poly it rolls off the tongue so much easier than a flower with extra petals. daylilies almost all of the time favor three petals in front and three sepals in back. if you count six it is situation normal. they also have a quirky sense of humor. if you are walking through the garden and hear a faint giggling sound the garden fairies and indeed the daylilies are in on a small joke. lets make a poly. this one here needs extra petals ! how many do you want to add today ! ? two ? three ? or six more ? there is no expecting it just listen for the giggles…
if you look what will you find ? images from the garden. images for the looking. nature for the finding. the tall bearded iris started blooming today. and the small white dwarf iris are near done. they held one surprise. iris are like daylilies and many other flowers. they come with three sets of petals. except when they do not. it is not too unusual for daylilies to have and extra petal or two. like the four leave clover you must look for them. does this happen often with iris ? i do not know. it is the first time i have encountered one. then there are petunias which look wet yet they are not. and lastly the wisteria vine is ready to reap its retangle. then again that is what some vines do best. and it is a place where the cardinal likes to make its nest.
in daylily terms it is a flower with extra petals and sepals. that would be more than the standard 6. usually it is an even number total. and as usual, usual does not mean always. if you look at the stamens and count there are seven. there usually is one stamen for each petal and sepal. so while the visual count of sepals and petals is 7 and the count of stamens is 7 it is a pretty good bet that there is no extra sepal hiding behind one of the petals. that means it is time to stop talking and move onto the flower. oh and give yourself extra credit for the math content. 5 images…
there once were some seedlings from a cross of Smoke Scream x Diabolique. this could of been one of them. the other one is still here planted up front along the porch. the reason for the cross ? both of them poly occasionally – they throw and extra set of petals. the hope of the cross – that the seedlings from the new cross would poly more often. this is one of those seedlings. time will tell if it polys more often. three images, first one from last growing season (2013), and two more from this year… and no it does not always poly.
i could go with that horror script and add a smokey wispy picture to set the mood. or we could dump that whole bit and fall back to the standard theme. find a picture. okay modify it a bit and make it a Smoke Scream seedling. yes there are still a lot of Smoke Scream seedling hiding not so hidden in the garden. and for a few nights more they will continue. they will continue in spite of the fact there are real crocus blooming in the garden. hmm like the daylily they come in shades of yellow and purple and some white. then again so do a lot of flowers. back to the Smoke Scream seedling. the cross was Diabolique and Smoke Scream. it bloomed poly ( extra petals ). actually two of the seedlings of this cross were blooming poly. so they were crossed with each other again. the hope is for more frequent poly blooms. the resulting seedling did bloom poly. not exclusively, yet it did bloom poly several times. another one to watch and evaluate in the next year or two.
So what will happen when two Ice Carnival plants are crossed back together ? First is a seedling Ice Carnival x Knower Spider and the second is Give Me Eight. Give Me Eight has Ice Carnival and Old Mount Vernon for its parents. Both of these plants can produce polymerous blooms. Give Me Eight polys a lot. So what will the cross produce ? Time will tell because I am going to have to try this cross this summer. What do you think will happen ?
Of course there is always yesterday’s Ice Carnival x Black Plush seedling too. It can be crossed with both of these beauties. The possibilities are polymerous.
The name is Diabolique. Whether or not is has anything at all to do with with the 1955 film will most likely remain a mystery. It is an intrigue that can be explored as winter holds its grip. For now please consider the flower. Diabolique a lovely purple star shaped flower with a bit of a twist. And occasionally it likes to throw a polymerous bloom into the mix. To put it simply a few extra petals are added to the bloom. A favorite for viewing in the garden. And a parent of many exciting seedlings. Mr Lambert used it in 8 of his other registrations.* And it is a favorite parent in many seedlings here.
This is a time to be thankful. Tomorrow will be Thanksgiving. Enjoy the day and be with your friends and loved ones.
Now if we can just get some turkey to not beleaguer us with puns or maybe just go away. Well maybe then we can be thankful for a day without punishing humor. Enough of these odds and ends about puns.
What happuns after puns is of course daylilies. Even if the posts happuns mostly in the wee small hours of night.
The daylily for tonight is ODDS AND ENDS. Something purple and beautiful. There are two pictures of this tetraploid daylily. The first is the usual view with three petals and three sepals behind the petals. This is the classic daylily form. Three and three.
The second is what is known as a poly or polymerous. It is four petals and four sepals. Both are pretty. And both are from the same plant, taken just a day or two apart. And as you can also see the purple can change from day to day too.
So much for ODDS AND ENDS and puns and funs for this early morning. Enjoy Thanksgiving.
… Just don’t call me late for dinner.
A poly is not in this instance a parrot. It is an extra set of petals. The daylily is usually equipped with three petals and three sepals. The poly usually has extra sets of petals and sepals. This one has four of each.
Just don’t be surprised if you see one totally doing its own thing and not counting at all. Even if no one has yet discovered daylily neurons and ganglions, well they do have a mind of their own. And it seldom considers any rules or definitions expounded by homo sapiens.
And lest I offend our model, this beauty is Give Me Eight. It will poly most of the time. Now I should start looking for my pictures of non-standard petal counts. Stay tuned. Or better go out into the garden and discover a few of your own !
This is not a skinny star shaped daylily. This one is full bodied with wide petals and it comes with contrasting colors on its edge and a big eye. The edge is a multicolored saw tooth edge with some ruffles thrown in to keep things moving.