Sunday, February 04, 2007

Seed from Linda Michaels



The following listing information and photos are copied from the Lily Auction listings with permission from Linda Michaels. Thanks Linda!



Linda has some great introductions, and really makes inspired crosses. To see her intros and seedlings, visit her website:

Daredevil Daylily


White Stripe x Lavender Curls

WHITE STRIPE (Mullison 1984) M 25" DOR 5" near white that’s skinnier than its pollen parent, ICE CARNIVAL; Pod parent of WELCOME TO XENON. Often sports white and green striped leaves and scapes.

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LAVENDER CURLS (Gossard 2004) M 46" SEV 9" (11" wingspan) 4:1 spider in raspberry lavender with a slate blue watermark over an orange band above an intense green throat, 3 branches and 18 buds. This was Jamie's favorite '04 diploid intro and he considers it an important parent for "northerners seeking the patterns of the south." Pollen parent of TIME STOPPER (YABBA DABBA DOO X LAVENDER HANDLEBARS).










Projected Results: Hoping for clear lavender Unusual Forms with interesting eyes; DOR.

Unknown (ST-not) x Pink Stripes

ST-not (unknown) EM 36" DOR received from Clayton Burkey as SILVER THREADS, who got it from Curt Hanson as SILVER THREADS, it has finally been determined that this narrowish 7" near white is not SILVER THREADS. No one knows what it is, but it has excellent rigid scapes with 2 laterals and 19 buds. Just a tad less white than JOAN SENIOR.

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PINK STRIPES (Derrow 2006) EM 32" DOR unique 7" rose red emblazoned with cream and yellow stripes, 4 way branching with 22-24+ buds. Mike has shown that it passes stripes to its kids.











Projected Results: Hoping for striped blooms with clearer cream base colors; DOR.


Unknown (ST-not) x Tomorrow's Song

ST-not (unknown) EM 36" DOR received from Clayton Burkey as SILVER THREADS, who got it from Curt Hanson as SILVER THREADS, it has finally been determined that this narrowish 7" near white is not SILVER THREADS. No one knows what it is, but it has excellent rigid scapes with 2 laterals and 19 buds. Just a tad less white than JOAN SENIOR.

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TOMORROW'S SONG (J. Reinke 1998) M 32" DOR glorious light rose 5.4:1 spider with deeper veins and wine eye over chartreuse throat, 9" across, 3 branches, 17 buds (MORNING BREAKING X LAURENA). Pollen parent of AMBER CURLS, COMFORT & JOY, LOVE EVERLASTING, SILVER EDGINGS, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS and WHATEVER LOLA WANTS, it is recommended by Jamie Gossard. Rebloomed in Niagara Falls in 2004 and here in Burt in 2006.












Projected Results: Hoping for clearer pink and lavender, green throated UFos, perhaps some with interesting eyes; DOR.


Moon Ladder x Skin And Bones

MOON LADDER (Bill Oakes 1995) M 56" SEV (DOR here) this 8½" lavender with chartreuse throat has been used by Ned Roberts to impart high bud counts, and I've seen slides of his seedlings where he indicated bud counts in the high forties. Ned reported the parentage as being SNICKERDOODLE X ASTERISK.

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SKIN AND BONES (J.P. Murphy 2005) VL 46" DOR handsome 6½" red 6.5:1 spider that Jim says is an "excellent parent for VL narrow spiders with midribs and good branching" (Benzinger sdlg X RED RAIN).










Projected Results: Hopping for super well budded tall narrow UFos, and perhaps a spider or two, with green throats and perhaps whitish eyes; DOR.


John's Heritage x Skin And Bones

JOHN’S HERITAGE (Ned Roberts 1994) M 34" DOR this 7" deep purple UFo has curled sepals and wiggly petals, a green yellow throat and a bud count of 38. Praised by Bob Schwarz for its unusual branching. Pollen parent of WINGED BEING (DAMSEL IN DISTRESS X CERULEAN STAR).

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SKIN AND BONES (J.P. Murphy 2005) VL 46" DOR handsome 6½" red 6.5:1 spider that Jim says is an "excellent parent for VL narrow spiders with midribs and good branching" (Benzinger sdlg X RED RAIN).









Projected Results: Looking for really dark green throated UFos, DOR.


Trahlyta x Skin And Bones

TRAHLYTA (Childs 82) EM 30" DOR celebrated 6½" grayed violet with large purple chevron eye, pod parent of BRADLEY BARNARD, GREY WITCH, STARMAN'S QUEST, TROPICAL DEPRESSION, VELOCIRAPTOR, and countless others. Received an Award of Merit in 2004.

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SKIN AND BONES (J.P. Murphy 2005) VL 46" DOR handsome 6½" red 6.5:1 spider that Jim says is an "excellent parent for VL narrow spiders with midribs and good branching" (Benzinger sdlg X RED RAIN).










