Diploid Seedlings 2013

Diploid Seedling Page: 
A Showcase of my 2013 Season


I am updating my seedling pages to highlight some of my favorite seedlings for 2013. To make it more convenient to view my seedlings, I am splitting them into two pages based on ploidy. I have waited until the end of 2013 so that this update could coincide with my Garden of the Week feature at Charlotte's Daylily Diary and fall into the middle of my blog series on breeding for rust resistance in daylilies, to illustrate that you can select for resistance and face/flower traits at the same time, even selecting for very advanced and modern phenotype traits along with resistance. The pictures below are just a few of my favorites. I could show many, many more. I have selected just a small sampling to illustrate some of the directions I am going in. To go to the tetraploid seedling page, click here. So, on to the seedlings...

Beard/Cristate/Relief Sculpted Form - Diploid

The seedlings featured here are from Texas Feathered Fancy x Lavender Blue Baby. The cristation is consistent on every flower of the seedling pictured below, the plant is pod and pollen fertile and the rust resistance has been very high in my garden to date. I purchased these seeds in 2010. The first rust culling of this group occurred before I had ever seen first flower. Most of the seedlings were very rust susceptible, but this one wasn't and so was one of only two seedlings kept.

You can see that in addition to the cristation, the plant also has pleating and the petals stand up giving the 'tulip' or 'iris' form, or might be considered to look like an orchid.

Below is the second seedling that was maintained from this cross, a full sibling to the cristate/pleated one above. Its rust resistance is not quite as strong, but is enough to qualify it for breeding use. Note that the flower is very flat and open and that the sculpting on it is the textural 'relief' form. In addition to showing that there is some resistance to be found in the Lavender Blue Baby line (Texas Feathered Fancy is an LBB seedling, so this mating was a backcross), we can also see that the LBB lineage can express all three forms of sculpting when interbred to reveal the hidden sculpting genes.


Broken Pattern Diploids

Another interesting seedling from Texas Feathered Fancy was from a cross to the Mahieu cultivar Olaf The Conqueror as pollen parent. This seedling below was quite a surprise. This cross show a good bit of resistance, but this seedling was the most resistant of the lot. Again, these were first culled for resistance before first flower. The other two seedlings that were maintained along with this one were both near white.

Here a shot at midday. The unusual form is very striking with the broken color.

Here a shot late in the evening showing that even though the tone of the flower fades, the texture remains good with no melting and the broken pattern is still just as striking.

I am also working with seedlings from Pink Stripes, as I love the broken pattern. The next few seedlings are all from Pink Stripes crossed to various other cultivars.

Volcan Fuego x Pink Stripes
This cross has shown high rust resistance from both parents with moderate broken striping in many of them. This cross is to create bridge plants to bring more branching into the broken patterned lineage. Branching in the F1 has been moderate, but a few show very good branching.

Beautiful Edgings x Pink Stripes
This has been my most streaked seedling to date. The flower generally opens wider, but this one showed the most extreme streaking, so I chose this picture for that reason. Again, very high resistance in this group from both parents.

American Revolution x Pink Stripes
While it shows far less striping than some of the other crosses, there is still some striping apparent and the form is better and more consistently open. I think this one may become an important bridge plant for interbreeding with the tother seedlings I have of this type. Again, as with both parents, the rust resistance of these seedlings was strong.

Spider Diploids

This is one of my favorite groups. I just love the grace and shock value of the spider flowered daylilies.

Galaxy Explosion x Brown Exotica
G.E. is very rust resistant and can throw much more dramatic flowers than it possesses when well mated. This flower is very large, at over 8" on the first flower of a first year seedling. As you can see, this one is still growing in a seedling tub and was only transferred into the grow out bed this fall.

I have many other seedlings that are 'almost spiders', but not quite, even though many people would look at them and say, "Yes, that is a spider". I am very picky about what I actually call a spider. Some of the best of those 'almost spider' seedlings will be in the Unusual Form category. 

Unusual Forms

 A close tie with spider types for my favorite forms, I just love the crazy flowers of the unusual forms. I would guess that the majority of my seedings fall into this category in one way or another. I find that UF types emerge from many of my breeding efforts, even some that aren't aimed at making UF types. I especially get a lot of UF types from Spider breeding. There is a lot of resistance in this category in my program, as well as a lot of diverse genetics.

Baitoushan x Snake In The Grass Boo
Love those curled sepals. A very resistant selection from the Kindly Light family (via Baitoushan)

Big Smile x Heavenly Angel Ice
A crazy UF flower that never fails to look odd! Strong resistance via H.A.I.

Corolla Light x Lillian's Crazy Arms
Just wow! And every flower is this odd. This cross didn't have many resistant seedlings, but this was one that made the cut. Branching is poor and scapes are weak, but the eye and form are worth pursuing further.

Grey Witch x Lily Munster
having a six petal day

Grey Witch x Lily Munster
having an eight petal day. This is an exceptional seedling and show very strong resistance, as did many seedlings from Lily Munster. 

How's The Weather Up There x Kermit's Scream
Tall, strong, large flowered and very unusual, this showy plant leaps out at you in the garden. Strong resistance derives from Kermit's Scream, which has produced many resistant offspring in my garden.

Joan Senior x Pit Of Despair
An excellent unusual form that combines the two parents in unexpected and most pleasing ways. The poor scapes and rust susceptibility of POD have been eliminated with the addition of the stronger scaped and rust resistant JS. The color is very pleasing and falls between the two parents with JS diluting the depth of tone from POD.

