someone else watched this flower. and because they watched this flower it was able to get here to this garden. and to many other gardens. it is the process. it is not always a fast process. still it works. Lola Branham. still a good subject for continued watching. four images…
on a year like this some seedlings did not bloom. too dry. other seedlings bloom and it is fleeting, a few glimpses of what the flower will do, just not enough to establish a pattern of how it will look on days when the weather is a little cooler or hotter. will it dance and twist or will it maintain a consistent form ? will the color changer genetics in this flower be active in this generation ? or will it take another cross to bring them out ? 14-148 12-0702-001 Lola Branham x Gail Braunstein x Pigment Of Imagination. three images…
sometimes two flowers come together and the results are breath taking. other times two flowers come together and come together again. and perhaps many more times. often there are many building blocks that are assembled before a flower is selected. this is one set of building blocks. Volcan Fuego x Lola Branham. three images…
it is supposed to snow tonight. spring will come. it just won’t be fast and it won’t be easy. so here is a flower that i believe has not been on this page since last year this time. it did well this past summer in the garden in its second year of bloom. it is tall enough. its bloom is big enough. and its color is pink enough. pink enough to come through this snow with thoughts of the summer. Lola Branham x Gail Braunstein
if we were younger and watching a certain PBS show for the very young we might indeed be Counting…. ah ah ah ! and not to chase away any young readers, however i do believe that we are here for another reason. a flower a day. for the flower each day. yes we are part way through winter and most of us are starting to be really really ready for spring. some of us might be desperate. some of us might still need to sort our daylily seeds and are not so desperate. we are here for the flower. if you must go ahead and count ah ah ah. and if you wish take it one flower at a time. for now it is time for today’s flower. somebody please cue the count, he might as well enjoy this too ! ah ah ah ! the flower is a seedling. a cross of another seedling (unknown x Lola Branham) x Give Me Eight. Give Me Eight is named for its ability to poly. to produce an extra set of petals, eight not the normal six. and as you can see the seedling may have acquired that skill too. it pleases me and hopefully the Count. ah ah ah
This is the sibling to the seedling yesterday. Depending on your point of view you might ask, “why bother with this one ?” And that is a good question. It certainly does not have the dramatic color of its sibling. Nor the same twist and dance in the flower. So what does it have that might be of interest ? Well it does have the same height and bloom size. It has about the same bud count and was at least pod fertile. What it also possesses is similar genetics. So crossing it back to its sibling may enhance some of those qualities. After all this is mostly a delightful guessing game. And to play one must spin the wheel and see what fortune brings. Once again the parents..
and the sibling seedling.
This is just one example of what makes the seedling bed one of the most exciting places in the garden. When the question hits ‘what plants should be selected ?’ as the garden is full of bloom it is easy to be overwhelmed with all of the choices. The visual assault can overpower any memory of a planned cross and spontaneity can easily take over. Did I say totally uncontrolled spontaneity? Yes – it is just like being a kid in the candy store. I really don’t know what was going through my mind when I decided to make this cross. What ever was the decision maker I am very happy with the results.
This theme might be too hot even for winter. Ah to go where no blog has gone before. A hot daylily. Is this just a play on words – or does Lola have what it takes ? The answer, at least for me is YES. However you can decide for yourself. Lola is Lola Branham. Named to honor fine person, who also grew daylilies. Lola the daylily is a graceful and beautiful plant. She is tall and fluid in movement. She is also the parent to several other daylilies posted here. So there is a twist on “what Lola wants”. Lola wants for nothing. She has it all and shares it with her gorgeous children.
Two weeks to the solstice. Counting the days, when we make the turn and the days start to grow longer again. This is a seedling from this summer’s garden. A first year bloom. It was flagged and saved. Moved to an evaluation bed. First year blooms can be misleading. They sometimes show things that do not return again. Good thing that it has been tagged and flagged. So if it does become a changeling we can remember how it looked and compare. For now the words marvelous and not fading seem to do just fine….The cross is Lola Branham x Gail Braunstein. We can slowly procede, the solstice, the winter, and days of spring. We can wait for this beauty to return and grace the garden. We can….
PS – Lavendar and dark purple mixed together do make pink – do they not ????