Sunday, September 25, 2011

2012 Introductions . . . Final Part 9

The weather has moderated some here and it is more like the beginning of fall with a few warmer days thrown in. I have started transplanting the seedling peat pots into the 1 gallon pots. I can oly work until about 10:30 in the greenhouse because then the sun is out and the temperature has climbed.

2012 Introduction No. 8 Final (Left click for a larger image) 

All images I have shown you so far have been taken outside in the field. For Introduction No. 9, I thought I would show you images from both the greenhouse and the field. The pattern is exactly the same, the "relief" sculpting is still evident, the biggest difference is in the color. Yes, in the second image, the flower does have sepals, they are just recurved.

From the greenhouse . . .
From the field . . .
H. 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home’
s/f ... $100.00 ... d/f ... $150.00
28” EM SEv Re EMO Ext 5½”. 4-way branching, 18 buds. Petals 3½”, sepals 2”.
    This flower has the “relief” form of sculpting and is a pale peach with a rosy eye. A lemon-lime throat and a heavily ruffled rosy edge with a gold line provides the finishing touches. Opens like this every morning. Very heavy substance which holds well in the sun or rain. Second set of scapes emerge before first set is done blooming. Fertile. No. 9034 (Elisa Dallas X Wonder Of It All)

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2012 Introductions . . . Part 8

I had donated about 600 1 gallon potted daylily seedlings to the City of Chattanooga Parks Department and yesterday City employees arrived with a big truck. It took three trips to get them all. I will get a nice tax donation letter from the City . . . much better than composting them. The seedlings were still in the greenhouse so now that they were removed, this morning I spent time cleaning up getting ready to transplant the peat pot seedlings to one gallon pots. It is always fun transplanting and trying to imagine what I will get from each of the crosses. A good time!

2012 Introduction No. 8 (Left click for a larger image) 

H. 'Steppin’  Out With My Baby’

s/f ... $85.00 ... d/f ... $125.0035" ML SEv EMO Ext LFr Re 6". 5-way branching, 27 buds. Petals 3”, sepals 2”.
    This has been one of my perennial (am I allowed to say that) favorites in the garden. A complex overlay of strawberry syrup mixed with lemonade shows up in the color.  A bright lemon throat leads to a green heart. It has a delicate appearance, but the substance is as heavy as leather and defies the sun and rain to touch it. Opens like pictured every morning. Very round and full, the petals are heavily ruffled with some light relief sculpting in evidence. The tall scapes carry the heavily branched and budded scape. A very fine daylily. Pod and pollen fertile. No. 8153 (Judy Farquar X Wonder Of It All)

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Monday, September 19, 2011

2012 Introductions . . . Part 7

What a great weekend! I flew to Hartford, Connecticut on Friday to speak to the Connecticut Daylily Society on Saturday. Friday night I was picked up at the hotel and taken to dinner by club president Russ Allen. We were joined by Phil Douville and Cheryl Fox. Nice conversation and they tried to get me to talk about daylilies but I told them to wait until Saturday so they wouldn't have to hear the same thing twice.

Saturday morning, Gary Jones picked me up at the hotel and took me on a driving tour of Hartford, including the Mark Twain house where he used to work. It would have been nice to take the inside tour, but I just cannot walk steps. I saw a lot of the insurance company buildings that my son consults with.

Saturday, after the meeting, Rich Howard took me to his home to see his operation. Rich also has a greenhouse and although we have never corresponded about our operations, we do a lot of things very similar. Rich uses the No. 38 seed trays, and like me, has a lot of the resulting seedlings are still to be planted.

Rich presented me with a cap, but not just any cap, a "Life is good" cap. Rich asked me, "Please be diligent in wearing  this cap to help keep anything else from leaking out". What a friend! Here I am tilling under the 3500 seedlings in the field that were non selects. I till them in to help put nutrients back in the soil. You can see me wearing Rich's cap. Then, a close up to show the logo. When I went inside, I looked in the cap and saw that nothing new had leaked out. Just left click for a larger image.

