home from Church. We immediately went to the Greenhouse. It still looked beautiful even though our first stroll through was around lunch time. I had thought that I didn't have as many blooms as I wanted, but Larry saw a number of nice things that I had not noticed. Then, on Monday morning, Larry saw even more. I am showing a picture of Larry and myself as we enjoyed looking at daylilies in the middle of April. It is good to have a Greenhouse, and it is good to have a visit from Larry. Indeed, I would not have a Greenhouse but for Larry's encouragement.
One bloom that Larry liked is a cross of the following daylilies: [(Leslie Renee x Angels Gather Around) x (Leslie Renee x Angels Gather Around)] x Best Edge. It is about 28" tall, 3-way branching, ten buds, and a 5 1/2" flower. Hopefully it will grow even better over the winter and increase its bud count. I now call it Seedling 9-38. Larry liked the "teeth" he saw on the edges of the petals. He also liked the color and the blunt edges of the sepals.
My good friend David Arthur came over to the Greenhouse around 9:30 a.m., and David pointed out a short, small seedling that neither Larry nor I had noticed. It was a cross between the following daylilies: (Heartbeat of Heaven x Jennifer Trimmer) x Tet. Star Child. It was only about 20" tall, and the flower was only about 4 1/2" in diameter. I now call this little daylily Seedling 9-40. I have many purples with light colored eyes, and I took pollen from Seedling 9-40 to all of my purple daylilies. I like the eye in seedling 9-40, and I've hoping that 9-40 will help me develop a new eye in my large purples. I am showing a picture of Seedling 9-40.
Another bloom that I had this morning is from an interesting cross: (Vintner's Treasure x Larry's Obsession) x Wild Hair. It is a tall daylily with no branching, and I now call it Seedling 9-40. I pollenated 9-40 with pollen from Venus Flytrap. This is a good cross but I wish I had pollen from Kinnebrew's Randy Stephens because it is red. Randy Stephens and 9-40 would have been a perfect cross since Wild Hair in 9-40 is dormant. Having a dormant in the background is like having anti-freeze in your car. It may not help in July when it is warm, but it will certainly help during the winter when the temperatures drop into the teens. I am showing a picture of Seedling 9-40.
Another bloom that I had this morning was from Seedling 9-33. It is just so tall and so dark with such a perfect ivory and gold edge. It reminds me somewhat of Ted Petit's Larry's Obsession that was on the cover of his 2006 catalogue. I am just so pleased because 9-33 is so tall and because it has those two wonderful proliferations. It is nice when a plan comes together in the Greenhouse.