Saturday, June 5, 2010

Field bloom 3 . . .

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What great daylily weather we have been (and are) having. It has been raining every afternoon (Friday 1"), the temperature and humidity have been high which gives us nice big puffed up blooms. Both seedlings and named varieties are blooming profusely. I have never seen better branching and bud count. As with my last post, we will start with a couple named varieties that are blooming

H. 'Supreme Pleasure' (Pickles 2002) height 28", bloom 5.5", season M, Rebloom, Dormant, Tetraploid,  Citrus yellow self above lime green throat. (Sherry Lane Carr X Smuggler's Gold). I am told that this cultivar grows well in upper New York State so I guess it is pretty hardy. :-)

H. 'Free Lee' (Pickles 2007) height 29", bloom 5.75", season EM, Rebloom, Semi-Evergreen, Tetraploid,  Lemon creme brule with small lipstick halo and light midribs above olive green heart throat. (Summertime Splendor × tetra Wings of Chance). This cultivar was named during my "bad boy" days on the Email robin when I got set to "no post" for 3 months for telling blonde jokes (they were clean). One of the list owners did not like blonde jokes but one of the others sent some to me to publish. Anyway, my friends would end their posts with, "Free Lee", thus the name.

H. 'Max Pickles' (Pickles 2006) height 30", bloom 5.25", season EM, Rebloom, Semi-Evergreen, Tetraploid,  Dark red with a darker halo and small gold edge. (Pure Indulgence × Awesome Bob). Named for our grandson who is now 10 years old.

Now for some seedlings. We do some other things besides yellow!

Seedling No. 0018 (Christmas Greetings X Jean Pickles) bloomed this morning for the first time. I love the halo and the green throat. The substance was very good

Seedling No. 0026 (Awesome Bob X Christmas Greetings). Also bloomed this morning for the first time. Seems as though the yellows were all that were blooming and all of a sudden, the reds and purples are in abundance.

Seedling No. 0027 (Cosmic Sensation X Larry Allen Miller). Another first bloomer this morning. H. 'Larry Allen Miller' has been a good parent for me for purples and variations thereof. 

And last, but certainly not least, Seedling No. 0024 (Elisa Dallas X Crazy Ivan). It will be interesting to see if this is the normal bloom. 
Maybe another report tomorrow if the weather cooperates.

Exciting things happen to those who hybridize daylilies!

Life is very, very good.



  1. Great flowers today Lee, especially the reds! Our MAX PICKLES will be blooming in a week or two and I am looking forward to it.


  2. Hi David, I would guess you are about to come into bloom up there in the tundra (according to Tommy). Hope you year will be as exciting as mine has been. Lee