Gossard seedling (Dragon Fang X Rosey Spiketail)
Back in the summer of 2014, I visited Jamie Gossards place. It was a great time to see Jamie's daylilies and he had so many awesome seedlings. The one pictured above was my favorite. It was a toothy cross of his Dragon Fang X Rosey Spiketail. Had the biggest teeth of any seedling blooming there and such a nice purple color. Jamie was nice enough to share pollen with me and I took it home and made a bunch of toothy crosses. I wanted those seedlings to grow as quickly as possible and here in Ohio it is usually a slow process. However I have one area where the seedlings seem to mature faster than any other area. You will see in the pictures below how I planted these seedlings in June and by years end they looked like blooming size mature fans. For the record, I did use Nutricote 18-6-8, and Multicote as well to help them along quickly. I usually don't fertilize the seedlings in the main bed, so I can see what they look like in natural garden conditions. There are some other seedlings mixed in as well. Here is what they looked like over the year:
First planting, 6-16-15.
First planting 6-16-15.
Ten days later 6-26-15.
Month and couple weeks later, 7-30-15.
Almost two months, 8-10-15.
Almost three months later, 9-13-15.
Three months, 9-28-15.
Almost four months, 10-8-15. You can see they are very crowded now. That's Nicole Devito's Undefinable blooming in the upper left corner of the picture.
Winter time, 2-9-16.
Well, I'm hopeful and excited to see these bloom in the coming season. They are getting pretty crowded, so I will have to line them out to give them a better chance to mature and see them in normal garden conditions. Hope you enjoyed the picture sequence.