Hello Daylily Friends,
Today was an extraordinary day in our daylily garden. Several years ago I treated TET. SUNGLASSES NEEDED, but as of today I've produced only 5 seeds from using this conversion. However, I now have two 3-gallon buckets of this conversion in the Greenhouse, and today I saw the first bloom. Ordinarily I wouldn't mention such a bloom, but this particular bloom was just awesome. When I looked at it I called my friend, Mike Holmes, in Ohio, and told him about the bloom's massive size. Mike encouraged me to get it measured and photographed, which I did. First, I'm showing the bloom, and then I'm showing a picture of the bloom with a tape measure across the face of the flower. I wouldn't have believed that the flower could have been 10" in diameter, but it was. I gathered three anthers from the bloom which I put in the refrigerator, and which I will use tomorrow. I should be able to use this pollen to make much more than 5 seeds.
So much is so possible with conversions. As an example, consider TET. SEBASTIAN THE CRAB. Several years ago I was able to get this Joiner beauty converted, but I haven't had doubles to work with to see if my conversion could be helpful. However, I had a double that was sent by David Kirchhoff to my wife, and I used TET. SEASTIAN on David's double. Well the double bloomed outside today, and I'm very encouraged by what I've seen. I like the lighter color, and I see real possibilities ahead.
Notwithstanding all of these points of good news, one pest has really been a nuisance this spring. I'm speaking about "Thrips." Why did our Heavenly Father create such a pest? Tiny, tiny insects, but the damage they do is considerable. To make matters worse, I've been having trouble with my 50-gallon Sprayer. More particularly, "the strainer" that is located underneath the tank has a hole in it, and it leaks. This may be damage from freezing temperatures this past winter. Anyway, chemicals are so expensive, and so I just can't afford a leak. The company that sold me the Sprayer unit is no longer in business, but I was able to find a replacement part in South Dakota. The part should arrive on Thursday. I hope that this isn't too late since the convention starts the following Thursday.
More news soon.