Friday, August 19, 2011

Seedling 11-50

Hello Daylily Friends,

This morning I had to be at my Barber's Shop to get a haircut, and my appointment was for 8:30 a.m.  Well, I needed to make some soil, and I didn't do it yesterday afternoon because it was so, so hot.  So, this morning, at about 6:45 a.m., I went outside to prepare the soil, planning to get this finished, then shower and shave, and arrive at Ms. Lynn's Shop as scheduled.  As I went out to prepare the soil I saw this lovely red-eyed bloom, and I had to go and take a closer look.  It is Seedling 11-50, and the cross is as follows:  (Mountain Wildflower x Red Top Mountain).  Just a stunning flower.  I do not know the measurements because the bloom is a re-bloom, and I can't be sure about height and branching until the plant is better established, and has endured a winter.  However, the height of 11-50 in the Greenhouse was 26" while the outside height was 20".  The flower is 5 1/2" in diameter.  I have not seen any branching, and I have counted only 10 buds.  I'm showing a picture of this Seedling.

After I wrote the above paragraph I found a picture of 11-50 on my computer that I originally took in the Greenhouse back in March of this year.  Both pictures, of course, show the flower, but the outside rebloom is different from the Greenhouse picture.  For one thing, the red eye does not seem to be quite as large as it was in the Greenhouse, and the rounded petals in the Greenhouse are not as round on the outside rebloom.  The intensity of the red color was more intense outside when I would have thought that the more intense color would have been in the Greenhouse.  Interesting.  I might also note that original Greenhouse photographs are not usually the final appearance of a new bloom.  It usually takes some time to see how a flower will ultimately present itself.

I would also note that I am really becoming "invested" in growing red eyed daylilies.  It started with RED SAPPHIRE (See Blog entry for June 28, 2011), and this coming season I'm going to introduce Seedling 8-244 (See Blog entry for June 30, 2011).  I have also shown pictures of Seedling 1-317 (See Blog entry for July 29, 2011), Seedling 11-135 (See Blog entry for July 10, 2011), and Seedling 11-317 (See Blog entry for July 15, 2011).  Sometimes the blooms in our gardens dictate the direction we take as hybridizers.  This is certainly happening here at Kennesaw Mountain Daylily Gardens.

Oh, I should also mention that Seedling 11-50 was my first recorded seedling for 2011.

Have a great daylily week-end.



  1. Ah !! I really love this flower !!
    Does Red Top Mountain have a dose of Tet Peppermint delight in it?

  2. Hi Christiaan,

    You and I appreciate the same bloom! And yes, one-half of RED TOP MOUNTAIN is TET. PEPPERMINT DELIGHT. To my considerable surprise, my lovely wife Diana Rae set a pod on RED TOP MOUNTAIN. I have never been able to do this. I would also note that the diploid, PEPPERMINT DELIGHT, is a daylily where seeds ordinarily cannot be set.

    The red colors are just so exciting. Next spring I'm going to concentrate on growing red-eyed daylilies. Thanks for your note!