Friday, August 13, 2010

Seedling trays in greenhouse . . .

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I guess if Bill Waldrop can show pictures of his cat, Sammy, I can show a picture of Shiloh. Bill tells of the escapades of Sammy, hunting, sleeping, sleeping, etc. Well, I will guarantee you that Sammy cannot play Solitaire like Shiloh. Here is Shiloh playing Solitaire on the computer, and not only playing, he wins. He likes to follow the cursor around the screen.

Today is Friday, August 13, 2010. Here in Chattanooga today, the temperature rose to 101° with a heat index of 110°. I looked at the thermometer in the greenhouse and it registered 120°. This has been a brutally hot summer in many places. I thought I would show the seedling trays as the are growing in the greenhouse. These images were taken at 5:00 pm when the temperature was still 100° outside.

The first three trays were the seeds planted on July 29. As you can see, they are doing quite well in this extreme heat. I have noticed that the seeds from one of my previous introductions, H. 'Aztec Sunrise', seem to be infertile. None with different crosses have germinated. Maybe I picked them too early, I don't know.

I have never tried lining out in this extreme heat before. I normally wait until the latter part of August, but the plants do not have enough time to recover doing it that late. My friend, Karen Newman, kept writing about lining out, so I called her and asked how she was doing it. She told me the secret of lining out in this heat was to cut up the clump and leave it lie in the dry shade for a day or two to let the cuts heal, then plant, and do not water too heavily. Also, wait until later in the fall to mulch. She said she learned this trick from David Kirchhoff. Here is my line out attempt.

Football time is quickly approaching. I am anticipating a great college season. Next it will be college basketball. I do like the college sports, especially the Lady Vols basketball team. Pro sports is just a job.

Exciting things happen to those who hybridize daylilies!

Life is very, very good. Remember, when the bloom is gone, you still have your friends!



  1. Hi
    Found your blog recently and I really enjoy it. I just lined out seedlings from last years seed. This years seeds are not ripe until september-october. Raising new plants take a year longer here up north.
    Best wishes from Sweden

  2. Hi Dagliljan,
    I make my seed in March/May in the greenhouse. Normally I start them in the greenhouse in September and transplant them into #38 seed trays in November. They grow ther until spring when they are planted in the garden. They will bloom the following year. Seed to bloom here is 2 years for me. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Hi Dagliljan . . . again,
    Just visited your blog. I added it to my follow list. I can't understand anything written, but I can look at your very pretty seedlings. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi Lee
    Just write a comment if you want me to translate. Haven't had any followers abroad yet.

  5. I find this summer's blogs extremely instructive and inspiring, Lee. They are a treasure!

  6. Hi Lee,
    Great to see your seedlings doing so well. Perhaps I missed it, but how do you treat your seeds-wet chill with bleach?, dry in the fridge? whats the secret to the apparently excellent germination?
    If you come to NZ to poach our trout, you will have to pay a tax-about 100 daylily seeds!
    Regards, Duncan, New Zealand.