Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Daylily seedlings 2013 ...

I knew it was going to be hard to keep up on this blog during daylily season .... I've been on vacation from my regular day job for my Daylily Open Garden & Sale, had a friend from Maine stop in and visit, and back to work tomorrow ... so I figured if I was going to get a new post done, today would need to be the day.

This first group of daylily seedlings are daylilies I am planning on naming and "officially" registering this year ... these are all older seedlings that I have been watching for a couple of years and had actually planned on registering them last year, but the drought was too bad to get accurate heights and sizes.

The first four are all crosses of Blue-Eyed Curls X Raspberry Butterflies.

This strange looking one (that's why I like it) is a cross of a Seedling X Wind Master.

This one is a cross of Red Suspenders X Wind Master.

And this one is a cross of Frankie's Fantasy X Bluebird Sky.

This is a seedling I bought from Sandy Holmes, I call it my tomato soup seedling, and will probably register this one too.  Very unique color and a great shape!

These next seedlings are one's I am considering for next year.

This one is just a great garden plant ... lots of pretty blooms on it.  Stack the Deck X Lochness Monster.

This is more red in real life, not so pink ... but a great color combo!  It's a Mystic Avalon X Vertical Horizon kid ... I have lots of Vertical Horizon kids that I really like!

Especially this one, another Mystic Avalon X Vertical Horizon kid ... this one will be a couple more years out ... I need to get it out of the seedling patch and grow it on it's own for a while.

This is another one that is a couple of years out ... it looks me right in the eye and has great branching.  A Mystic Firebird X Platypus Pam kid ....

First year bloom on this one, but I really like it!  Mystic Pixie X Patricia Snider Memorial.

And a picture of my barn with my Quilt Square and the older spider daylily bed.

I'll have lots more pictures to share as the season winds down more ... but I thought I'd take the time today to show you some!  Hope you are all enjoying your gardening season!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day American's!  It's a hot humid day here in Western NY ... so I'm in the house hiding from the mid-day sun.  I just organized the start of my daylily photos and thought this would be a good time to do a post on my blog ... I'm waiting for my Mom and friend Judy to arrive for dinner.

Here is what it has looked like quite often here recently .... but I am not complaining about the rain, the heat I'll complain about, but not the rain!

The gardens are loving the rain, everything is huge and healthy!  But I'm still waiting to get some hay delivered, had to have another round bale delivered to hold me over until he can make some small square bales.

Because of the heat, and an un-air-conditioned house, I often leave the back door open in the evening and early morning to let some cooler air get into the house.  This year, and she's been here for 6 years, my feral barn cat has decided she needed to meet the housecats.  She's been sitting right outside the screen door, hanging out with my 2 male housecats.  Maybe she's lonely?  When it cools down, I may have to call the rescue about getting a male feral barn cat to keep her company ...

She's a pretty long-haired torty ... I got her from a feral cat rescue, they place spayed feral cats that they have been unable to socialize in peoples barns.

Speaking of barns ... the barn swallows have a net of babies ....

You can barely see some heads and beaks poking out of the nest.

Here's a really nice white iris that just started blooming:

And a lily that's out in one of the daylily beds out front, I have to find the name of this one ... I know I got it from Ramona Titus at Faraway Flowers ...

And finally ... daylilies are starting to bloom!!! 

First is Isolde, one of the first to bloom in my gardens and often is a poly bloom.

Next is my own Mystic Avalon, looking just lovely!

Linda Michaels Mythperception, what a great shape!!.

Another early bloomer is Patricia Snider Memorial, also one of the first to bloom in my gardens ... and it just keeps going!

Now for some early seedlings:
I find the parentage on this one interesting, Tequila Mockingbird (big ruffly round thing) X So Many Stars.  I'm not sure if I'll do anything with it yet, but marked it as something to watch.

This is another I marked to watch, I really like the colors ... it's my Mystic Avalon X Vertical Horizons.

Another one that I find the parentage interesting ... this is very tall, Raspberry Griffin X So Many Stars.  Unfortunately, there is no branching at all, but I might use it as a bridge plant and see if I can get some branching ... it's early and has a great shape.

If you are a daylily person, bet you can guess what one of the parents of this one is?  This is my Mystic Pixie X Emerald Starburst ... first year blooms ... there seem to be many that look like this, but I never make any determinations about seedlings the first year.

And this one will probably be registered this Fall.  This is actually a seedling I bought from Sandy Holmes.  It has an amazing shape and very interesting color .. I call it my tomato soup colored daylily ... what the heck am I going to name it???

As you can see .. the season has just begun.  All I need to do is work on keeping the deer out of the gardens, they are especially brutal this year, and survive the heat! 
Until next time ....