Friday, July 29, 2011

Breakfast at "Douceur De France."

Hello Daylily Friends,

Here at the Gardens we are making progress in preparing for the Spring of 2012.  We have "discarded" rows and rows of plants that did not make the grade.  Nice plants, but not introductions.  I regret having to discard these plants, but we must be diligent in looking for the new daylily that everyone wants in their garden.  Speaking of new plants, I had one to bloom yesterday that was different because of the tubular protrusions on its petals, and because it had very wide sepals.  It had bloomed earlier this summer on a small scape, creating a proliferation, but I really didn't notice the flower.  This time it bloomed on a rebloom scape, and what a difference.  I immediately took the proliferation and planted it in the Greenhouse.  I'm showing a picture.  What do you think?  Another daylily that I haven't mentioned is Seedling 1-317.  I have already dug it up, and moved all that I have to the Greenhouse.  Two lovely new daylilies!

This morning Diana and I and David and Camilla, all went to have breakfast at the newly opened French Restaurant: "Douceur De France."  As we walked in there were cakes and pies and pastries, and all sorts of good things to eat, displayed in large glass display units.  Immediately I was very hungry.  We made our way to the table, and very soon our orders were placed with the waitress.   David said that "real men do not eat quiche," but I had one anyway.  So good.

While we were at the French Restaurant, our turtle, Randy, Sr., was having a tomato breakfast.  Randy, Sr., just loves tomatoes.  Believe me, he doesn't go far from the tomatoes during the middle of the summer.  The tomato that Randy is eating was put there for him by Diana.  It had been just a little too high for him on the vine, but Diana fixed the problem.  I understand that box turtles are "territorial."  That is to say that they normally stay in the area where they are born.  Randy, Sr. and Randy, Jr. are both right here, and we certainly want them to stay here, in our Garden.

Have a great daylily day!



  1. Bill,

    Like seedling 1-317. Interesting that God save the queen is in it's genetics. When I'm crossing eyes, I don't always think to cross a blue eye with a red eye, or a black eye with a red eye, but Stamile and Trimmer have had great success doing exactly that. Another interesting tip I got this summer was taking purples into reds. Sometimes when were hybridizing we just cross pinks with pinks, reds with reds, etc. etc. I think it's always good to think outside the box and try unusual crosses here and there. I also think that as time goes by we get better at hybridizing through experience. It is a great teacher. Looks like you guys are enjoying your meal at that new restaurant, and Randy the turtle sure loves Diana's tomatoes. My wife, Kyle tried to grow some roma tomatoes out of containers this summer, but the insects have taken over and they look pretty beat up out there. I think they like to be in the ground rather than pots. Great blog!

  2. Hi Paul,

    I agree that tomatoes should be grown in the ground rather than in pots. Last summer we had little "Tommie Toe" (sp) tomatoes. They were good, but as the summer progressed, they simply deteriorated. This summer we have this growing in the soil, and they are bountiful and outstanding.

    As for 1-317, I think the red eye dominated the cross because the genes for this trait are stronger in 8-244. I'm looking forward to making 8-244 available this coming spring.

    Thanks for your note!