Wanted to just catch up with everyone. I have been working hard in the Greenhouse gathering seeds. I am surprised that I've made so many seeds basically using the following conversions: TET. CHOO CHOO CABOOSE, TET. GARRETT ALLEN, TET. ASHEE DASHEE, TET. ROSABELLE VAN VAULKENBURGH, TET. SOMETHING SPECIAL, TET. OUT OF THE BLUE, TET. PINK STRIPES, TET, YANKEE PINSTRIPES and TET. CHERRY STRIPES. It will be difficult to plant all of my seeds, but I will try.
In the past I've written about my efforts to convert SUNRISE SHADOWS, but today I can show something new. Here is a picture of the tetraploid, SUNRISE SHADOWS. It is such a large flower, and seeing all of that tetraploid pollen when I look through my microscope, is just such a thrill. I know that the pollen is fertile because I had one bloom last summer and I gave the pollen to my friend, William Marchant. William used the pollen to make about 30 seeds. This spring I will have much more pollen, and I want to make large flowers like SUNRISE SHADOWS. One big advantage that SUNRISE SHADOWS will bring is that it is dormant.
I also am so proud of our Club. On the weekend of April 23-24, 2016, the City of Smyrna, Georgia, held its "Jonquil Festival." On Friday and Saturday, April 22-23, the Master Gardeners held their "Annual Plant Sale." Our Plant Sales Chairperson, Gene McCord, made sure that all preparations were made, particularly at the Jonquil Festival, and Rita Buehner and Katilou Greene were in charge of the Master Gardener's sale. I was astonished at the result: Our Club had total sales of $1,899.00. Wow. All I can do is be amazed. It is good when Club members dedicate themselves to keep resources at a significant level so that the Club can make many choices about its activities in keeping with its mission to help others see the importance of daylilies. Thanks Gene, Rita and Katilou, and thanks to our Club members for making these sales such a tremendous and outstanding success. Again, I'm so pleased with the success and growth of our Club.
Speaking of things we see in the Garden, Diana has had a genuinely interesting adventure. She swaped some daylilies with a friend from Wisconsin, Robert Keitzman, who, in turn, mailed to her a "Bartzella Peony." It has taken 3 years for this Peony to bloom, but the wait was good, considering the beauty of the large yellow flower. A Bartzella Peony is apparently a cross between a tree and a bush. This makes the plant stronger, and may have something to do with the size of the bloom. Anyway, anyone can see from just looking at the flower that it is a wonderful creation.
As for seeing the Garden, it looks good, and we can see that blooms are coming soon. The grass is so green, the daylilies are so green, and we can see the growing scapes. I look every day at the daylilies, and they are so healthy. In fact, many of the 9 month seedlings are growing scapes. Also, the daylilies that I liked last year have multiplied very nicely, and there is so much promise. I was getting concerned that we've not had much rain, but then this past week we've had plenty of rain. I get up in the morning and basically, every day, its like we have a "new garden." I so much enjoy growing daylilies.
Well, just when the Garden looks so good something causes a concern. One of my large Greenhouse fans stopped working, and the temperature for the following morning was going to be 86 degrees. This meant that there would be more heat in the Greenhouse and both large fans would be needed to keep the temperature under control. I am so fortunate that my friend, Tommy Bell, came to help. We both thought that I would need a new fan, but instead, it was deterioration in the wires. Tommy took the unit apart that supplies power to the fan, saw and then fixed the problem. The fan went back to working, and all is well again. Thanks Tommy! Speaking of the Greenhouse, I'm going out there now to see what has bloomed this morning. Will be back shortly to complete this Blog entry.
I must also report on Diana's tomatoes. She has monster sized plants and very big tomatoes. In fact, every morning I walk out and look at her tomatoes, they are at least a foot taller than they were the day before. Also, there are tomatoes all over the plants. She has 2 and 3 pound tomatoes in production, and in addition, she has what we call Cherry or tiny tomatoes. The 2 and 3 pound tomatoes are called "Steakhouse" which is a very appropriate name. We try to keep the tomatoes in the cages to keep them under control, and this is a daily exercise. In my thinking we will be eating tomatoes by June.
More news soon.