Projected Results: Looking for dark UFos with some of TRAHLYTA's nifty traits such as mottling, appliqu├ęd eyes or reverse bitones; DOR.


Pink Satin x Orchid Corsage

PINK SATIN (Bach 1947) ML 40" DOR 4:1 deep rosy pink spider variant with up to 66 buds, 6" blooms and narrow, deep green leaves.

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ORCHID CORSAGE (Saxton 75) ML 32" DOR 7½" orchid lavender cascade UFo with yellow starburst throat that almost always appears on the Region 4 popularity poll. A vigorous increaser that makes stout scapes, it is the pod parent of LILAC DREAM, SHAKER DANCE, and DAWN FALCON, pollen parent of BELLE OF AMHERST, JERRY'S WHIRLIGIG, JINGO JANGLE, LATELY LOVING YOU and RIVERHILLS, and a grandparent of CRY OF REJOICE, DICK KITCHINGMAN, JUNGLE FOWL, KAHOOL AWE, KILAUEA, MAHUKONA, STRATOVOLCANO, THORHALLA and WILD SACHSEN -- in other words, it's a great parent (LAVENDER TOUCH X EMPEROR'S ROBE).













Pink Satin x Jungle Fowl

PINK SATIN (Bach 1947) ML 40" DOR 4:1 deep rosy pink spider variant with up to 66 buds, 6" blooms and narrow, deep green leaves.

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JUNGLE FOWL (Mahieu 2003) M 44" DOR 7" spider that's 4.4:1, flesh pink with a pale purple chevron over a lemon chartreuse throat, 7 branches and a fantastic 60 buds. A vigorous grower [(ORCHID CORSAGE x citrine) X TENNESSEE FLYCATCHER].











Projected Results: Hoping for bright pink and rose spiders with tremendous bud counts; DOR.



H. fulva 'Rosea' x Heavenly Mr. Twister

H. fulva 'Rosea' (species) the source of pink shades, mine is a 48" tall EM DOR with ruddy rose 4" blooms accented by a deep rose red chevron eye, 4.3 – 4.66:1. Despite its having only 12 buds, seedlings of Rosea X "Garden Portrait-not" exceeded 24 buds in the seedling bed and even improved the next year.

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HEAVENLY MR. TWISTER (Gossard 2004) M 39" DOR stupendous cascading, twirling 4.8:1 pinkish red (darker here last year when the photo was taken, it lightened up a tad in 2006) spider sports white midribs and a dark eye over a yellow green throat. Blooms measure 8" across with a 12" wingspan and open on scapes with 25 buds and 7 way branching, and the plants are mighty vigorous (RINGS AND THINGS X WILDEST DREAMS). Has had week pollen so far and these are the last seeds from it that I'll be offering this season.











Projected Results: Color and size variations in spiders, and hoping for some of dad's magnificent curling; DOR.


H. dumortierii Sieboldiana x Skin And Bones

H. dumortierii Sieboldiana (species) Acquired from Brian Mahieu, this EM 40" DOR 5" light cadmium orange self with waxy substance opens early in the morning and closes after dark. With its height, slightly later bloom season, great branching and huge bud count, plus lack of the fulvous reverse, this does not in the least resemble the commonly available H. dumortieri (most often spelled with the final vowel dropped).

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SKIN AND BONES (J.P. Murphy 2005) VL 46" DOR handsome 6½" red 6.5:1 spider that Jim says is an "excellent parent for VL narrow spiders with midribs and good branching" (Benzinger sdlg X RED RAIN).










Projected Results: Hoping for spiders and UFos with great bud counts, species vigor and a variety of bloom seasons; DOR.


Capulina x Jerry's Whirligig

CAPULINA (Craig 1962) EM 38" SEV this 7" buff-throated garnet spider with a 5.8:1 ratio was rediscovered after a lengthy quest by Ned Roberts. Pod parent of IKTOMI, HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL, WAY TO SANTE FE, BOOGIE MY WOOGIE, CHARON THE FERRYMAN and SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING; pollen of AMETHYST SQUID, DANCING SPIDER and GIANT KRAKEN.

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JERRY'S WHIRLIGIG (Deschenes 2000) L 30" DOR this huge pale lavender UFo with large burgundy eye above a green throat is registered at only 6" because of its curling and twirling habit, but it's way bigger, wing-span wise. Three branches and 18 buds (Sdlg. X ORCHID CORSAGE). Increases very well in Colorado.











Projected Results: Hoping for dark eyed Unusual Forms with a bit of curling; SEV.


Purple Termite x Rosemary Whitacre

PURPLE TERMITE (Gossard 2005) EM 35" DOR narrow 4½" reddish purple with small white edges and grass green throat, 4 branches and 19 buds (Dickerson sdlg X FELLOW).

