Blooms in the greenhouse, April 27, 2012
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New 9-month seedlings just keep on blooming, still mostly reds. A few other colors popping up, but not many. You can tell by the seedlings posted that I focused on reds last year. I did make other crosses, but many of those were not planted in favor of the reds.
Seedling No. 2039 [(Wild Cherry Roundup X Max Pickles) X (Home of the Free]. A dark, dark red. Not flamboyant, just a nice red.
Seedling No. 2041 [(Camelot Red X Doug's Caress) X (Barbara Mandrell]. Nice color, Nice halo. Nice green throat. Nice ruffling. Just a very nice flower!
Seedling No. 2042 [Rockets Bursting in Air) X (Camelot Red X Doug's Caress)]. This is one of those WOW flowers. The color is deep and saturated, contrasted with the halo and a green throat.
Seedling No. 2045 [(Wild Cherry Roundup X Max Pickles) X (Doug's Caress)]. Big and puffy. Good color with nice looping ruffling, contrasting halo and a green throat.
Now for a few named varieties blooming:
This is H. 'Bluegrass Memories' (Preuss 2006). I have used this flower quite a bit in my hybridizing, but to date, have gotten nothing better than the original.
One of my favorite reds to hybridize with. H. 'Jean Pickles' was introduced in 2008 and I have several seedlings being evaluated in the field. Hopefully some of them will be worthy.
H. 'Lava Spike' (Gossard 2006) You have probably noticed that I have shown several narrow toothy/fringy cultivars. In addition to the reds again, my second focus in hybridizing this year is the narrow petaled toothy/fringy cultivars. I am finding that several of them are very hard or entirely impossible to set pods, so I am also using them with some of my full formed toothy/fringy cultivars. Another focus this year is for green/green edged daylilies. I believe I have some very promising named varieties and seedlings to work with.
There is still a lot of bloom in the greenhouse, but I am going to TRY to quit hybridizing on Monday. Of course, that depends on what else begins blooming. :-)
I would guess that we will begin seeing bloom in the field in the next couple weeks, which is very early for us. Scapes are up everywhere.
Life is very, very good.
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