Good Morning Daylily Friends,
"better red" daylilies, and 11-317 is evidence that I am making progress. When that Great Hybridizer, Pat Stamile, put WALTER KENNEDY on the market I immediately liked the flower, but I wasn't really convinced that it would produce a better flower. I crossed WALTER KENNEDY with my 8-244 seedling, and the result was 11-317. How delighted I am with the result. This particular seedling was planted outside in the ground last year on September 30, 2010, and in a little over 10 months, it has produced a scape that is now 24" tall with 4-way branching. I know that 11-317 will grow to an even greater height. I counted 18 buds, and measured the flower as being 5 3/4". Seedling 11-317 has a real future, and will immediately enter my hybridizing work this coming spring. As I indicated, I took one picture on July 13, and the second picture was taken this morning, July 15, after the rain.
I would also add that there is more information about the pollen parent, Seedling 8-244, on the post that I made on June 30, 2011. I will introduce 8-244 during the spring of 2012.
BLUEGRASS MEMORIES. If anyone is trying to produce new seedlings, and you do not have BLUEGRASS MEMORIES, then I would suggest that you consider acquiring BLUEGRASS MEMORIES to use in your program. Here is a picture of my new bloom on Seedling 11-304, and the cross is as follows: [(Shirley Anne McCord x Marietta Heartbeat) x Bluegrass Memories]. I like the slate blue and grey color of the eye and edges on 11-304. I like the clean color. I see a future for 11-304.
This news about these new seedlings should perhaps be kept a secret. However, I just can't keep a secret about good news. So, I'm showing what I am seeing.