You cannot imagine how surprised I was yesterday morning to find a scape with buds on one of the trade gallon potted seedlings. It had even had one bloom which must have been one of the days we had snow and I didn't make it out to the greenhouse. The seed for this cultivar was planted on August 15, 2010 and transplanted to the trade one gallon pot on September 11, so this is a 5-month seedling. True, it only has a 10" scape and 4 buds, but, what the heh, it is a scape and buds. The parentage of this seedling is [(Seedling 9034 - Elisa Dallas X Wonder Of It All) X Happy Happy]. Seedling 9034 was a breakthrough for me with sculpting in an eyed and edged daylily of nice clear color.
H. 'Happy Happy'
(Elisa Dallas X Wonder Of It All)
You can see the scape and buds on this 5-month old seedling.
Here are the potted hybridizing plants taken into the greenhouse in early December.
These are the potted hybridizing plants as of January 15, approximately one month later.
These are the seedlings started from seed planted July 29 and transplanted to No. 38 Seed Trays starting on September 12.
Seedlings in the No. 38 Seed Trays on January 15.
Trade one gallon seedlings. Picture taken on October 3 after transplanting from seed started in peat pots.
The same 3 pots, picture taken on January 15.
Having a greenhouse is a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. If you are going to be gone, you have to arrange for someone to watch that the heat does not go out and that the seedlings are getting enough water. Even with all the work involved, I would really hate to give up my greenhouse.
Exciting things happen to those who hybridize daylilies!
Life is very, very good.