labels

under the snow and over the snow sits some seedlings and a label. the label is made from an old window blind. right now it is the kind of label that gets tossed around by winter. frost will eventually push it up out of the ground. then the wind will get it. it won’t go far. it will just go far enough. far enough to start a good puzzle. yes it will still go between 18-143 and 18-145. until they decide to do their part and join the puzzle. does it go between those two sets of green leaves ? or four back ? or is it the next row over ? unlike word jumble garden jumble comes with few clues. so hopefully after this bout of snow a wind resistant label will take its place. the cross is 18-144 ( 13-088 Morticia sdlg x Hope Hunt). parent images follow. and lastly a winter wind proof and still not everything proof place marker. hey stuff happens. always…

enthusiasm

“success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” winston churchill

that can be applied to many situations. daylilies is one of them. a flower can possess many qualities. when you put two flowers together you never know which qualities will be passed to the offspring. you can guess. and in time you can find the qualities that were unexpectedly dropped. Golliwog is a gorgeous flower. except that it is pollen sterile. frustrating still not the end of the world or the end of the garden. it does limit some options on that next cross. Mahukona is a child plant from Golliwog. i need to look into that some more and perhaps plan a few crosses with both of those flowers. sometimes some limits are not so bad. just add enthusiasm…

Katy’s

daylilies. there is this whole blue thing going on. the flower is lavender. was the hybridizer serious ? did they have a sense of humor ? is the flower something i enjoy ? yes ! this could be simple saturday ? find one simple thing that is good ? hold on tight to that one thing and keep things simple ? it does work for me. hopefully the flower brings joy to you and to katy too.

twisted

the flower is Predictably Twisted. it is a cross of an early daylily called Autumn Minaret and a newer daylily called Bark At Me. and that is where the twisted part comes from. Autumn Minaret is taller and fussier. and it has a smaller flower. fussier in that it seldom sets a pod and even more seldom allows the seeds to ripen. Bark At Me is shorter and has a bigger twisted flower. put them together and pink and yellow come out purple. the new plant is about the height of Bark At Me and about the same flower size too. the first image is Bark At Me the pod parent. next Autumn Minaret the pollen parent. and lastly is Predictably Twisted. a fitting name for a flower to grow in the vicinity of the Cuyahoga river. that name means twisted also…

flakes

how fast rain can turn to snow. mid morning things got colder. and the white stuff flew. so i guess the zinnias came down just in time. and it will be some months before it gets warm enough to think about these coming back…

bad karma

someone tried to park a bad karma in my garage. fortunately there was a camping trailer and lots of other stuff in there so there was no room for the bad karma. on the other hand it was a good day to finish up on garden clean up. the zinnia had not been seriously frosted. still it was time to take them down. that compost bin that had been emptied for yard waste is now full. there are still a few daylilies that need to come out of pots and get into the ground. hey i just might be ready for winter. or nearly so. and some years that is as good as it gets.