Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Little Daylily Seedling

I don't have many diploid daylilies in my garden. This little fellow is the product of a cross between Grape Velvet and Joan Senior made in 2005. He made a good first impression:).

Daylily~Missisippi Blues

I couldn't be more pleased with this little blue eyed daylily. It's the bluest eye in my garden. Fertile for me.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Seedling Ed Brown X Leslie Renee

Planted in the summer of 2006. Maiden bloom today~ well worth the wait.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

New Dark Seedling

Vatican City x Baby Jane Hudson

This seedling is amazing! I was so surprised to see it's perfect bloom today. It's approx, 36" tall with a large dark, almost black bloom. Impressive ( I'm not biased of course:)).

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Choice Daylily Seedlings This Week

Here are a few of the seedlings I've been watching this week. I'm so pleased with most of them. Most are two year old seedlings blooming for the first time this year. It's becoming more apparent that certain parents make exceptional seedlings, and some less so.Leslie Renee x Gavin Petit

Not a choice seedling, but appealing tp me just the same. I kept going back to take a closer look.

Pure and Simple x JT Davis

Pure and Simple X Spectral Elegance

Pure and Simple x Spectral Elegance~given to my son today. He dabbed the pollen on it.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Spiders In The Garden

The spiders are in sync. They all started blooming on the same day this week. Somehow they never fail to surprise me with their stately presence.


Orchid Waterfall

Waiting In The Wings

Ditch Lily

No matter how many beautiful daylilies I have in my garden, I just can't resist the intense orange of the ditch lily. I love it's height and it's rustic charm. Be careful of it's invasiveness, although mine seem to be well behaved to this point.

Diamond/Gold Dusting

Here is the petal surface of one of my daylily seedlings~ Pure And Simple x Spectral Elegance. It appears to be covered in gold and white sparkles when the sun strikes it's surface. (click picture for a closer view)Flowers that have structures which produce a glitter like quality on the petal surface are referred to as having diamond dusted (white) or gold dusted (gold) qualities.

Take a closer look at a daylily~ You may be pleasantly surprised:).

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Daylilies Blooming This Week

Smile Again~Grace-Smith 2005
Free Bird~Lambertson 2006
Ocean's Eleven~Petit 2004

This is such an exciting time of year in the garden. The daylilies are just starting to bloom. Hybridizing crosses are yet to be determined, and seedlings which have never been seen before are getting ready to show their faces for the first time. The anticipation is intense!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

daylily: Ultimate Fantasy

Ultimate Fantasy, hybridized by Abajian 2004, is a large cream colored daylily with a raspberry eye and small raspberry edge. Several years ago I searched for this daylily, and had a bit of difficulty obtaining it. When I finally received it in Sept 2006 it bloomed immediately on what was most likely a rebloom scape. It must have expended too much energy settling in and blooming at the same time, as it did not bloom again last year.It now has a large fat scape, and if all goes well it will be showing it's beautiful face again in the near future.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Metallic Edges

Metallic edges are an interesting characteristic in daylilies~~They give the illusion that the flower is edged in sparkling gold or silver. Take a closer look at yellow or cream edged daylilies to see if they are metallic edged. It's really very striking. Sometimes hard to capture by the camera, here's one daylily from last year, Angelic Messenger, with a sparkling gold edge~~~Click for a closer view.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Eight Miles High

Eight Miles High is a beautiful black red unusual form, with creamy teeth in hot weather. It survived it's first winter in my zone 5 garden, however had a setback and presently consists of one small fan. I have seedlings from last year's pollen, so I'm hoping for more hardy specimens for this area.