Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Seedlings blooming this year . . .

Since seeing Jeff Salter's H. 'Camelot Red' (2010) bloom several years ago, I have become fascinated with red daylilies and and began to hybridize them as my main focus. Then I saw David Kirchhoff's H. 'BarbaraMandrell' and I was even more hooked. They both have the round, full form that I prefer, and the colors are clear and saturated. Below are some of the red seedlings that I particularly like and am also showing the parents.

H. 'Barbara Mandrell'
(Kirchhoff, 2009)
Seedling 1004
(Camelot Red X Doug's Caress)

Seedling 2041 [(Barbara Mandrell) X (Seedling 1004 Camelot Red X Doug's Caress)]

Seedling 2010
(Rockets Bursting in Air X Barbara Mandrell)

Seedling 2008
[(Santa's Little Helper X Running Hot) X Home of the Free] 

Seedling 4025
(Seedling 2008 X Seedling 2010)
This seedling showed a much more intense GOLD edge this year on re-bloom.

Seedling 2008
[(Santa's Little Helper X Running Hot) X Home of the Free] 

Waldrop Seedling
(Santa's Little Helper X Running Hot)

Seedling 4064
[(Santa's Little Helper X Running Hot) X (Home of the Free)
X (Santa's Little Helper X Running Hot)]

H. 'Cimarron Rose'
(Salter, J. 2005)

H. 'Juanita Manley'
(Pickles 2011)

Seedling 2009
(Juanita Manley X Cimarron Rose

 H. 'Groovin'' (Pickles 2011)
Verna Habermel sent me this picture of Groovin' taken in her garden. One of the most deeply grooved daylilies I have seen. It is spectacular if I do say so myself. This is my definition of a sculpted daylily, not one with a lot of fringing on the mid-ribs. Just sayin'.

I don't know what I am doing wrong, but I cannot get H. 'Juanita Manley' (Pickles 2011) to stay next to the flower.

I hope you enjoy looking at these flowers as much as I do. Remember, to see a larger image, right click over the picture.

Life is very, very good.




  1. You are "singing my song" with your red seedlings Lee. Wonderful!


    1. Hi David,
      I know that you like red. For those of you who don't know, David has hybridized some wonderful toothy daylilies.
      Hope you had a good time at the regional. I heard that it rained all the time.

  2. Lee;
    These are fantastic and I have missed seeing you post your seedlings! Bravo on excellent work...keep it up!!

    1. Hi John,
      I have been lax in putting my seedlings on the blog this year. As I get older I find there just isn't enough time to do the things I want to do . . . or maybe it takes me much more time to do things than it used to.
      Glad you enjoyed the seedlings.


  3. Lee, your reds and sculpted formed daylilies are favorites with visitors here I never would have expected a seedling from Marilyn Morss Johnson to look like that ... Amazing and beautiful. Good on you!

  4. Lee, What a great lot of reds! I went back and forth trying to decide on my favorite and finally had to settle for 2041 for its depth, balance and great green center, I hope this one or one like it will please you enough to introduce it. I know there are so many things we can't see like branching, plant health, etc but I'll keep my fingers crossed that one of these will live up to your high standards.
    Diane Kehoe,
    Delta, BC, Canada