2012 Introduction No. 7 (Left click for a larger image)

H. 'Orange Blossom Lane’
s/f ... $85.00 ... d/f ... $125.00
35" E SEv Re EMO Ext 6". 3-way branching, 18 buds. Petals 3”, sepals 2”.
    Opens with perfect form every time. The large 6" flower is a soft orange marmalade self but it does have a very faint rose halo. The flower is finished by with very green throat. The heavy substance makes the flower rain and sun resistant. The wide petals are lightly folded and ruffled which also carries through on the sepals. Fertile both ways in the greenhouse. No.0710 (Enchanted Dreams X tetra Connie Burton)

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Friday, September 16, 2011

2012 Introductions . . . Part 6

This weekend I am headed toward the northeast and the Connecticut Daylily Society to present my program. I believe the meeting is at 1:00 PM Saturday and I am looking forward to sharing what I know with the club. Also looking forward to meeting Rich Howard and the other CDS members. Saturday afternoon Rich will be taking me to his home to see his operation which I am really looking forward to.

The last couple days I have been removing the ground cloth paths between the seedling beds in preparation for tilling under the 3500 seedlings. After the ground cloth was removed, I mowed off the tops of the daylilies and the weeds growing in the beds.Now to put the tiller on the Kubota and till them under.

Our weather made an abrupt change today, in the low 70s with night time temps in the 50s. Great working and sleeping weather.

2012 Introduction No. 6 (Left click for a larger image)

 H. 'Moments In Moonlight’

s/f ... $65.00 ... d/f ... $100.00
36" ML SEv Re EMO Ext 5¾". 4-way branching, 23 buds. Petals 2¾”, sepals 1¾”.
    A polychrome of lemon and pink over cream. Shows some light sculpting and should work well in a sculpting program. A yellow throat which finishes in a pistachio heart completes the picture. The form is very round with the petal edges being heavily ruffled. The substance is very heavy which allows it to hold up in sun and on a rainy day. Has good branching and bud count on a very tall flower. Fertile. No. 0786 (Mandalay Bay Music X Wonders Never Cease)

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

2012 Introductions . . . Part 5

I have spent the last couple days selecting potted cultivars to take into the greenhouse this winter for hybridizing. I have a variety . . . reds, eyes and edges, seedlings and yellows (naturally) etc., etc. My goal is to have about 150 pots to hybridize with. I can generate more seeds with that number than I can plant. It has been fun to think what you would like to do, then select the plants to do it.

2012 Introduction No. 5 (Left click for a larger image)

  H. 'Jukebox Saturday Night’ 

s/f ... $85.00 ... d/f ... $125.00
35”" M SEv EMO Ext Re 6". 4-way branching, 21 buds. Petals 3”, sepals 1¾”
    A hearty clear pinot noir with slightly darker veining. Both petals and sepals have an edge of yellow/gold. Petals are crimped, folded and ruffled. A lemon throat matches segment’s edges and leads to a green heart. Substance is very good for a purple but does fade some in a very hot sun. Pod and pollen fertile in the greenhouse. No. 8175 (Singular Sensation X Larry  Allen Miller)

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

New 2012 Introductions . . . Part 4

Just after we finished our lining out, Tropical Depression, Lee came through and dumped somewhere around 10" of rain on us. We were in dire need, so it was very welcome. Fortunately, the rain did not come down in a deluge and most of it soaked into the ground. A day after, I dug some plants to ship and the ground was damp, but not muddy. Of course, if I had driven the tractor into the freshly tilled ground just before the rain, they would still be looking for me.

It is time to begin thinking about the Hybridizer's Summit in December. Many of the most famous hybridizers in the world will gather at the Chattanooga Choo Choo on Friday, December 2 to meet old friends and make some new ones. Lots of dinner selections in downtown Chattanooga where a free shuttle will take you from the Choo Choo to the downtown destinations. I know many of you are prone to lick your fingers at Sticky Fingers. Friday night the hospitality room will be open and we urge you all to bring your bottle of wine, jug of white lightening, or other libation along with your favorite munchies to share.

