The Happy Daylily Blog - daylily pictures and thoughts from my garden

May 23rd, 2017

A couple of weeks ago I visited 'Paynes In The Grass Daylily Farm'. They are located just south of Houston in Pearland, Texas. It's always fun to travel to see daylilies other than those in ones own garden but this trip brought a pleasant surprise.

I arrived with camera in hand and after some pleasant conversation with Leon Payne, I headed for the beds to take some pictures. One of my objectives was to take a bunch of photos so I could put together a program for presentation to the Houston Hemerocallis Society.

In the past I've experimented using patterened eyes in a few crosses with only a little success. I have always liked this type of eye but was unprepared for what I found in the Paynes garden. Many of the patterned eyes in their garden were fantastic. After a short while I found myself wishing I had done more hybridizing in this area.


Payne patterned eye seedling

This picture is probably my favorite of the images I took that day. I estimate the bloom was only about 4" which is average size for these types of eyes. I believe work is being done to bring these types of patterns to the world of large blooms.


May 22nd, 2017

The next step in preparing my spreadsheet is to make a list of which new marked seedlings I want to evaluate further. It would be nice if I had enough room for all the new ones I marked but on my small city lot that usually doesn't happen. Every new seedling that is not moved to the evaluation bed will be discarded to allow the bed to be replanted in the fall. So keeping this in mind, I review pictures and bud count and branching statistics and make a list of those I believe have potential. I then count up how many there are on this list.

Now comes the hard part (for me at least). The number of seedlings I'm removing from evaluation seems to always smaller than the number I have to replace them with. Somehow I have to get to the point where the number of removes and the adds are the same. So I go back through the process to see if I can increase the number of removals to match the new adds. If I still don't have anough spaces available, I then have to go back and review the new adds to see if there's any I'm willing to drop from the new add list. This can be a back and forth effort but the removals have to equal the new adds as I don't have space for any new beds.

Once the final decisions have been made I make sure they are documented in the spreadsheet. This spreadsheet is the beginning of my fall garden changes plan.


Seedling 16-023

Seedling 16-023 is one from last year's crop that I moved to the evaluation bed last fall. It has a 6" bloom on 25" scapes. It comes from the cross (Cimarron Rose X Rose Sensation).


May 21st, 2017

The next step is to take a closer look to see if there are other seedlings that I can remove to make room for the new ones. Basically if I believe that it won't ever be worth registering, it's a candidate to be eliminated from the evaluation bed. There are some exceptions however. For example, I continue to grow a number of seedlings that have a bud count only in the mid to upper teens and are good growers. I keep growing these simply because I like them.

Once I have decided which seedlings will be removed to make room for new ones, I mark them in the spreadsheet to either 'give away' or 'discard'. Then I count up the total spaces available for new seedlings. More to come.


Seedling 05-013

Seedling 05-013 first bloomed 12 years ago. I have kept it all these years just because I like it. It has a 7" bloom on up to 34" scapes. Recently, having better growing conditions bud counts have approached my personal minimum of 20 so it might yet be registered.


May 20th, 2017

Once the new spreadsheets have been set up with the current garden configuration, the first step is to identify any seedlings that I have already decided to remove from the garden based on the current season's performance. In the action column I list what I plan to do with the plants. This is usually either 'give away' (if I think someone would enjoy having them) or 'discard'.

In my garden I can grow only a specified number of seedlings. I don't have any room for more. The objective of this exercise is to determine what must be removed to make room for the new seedlings that I want to evaluate. In other words, for every seedling I want to add I have to eliminate a seedling. More to come.


Seedling 15-048

Seedling 15-048 is another that performed very well this year. It is a consistent opener with almost every bloom looking good. It opened multiple blooms per scape a number of times during the bloom cycle. It has 5.5" blooms on 27" scapes. There is a fair amount of green in the yellow edging. It comes from the same cross as seedling 15-077 posted on May 12th, 2017 below.


May 19th, 2017

Evaluating which seedlings will be eliminated from the evaluation beds is part of a larger process of planning changes for the fall garden. I keep my fall garden changes plan in Excel as I find the spreadsheet format the easiest to manage. I start preparing the plan as I get near the end of bloom season as each seedling's performance is fresh in my mind.

Each bed has its own worksheet. The worksheets contains columns for cultivar name or seedling number, location within the bed, and blank columns for 'action' and 'replacement'.

The first step is to set up spreadsheets to show how the garden is currently configured. This means making a copy of last years plan and updating it with any changes. More to come.


Seedling 16-092

The word that best describes seedling 16-092 is GAUDY. It doesn't have beauty of symmetry but it does stand out in the garden. It comes from the cross Honky Tonk Floozy X Jessica Lynn Bell.


May 17th, 2017

Bloom season is on the downswing now. There are still quite a few blooms but the past winter's transplanting means that rebloom will be low this year. It's now time to start evaluating the season's results in light of what goes and what stays for another year. More on this to come.


Seedling 16-004

This is seedling 16-004. It has an appliqued throat patten which gives it a painted on look. It has 5" blooms on 20" scapes which will make it a good border plant or for the front of the bed.


May 12th, 2017

Tomorrow the Houston Hemerocallis Society and Houston Area Daylily Society will hold their joint daylily show and sale. Normally, I wait all year for this event but because I transplanted almost everything this past winter, I won't be entering anything in the show. My bud counts were extremely low and the few that performed well enough have already bloomed out due to the early start to bloom season. I'll still be there to support the clubs however. Admission is free to all.

For location and times click the flower shows button on the Houston Hemerocallis Society website.


Seedling 15-077


Springtime RomanceDiamond Silk

Seedling 15-077 is one of the better performers this spring. It has 6" blooms on 22" scapes. Parentage is (Springtime Romance X Diamond Silk).


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