I must tell you what has happened with my efforts to convert Heidi Douglas' flower, BOSS HOGG. Heidi gave me one (1) flower to use to try to get BOSS HOGG converted. To use only one flower when attempting a conversion is a difficult chore, but there was considerable demand for the flower, and Heidi nevertheless wanted the flower converted. After my initial conversion effort, BOSS HOGG later bloomed, but it was only a chimera. A chimera is a partial conversion. The flower will often have both tetraploid and diploid pollen. Well, there wasn't enough tetraploid pollen to use in hybridizing to create a new flower.
Diana and I were glad to drive from our home on October 10, 2015, to listen to our friend, Jamie Gossard, speak to the Tennessee Valley Daylily Society. Jamie showed us his current introductions and his seedlings, some of which he will soon introduce. Jamie also talked to us about his "new machine" that enables him to judge the "ploidy" of treated daylilies. Jamie explained how this has impacted w/o/n daylilies can be used in hybridizing, and how our work with "Colchicine" has changed the genetic structure of daylilies. It was fun and interesting to see and listen to Jamie.
On Tuesday morning we were delighted to have been invited to the home of Rich and Anna Marie Rosen. The Rosen garden will be featured at next summer's AHS National Convention so we won't show too many pictures. The Rosen home was formerly owned by a Publisher, and it was built in the early 1900s. Diana and I walked with Rich as he showed us his garden and I was particularly delighted to see Rich's "Blue Bottle" collection. Then we were even more privileged to see the Rosen home. We stayed many hours because there was so much to see, particularly Anna Marie's magnificent art work. As we left, and had to say goodbye, Anna Marie gave us "snacks for the road." Thanks Rich and Ann Marie for allowing us to come and visit.
Little Lily Rae has been such a dream. She is always excited to have time with her Mother, as can be seen in the picture. She smiles and beams and is happy. She also likes Bell Peppers. I'm showing Lily Rae having a Bell Pepper this past summer while being held by Grandpa. Indeed, Diana has made a dinner using Bell Peppers that we will share with Lily Rae later during the holiday season. Lily Rae is coming to visit beginning this afternoon. We can hardly wait.
More news soon.