Blooms in the greenhouse, April 23, 2012
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I can tell by the spent blossoms in the deadhead bucket that I am at peak bloom. It takes me almost as long to deadhead as it does to hybridize.
This cherry red 9-month seedling caught my eye when I walked into the greenhouse this morning. It is Seedling No. 2027 [(Roses and Gold X Max Pickles) X (Shores of Time X Larry Grace)] It is a 6" blossom, with a bright green throat. The temperature in the greenhouse this morning when I walked in was 50º and Seedling No. 2027 was wide open.
9-month Seedling No 2024 [(Roses and Gold X Max Pickles) X Doug's Caress] I am usually not a fan of white midribs, but these go well with the watermark. A saturated red with a green throat and angel wings on the petals.
Another 9-month Seedling No. 2022 (Cimarron Rose X Barbara Mandrell) Last spring during greenhouse bloom time, I made a road trip to Bill Waldrop's greenhouse in Marietta, GA. He had H. 'Barbara Mandrell' (Kirchhoff 2011) in bloom and shared a blossom with me to take home and use the pollen. From that one blossom, I have gotten several keepers.
Where did this come from? It is Seedling No. 2003 (Aslan X Free Wheelin') I think this is a very striking flower.
This is another from my friend David L. Hansen, Papillion, NE. H. 'Brandon David' (2011). David's introduction picture shows a lot more teeth than this image taken in the greenhouse. Toothy daylilies really need hot sun to bring out the teeth.
This is the Holley's H. 'Doug's Caress' I have used this extensively in my red hybridizing program and think it is a great parent. It passes along the great color, green throat and watermark.
We have scapes all over out in the field. I would guess that we will have field bloom by the second week in May, at least 2 weeks early. Unless we get a late freeze, it should be a good year.
Life is very, very good.