Saturday morning we will convene at the Finley Lecture Hall at the Choo Choo for a showing of the finest new daylilies to come in the future. If you have been to the Choo Choo, you know that the Finley Lecture Hall is a theater style room with high backed easy chairs that if you get bored you can certainly fall asleep. Noon you can again take advantage of all the fantastic food selections for lunch, then back to the images. We try to end by dinnertime, but if we have too many slides, we will convene after dinner to finish. Then it is back to the hospitality room.

By the way, there is no charge to attend. If you are ready to say "YES, I want to attend", you should call the Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN at 1-800-TRACK29 to make your reservation. Rooms are $89.00 +tax, single/double. Mention you are with the Daylily Hybridizer's Group. All interested in daylilies are invited to attend . . . you do not have to be a hybridizer.

2012 Introduction No. 4 (Left click for a larger image)

 H. 'How Sweet You Are'
s/f ... $85.00 ... d/f ... $125.00
32" M SEv EMO Ext Fr Re 6". 4-way branching, 21 buds. Petals 3¼” sepals 2”.
    A subtle bi-tone of very pastel mauve.  The bright yellow/gold petal edges are heavily ruffled and crimped. Some light relief sculpting is seen in the petals. A bold yellow/gold throat leads to a green heart. The color is slightly moderated in rebloom. Substance is heavy and holds up well against most rains. A very showy flower in the garden. Fertile both ways in the greenhouse.
No. 9057 (Robert W. Carr X Some Sweet Day)

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Monday, September 5, 2011

2012 Introductions . . . Part 3

We are finally getting some rain! Have had over 1" so far and Tropical Depression Lee is just getting started. It is predicted that we will continue to get rain through Wednesday. We are happy, happy. Luckily we had all the planned lining out done in the field before this rain started. I have some orders to be dug for shipment on Tuesday that will have to wait until this weekend . . . probably ship Saturday if the Post Office is still in operation. Just heard on the news that they may have to close down because they cannot meet their financial obligations this month. The are looking for a bailout from Congress. I guess the times are hard all over!

2012 Introduction No. 3 (Left click for a larger image)

 H. "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead'

s/f ... $100.00 ... d/f ... $150.00
24” EM SEv EMO Ext 4¼”, 4-way branching, 23 buds. Petals 2½” sepals 1¼”.
    Teeth, hooks and fringes on the petals surround the lemon yellow segments which are washed lightly in pink. Opens well and is like the picture every morning. The substance is very heavy and this one holds up well in rain and sun. Pod and pollen fertile in the greenhouse. A very nice cultivar to add to your toothy program.
No. 0751 (Horny Devil X Golden Tentacles)

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Friday, September 2, 2011

2112 Introduction - Part 2

The heat continues here in Tennessee. We just had the driest month in history (at least since they started keeping records), 0.01" of rain for the month of August. Also, this was the third hottest month on record. Jean says we are seeing a new variety of mosquito, one that is bigger and has stripes on it's wings. Just what we need, a mosquito capable of drawing enough blood for a transfusion.

Lining out is finished here at Chattanooga Daylilies. This is probably the least we have ever done. At this rate, we may not do any next year. I have approximately 3000 seedlings in No. 38 seed trays that someone could pick up pretty reasonable. If you are interested, call me or email me at

2012 Introduction No. 2

H. 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy'

28" M SEv EMO Ext 6". 5-way branching, 27 buds. Petals 3”, sepals 1¾”.
s/f ... $100.00 ... d/f ... $150.00
    This flower is a very clean regal velvety purple with a faint watermark of white. Deep ruffled white edges with a yellow throat leading to a green heart. Opens well every morning. The scape is well branched with lots of buds. A garden show flower admired by visitors. Fertile in the greenhouse. 
No. 8067 (Mandalay Bay Music X Larry Allen Miller)

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