|GLORY GARDEN'S basket bounty of the day|
When I first got into daylilies I got so excited I
would buy any "new" daylily I saw offered in Wal-mart or any of the 'big box stores'. Because of my fervor
and because I was the President of the newly formed Four Seasons Garden club in Cambridge, Minnesota.
we planned an unplanned, spur of the moment trip (newspaper article) to a daylily farm (in Rogers, Mn.,
about an hour away. It was there that
I found a new love.
I saw the umpteen varieties and colors of the daylilies;
all sizes and forms...so many choices ...
I was hooked!
The owner of the place (Norm Baker, now out in
Washington state) suggested we
trek up to the Monticello area another 25 min away
and we all grabbed hold
of the great suggestion.
Well that did it!
The owner, Gary Shaben proceeded to show us how to hybridize
and I was a "gonner".
|GLORY CLOUD my 2013 spring introduction , a grandchild of Gary Shaben' DEBBIE'S VOWS|
was too late
in the day
I just HAD
to do it!
Gary is still very active in the daylily world and has some beautiful intros (some that I now use in my hybridizing program!).
once I found the
"hooked" even deeper!
Oh the choices!
I thought they were BIG at Gary's....!
Gary said to make sure I had a focus, so I made one and proceeded to purchase plants that would hopefully
lead me to my goal. I wanted to create a red daylily with a white eye (it hadn't been done at that time) and I
love those colors togrther. There had been pinks and purples with chalky white watermarks, but not reds.
I proceeded to purchase many of Munson's watermarked daylilies and
all the vivid deep red cu I cultivars could find and hoped to keep the watermark and put red on all the
watermarked purples and pinks of Munson-a very renown and respected hybridizer out of Florida.
I didn't worry about hardiness
or how well they would do in my zone 3 Minnesota garden.
I didn't have anyone to
ask about it either...
so I became self taught by books,
American Hemerocallis Society membership
and trial and error.
It was my enthusiasm that got me to want even more focuses(programs), I
couldn't be content on just one..
there were so many possibilities,
I just couldn't resist!
In my haste,
true naivete of all the
and hard work it would take,
I just forged ahead....
|Lily Auction seedlings, mixed in with my own|
I wasn't getting any younger!
unless you have "been there",
all the joy
all the hope
when you see
those little seedlings sprout for the first time.
if that isn't enough,
|my seedling (COSMIC SENSATION X SEIZE THE NIGHT|
what it would be like
the first seedling
of the VERY FIRST seedling
that you had helped God create!
Creating that seedling was the
easy and rewarding part....
the hard work lies ahead!
Yes HARD WORK..
|one of my first seedlings that I just introduced for fall 2013 RAINBOW GLORY|
it was worthy enough to keep
and maybe even someday
There were a few really ugly plain
or distorted ones,
but only a few...those
I COULD CULL-
I waited another year to see if it
was only in
an immature stage and would change for the good.
I DID find that even some of the prettiest changed for
the worse in some cases...so it is never wise to cull hastily.
I was pretty serious about this endeavor,
because I had "found"
-I think it found me!-
the Lily Auction,
I just NEEDED
to add to my "coffers",
I purchased Munson's
(at an unheard of price-for me- $151.00)
on the auction
along with a few more,
|out of RUFFLED LEMON PIPING X my newly registered GLORY CLOUD|
I splurged on
RUFFLED LEMON PIPING
because after all it had
plus a very ruffled edge
that I couldn't resist!
really beautiful seedling, not one that matches my criteria for the red with white watermark, but still a
I decided I would splurge
(here we go again!)
and try my "luck" with seeds.
Those who know me,
KNOW I am NOT a gambler
in any way or form-except...
to be truthful...
buying Lily Auction seeds
IS a gamble
and, even though chances are highly unlikely
one would get something to register and introduce-
after all with over 60,000 registered daylilies
out there how could one ever think they would get
something new and unique.
Another truth is:
if these are your babies and
meet all YOUR criteria,
there is not another
one like it anywhere...
.even if they might LOOK like another one.
I find myself personalizing them,
why I want to keep them
and in most cases,
they may SEEM like something else out there,
they are hardy
and worthy of being kept
in my breeding program
and sometimes even worthy of being introduced.
This fall will be my first, very owned and bred offerings for sale.
it was about just genetics alone.
I wanted to get those southern bred genetics
up here in my northern zone.
Even though some were lost
(because of the cold or voles)
|from Auction seed bonus (PEARL HARBOR X BEFORE MY EYES)|
many of them bloomed in one year
and I wish to share them with
you here today.
I WAS hasty-
you HAVE to be on the auction-
especially if it is something you
|auction seed (PLEASANTLY PLUMB X RANDY STEPHENS)|
It's amazing how "addicting" it can be.
I had to determined that I would see
the earliest offered seeds "out there" that year
and started early in August
because I was on an emotional roll
and an adventure,
I didn't finish bidding
'til well into April
of that year.
That same season,
I even bid on unbloomed
|unbloomed seedling (TEXAS BLUE EYES X FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH)|
REALLY A GAMBLE-
A VIABLE INTRO!!??
|auction unbloomed seedling (BEWITCHING EYES X PURPLE PEACE) future intro?|
It's amazing how that 'fever'
can take over....
was it expensive....
|Kendaylily seedling (JOHNNY CASH X SEA OF POSSIBILITIES)|
Three years previous
BUT there were at
least three of the same cross
included in the bid.
(from Kendaylily on the auction).
I got a MOST BEAUTIFUL
one from that endeavor and
it has a powder blue edge and eye.....
I transplanted it last Sept into MUCH
better soil and I can hardly wait
to see how it looks this year.
I am hoping to integrate all these
"newest and latest" genetics
into my cold hardy seedlings
and really look forward to see
what the combinations can do together.
Here is a pic of the unbloomed seedling "Powder Blue"
out of Stamile's VIOLET TRANQUILITY X Peat's LINDA SIERRA.
This is one out of 5 seedlings purchased.
"She" is pollen fertile, didn't want to stress her to make pods with her.
|Kendaylily seedling (VIOLET TRANQUILITY X LINDA SIERRA)|