Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Few 2010 'Standouts'

This seedling belongs to our 2nd grandson, Ethan....HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ETHAN! He's turning 11 tomorrow...and this is his first season to bloom seedlings from his own crosses. I loved this one....a small flower with a big comes from a cross of Flaming Tongues x Bat Masterson. Ethan has always been drawn to the 'hot' colors....he's been my garden helper since he was able to walk....I do have to remember that he 'pruned' some flowers with a golf club in those days...probably just showing his disdain for less than stellar quality flowers!

This seedling is belongs to our eldest grandson, Christopher, who is 13 this year. This is his 2nd season to bloom daylilies from his own crosses. This one is a real catches everyone's eye ....from a great distance away. He used a seedling of mine (All Fired Up x Adorable Tiger) and crossed onto it Andy Candy....and I do believe his result is an improvement on all those individuals involved in it's parentage....come to think of it....Christopher may have that in common with his flower...he's a really special guy! This seedling had good height, branching, bud count, perfect form on every bloom, was very fertile both ways and rebloomed! It is definitely going into our 'keeper bed'.....Chris has chosen a name for it already....but, that is a secret for now.

Chris and Ethan's younger brother, Hayden, who will soon be 6 decided this year that he wanted to 'make his own flowers' 'just like my brothers' he did some crosses with his favorite daylily, CURIOUS GEORGE, and has successfully set 2 pods....hopefully, they will mature and produce some beautiful flowers for him.

I love that they all are interested in the flower garden!

This, probably my favorite purple this season, was from a cross of 2 of my own seedlings.....both having Jerry Nettles as a pollen parent. This flower has so much going for it. It is an early morning opener and holds its color and substance well all day. It's edge has a 'green glow'....coming from SL05-05 it's pollen parent. Our daughter, Jenni, commented that 'it looks like it's had a highlighter around the edges'....and it does. The glowing light edge is a nice contrast to it's rich color. It was very pod fertile so I grew some pods on hopefully, capture it's great qualities and add some's only deficency was that it bloomed at about 20 inches. But, like all the others on this post, it was a seed, sprouted in February 2009 and planted in the garden bed in May it's 'come a long way' in one
year. Who knows? ....perhaps it'll bloom taller next season.

This is from a cross of Shores of Time x Green Revolution....both intros from Patrick Stamile. I like the color, a blend from both parents, and the bubbly edge has some green....and it's an early morning favorite, as I like to check them at dawn's first light.

This is from a cross of my seedling (Fencing Master x My Soul Surrendered) X Larry Allen Miller. I like the white edge on this one...and I'm fond of this large triangular form of bloom. The pod parent (Fencing Master x My Soul Surrendered) is the plant that has given good branching to it's offspring.

Berry Patch (Salter,J) x Soul On Fire (Emmerich, K)....this one had almost everything I want from a daylily....great color, form, height, branches, fertility....the only thing I might have added would have been rebloom. However, it's only a 'baby' might rebloom in it's second season next year.

Other seedlings can be seen on my Picasa Web clicking the link at the right hand top of this post....2010 Lilies of the Field Seedlings. Let me know which you like!

2010 Seedlings

This seedling is a cross between Lemon Berry Frost (Bell,T 200) and Clarification (Norris, R 2002). It has bloomed for 2 seasons in our garden now and at 35 inches tall, with a 6 inch bloom, beautifully spaced branches and an average of 25 buds, it has been selected for future registration. It is an early morning opener with these consistently well formed blooms (exactly as shown in the photo) with a substance that is still firm at close of day.

Daylily bloom season is just about past here, with just a few really late bloomers and a handful of rebloomers still showing off in the garden. We have experienced rebloom on daylily cultivars that have never been observed to rebloom here.This season was unusual, also, in that we had an unusually large number of 'instant rebloom' scapes....those that appear while the initial bloom scape is just blooming. This really shortened our season because they bloomed out quickly.

In years past, we would have a lapse of time between initial bloom and rebloom. It's an interesting observation and one to be measured against other years as to speculation is that it is somehow rainfall related....especially in regard to heavy rainfall in the later part of last year. We are now in a dry period and it will be interesting to see if there are additional reblooms later. We normally have several daylily varieties that will be reblooming at first frost in October.

