Wednesday, April 1, 2015

WOW! Seedlings blooming in the greenhouse

I don't think there is any flower more beautiful than the daylily, of course I may be prejudiced. It is especially rewarding to be able to walk into the greenhouse and see blooms in March/April. That is exactly what is happening now.

My concentration now seems to be on reds with toothy and blue secondary. I became interested in reds when I saw Jeff Salter's 'H. Camelot Red' bloom as a seedling. Jeff registered it in 2010 but I had it as a guest in 2008 and used it quite heavily. It is one of the parents of my Seedling 1004.

Seedling 1004 (Doug's Caress X Camelot Red) was the best of the lot. It has been the parent of several of my selected seedlings. 'H. Doug's Caress' was a 2009 introductions from Stan Holly and I received it as a gift plant in an order I placed with the Holly's.

Seedling 2008 is another of those full formed, round flowers that I like. It is a cross of a Waldrop seedling, [Santa's Little Helper X Running Hot) X Home of the Free]. 'H. Home of the Free' was a 2012 Larry Grace introduction.

Another seedling that I like is 2009 (Juanita Manley X Cimarron Rose). 'H. Juanita Manley' was an introduction of ours in 2011. 'H. Cimarron Rose' was a 2005 introduction of Jeff Salter's, proving that you don't necessarily need the latest and greatest to get a nice seedling.

Seedling 2041 is just the opposite cross from Seedling 1004, (Camelot Red X Doug's Caress). I am using it heavily this year hybridizing.

Finally today, is Seedling No. 4052. [ Awesome Bob X Christmas Greetings) X Barbara Mandrell) X [Santa's Little Helper X Running Hot) X Home of the Free]. The latter seedling is my Seedling 2008 above. This also has another of my favorite reds in it's parentage, 'H. Barbara Mandrell', a 2009 introduction from David Kirchhoff.

I especially like the watermarks, saturated color and green throats that I am getting.

I hope you like my seedlings.

Life is very, very good.



  1. I love them all and can't wait to see your seedlings. I check your blog often in anticipation of new seedlings. I love the Pickle's look that you are putting on these reds. Thank you for updating and sharing. The parentage of the seedlings is so helpful. It is as if you are teaching a class. Thank you!

  2. John,

    I don't know why hybridizer's are reluctant to share parentage. Chances of getting something similar are "0" to none. I can remember several years ago I sent 16 seeds to Bob Carr to plant for me. Out of that 16 seeds, 'H. Awesome Bob' bloomed. Bob made 500 seeds of the same cross the next year and got nothing, zilch. When you think you have it all figured out, you are reminded that you don't.

  3. Lee, Your "REDS" are exceptional! I love all of them.

  4. ULTIMATE SACRIFICE bloomed for the first time today for me. Wow do I like reds now. You're to blame for this Lee, thank you!