Unexpected Grace (Subhana Ansari) Photo by Rita Mallon
Solomans Sunrise (Subhana Ansari) Photo by Jerry Pillow
I have always enjoyed Subhana Ansari's introductions, so it was way over due that I do a question and answer segment with her. Here is our visit with Subhana and some pictures of her lovely seedlings:
2. Which hybridizer influenced you in the beginning of your hybridizing? Subhana: Bill Maryott was my biggest influence in hybridizing. Bill was how I got hooked. He told me to use the best parents. If you used mutts, you got mutts. He also said if you used the best parents, eventually you'd get something good. My first seedlings actually grew at his place, and he evaluated all my seedlings for many years. He was a harsh judge. Eventually he liked my introduction, Breath of Compassion. I can still remember seeing it bloom once in my greenhouse and not knowing it was mine and thinking, "what is that?" I was so excited when I figured out that it was mine!
3. What are some of the challenges you have faced? Subhana: We have cool coastal weather in Central California. I attempt to test my seedlings where there is "real climate" to see if patterns show when it stays hot, and if they survive when it gets seriously cold. Also, do they have adequate bud count and branching? Are they fertile? Are they distinctive? Do they keep what made them interesting the first year, and in later years? Finally, do they open flat?
4. What are some of your favorite daylily introductions of others? Subhana: My favorites of others would include: Tully Mars (Hansen), Zyzzified (DeCaire), Four Beasts in One (DeCaire), Yumph (DeCaire), Ticklish (DeCaire), Cowboy Blues. Waves of Joy (Trimmer), Angel Love (Trimmer), Positive Introspection (Hansen), Whale Tails (Hansen), Tattoo (Hansen), Tessa Ann (Hansen), Victoria Gardens Heavens Applause (Brooker), Geneva Afterburner (Hansen), Fried Rice (Hansen), Fossil (Hansen), Children Playing (Hansen), Yoga Man (Hansen), Happy Energy (Hansen), Jurassic Park (Maryott), Outer Space (Maryott), Shake Rattle and Roll (Emmerich), Xylophone Jazz (Stamile), Tricolor (Stamile), Marina del Ray (Pierce), Venetian Pools (Pierce), Blue Jay Holiday (Pierce), Control (Townsend), Peace Pattern (Lambertson), Rippling Ripples (Lambertson), Four Eyes (Lambertson).
5. What are some of your favorite introductions? Subhana: My favorite introductions are:
Solomon's Sunrise, Awake Until Dawn, If It Be Your Will, Idiosyncrasy, Contrapuntal, Eyes of the Beloved, Rivers of Kisses, Do What You Love, General Perplexity, Unexpected Grace, Secret of Secrets, Infinite Mystery, Dance Me to the End of Love (not official yet).
Here are some of Subhana Ansari's seedlings for you to enjoy:
Subhana has used the daylily, Tully Mars (Dan Hansen) a lot and here are some intros from it:
Thank you Subhana for this opportunity to see your program up close. There is a part 2 you can see if you keep scrolling down which has more pictures of her intros. All pictures are the property of Subhana Ansari and use without prior consent is prohibited. You can see more of Subhana's intros at http://www.flourishingdaylilies.com/ Thanks for stopping in. Next up will be a visit with Clyde Grammon of Louisiana. Happy Gardening!