Thursday, December 25, 2014

Applique patterns.

     Happy holidays to all my daylily friends.  Hope you are enjoying your day today.  Here in Cleveland, Ohio we have temperatures near 40 degrees and no snow on the ground.  A green xmas if you will.....which I love!  Last winter was brutal, so this December has been a nice reprieve. 
     Let's move on to one of my favorite subjects.....applique patterned daylilies.  Purple daylilies have always been a favorite of mine to hybridize with.  Maybe that's because all of the hybridizers in my immediate area are some of the leaders in purple tetraploid breeding, including Steve Moldovan and Curt Hanson.  Back in the early 2000's I was growing Bill Munson's Voltaire and Curt Hanson let me have some pollen from a Jeff Salter daylily called Premier Surprise.  I was just crossing a purple with a purple, not considering the fact that both had applique throats.  The result was a seedling I affectionately called the "Star" seedling.  The throat had a star shaped applique throat, hence the garden name, Star.  I brought the first bloom over to Curt Hanson since I was so blown away by it's appearance.  He grabbed his camera and took a picture and featured it in his slide presentation when he showed his program in previous years
.  I really appreciated his support.  I later introduced it as Millennium Falcon in 2011.  You can see a picture of Millennium Falcon in my profile area.  I am currently completely sold out, but I know that both Rich Howard of Connecticut sells it as well as Luddy Lambertson.  My number one parent bar none, if you are breeding for applique patterned tet. seedlings.  Don't be fooled by it's short size.  While it is a front of the border daylily, all of it's seedlings are in the 27 to 30 inch range.  So, today I wanted to show you a couple of seedlings from Millennium Falcon and some other applique daylilies which I have come to enjoy.
     At the very top of the page is a collection of blooms from this past season.  The appliqued daylily is Everyday Butterfly from Clyde Grammon.  I just got Everyday Butterfly this season and am excited to use it in the coming years.  The other daylilies in the photograph include from left to right, Tavares Towering Inferno (Harry), Ay Papi (Harry), Tet. Cosmic Kaliedoscope, Expanding Galaxy (Smith), Dragonfly Tattoo (Trimmer).

The daylily pictured above is Han Solo (Lewis), which is out of a cross of Millennium Falcon and Catcher in the Eye (Kinnebrew).

Here is a photo of Lavender Echoes (Trimmer) and Han Solo (Lewis).  You can see how large Lavender Echoes is next to Han Solo.

Above is a photo of a Millennium Falcon seedling.  It is out of a cross involving Spacecoast Behaviour Pattern.

Pictured above is a seedling out of Millenium Falcon which has some sculpting.

Pictured above is another of my seedlings....this one out of Pat Stamile's Applique.

Pictured above is Jeff Salter's Quiet Riot.

Pictured above is Pat Stamile's Racing the Moon.

Pictured above is Dan Hansen's Fins to the Left, a very large flower that occasionally shows some teeth.

Pictured above is Bob Selman's Alien DNA, a very good parent.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this installment.  Have a wonderful holiday.  Hope to post more
in the new year, so stay tuned.  Merry Christmas to you all!