I have been having a high adventure watching our seedlings grow, and then making decisions about our introductions for this coming fall/winter. I am going to introduce Seedling 11-318, and the parentage is as follows: (Varsity Orange x Tet. Orange Velvet). It is dormant. It is 37" tall, 6-way branching, 28 buds, with a 7" flower. It is a late bloomer, and the only difficulty with it is that it is a difficult pod parent. The second orange daylily that I will introduce is Seedling 5-787, and again, the parentage is: (Varsity Orange x Tet. Orange Velvet). It is also dormant, and is a late bloomer. It is 32" tall, 5-way branching, 30 buds, and a 6" flower. It also is a difficult pod parent. I think that both 11-318 and 5-787 are difficult pod parents because they bloom late when the heat here in Georgia is so hot. Like today, Saturday, it was 100 degrees. Who can set a pod in this weather?
I must mention one other seedling that I will introduce. It is Seedling 3-432, and it is an unusual form. One of its parents is WALT LOWRY, and the other parent is WINDMASTER. It is a daylily with one of the most sturdy scapes that I've yet put on the market. The scape doesn't bend, rather, it just holds the weight of the flower, quite vertically and quite nicely, aloof in the summer breeze. It has a beautiful purple color, with a very noticeably green eye. It is strong, and most importantly, it is pod and pollen fertile. It is often hard to have an unusual form to be pod fertile, but 3-432 is pod fertile.
We went to see Guy and Karen Pierce. Two fabulous people who love daylilies every day, all day, and work as hard as any two people I've ever known. When we arrived at the Floyd Cove Garden we met Guy and he allowed me to walk with him as he walked through his seedlings. What an adventure! I saw so many glorious daylilies, but one daylily in particular caught my eye. I do not know the seedling number, if there is one, but I liked the daylily because it has a massive green eye, and a lovely purple edge. For years growers have done their best to produce such a flower, an edge with no eye, but no one anywhere has matched the Flower that I saw Guy growing. I'm showing a picture. Results like this come only with hard, hard work, and as I said, Guy is a hard worker.
I've got an update on my Seedling 4-564. This incredible daylily has bloomed and bloomed and bloomed. I've tried and tried to make improvements on it, but I haven't had much success. The most recent improvement is Seedling 6-49. I think that 6-49 has helped emphasize the "stripes," but I've lost the edge I have on 4-564. So, I've crossed 6-49 back with TOOTH FAIRY PRINCESS and I have quite a few seeds. Should see improvement with the edge within the next 2 years. But I have to also show Seedling 4-564. And more news: I have decided on a name for this new seedling. It will be called SERGEANT KENNETH LANE. It will be named for the most outstanding Non Commissioned Officer that I met during my service of 10 years in the Military. More about this soon.
Looking forward to the National Convention in Kentucky this coming week.
More news soon.