i try to take pictures of selected seedlings through the growing season. so i took this first picture this summer. then i checked the image folders to make sure i had not posted this flower too recently. i try to avoid repeats too close together. i found the second image from last summer. should the title be ‘fading violet’ ? daylilies can take several years to mature. this can include established plants that are transplanted to one’s garden. and that maturity can include the flower colors. flowers that were originally all orange after several years turned to orange and golden yellow. and this one which may or may not be done maturing has faded at the ripe old age of three years of blooming history. it is also displaying white pollen. which usually means it is pollen sterile. so if i want to use this plant for more crosses it would have to be used as as the seed pod parent. not as the pollen parent. at this point the expectation would be that the colors would remain faded. or perhaps fade more. and now the rest of the story… while the above can possibly occur my notes are largely photographic. slightly scattered pictures over years of photo folders. that final search turned up three images. two from july 30 of 2020 being very similar to the first and very last image below. and one from august 7 of 2020 – the middle image below. so there were at least three seedlings blooming from that cross. and the process is thinly monitored chaos. because i would not really want to look too deep into my notes if there was more data and in the form of written notes scattered over entire summers. there would be notebooks or note files everywhere and i would be in desperate need of a secratary. and that as they say ain’t gonna happen…


18 thoughts on “maturing

    1. John Hric Post author

      Some days I just don’t. Then again your editor notes must be ‘fun’ too ! It is what it is and for some reason we find it amusing and worth the effort…

  1. Gradmama2011

    remarkable and beautiful family. I didn’t get any seeds this year, but I was happy to see that my white lilies (and a few others that got weed-whacked) are showing signs of survival, namely some healthy looking leaves. I did get some nice pretty blooms this season, but they were in a huge hurry. 🙂

  2. Gradmama2011

    John, did you see my preying/praying mantis photos? I published some, but apparently he was hiding way too well, as I have only one comment. I’m about to post him again. Um… he might be a she, or should I say they? 😉

  3. niasunset

    You are amazing, this is really great work. I wished to help you as your secretary. Thank you dear John, story of flowers, story of colours, story of your garden… for everything. Have a nice day and weekend, Love, nia

    1. John Hric Post author

      nia you are so sweet. Unfortunately that would be very tedious work. And if I did try to go back into those notes I would get lost ! You have a lovely day and weekend too !

      1. niasunset

        I can imagine how tedious work, in my study room (maybe not as yours) but it’s been a time that everything becoming so complicated, all my notes, etc. But be sure I am very well to work on theme… but again it becomes a mess in my room again… Anyway, Thanks, Love, nia

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