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?