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ROSEMARY WHITACRE (Ned Roberts 1999) M 42" SEV This incredible 9½" - 10" lavender pink with purple eye UFo flaunts its pencil quilled sepals on strong scapes with 4 branches and 30 buds. Winning a 2004 Honorable Mention , it deserves to speed further up the AHS award ladder (ROSY LIGHTS X LAVENDER HANDLEBARS).











Projected Results: Pencil quilled sepals on good clear purple UFos are the goal; DOR/SEV.


Yazoo Wild Violet x Lavender Curls

YAZOO WILD VIOLET (Gates 1988) M 20" SEV a most distinctive 5½" flower in medium lavender with all 6 tepals edged in billowy white ruffles over a greenish yellow throat.

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LAVENDER CURLS (Gossard 2004) M 46" SEV 9" (11" wingspan) 4:1 spider in raspberry lavender with a slate blue watermark over an orange band above an intense green throat, 3 branches and 18 buds. This was Jamie's favorite '04 diploid intro and he considers it an important parent for "northerners seeking the patterns of the south." (YABBA DABBA DOO X LAVENDER HANDLEBARS).











Projected Results: Hoping for unique color patterns on lavender UFos; SEV.


Mad Max x Jungle Fowl

MAD MAX (Wilson 1990) M 46" (shorter for everyone I know; 32" here) DOR twisty
7" rosy maroon with deeper chevron eye, sturdy, vigorous well-branched, 35 buds, UFo. Pod parent of PLANET MAX, ANGELUS RUNWAY, BARNEGAT BLACKBASS, HOUSE OF BLUELIGHTS and PHYLLIS CANTINI. Best performer here in 2002, it is the pollen parent of PEANUT'S SUNRISE and FOR ALGERNON.

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JUNGLE FOWL (Mahieu 2003) M 44" DOR 7" spider that's 4.4:1, flesh pink with a pale purple chevron over a lemon chartreuse throat, 7 branches and a fantastic 60 buds. A vigorous grower [(ORCHID CORSAGE x citrina) X TENNESSEE FLYCATCHER].










Projected Results: Dark eyed UFos in shades of purple with stupendous bud counts; DOR.


Scrambled Legs x Black Passion

SCRAMBLED LEGS (Michaels 2002) 26" EM DOR 7½" (10" wingspan) lavender-pink curled cascade Unusual Form with big chartreuse throat, four laterals and terminal "W" with 29 buds. It rebloomed the past 6 years in Western New York, even trying to put out a 3rd set of scapes in 2003, the year it was introduced. Could be an important parent for northern rebloom. Pod and pollen fertile, it passes high bud counts and is a vigorous increaser. Makes small fans. (DALLAS STAR X unidentified).

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BLACK PASSION (Bill Reinke 2006) M 31" DOR 7½" curling spider with a ratio of 6.6:1. Impressively dark near black with creamy eye and creamy gold midribs over chartreuse throat (PHYLLIS CANTINI X KAREN'S CURLS).












Projected Results: Looking for wigglies in a wide range of colors, some of these might have ratios that put them into spiderhood; DOR.


Yabba Dabba Doo x Black Passion

YABBA DABBA DOO (Hansen 1993) L 30" SEV 10" grape 4.4:1 spider with chartreuse eye that is the pod parent of ALAKAZAM, ALBERENE, BEYOND THE DAWN, EXOTIC HOLIDAY, LAVENDER CURLS, LONG JOHN SILVER, STARMAN'S FLIGHT and STARS OVER ALABAMA; pollen of SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE and TAUNUS RED SPIDER.

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BLACK PASSION (Bill Reinke 2006) M 31" DOR 7½" curling spider with a ratio of 6.6:1. Impressively dark near black with creamy eye and creamy gold midribs over chartreuse throat (PHYLLIS CANTINI X KAREN'S CURLS).












Projected Results: Hoping for larger red violet and dark purple spiders with movement; SEV.


Thursday, February 01, 2007

Genes from Seeds

This year, I have been able to add a lot of great genetics from seeds of crosses of plants that I don't grow in my garden. This strategy should really help in the long run by giving me a variety of seedlings to work with. By working primarily with seedlings, the chances of getting something unique from shuffling the genetic deck should be better.

There will certainly be a majority of seedlings that won't be worth working with for one reason or another (muddy colour, too short, not a good form, poor plant habit, doesn't fit in with what I want) - but all I need is a few nice ones. I think that from crosses such as these, my chances are good. I have tried to select crosses from parents that have a combination of good attributes. I have also selected a few crossses that are all about building bud count and branching and increasing plant vigour.

One of the nicest side-effects of all of this is that I have met a lot of new people in the daylily world, and really enjoyed some wonderful conversations with them. Daylily lovers are some of the nicest people in the whole world!

Enjoy your garden! I can't wait to see my seedling patch in 2 years time. Life is good.