Daylilies forum: Seedlings

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Acerbob
Jun 8, 2014 8:12 PM CST
What are your thoughts on the Gaskins seedlings on the DLA right now, not only the prices but their phenotypic aspects?
Name: Alex
Warren, VT- Green Mtns. (Zone 4b)
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ARoseblush
Jun 9, 2014 11:00 AM CST
Hi Bob....I have 2 of there seedlings growing in my garden. I have always loved there plants, and they do well in my cooler environment. I am delighted to see them back in business, even on a much smaller scale, since the sale of there gardens last year. Apparently, they are now semi-retired with a smaller inventory but still creating seedlings.

I won 'Imagine' seedling (small dbl fan) late summer of 2012 on the LA. It did not bloom last summer. The plant has added an extra fan this year, and looks like it may bloom this summer.
Slow to mature in my climate. Last year, Mary sent me one of there seedlings as a gift after I purchased "Can't Touch This' (Nicole) from her. That seedling did bloom last year, it's first year in my garden, and here is its picture. Bright and bold bloom.

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A-20-2009 MARDI GRAS BALL X CAROL TODD

Gaskins are known for there big bold eyes and edges. Not so much for patterned flowers. I feel there greatest success was 'Tal of Gasgone' and 'Brer Rabbit and the Briar Patch' with its white teeth. I also like 'Duke Landry'.

As to there prices, they are outrageous. But if the market can sustain those high prices, then good for them. With permission to introduce these sdlgs, the buyer hopes to make his money back by using the Gaskins genetics on future flowers, as well as selling off fans from these sdlgs. They usually have several sdlgs. that sell for over a $1000.00++. This auction will probably be the same, since they are not considered big hybridizers like Floyd Cove. Personally, I am delighted to see they are still producing beautiful sdlgs. Watching there auctions end is always a thrill for everyone. Those that bid can get very caught up in the experience of owning a Gaskins sdlg. Besides which, Mary and Phil Gaskins are unique in the daylily world. Little advertising, word of mouth, beautiful sdlgs, and very nice people. I wish I llived closer to Georgia because I would be visiting there gardens often, and picking up a few seedlings along the way. Thumbs up Whistling

Here is the URL on the Lily Auction for Gaskins sdlgs...

http://www.daylily.com/cgi-bin/auction.cgi?seedlings
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Name: Pat
Near McIntosh, Florida (Zone 9a)
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Xenacrockett
Jun 9, 2014 2:31 PM CST
Nice examples, but prices are beyond my range at this time.

I do have a couple of seedlings of just about same seed pedigree that will hopefully turn out looking good.
(But that is slim chance as we know.)

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Acerbob
Jun 9, 2014 6:04 PM CST
It is fun to see how high the prices go. I have about 10 of their intros and they seem to do well, but then I am only one hour north of them. Was very easy to drive down when the farm was open to the public and walk through the seedlings. Yeah, I agree about the prices. If the market will support it, more power to them. Their prices have always been on the high side but people pay, so why lower them. I hear some people say no DL is worth that much money, but a lot of hybridizers want those genes in thier program.
I saw 'Imagine' when Mary pulled it from the seedling bed and asked if I may purchase it. Lol, she said I think I am going to sell it on the DLA and see how it does. Well I ended up with the winning bid. I was very pleased and so was she. This is the funny part. The seedling you show in your post was also my "Bonus" plant. I love it! The other bonus was 3 fans of William Colby Jones. IMHO I think on a day to day basis these 3 DLs are their best intros to date.
Name: Alex
Warren, VT- Green Mtns. (Zone 4b)
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ARoseblush
Jun 10, 2014 7:52 AM CST
Bob...I see you sneaked over to the LA and have the high bid in for Gaskins 'Brer Rabbit and the Briar Patch' SF. BRBP is a favorite of mine. That one should get a lot of bids. Good luck to all bidders. Hurray!
Name: Karen Mcilroy
Puyallup,Wa. (Zone 8b)
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kkaymci55
Jun 16, 2014 9:14 PM CST
I am happy for them. I watched all of their seedlings on LA. I have bought from them and they were very nice people. Yes, the prices were astounding but I think they worked long and hard to get to where they are. Karen M.

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