Category Archives: simple

a little something to think about

nutmeg elf seedling det



no it is not the combination to the royal luggage.  it is the listing number of a seedling that for the moment resides in Pennsylvania.  one that i find quite interesting.  the interest comes from its simple color pattern.  and at this moment i shall defer to the expert.  two images…



PS – EP this is your moment to say AHHA !  i would try to explain it –  the best way is to try to imagine a lavatory covered with a single ceramic surface.  ….  very few tile.

directions included

finally someone remembered to pack the instructions !  use this pollen on those plants.  or take me to your garden.  or that is a petal.  or there are more flowers here.  say something nice or i will do a scarecrow to you ( wizard of oz ) “what happened to you ?  …flying monkeys…  parts of me are over here, parts of me are over there !”  … but don’t worry, its okay as long as i am still in the garden….  ( that was in the extended version – the one that is still playing in my head ).  so is there a flower with all of this stuff ?   yes there is, first one more – pay no attention to those arrows or the little dog barking at the man behind the curtain…

three images…. ( please disregard the other images verbally portrayed )

rbg sh001 macro 2 pattern rbg sh001 macro pattern rbg sh001 det pattern

oh one last direction… that is a hand.


and skinny.  the seedling and parents have this in their heritage,  Carmine Ibis and Fol de Rol share these habits.  here are the two parents side by side.

carmine ibis n fol de rol sbs

and here is one of the seedlings.  three images…

Carmine Ibis x Fol De Rol IMG_9442

Carmine Ibis x Fol De Rol det

Carmine Ibis x Fol De Rol macro

random appendages

one of the goals of many hybridizers is putting  bubbly edges and teeth on daylilies.  bubbly edges have been around for a bit longer.  the quest for teeth goes on.  and the teeth are there now on daylilies like Forest Lake Ragamuffin.  and the quest has moved to things like the sharkiest teeth.  this daylily, Raspberry Sickle only has some of those toothy appendages.   it also has cream colored petals with a dramatic raspberry colored eye and edge.  three images…

raspberry sickle macro 2 raspberry sickle macro 1 raspberry sickle det

a little rain

some sun.  several two petal flowers,  several more than i expected to find.  then again daylilies and mother nature are nothing if not surprising.  though looking for the unusual is not always so easy.  often we – i – do not know what the unusual looks like and are quite likely to look right past it.  however in this small matter i seem to have better skill.  several images of two petal flowers and two of yesterday’s wet flower.

john karl seager two petals samahdi two petals Gueana Jubilea two petals IMG_8829 Brazillian orange two petals IMG_8791


Cameroons x Thais det Cameroons x Thais macro

a little story

for now at least.   this is a first year seedling.  a first bloom.  the cross is Little Rainbow x Talon) x Stella’s Ruffled Fingers) x Plenteous).  many things are possible with this flower.  so i think i will just sit back and watch them unfold in a relaxed excited sort of way.  the whole plant, flower and all is no taller than my extended hand.  somewhere about 8 inches 20.3 cm.  and the flower is in the 3 inch 7.6 cm range.  it has 3 years to mature.  both Stella’s Ruffled Fingers and Plenteous have rebloom in their genetic history.  time will tell what might be.  four images…

Little Rainbow x Talon) x SRF) x Plenteous grdn IMG_8686 Little Rainbow x Talon) x Stella's Ruffled Fingers scale IMG_8687

Little Rainbow x Talon) x Stella's Ruffled Fingers macro Little Rainbow x Talon) x SRF) x Plenteous det

today i could

i could start by showing the yard.  and how the tide of green has started to turn.   there is still much green.  and there are plants leaping into bloom.  here and there singly and in other places clumps of 5 or more flower scapes are all in bloom.  and soon the green will give way to other colors.  many.  many colors.

yard view IMG_8413

do you think it will take a week ?  or less ?  or i could talk about Fantasia a flower that has 6 years on me.  it has been here several years.  it is quite happy.  ready to start blooming at clump strength in a day or two.

fantasia clump IMG_8421

i could talk about a flower in its second year here.  really coming on strong.  and still ready to get stronger next year.  most daylilies take three years to really demonstrate just what they can do.  Queen Cobra at 30 or so inches 72.6 cm heading for its 42 inch usual height.

queen cobra det 3 IMG_8445

i could talk about the fulva creeping under the fence.  one with freckles in its veins.  even fulva can have variety.

fulva det IMG_8454

or i could talk about the Canadian Hemlock catching the sunlight backlit on its gentle needles.

canadian hemlock backlit

then there is the seedling gone to a 5 petal poly with its ghost eye.  can you see it ?  or i could save it too for another day.

boba seedling x sm qqq det poly x 5

or there is a flower that has reached its three year potential.  Mythperception an 8 inch flower 20.5 cm on a 32 inch 81 cm scape.  i just don’t know what choice to make.  then again in a few days the wave of color will make its own choices.

mythperception det

and no.   these were not the only choices.  just the ones that tickled my fancy today.  i did not even go into the seedling bed.  and that is where the kid does his happy dance in the toy store.  yes.  they are blooming too.  now what was that dream… yes sugar plums.  and summer daylilies.



not pink

first and still not pink – a garden helper and an expert in pest control.  and camouflage too.

toad garden helper

and now for some more not pink.  a cross of Talon and Wild One.  the flower is bigger and taller than either parent.  and has an altogether different charm than either one.

wild one n talon sbs

talon x wild one  grdn IMG_8138 talon x wild one  macro IMG_8138

sitting on the veranda…

is it possible to post from the veranda in the middle of a summer day ?   well it might not be a veranda, more of a pavilion.   hmmm looked up pavilion and it is certainly not that fancy.  let’s go back to veranda, even though covered patio might be a more accurate description.  well when it is raining off and on that is the place to be.  especially when rain rhymes with pouring cats and dogs.  well it is possible to start posting on the veranda.  and then pause…  now it is no longer the middle of the day.  now where are those pictures…?

first something a little abstract from a hot muggy afternoon…

abstract rain on the drive

second the not so abstract rain on the drive and the line of turf with no clover.  a place where one night the lawnmower ran out of gas.  and a line without clover that remains where i ran out of sunshine…

yard rain one strip of cut grass IMG_7980

this is a flower that has been in the garden a long time.  it has been in other gardens even longer.  Tasmania was introduced in 1950.  it is a bi-color with orange red with lighter sepals.  and Tasmania is an early bloomer.

tasmania grdn IMG_7953