Author Archives: John Hric

About John Hric

a gardener in north east ohio. Mostly organic, I used to have a vegetable garden. Now except for the raspberries it is mostly flower garden. And more and more that is becoming mostly daylilies. With a sprinkling of other things here and there.


this seedling is off on its own course. one parent was orange. the other was purple. and other than blooming late in the season it sure seems to have little in common with either of its parents…


these seedlings grow at the back of the bed. simple translation they get some of the least amount of sunlight. three of them bloomed this year. and they have all been flagged for further review. they need to be allowed to mature. and hopefully they will keep the characteristics that got them here. here are two of the sibs. one that has been blooming the last couple of days. and one that bloomed a few weeks ago. and no they do not look identical each day. weather can and does effect the look. it can make the pattern fade or completely disappear. sometimes the excitement is tempered with lumps and disappointment. and it is all part of the game. all i have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride…


lavender petals. a yellow throat. and just a hint of ruffles. the cross is Kyoto Swan x Wanda Evans. first the seedling. then the parents.

something red

this flower is in the 8 inch 20 cm range. it is a strong dark red…

too two

and this is the other half. tonight’s flower is a sibling. each one has a strong resemblance to one of its parents. and knowing this hardly decreases the amazement or surprise. i like both looks…

until it is over

the seedling bed has been going for several weeks now. and it is still going. some of these first run seedlings are done for this year. some still have a few blooms to go. and some are at their midway point. and others are just sending up scapes. they are just starting the show. good news. bad news. well the good news several have little flags that say move me to a keeper bed. bad news the keeper bed is probably already over sold and there are still more blooms to come. the good news is the bad news is a good problem. there might be weeping and gnashing of teeth and we will get through it. exciting good flowers have been found. and we will find home for many if not most of them… or so i hope.

dem genes

what do you get when you cross this flower with that flower ?` well let me work back from the flowers we have. the new seedling is mostly red. not perfect red. still close enough to red. its parents are not red. one parent is a peach or melon colored flower. Godzilla’s Winsome Atomic Smile. turns out it has pink in its history. and red and pink deeper in its history. on the other side it has a muddy red brown in its history. and deeper in its history a black red and a white. Apatosaurus. and along this historical lines mystery seedling colors here and there. lost to history colors. this leads me to believe that there are two genes in each flower controlling color. perhaps three genes in each flower controlling colors. at some point working with enough crosses a person might be able to make better sense of the rules and genes controlling color. maybe. it won’t be simple. and it will not be easy…