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.

diploid Trahlyta

yesterday was Trahlyta at the tetraploid level. that is 44 chromosomes. tonight is the same flower at the diploid level. that is 22 chromosomes. the two Trahlytas dip and tet look identical. and after the resemblance starts to deviate.


seedlings and plants with Trahlyta heritage. these and a few others are here in the garden. and just in case you are in doubt this line of plants hold my interest. first Trahlyta…


follow the breadcrumbs. keep notes. still stand back in puzzlement. the first two are the parent plants. the third and fourth are some of the seedlings from that cross. there are resemblances. yet each of the seedlings have nuances going off in slightly different directions. one is a little more pinched and skinny. the other a slightly stronger pink and a fuller flower. the biggest puzzlement is not why they are the way they are. it is what comes next ? should i go back to the parents and try different crosses with other parents in the mix ? or what is the next cross for those new seedlings ?

Vertial Horizon

this is a kind of study. the picture of a parent plant. and a picture of a bunch of its seedlings. the parent is Vertical Horizon. the second seedling is a self. the parent crossed back to itself. the others are crosses to various other plants. some of them are siblings. they all hold their own little promises and dreams…

what snow

it did finally snow here. it is 21 degrees fahrenheit -6 c and lake affect snow. come wednesday it is supposed to go back to the 40 degree 4 c range. now a couple of parent plants and one of their seedlings. and some thoughts of summer…

before winter

winter may have arrived in cleveland this weekend. it was a long time coming. it did snow briefly in november. that did not prevent the johnny jump up from blooming. not even after the snow. the daylily was from a bit earlier before the snow. near the end of august…

winter ?

up until now the snow and most of the winter weather has skipped around us. the next few days may actually be winter here. an excellent time to deal with off season gardening activities. who knows i might even get to that seed sorting thing. at some point the information on each envelope will be entered into a spreadsheet. then the selection and winnowing begins. there is room for about 600 seeds in the seedling bed. some crosses produce 30 seeds. others as few as 1 to 3 seeds. i try to keep the selection fairly split between diploid and tetraploid seeds – that is seeds with 22 chromosomes and those with 44 chromosomes. usually no more than 5 seeds from a given cross will be planted. then there is the guessing game on seed quality or germination. some very plump healthy seeds never do sprout. some very wrinkled dried out hopeless looking seeds do sprout. you never know what will happen until you plant them and wait for the little green shoots to appear above ground. i do know some of those wrinkled hopeless looking ones do sprout because those are the ones that if i have extra seeds two or three seeds go into the same hole. and three or four years later i figure out all three sprouted and there are three different though often very similar seedlings growing in one spot. now for a flower, some envelopes waiting for the seeds to come out of the dried pod, and a before picture of the envelope box. the after picture of the envelope box is something stuffed full, very full of envelopes…