Lavender Blue Baby x Apophis
This charming seedling shows only moderate rust resistance, as LBB is itself only moderately resistant for me and Apophis is very susceptible. This is one of only a handful of seedlings coming from Apophis that showed enough resistance to continue on with. As these seedlings were culled for rust resistance before first flower, imagine my surprise and delight when this flowered and the blooms were consistent for this form! Mated to things with stronger resistance, this seedlings shows great promise as a bridge plant to salvage some of the good traits of Apophis.

Mahieu seedling x Lily Munster
This entire group has shown great traits, with large flowers, tall, strong scapes, great branching, nice foliage and strong rust resistance. The seedling above is my favorite of this group.

Pack Hunter x Brown Exotica
Two of my favorite flowers, this seedling combines many of their good traits, both for flower and plant/resistance traits.

Jocelyn's Oddity x Lily Munster
This crazy seedling is consistently this style of spidery, unusual formed cascade on ever flower. This seedlings has been, like both its parents, very rust resistant.

Flutterbye x Peacock Alley
This striking seedling was selected for its rust resistance before I had ever seen it flower. I have to say, I was quite shocked when I saw it, as I would have never expected this flower from the parents. In addition to being very resistant, it is vigorous, the color is very sunfast and doesn't fade and the throat is especially eye catching. The ruffled edge is an added plus. I already have seedlings from this one and I suspect that I will be using it a great deal in the future.

Substantial Evidence Family and Similar Phenotypes From Lines of No Relation

Substantial Evidence and many of its relatives are very important plants in my diploid program. In addition to being and interesting family due to the flat flower form, this line tends to be hardy, vigorous and several of the individuals have good to excellent rust resistance. They are important to my program both for face and plant/resistance traits. In addition to the SE family, I also have a few odds and ends from other lines that share the flat and unusual form of SE. These, where of good vigor and resistance are also being used in my program and a few will be shown here with this group, as they are all phenotypically similar.

Substantial Evidence x Kaleidoscopic Intrigue
A fantastic burnt orange with very open form and a hint of relief type sculpting. This seedling was selected for rust resistance before first flower.

Substantial Evidence x Kaleidoscopic Intrigue
A sibling seedling to the one above, this one is a bright, fluorescent orange that also shows slight relief. The resistance is also strong in this one and it was selected for resistance traits before first flower.

Substantial Evidence x Kaleidoscopic Intrigue
Another sibling form the same cross, again showing excellent resistance, but also a very interesting color combination and a hint of pattern. This flower is less recurved and flatter than the previous siblings, and is also flatter than either of the previous siblings.

Substantial Evidence x Kaleidoscopic Intrigue
This odd flower is equally odd every day. Very resistant and with a very vigorous plant underneath, this one, while likely never an introduction, should have applications as a bridge plant in unusual form breeding. I am showing it mainly to illustrate what an incredible range of phenotypes you can get from the same cross with S.E.

Substantial Evidence x Kaleidoscopic Intrigue
This strongly resistant seedling is included as the final seedling of this cross to illustrate a point in parallel phenotypes. Note that this seedling could easily be mistaken for the relief style sculpted Texas Feathered Fancy x Lavender Blue Baby seedling at the top of this page. This one shows very similar phenotype including the slight relief sculpting. It is a safe bet that this seedling will get crossed with that TFF x LBB seedling!

Substantial Evidence x Edge of Chaos
While Edge of Chaos has very poor rust resistance, it can throw some seedlings with good resistance when mated to a resistant plant. This example of SE x EOC is resistant and has a very striking phenotype. I especially love the ruffled, lighter colored edge.

Substantial Evidence x Edge of Chaos
A sibling to the above seedling, resistant and showing a much lighter lavender coloring reminiscent of the edge on the above seedling.

Navajo Princess x Substantial Evidence
Interesting pattern and nice clean colors. While NP has poor resistance, this seedling has been good so far, probably owing to SE as pollen parent. The combination of these two parents is very interesting.

Kermit's Scream x Late To The Party
Kermit's Scream is a Richard Norris introduction that is closely related to SE. This seedling is so flat and huge. The colors are great. This is a shot from late in the evening and you can see the colors are still intense. The resistance has been good in all the seedlings from this cross as both parents show some resistance. This seedling is very pod fertile.

Joan Senior X Substantial Evidence
I was pleasantly surprised by this combination! It is pretty awesome how S.E. flattens almost anything you add it to. This seedling was selected before the first flower for its strong rust resistance.

Joan Senior x Sharon's Delight
Sharon's Delight is an offspring of S.E. and is a sibling to Ida Mae Norris. This seedling shows the wonderful for that the S.E. line imprints onto its seedling. This shot from late in the day shows the seedling as a bright red/pink, but it is actually a much more intense red in person.

Early Alibi x Stir Crazy
This seedling is not related to the S.E. family line, but definitely has the look including the open flattened flower and the relief sculpting.

Lavender Blue Baby x Fancy Face
This seedling also has the S.E. flat, open look, but is from an unrelated breeding.

Magic Of Oz x Heavenly Pink Butterfly
This seedling also has the S.E. family look, but is not related.

Scrambled Legs x Fuchsia Four
Also not related to the S.E. family line, this seedling has the look and will be bred int hat direction. This was the only seedling from this cross that showed resistance to rust. This one was selected in rust culling before the first flower.

I am going to end the 2013 dip seedlings there for now. I have so many pictures, I could fill up several pages. I just wanted to show you a few of the most interesting ones to illustrate that resistance/plant trait breeding does not have to take away from breeding for beautiful faces. For me, the key is to cull the seedlings before they flower so there is no temptation of keep a beautiful face with an awful/non-resistant plant underneath it. As you can see, you will still get lovely flowers even if you don't keep every seedling to first flower stage. If you are working with genetically sound plants, you will in turn get good seedlings.
To go to the tetraploid seedlings page, click here.