Now the garden emphasis is on reviewing performance of seedlings, especially those that had their maiden bloom this season, organizing photos, and beginning the collection of seed pods from our hybridizing efforts. Due to unusually hot temps, I believe our seed production is very much down from last year. I will concentrate on planting the seeds from our most promising seedlings first. We had some that showed some distinction that we want to continue to work with. Although we had some 'faces' that we were pleased with....the real excitement came from some with exceptional branching and bud count. I've traced that consistent trait to one particular seedling....which seems to impart height and good branching both as a pod and pollen parent. I tried crosses of some of these offspring to each other as well as going back to the original parent and working some more from there. Time will tell what comes from all that. That anticipation of 'what can be' is fuel for further is a powerful motivator....even when weather is not cooperative....and other factors are aching muscles and joints!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Lilies of the Field ....... our first 2 registrations.

My first daylily registration.


Linda Hassler 2009

Diploid, dormant, M, Re, Frag, 28" tall scapes with 5" blooms, fragrant.

Parentage: (Charlie Pierce Memorial x Lavender Blue Baby)

Light cream with violet eye and matching edge.

Named for my parental grandmother
Chloe Jerusha Violet Fitzgerald.

My husband, Sam's, first registration......we look forward to some special offspring from Blue Side of Purple blooming in a few weeks.


Sam Hassler 2009

Tetraploid, semi-evergreen, EM, 30" tall with 5.5" bloom.

Parentage: (Beside Still Waters x Lavender Fantasia)

Lavender blue with violet blue band and violet blue and white double edge above green throat.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

I am a daylily........

Guess there's always been a connection or perhaps a conflict between 'being' and 'doing'. I think of hearing the expression 'you are what you eat'....(in which case I'll soon be a lovely blend of mango, avocado, and garlic) ....and Holy Scripture says 'as a man (or woman) reasons in his heart, so he is'.

Well, I've been passionate about enjoying, growing, collecting, and hybridizing daylilies for a long time now....since around 1990. So I've, perhaps, come to a logical end.....I have 'become' a daylily! Truly....this year our friend, Don Morris, an up and coming hybridizer has given me the wonderful honor ....and one of the highlights of this year indeed, by naming one of his beautiful newly registered daylilies for me....Linda Hassler.

The photo is of the seedling, that is now H.Linda Hassler, on the day I first saw it blooming in Don's greenhouse at his garden. I fell in love with the great clear color....rosy of my favorites, it's great plant habit ....tall, sturdy scapes, dormant foliage, and vigorous increase. To see more photos, including some taken outside, see Don's site at Click on '2010 introductions' to see 'Linda Hassler' and Don's other beauties!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Almost 'bit off more than I could chew' or... ' "Happy Mother's Day" to me'

Looks so benign, doesn't it?!? This rut is actually over one foot deep! It will take at least 8 wheelbarrow loads of dirt to fill! As the delivery truck, bringing the large load of mushroom compost....(which I've claimed as my Mother's Day gift) began to enter the field from our driveway, it's front left wheel sank to mid-hub depth. The truck driver and I were very alarmed! While I was wondering outloud 'if the guys, with their heavy equipment, are at the sawmill up the road'.....the driver was able to keep his wheels perfectly straight and back it out and up onto the drive!!!! That was a BIG relief.....I was mentally adding many $$$ onto the price of the cost of the compost.

Looking for an alternate plan/route, the driver asked for a chainsaw to trim some limbs from a large white pine to gain access to the field in a firmer spot. After getting the chainsaw for him....I lost my nerve completely....just had a vision of all 4 wheels buried up in the middle of our field....and opted for a location just across from the end of our house on the other side of the driveway. We had an old chip compost pile there years ago....and it's just about the same distance from the garden as our current mushroom pile......just a little more public view!

BIG truck just finished dumping compost....the pile looks so small compared to the truck.....but, it is really a small mountain....about 10 tons! Let it be entered into a permanent record that getting this much at once was my dearest husband's idea.....saved time driving (an hour each way) to get pickup loads...and saved him shoveling it all out of the truck when we got it home.

This should meet all our 'compost needs' for 2 gardening years.

My very own mountain of 'black gold'......mushroom compost is so valuable for gardening....adds some fertilizer and holds water....just the greatest soil amendment I've found. This pile weighs about 10 tons! Mushroom compost, having as part of it's composition, chicken manure and urea, does possess it's own 'aroma'......wonder if the 'essence' will be be lingering when our family gathers for events at the picnic area down by the lake? I'll just hope for a 'favorable wind'.....