Thursday, January 3, 2019

Contemplation Of Chaos

Contemplation Of Chaos
(Sdlg# JSEOC74)

2019 - Reeder - Diploid - 
Joan Senior x Edge Of Chaos - 
38" scape - 6.5" flower - 3 branches - 16 buds - Midseason - Semi-evergreen - Fragrant

Clear medium purple self above green to chartreuse throat.

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Contemplation of Chaos is a lovely purple flower with very rich, bright and clear color, with the old classic Joan Senior as pod parent and the illustrious Mahieu cultivar Edge Of Chaos as pollen parent. The flower alone would be enough to consider this one for introduction, but the extremely high rust resistance through all five years of my rust resistance screening program is what closed the deal for me, marking this introduction as a five-year A+. Purple daylilies with extremely high rust resistance are extremely rare, so as the years of growing this seedling passed, and it was clear colored and extremely rust resistant year after year, I knew I had to get this one out to the public. 

In addition to the great ancestry and the exceptional resistance, Contemplation Of Chaos is a semi-evergreen so should grow well in warm-winter climates where rust is a big problem and it is extremely fertile both ways. It has produced many very nicely colored seedlings with extremely high rust resistance to me and has repeatedly shown strong breeding value for rust resistance, as well as for very bright, clear and pastel colors - pink, purple, lavender and near white. It is important to me to get this one out to the public where people interested in rust resistance can also take advantage of the rare combination of traits this cultivar offers.

But wait! There's more! 
Contemplation Of Chaos is a nice plant, showing medium green foliage and a large plant that is attractive in the landscape. It is also a fast increaser that clumps up quickly and makes a lot of fans that don't quickly crowd out in the middle allowing it to be either frequently divided for increase or left alone to form a big, glorious clump that gives good performance for a long period of time. The scapes are a good height, though I would like to see more branching, but with a plant with this level of resistance and the very clear purple flower, some things can be forgiven. However, I would note that I have gotten many seedlings from it that show better branching, so you can make good use of it in breeding to improve rust resistance and maintain good branching in a line. As with branching, bud count could be higher, but the same reasoning to look over that point applies. It is too important for the rare and desirable traits is has to dismiss for one or two traits not being the maximum we look for in our modern daylilies. The thrip resistance is moderate.

The form of the flower is very lovely. It is not a UF, but just a normal open-form flower, but it can be used successfully in UF breeding, having produced narrow and UF seedlings for me. The ruffling of the flower is gorgeous and is strong on both petals and sepals making the flower look very modern and fancy for a simple self-colored flower. The flower holds the green throat quite well all day and shows good resistance to rain and sun. The texture of the petals is good, and doesn't melt down by evening. The green throat and the flower substance passes to many of its seedlings. Being very pod fertile, it is very easy to create a lot of seeds on this one. I have made pods on every flower several years in a row and never saw that harm the plant, cause poor increase or suppress the flowering in the following year. This one has been a powerhouse mother plant for me and I think it can be for many other breeders. While it is a semi-evergreen, and should do great further south than my garden, it has been very hardy here, never showing any severe winter damage, so I suspect it will also do well in colder climates than mine. While people in the north may not be concerned with rust resistance, I think the lovely flower and its high breeding value for color combined with high fertility and hardiness mean it would be a boon for northern UF and Purple diploid programs.

Below are three seedlings from Contemplation Of Chaos.

Sdlg (Contemplation Of Chaos x Ziggy Played Guitar)
On first year flower in a 20 gallon seedling tub. The bluish edges of Ziggy are even more intense in this interesting and bright seedling.

Sdlg (Heavenly Angel Ice x Contemplation Of Chaos)
A surprise! The eye is one of the bluest I have ever produced. There is also pattern in the eye on most flowers, the throat is very green and the entire flower is very nicely colored with very clear tones. This one went through the last two years of my rust resistance screening and has shown very high resistance and is still in testing. I think this one really shows the great possibilities that come from Contemplation Of Chaos used in breeding.

Sdlg (Vorlon Encounter Suit x Contemplation Of Chaos)
The purple color of this seedling is extremely bright and clear, though of a darker tone. The throat is very green. I don't care for what the sepals are doing, but the coloring is very rich and the rust resistance tested very high for the last three years of my testing program. I include it to show the intense color and the wider petals to show that Contemplation Of Chaos can be used in round flowered programs as well as in narrow or UF programs.

The picture above, of Contemplation Of Chaos, is a flower from its very first year of flowering in my garden. It was pretty from first flower and has remained an eye-catching flower flower and has proven to have many fine traits for a garden plant and as a breeder.