Monday, October 21, 2013

2014 Introductions

My website at has been updated for the new 2014 introductions as well as some of the best seedlings I saw this past spring and summer.  Many of us in the Midwest were stunned by the impact of the spring and summer of 2012 on the daylilies, where most simply refused to bloom. And then came the long, cold, very wet spring of 2013, which damaged or killed off a number of normally reliable perennials, and caused a lot of crown damage in the already weakened daylilies. I chose the twelve introductions for 2014 because of their very good to exceptional performance in those tough conditions. They thrived, and didn’t seem to be aware that most daylilies around them were going down for the count. Perhaps weather like this won’t happen again for many years, but I don’t want to count on that. I believe these will be a great addition for the gardener who doesn’t want to worry about performance. Six of the twelve are dormants (and will be shipped from the outside in late spring – at my expense if separate shipping is required). Eight of the twelve (including five of the six dormants!) are instant rebloomers here in zone 4, blooming for weeks at a time. Here are eight of them. 

This is ARMED FOR BATTLE. 6", 38", 4-way, 25 buds, Dormant, instant MN rebloom, Midseason, EMO and CMO.
This is CLOUD RIDER. 6", 32", 3-way, 15 buds, Sev with LOTS of dormancy, instant MN rebloom, M, good opener in cold weather.
This is SONS OF THUNDER. 6", 24', 3-way, 15 buds, M, Sev,  Re, EMO. Nice parent!
This is SHOUT FROM THE MOUNTAINTOPS. Bouquet bloomer for weeks at a time. 6.5", 30", 4-way, 22 buds, DOR, starts between mid and late midseason, EMO, CMO. One of the best overall plants I have ever produced. 
This is HIDING PLACE. 5.5", 26", 3-way, 15 buds, Sev, instant MN rebloom. Great parent! See website for pictures of offspring.
This is GONE TO GLORY. 6", 28", 3-way, 15  buds, Dormant, instant MN rebloom. 
This is LOVE NEVER FAILS. 5", 24", 3-way, 15 buds, Sev.
This is THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY. 5.5", 32", 5-way, 25 buds, Sev, M, instant Mn rebloom.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Amazing pattern

Still lots of cold weather outside, and many of the daylilies have yet to emerge, or if so, just an inch. The soil temps are still quite cool. But inside the greenhouse, things are still hopping. Just saw this one 2 hours ago and jumped for joy. My best pattern this year. Now numbered 30813 (2 pictures). Nearly 7". Too late to use its pollen - I don't want to be collecting seeds during the national convention here at the end of July - but I will keep it in the greenhouse and use it heavily next spring.  Pictured below it are its 2 parents - 26012 (which is out of 43509 and 8110 - 8110 is the one with the fleur de lis pattern) and 31312 (which is out of 2310 and 28709). 31312 is turning out to be one of my best parents for beautiful blue lavender eyes, and you can really see the contribution of the blue stitching and pattern in 26012.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Smell the roses, but watch the thorns on some of them:-)

Last year I showed seedling 24312 and noted that I was planning to use it heavily in breeding (use search box to see more comments about it from last year). I used it on 44 different pod parents and have been very pleased with what I have seen so far, especially with respect to the rich saturated clear color with no spotting and the lovely edges. The first picture is 24312 itself (the main disappointment is that it doesn't have lots of laterals, although its color and height are so special that I will continue to use it on well-branched things) and then some seedlings out of it: 15713, 16213, 16613, 18313.

Other special rose colored seedlings I have seen this spring include: 1213, 9813 (2 pictures), 16013, and 20913. Complex breeding, but in most of these, the great color goes back to Not Guilty lines.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Gotta Have Faith

Faith That Moves Mountains is a wonderful saturated purple that I never used much in breeding since it didn't have a super fancy edge and that was what I was going for in past years. That changed in 2012 when I wanted to reduce some of the ruffling on seedlings that had gotten a bit out of hand (causing some hangups), while adding hardiness plus great saturated color in a large bloom to my breeding program.  I used FTTM as a pollen parent on 15 plants, and I set pods on it from 21 different plants. It is not the easiest plant to set pods on, but I had a lot of blooms to work with and I was persistent.

Of the seedlings I have numbered this spring as being special, 10% of them are coming from FTTM breeding - at least double the percentage of seeds planted from it - so it is proving to be a much better parent than I had anticipated. They don't all have fancy edges, but great color is my top priority. It is doing rose colors as well as purple (and almost black when used with Soli Deo Gloria genetics) , plus grape eyes and lavender eyes. The first picture is FTTM, and then seedlings 23513, 18813, 12613, 23413, 17113, 14713, 22113, 17713, 16413, 8113.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

A dominant pattern - at last!

A year ago, I showed a picture of new seedling 26712 that had a distinctive pattern that was there for every bloom -the seedling is out of 52708, 40807, Entwined in the Vine, etc. Here is a picture of it this year and 4 of the kids I have seen from it so far. I have seen 5 in total, and only one isn't showing the pattern. More are showing scapes. These are 10113, 11813, 19413, 20013. None are as exciting as 26712 (and some have thrips and water damage), but I am thrilled to see the patterns holding on most of them each day. Patterns often disappear in warmer weather outside, so I am looking forward to seeing how these perform.

Other interesting patterns I have seen are in 15413 (out of 8110, which also had a fleur de lis pattern) and 12113 (out of God Save the Queen, All Things to All Men, and 52708). 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Cure for the winter blues

Still cold and snowy here, but the greenhouse is bursting with blooms. These are some in bloom right now that I saw for the first time last year (37512, 14212,14612, 10212, and 10112 - and yes, the last one opened all by itself and never tangles) and am using now in hybridizing. All complex parentage.

Some brand new ones that I am seeing for the first time include this interesting one - seedling 7613 (out of Repeat the Sounding Joy and seedling 8912). I have never seen this color combination before. 
And this beauty - 7413 (out of 1312) - although it gets so ruffled some days that it can tangle up.

Some great patterns are emerging, including 3313 (which is out of 1312), 11813 (out of Handwriting on the Wall and patterned seedling 26712 from last year), and 1413.