Hello Daylily Friends,
I thought that all five of the seedlings that I made from using TET. SUNGLASSE NEEDED would be big, yellow doubles, but I was mistaken. I've just had Seedling 3-397 to bloom, and it certainly isn't a yellow double. Instead, it looks somewhat like BUZZ SAW BOOGIE, the pod parent, but
on steroids, with a more emphatic size and color. It is 32" tall with 4-way branching, and 25 buds. The flower is 8 1/2" in diameter. It is difficult to know how 3-397 will perform in a cold climate since both the pod and pollen parents were produced in south Georgia. However, I would expect that it would do well, and would not have a problem. We'll find out this coming winter.
Another double that has just bloomed is Seedling 3-394, and it is 35" tall with 6-way branching, and 24 buds. It is like Seedlings 3-374 and 3-392, in that it is 9" in diameter. Just a monster big flower. The 6-way branching is most impressive. The only doubles that I've had in the Greenhouse to use with my seedlings from TET. SUNGLASSES NEEDED are William Marchant's VIVA GLAM GIRL, and of course my own Seedling 3-353. Unfortunately, I can't set but just a few pods on 3-353, and so I will have to wait for this seasons initial bloom on TET. SUNGLASSES NEEDED. I will just use the pollen again to make more seedlings. I have set numerous pods on VIVA GLAM GIRL.
Anyway, I had a red seedling with teeth to bloom. The parents are IWANNA PIRANHA, and my own Seedling 11-266. This plant is now Seedling 3-402. It is 28" tall with 6-way branching, and 38 buds. The flower is 5 3/4" in diameter. There are nice teeth on the sepals, but not as much on the petals. I crossed 3-402 using pollen from my earlier Seedling 3-309. I will hopefully get to a very tall red with teeth everywhere, but so much work is still ahead.
More news soon!