Hello Daylily Friends,
seen the best of seedlings out of TET. HANDSOME ROSS CARTER, but in the last few days I have seen even better seedlings. The first seedling that I would like to show is Seedling 3-444. It looks a lot like HANDSOME ROSS CARTER, but it is larger. In fact, it is 21" tall, 2-way branching, 9 buds, with a 6 1/2" flower. It must be recalled that the diploid, HANDSOME ROSS CARTER, is registered to be 14" in height with a 6" bloom. There is no mention in the registration data about bud count or branching. Also, the size of the diploid flower may be "overstated." I'm showing a picture of 3-444 and the diploid flower. Quite a difference, I think.
It looks like I will continue to work with yellow daylilies long into the future.
I have to tell about Little Lily Rae and her Grandmother, Diana Rae. They were walking together in the Garden this past Wednesday, and I took three pictures. The first picture shows Little Lily Rae touching one of her Grandmother's Asiatic Lilies. Lily Rae seems so interested in the plant, as you might expect since her name is Lily Rae! Then Diana showed Lily Rae our large, red sculpted daylily. I exaggerated somewhat when I explained to Lily Rae that the red sculpted daylily required a lot of water and fertilizer, and that the paint also helped it have such a great color! Lily Rae understands so much of what we say, and she just smiled and laughed as if she understood her Grandfather's tale. The third picture that I took was with Grandmother and Little Lily Rae standing in front of a blue Hydrangea, admiring a yellow, Calla Lily. Again, Lily Rae is learning all about lilies whether they are Daylilies, Asiatic Lilies, Sculpted Lilies or Calla Lilies.
Tomorrow will be another great day in the Daylily Garden.