Saturday, August 27, 2011

Purple - Bali Watercolor

Bali Watercolor

A beautiful and fairly inexpensive purple/lavender blend that grows well here in my zone six, region ten garden. It is evergreen but came through last winter well, and it was cold!

Here she is after a long, hard, pounding rain, a
little wet and sodden, but the colors held perfectly and the strong substance of the petals survived with no damage. We got a lot of rain and storms while she was in bloom and each time, her blooms came through very well.

A very fertile pod parent, for a spider form, she is one of the richest purples in my garden. I highly recommend this one!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Matthew Martin

Matthew Martin - Dougherty, 1992

Matthew Martin is a stunning brown cultivar. The above picture shows it at midday. The color is so intense and striking, looking like stained wood. There is a distinct leather effect through the combination of the color with the strong texture. It is really striking and the closest flowering species I have ever observed to this effect are in the Orchids.

The above picture shows Matthew Martin in the morning just after a hard rain. Some cultivars I have were beat to shreds by that rain, but not this one. There is some slight spotting, and you can see water pooled up on the flower, but the substance shines through. Note how much more deeply pigmented the flower is in the morning.

The final picture above shows Matthew Martin at sunset after a heavily rainy day. The flower takes on a near copper edging by the end of the day that is even more pronounced on sunny days. On both rainy and sunny days, Matthew Martin holds pigment and substance and does not melt, slick or spot up. The gradual lightening of color over the day is very lovely in this cultivar and does not spoil the flower display. The substance is strong, the texture leathery and the pigmentation is rain and sun proof. Be still my beating heart!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Welcome - First Post

I love daylilies, and I have loved them for a long time. My first memories of daylilies are of the orange ditch lily, Hemerocallis fulva 'Europa', which grew in the ditch line past my grandparents house. My grandmother, mother and aunt all loved flowers and grew lots of them. I saw my first hybrid cultivars of daylilies when I was perhaps six or seven years old. We received the Gilbert H. Wild and Sons catalog throughout my childhood and grew many of their offerings. My first daylily cultivars were 'Winnie the Pooh' and 'Melon Balls'. I was eight years old when I got those on an order my aunt made to Wilds. When Stella de Oro became widely available in the eighties, we began growing her and then added many new kinds through the nineties and the last decade.

I have come to appreciate many daylily cultivars, both tet and dip. I love the species forms and both ploidy of hybrids. There is not one particular form I prefer, but I do like ufo and spider forms, especially cascades. I have come to appreciate substance of flower and performance of plant. Over the years, I have grown daylilies in many diverse settings and levels of care. I have found that a great many daylilies are tough plants that can survive considerable competition and neglect. However, they grow largest and flower best with some care.

For the past fifteen years my work with poultry has kept me from working with the daylily to the extent that I wanted. Now, I have greatly reduced my level of research with poultry and have come back to the daylily to work with this fantastic and diverse plant. I hope to apply my appreciation of plant performance and garden qualities with my knowledge of breeding and strain formation in my future work with daylily breeding. As well, my past experience in selection for vigor, hardiness and disease resistance will give me a good basis from which to select for these traits in the daylily. I consider those traits of utmost importance and central to the development of sound strains.