this is a seedling from last summer. one that pretty much went in directions hoped. an old plant – Rajah and a new plant Purple Satellite. so Rajah brought older genetics and Purple Satellite brought long skinny petals. the seedling got even skinnier petals and a pale orange color. the parents can be seen here. and here is the seedling. this summer we will see if it looks as good in the second year of bloom. perhaps this might be the one to open up the bloom from the other night ? try and try again, good things will come.
or not. this is about a couple of seedlings. the differences and the possibilities. the first seedling has opened wide and flat. the second seedling has opened more trumpet shaped.
now the fine points of the differences. there is a whole lot more flower wrapped up in the trumpet. can it be opened up in later crosses? and just what will come of the branching on this yellow seedling? both sides of the parentage have good branching. slightly different structures to the branching on each side of parentage, yet good. will the branching mature into something better, maybe even better than both parents, in the second year of bloom ? can that long trumpet be opened up into a bigger flower ? time will tell. it might take another generation. and that is the fun of this game.
this is Siloam Double Fringe. normally I have a passing interest in doubles. not that i do not find them beautiful. this one does get my attention for other reasons. this plant holds a lot in common with sculptural form daylilies. more in common perhaps than is does with doubles. the reason is all of the tissue that forms the double part of this flower is petaloid tissue. or to say it another way - sculptural tissue. if you were to examine this flower each of the stamens is part, or better the source of the petaloid tissue. the stamens are completely embedded in the petaloid tissue. without that petaloid tissue this flower would not be a double. so for me the question becomes : would a cross of Siloam Double Fringe and another sculptural tissue plant like Santiago release unexpected sculptural traits in the next generation ? Will it take off in a new way that will make Sigourney look calm and refined ? or will it do things more like this feathered seedling ? all of them are examples of sculptural tissue. extra tissue. so is it time to do a double take on doubles ?
back when this flower was hybridized there were no wordpress challenges. take two colors and make everyone forget about those other colors. i think the flower its self laid down the challenge. and after looking at this flower the name became obvious. and in keeping with the minimalist theme this daylily is about as small as they come. Little Rainbow 2 inch (5.1 cm) blooms on a 16 inch (61 cm) tall plant. take a look. is anything missing?
It must be the rapid warming that has muddled my mind. And as the instructor at the Naturist Camp said “please bare with me”. Yes this is still about daylilies. Blame it on the muddling. This is a somewhat Jurassic daylily. Not quite back to the 1900′s, yet 1955 is still pretty far back. Why would anyone keep such a fossil around in the garden when newer and according to some, far prettier things are available. My answer is simple. The daylily genome has hardly been scratched. This can be said for just about every plant in the daylily world. There are is a universe of genetic combinations to be discovered. So first a picture of the dinosaur, a close up peek into it’s eye, and then a link to the benefits. enjoy from a safe distance, then get off the island as quick as you can…
and finally the link.
this is a seedling from my garden. the seedling bed gets more shade than the rest of the garden. and this seedling is a dark purple. the purple question is : will the color hold against the full sun? the answer will come this summer when the seedling and the sun get together again.