This part of my initial testing was important to me to see what was possible by crossing modern types onto species. My guess was that the use of species with modern, advanced types could produce much more interesting results than the initial crossing of species x species that had been done to develop the domestic hybrid daylilies. Brian Mahieu had done this work previous to me, and so his results showed me I could expect good things. I just w3anted to go in some slightly different directions. In addition, I wanted to to focus on species that either hadn't been used in any registered cultivars, or that had only been used minimally. This work was interesting in-and-of itself, but it was a precursor to the work I wanted to do with tetraploids.
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Linda is an excellent old Stout cultivar that we have grown here on the farm for decades. I suspected that its peach color and wavey edge would blend well with modern pinks with high-ruffled edges. Here are some results that I think show the potential of Linda with these types. For more information on Linda, click here.
I am very happy with the results of test mating species and old cultivars with modern types. I have show to my satisfaction that it is a very worthy path to pursue, both to bring in new genes to the domestic hybrid daylily gene pool and to use tried-and-true cultivars that are as good today as they were decades ago when first introduced. What is most gratifying to me is the combination of interesting flower phenotypes with vigor and hardiness I have seen in so many of these seedling.
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