these are the three siblings. they are from the same cross. seeds out of the same pod. similar in many ways and unique in other ways. last year they all bloomed about the same time. this year like many other plants they bloomed on separate schedules. red first, poly chrome yellow and peach came second. and when the other two were mostly done then the orange started blooming. the red is shorter. the other two about the same height. and in terms of growth the orange increased the most. it has the most fans ( dividable plant sections) and it put up the most bloom scapes. so here they are 13-011 (12-0727-003 Monster x Lavender Branch) x Sky Captain plants a, b, and c. three images…
not so late. and not so tired. gee i might even spell tired and tireder right tonight. or not if poetic license abounds. so can we get back to the flower and its parents ? the cross is 13-011-A 12-0727-003 Monster x Lavender Branch) x Sky Captain. so one parent is a seedling Monster crossed with another seedling that had the garden name of Lavender Branch. the other parent is Sky Captain. they look like this
often referred to as the photographer’s umbrella – or light diffuser. why? in the garden and many other times full light is too much. the glare, the reflection of light from the objects we are trying to capture, to make a revealing picture, is obscured. what is behind the glint in an eye ? sometimes there is too much light. and we see that – just that – too much light instead of the object we are trying to show. even though this flower was pictured at 8:30 AM there was already too much light. we do have one of those white umbrellas. i do not often use it. most days it is both hands on the camera or a hat or my own shadow making a much darker light. some days the pictures come out monstrously. this one did that and it came out Monster. since that is the flower’s name. it is a parent of many seedlings. a large and imposing flower… two images. and enough words.
yellow – all yellow. and all seedling. a cross of two seedlings 13-066 12-0727-003 Monster x seedling lavender branch x 10-098 Freak Show x Coleman Hawkins. nothing like a little paperwork and notes to take some of the mystery out of it. fortunately the bruise of notes does not really change the flower… two images…
this is a late blooming seedling. each seedling is a series of steps forward and backward. take a couple of late blooming plants. one that is spidery and another that is a round form – one that reblooms. put them together and see what happens…. yes the spidery is gone, still the form opened up and flattened out. time will tell on the rebloom. oh and this one is pod and pollen fertile. see those seed pods on the seedling. the spidery parent is pod stubborn. very very pod stubborn so far. like zero ! small steps are progress. this one is two out of three to the good… parents first, then the seedling. two images
some seedlings carry a long list of names to show where or more properly what they have been. their parentage. while this seedling has a long enough list there are others with a far longer list. some daylily growers do like to keep track of their seedlings and parent histories as far back as they can manage. the cross of this seedling is 11-047 Highland Pinched Fingers x South Seas) x (Highland Pinched Fingers x Monster. and yes Highland Pinched Fingers is this cross twice. so much for details, let’s go to the picture where a picture can do what a thousand words sometimes cannot.
the flower please. not your reaction to said flower. this is a case of first year and maturing. a flower in its first season can be faint, of color that is. strong enough to bloom, yet not strong enough to bloom at its full potential. and perhaps not even at its full potential. such may be the case here. there are traces of pigment. will next year’s bloom season bring a fuller richer color? or will it remain a pale petal with a hint of pigment ?
for those of you curious about the name of this plant, it is one of my seedlings. the number is 11-008 and the cross Coburg Preview x Coleman Hawkins) x ( Night Town x Monster stay tuned for breaking updates…. in another 6 or so months.
Dr. Frankenstein where is the monster ? Well it used to be over there by the fence but I dug it up and planted it over here. If only Igor was here helping in the garden… though I guess one strange gardener is enough. Monster also happens to be a daylily. A fairly bold and strong daylily. A daylily with flowers that are 9 inches across.
It clumps up very quickly and wants to rampage through the villag…. er garden. In a pretty and stunning kind of way. It is a bit strong willed too. It will let me use its pollen but setting pods is another matter. The word would be NO. Still there are enough children from the Monster running around all over the garden. More about that another time. Oh and this is one Monster that I will not let the villagers drive out of the garden.
It is October 19th. There actually is a seedling blooming out in the yard. I guess I could of taken one more picture. It even looked pretty good for an off season bloom. The color is good and it opened fully and in good form.
Since there are easily six or seven hundred pictures from this summer we could just use one of those. So this seedling will help take us one more picture and one more day closer to the next bloom season.
For those interested in the details, this seedling is a cross of Adeline Goldner x ( Monster x seedling ). Adeline is a pure yellow, Monster a yellow with bronze or reddish tips. The seedling was a pale lavender. One guess is the red in this seedling came from Monster. Just don’t rule out the other two parents. One thing for sure – daylily genetics are packed with surprises.