Sunday, January 20, 2008

Vanilla Gorilla (Huben 08)

Vanilla Gorilla (Huben 08) 44 M 8, Cream Self, Dor Dip Ufo
(Jerry's Whirligig * Magic Of Oz)
Seedling number: MH0168

This daylily is named for Snowflake, the albino gorilla, who recently died.

This UFO measures about 8 inches, and has been drawing a great deal of attention at Carl Harmon's garden the past four years. 5 to 6 way branching, 20 to 24 buds. Pod and pollen fertile. This was a fun cross, partly to test the pod fertility of the enormous Jerry's Whirligig, and partly to see what happens in the way of large offspring.

Like Jerry's Whirligig, Vanilla Gorilla has wide petals in a cascade form: it reminds me of knuckle walking with the massive arms of a gorilla. Now, you could say some daylilies knuckle walk because the scapes fall, but Vanilla Gorilla's scapes stay upright.

I'm so focussed on my reblooming goals, that I essentially ignored this one, and it was rescued by Carl. Let this be a lesson to new hybridizers: trust other people to evaluate your plants and tell you what else is good.

Introductory price is $75 for a single fan. Available only through Harmon Hill Farm.


em said...

jeepers, how much would that cost your sister?

Anonymous said...

Believe me, I have seen it and it's worth every penny!

Lisa Bourret

Ellen Laprise said...

VANILLA GORILLA is one of my favorite cascades!!! Beautiful arching foliage, also.