Saturday, August 22, 2015

Zyzzified

Zyzzified continues the excitement that Four Beasts in One started. Add a ruffle and a more expanded pattern on a lighter yellow base. This photo depicts the extreme best, but I couldn't help showing it off. It more commonly looks like the photo below. Sunfast is fair with some softening on high dew point days or in heavy rain.

I think this will be a versatile breeder because of its mixed habit. The plant is strong, healthy and makes prolifs naturally. I never use bap, ever. The scapes are straight with good branching and loads of buds - nothing to complain about there.

6" flowers
31" scapes
Mixed habit
Early season bloom

Seedling x Four Beasts in One

$200 - sold out for 2016





Cherry Bliss

A big splashy pattern of deep cherry with a brushstroke of fig at the base and a vivid green throat. Though the colors do tend to fade by afternoon these large flowers are open wide early in the morning. The scent is like cherry pie baking in the oven, though I do admit to a suggestible imagination.

Cherry Bliss has huge fans and big scapes with good branching and blooms aplenty. The arching leaves cascade with unusual twists and twirls.

6" flowers
32" scapes
Dormant
Early

Seedling x Seedling (no relation to the FBIO lines)

$200 sold out for 2016

Friday, August 21, 2015

She Sells Seashells

Patterns call to mind so many things we love to gaze at - kaleidoscopes (I won't coopt that name from Mark), butterflies, most obviously, rainbows and ancient script. But this particular daylily holds a shell-like fascination with its form, coloration and a tendency towards mother of pearl patterns. Sunfast and opens a bit slower on cool mornings.

A very hardy and vigorous blue-green dormant. Well-branched scapes explode with plentiful flowers.

5.5" flowers
28" scapes
Dormant
Mid season bloom with possible rebloom
Seedling x Four Beasts in One


$200 sold out for 2016

Percussion

Percussive vibrations emanate from a small olive throat. The pattern is chestnut red on honey yellow, rounded petals and sepals. More sunfast than some and a lot of intricate pattern fun.

The plant is a hard dormant with tidy arching fans that emerge with clever caution. Fair branching and bud count.

5.5" flowers
30" scapes
Dormant
Mid season bloom, sometimes rebloom

Seedling x Seedling (Four Beasts in One grandparent)

$200 sold out for 2016

Chubbykins

Chubby blooms of heavy substance, a big ruffle (for a pattern at least) on a stocky plant with chubby fans. The grape and cream blooms have clear breaks some days and are filled with silver metallic glints on others.

The plant is a hardy blue-green dormant with good branching and bud count. Overall you get an impression of chunkiness and somewhat smaller blooms with rich coloration.
5" flowers
27" scapes
Dormant
Early season bloom

(Answering Angels x Oceans Eleven) X Four Beasts in One

$200 sold out for 2016

Generous Spirit

When I asked my daughter Francesca if she would like to name this seedling she decided on Generous Spirit, and this trait is certainly reflected in her. The base color can be more apricot than it was on this particular day, and the pattern color is raspberry, given to metallic outbursts. The throat is olive green. More sunfast than many of my patterns but opens slower and needs higher temps to open well.

The plant is a near dormant mixed habit with very good vigor and health. Bud count and branching are good. I'm not sure about listing numbers in this regard anymore because each scape can be different, but suffice it to say it is certainly quite adequate. Lots of natural proliferations.

6" flowers
31" scapes
Mixed habit - nearer to dormant
Early season bloom

Gentle Soul x Jinxy

$200 sold out for 2016

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Smitten Again

Opening flat from the throat to fully display a soft lilac and ivory pattern, Smitten Again has a dreamy presence. The apple green heart is a fine finishing touch. Smitten Again's mom, Answering Angels was put to work as soon as it was introduced in an effort to expand the patterns onto a greater portion of the flower, add some ruffle and edge, and help with the form issues. Sometimes the pattern is simply washed or shows as an applique.

The flatness and presentation, including straight sepals, along with the dormant blue-green foliage which is very neat and attractive in early spring, have made Smitten Again an important addition to my program. The scapes are well built with 3-4 branches and 26 or so buds. Pod fertility is quite good and the pollen is fluffy and fertile, in fact, you can assume my daylilies have normal pollen and at least average pod fertility. I have no patience for low out-of-doors fertility. 2014 intro.

6" flowers
28" scapes
Dormant
Mid season bloom
3-4 way branching, 26 buds
Tetraploid

Answering Angels x Four Beasts in One

$125 sold out for 2016

Friday, December 13, 2013

Yumph


In a 1937 movie starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, the word Yumph was used to express passion and verve. I can watch any movie starring this couple over and over, likely because of the Yumph factor. I feel like saying Yumph whenever I see this large, juicy grape pattern, and it's a fun word to say. Try it. The base is pale cornmeal and the chartreuse throat is the perfect touch. Linen white breaks in the pattern are stronger on the sepals. Metallic glints appear at times, especially on rebloom. I made many hundreds of seeds from Heavy Metal a long while back, which is probably in its background.

While the pattern in the two close-ups is not always this strenuous I could not resist showing photos of Yumph's best efforts. Sometimes there is just a lowly eye on display but this is Yumph taking a short rest. Bear in mind that patterns are more fully expressed a year or two after planting when the roots are well established.

Patterns are known for their tendency to canoe and curl inward. The photo in which the petals are open wide was taken on a hotter day. I have been working hard to achieve fully unfurled cool morning openers, discarding thousands of belligerent seedlings. After all, we want to see the full face of pattern expression.

Yumph develops into a good clump with close offsets and sports narrow leaves. I recommend crossing Yumph to patterns with a higher bud count to improve on the scapes. Sets pods easily. 2014 intro.

6.5" flowers
32" scapes
Semi evergreen
Early bloom, rebloom
2-3 way branching, 13 buds
Tetraploid

Unknown x unknown

$125 sold out for 2016