nature

our garden is organic.  what goes into the soil is all organic, compost, alphalpha, peat, and organic fertilizers.  our soil is mostly clay and previous non organic additions, aka rubbish are still being removed after 35 years of gardening.  we have a compost pile at the back of the garden where we recycle yard and kitchen waste.  water is provided in birdbaths for three seasons.  and the raspberry bed and even the daylily beds provide a brush area where insects can reside.  fennel and wild carrot attract beneficial insects.  someone in the area keeps honey bees and they like to visit. and just down the street is our county metro parks.  all of these things combine so that we see quite a bit of nature wandering through.  toads, worms, beetles and all sorts of creatures are attracted to the compost pile throughout the year.  we occasionally see the large gardener snake.  lantana and butterfly weed attract the flutterbys.  all in all there is usually something to see besides the plants in the garden.

14-109 Dark Counterpoint x Scandinavia

14-123-c 10-073 Smoke Scream x Cerulean Star) x 12-0619-004 black plush x trahlyta) x Wind Frills sib to Eyed seedling

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painting with seeds

you can go down to the store and pick out the colors you want to plant.  or you can take two flowers and put them together to make seeds.  some flowers are fairly predictable.  daylilies are a little predictable.  put two together and you may or may not get what you expected.  you may just get a small or a big surprise.  you can still pick your colors.  they just might be surprise colors.  and sometimes a surprise is a very good thing.

14-012 12-042 Irish Lullaby x ((Bark at Me x Black Plush) x Grey Witch ) x Venus of Willendorf

14-135 11-0727A Blue Lustre ( breath of blue air x mascara snake) x 11-078 Give Me Eight X Smoke Scream

14-146 12-029 11-0708-D x John Sheehan ) x Skinwalker

14-160-2 Regency Heights x Rose F Kennedy

14-161 10-035 Trahlyta x Bark At Me) Regency Heights

flowerful wednesday

a more chromatic version of wordfree

12-118 Diabolique x Purple Satellite

14-010 11-021 Talon x Wind Frills) x Birdwing Butterfly ) x Bagana

14-109-B Dark Counterpoint x Scandinavia

14-135 11-0727A Blue Lustre ( breath of blue air x mascara snake) x 11-078 Give Me Eight X Smoke Scream

14-156 12-140 Grey Witch x Walking The Pattern) x Skinwalker

14-163 Indigo Ignition x Skinwalker

seeds

most of the daylily plants in the garden are seedlings.  some are daylilies that we got before i began hybridizing – aka before i began growing daylily seeds.  the rest are parent plants or possible parent plants acquired from here and there.  even the seedlings, once they bloom, can become parent plants.  each year i make lots of crosses and about a third of those crosses produce mature seed.  as much as possible they are marked and tracked.  they are stored in our old coal cellar which is now a pantry.  eventually all of a year’s crosses go into a spread sheet and i go back and forth sorting out they crosses i most want to plant.  i have room to plant about 600 seeds each year so the sorting works toward that number.  about the second half of march or april is the ideal planting time.  some years the actual planting time does not happen until june or july.  it takes several weeks for the seeds to germinate.  they are all planted out doors in rows where they will grow for the next three years.  they are not moved or transplanted during that time.  some will start to bloom the second year.  most will be blooming by the third year.  during that time the most interesting plants get flagged.  the most frustrating plants get missed and lost.  and at the end of those three years the final selections get moved into the second level of observation and review.  somewhere about 30 or 40 plants make it to this level.  and along the way i get my exercise and a great deal of satisfaction.  now some of those seedlings.

  14-013-B 12-052 Smoke Scream x Purple Satellite ) x Venus of Willendorf

14-013-C 12-052 Smoke Scream x Purple Satellite ) x Venus of Willendorf

14-014 12-0702-001 Lola Branham x Gail Braunstein ) x Venus of Willendorf

14-126 10-120 Wild One x Autumn Minaret x Sally Sue

14-153 12-0729-002 ? X Capulina

don’t

do not pick the flower.  leave it there for others to see.

13-008 10-098 Freak Show x Coleman Hawkins ) x Mort Kid ?

13-088 morticia kid x Apotosaurus

14-123-B 10-073 Smoke Scream x Cerulean Star) x 12-0619-004 black plush x trahlyta) x Wind Frills sib to Eyed seedling

14-157 Dark Counterpoint x Skinwalker

no it is not

oh i almost typed oh it i snot.  not good.  bad fingers.  i saw my first motorcycle of spring today.  then again it was 56 degrees 13.3 c.   it will be winter for weeks.  and the motorcyclists will be out every time it is spring until it is spring.

14-150 12-0702-001 Lola Branham x Gail Braunstein 12-0619-004 black plush x trahlyta) x Wind Frills sib to Eyed seedling

16-039 13-007-004 10-086 Eggplant Ecstacy X Fol De Rol ) x Purple Satellite aka 43 you and me) x Orchid Conversion

get ready

i do believe that come mid march this whole garden thing will be in spring reboot.  plants will be beginning to sprout new growth.  and i will seeds to sort, select, and plant.  and until then there are some seedlings from last year to enjoy.

10-045 Talon x Give Me Eight

14-0725-002 Give Me Eight x Smoke Scream

16-045-B 10-035 Trahlyta x Bark At Me) x 13-007-004 10-086 Eggplant Ecstacy X Fol De Rol ) x Purple Satellite – Orchid

16-075 Thorhalla x 10-081 Talon x Smoke Scream

16-069 12-150 Irish Lullaby x 11-0727-A ) 14-161 10-035 Trahlyta x Bark At Me x Regency Heights