I am continuing to feature the Lily Auction seedlings that bloomed last summer, after just one year in the
ground. That's important, because in our zone, it is "more normal" to see them bloom in 3 years! I will be
using the best of these in my different hybridizing programs. I will use their pollen this year and will 'lightly'
set pods on them also since this will be their second year of bloom and should show me more of what they
are all about. It's by the third year that any obvious flaws should scream at me. IE; if the scape stays too
short and the blooms don't rise above the leaves or if it isn't fertile either way (I always like it when they are
fertile both ways, but if I had to choose between pod and pollen, it would be pod, (capable of carrying
seed). Another obvious flaw would be lack of vigor. If it doesn't increase in the amount of scapes it gives, it
tells me that I either have it in very poor soil (which is why I transplanted a lot of them last August and Sept.)
or they just don't like the stress of the cold winters. They are all treated the same way-same amount of rain
and sun, mulch and weeding...etc.etc. The only difference has been, in the past, a rocky, sandy soil up at the
top of a shallow slope along a tree line. the rest of the land I use for planting has fertile clay loam. So, with
probably a lot more words and reasons that could be stated, I will proceed to put some pictures up of last
year's seedlings from the 2009 Auction, that got refrigerated(stratified) all winter and got planted 2010.
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