Wednesday, July 4, 2007


MH0315E (Huben nr) 24 EM Re 3.25, Melon Self, Dor Dip
MH0013F * MH0067D

One of the most beautiful sorts of flower are the hanging lily
flowers, such as the Martagon lilies (and a number of others.) I've
long wondered if we could do that with daylilies on tall scapes, but
never had a starting point. They'd always faced somewhat upwards.

But just this morning I spotted downward facing flowers on this
selected rebloomer.

Note that the pedicel (stalk of the flower) is long and slanted from the scape and the tube (base of the flower where the petals are fused together into a cylinder) actually arches downwards! The flower is oriented a few degrees downwards from the horizontal consistently on the three open blooms today. All scapes are stiffly held in the vertical position.

The flower itself is very nice: pale melon, narrow petalled, ruffled, waxy, and diamond dusted.

So now the search is on for mates. I have only one possibility so far, MH0042D, which holds its flowers horizonatally and has height, budcount, and dark scapes. It also carries rebloom.

MH0042D (Huben nr) 44 EM 2.5, Gold Self, Dor Dip Noc
Corky * Early And Often

Hopefully, this cross will give me seedlings that exaggerate the downlooking blooms.

Any other suggestions for this breeding project?

Wednesday, June 27, 2007



MH0422F (Huben nr) 20 E Re 4, Pink w'Rose Eye, Dor Dip
(My Complimentary * MH0207K)

This one really excited me today, even though I'm not breeding for pink. First flower open today, and a second scape is already visible at the heart of the fan. Few buds, which is not such a bad fault in rebloomers. So what's so exciting? First, it has a clear color. It's pod parent is:
My Complimentary (Kamensky 05) 26 E Re 4.25, Pink Self, Dor Dip Emo
which is a pink over yellow, and fades to brown in the sun. The amazing thing about My Complimentary is that it can have 35 buds and still rebloom! We'll see how many buds this one develops in the future. But not only does it have a much better, blue-pink color, but it is amazingly sun resistant!

Today, the thermometer was in the 90s, and Stella De Oro was completely melted. But MH0422F is completely unfazed, with a silvery-pink color and no petal slicking or melting. Some of the green in the throat has faded to yellow, but there's none of that awful brown-pink we see so often.



MH0416A (Huben nr) 20 E 3.25, Cream Self, Dor Dip
(MH0001.8 * MH0207K)

I don't know if this one reblooms yet, and it doesn't have many buds, but it has two breakthroughs for my breeding: lots of green throat and big, looping ruffles. It has heavy substance, and stood up to our 94 degree windy day without any change except the green bleaching partly to yellow.

Sunday, June 24, 2007


MH0401.39 (Huben nr) 24 E Re 3.5, NearWhite Self, Dor Dip

Early And Often * MH0207K

Today another near-white rebloomer opened for the first time. Less than a week after Stella De Oro, which it's compared to above. (That is a runty SDO blossom: its bed hasn't been watered lately.) This one opened perfectly at dawn despite the 50 degree temperature.

Not perfectly white, and only ten buds. But well worth breeding: it has instant rebloom at the least. It could be a future intro.

Friday, June 22, 2007


MH0413A (Huben nr) 20 E Re 4, Cream Self, Dor Dip
Sunshine On Clouds * MH0207K

The same brilliant pale yellow as Sunshine On Clouds, but much better form, earlier (3 days after Stella De Oro) and instant rebloom.


MH0418A (Huben nr) 20 E 4, Melon Self, Dor Dip
MH0016J * MH0207K

This was a cross for early bud-building rebloomers. It's got the early (FFO 4 days after Stella De Oro), and it looks like it has the bud-bulding: so far I count 6 buds per branch on the slingshot scape, in the characteristic spiral pattern of a bud builder. It's pretty enough to be an introduction, if it reblooms or bud builds.

Imagine crossing this one to MH0404.19. I probably will this year.