"[M]y love[,] RED SAPPHIRE, what an amazing plant! . . . I am thankful every morning when I visit the garden of our purchase . . . [I]t began blooming[,] put on new scapes[,] and continues showing off . . . Every single morning I take pictures of it . . . I can't help myself. . . . I should say that it has tentacles as well . . . Size, color, form, teeth, tentacles, the amazing lush green foliage[,] and growth habits . . . with such branching . . . Can you tell that I love it? . . . Maybe this one should be a Stout contender?"
After Mera's message I looked at RED SAPPHIRE again, and took a picture in the Greenhouse. I have never used it as a parent to make another daylily; I simply have not seen anything that I thought I might use as a match. Then, as many of you know, I was able this past winter to convert TET. BIG KISS, which bloomed this morning. I took the pollen to check it under my microscope, and what I saw was all tetraploid pollen. So, considering Mera's message, I decided to take the pollen from TET. BIG KISS to RED SAPPHIRE. TET. BIG KISS has a lovely pink eye, which should match well with RED SAPPHIRE'S red, triangular eye. The color of the self on the two daylilies is a sufficient match. If the tenacles on RED SAPPHIRE could transfer, oh what a wonderful result this could be. So, I've made the cross, and now I'm waiting to see if a pod is formed.
I talked with Mera by phone, and she noted that what I had called "teeth" on RED SAPPHIRE, were not actually teeth, such as are seen on other, newer daylilies. Mera, instead, called the teeth, "Octopus Tentacles." I looked again at what I thought were teeth, and I agree with Mera. Yes, there are a few teeth, but by a substantial measure, there are many Octopus Tentacles. Thanks Mera for your e-mail, and for your insight about RED SAPPHIRE.