Hello Daylily Friends,
One reason that I missed the opportunity for an early picture was because of the "first bloom" on my Seedling 8-196. I've always known that 8-196 is a fine seedling, but on Saturday morning the first bloom was over eight inches in diameter. I wanted to get a better picture but there were so many people to help that there just wasn't time to get the "best shot." Nevertheless, I did get one shot that showed the eight inch measurement. May I humbly say that there are yellow daylilies, and then there are daylilies such as 8-196. The parentage in 8-196 is as follows: [(Summer Hymns x J. T. Davis) x Ram]. The measurements for 8-196 include a height of 32-33 inches, 5-way branching, 23 buds, and a 7" flower. Plus, 8-196 is a Dormant. The 32" height of 8-196 is somewhat of a mystery because one parent measured 24 inches, one was 25 inches, and one was thirty inches. The dormancy in 8-196 probably comes from SUMMER HYMNS, because J. T. DAVIS is an evergreen, and RAM is a semi-evergreen. Sometimes a hybridizer just gets "lucky" with a cross, and hits a home run despite lack of evidence that anything more than a "double" should be expected. This morning, that is, on Monday morning, 8-196 bloomed again. In fact, there were four blooms! Unfortunately, none of the blooms were as large as the eight inch bloom that we had on Saturday, but today's blooms were all over 7 inches, I'm showing one picture that verifies the height and the diameter measurements. I think that I may introduce 8-196 this coming fall. I just have to say that this late blooming beauty just towers over the garden because of its color and because of its height. Any name suggestions?
The parents of 2-455 are as follows: (Diana's Irish Dream x Irish Halo). The measurements are as follows: 27" tall, 4-way branching, 16 buds, and a 6" flower.
More news soon.