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Name: Stan
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GaNinFl
Apr 21, 2019 10:51 AM CST
Looks like you're off to a good start there Larry!
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Name: Ginny G
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Apr 21, 2019 8:33 PM CST
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Name: Marcia
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DaylilyDazzled
Apr 21, 2019 10:00 PM CST
I am jealous, so nice to see blooms! Thumbs up
Name: Ginny G
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Apr 22, 2019 6:22 AM CST
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Name: Betty
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Betja
Apr 24, 2019 12:13 PM CST
Well, this was a surprise this morning!

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This is BIG BOY BUTTERFLY, and I just got the plant (SF) in the mail on April 11th from Pete and Rossen Harry (Amazing_daylilies on the Lily Auction). It already had a scape about 4" tall, so I thought it probably wouldn't make it after its transplanting and traveling -- and then all the rest of the buds dried up but the scape kept getting a little taller and the top bud kept growing larger... and bingo! I took a couple of pics of the whole plant, and the entire scape is probably 12" or less, and since I've kept it in the shade the bloom is probably more pastel than it should be -- but I'm really pleased! Hurray!

And right after I took these pictures I grabbed the pollen and put it in a centrifuge tube and will freeze it after the pollen has had a chance to dry out a bit. It's supposed to be 96 today, so I wanted to get the pollen early enough and it was already 75 when I did.

My first bloom -- and nothing else in my garden is anywhere near blooming -- in fact I'm just starting to see scapes on the early bloomers and some of the ones I've recently gotten in the mail. I do have one more newbie that I got recently from Pat Guidry, MEMORIES OF THIS TIME, that has a scape (also about 12") with buds and the top one is showing color, so it could be soon...

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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Apr 24, 2019 2:20 PM CST
Here are some of the plants that were blooming in the garden this morning. Some are repeats with an improved and some are new ones to open this year.
'Bas Relief': The first bloom ever on this plant for me.
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'Red Apparition':
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'Spacecost Tiny Perfection':
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'Tar and Feather': Beautiful bloom on this one this morning.
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I think this is the first bloom to open on 'Crimson Pirate' this year.
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'Champagne Elegance':
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'Orange Electric': Looking much nicer now and brighter
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This is the only decent seedling bloom of mine I have had so far this year. Could not find a marker, but it certainly looks to be a cross with 'Filled With Joy" and something.
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'Filled With Joy':
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Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Apr 24, 2019 2:41 PM CST
Looking good, Larry, great seedling Thumbs up
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Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Apr 24, 2019 2:52 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Let the parade of blooms begin!! nodding
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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Apr 24, 2019 4:08 PM CST
@touchofsky,
Thanks, but I wouldn't classify it as great, but better than the rest so far. I have learned a quick lesson about seedlings already, the odds are against you! You know all the dreams we have about how great the seedlings are going to be...don't believe them. After actually seeing the results, it is pretty disappointing. The good thing is that there are still lots left to bloom.
I am not really super disappointed, more like reality is sinking in. I regret having lost so many labels due to the critters, but so far I have seen nothing I would want to save anyhow. I would like to see all the labels because after seeing some of the results, I could ask," why did I ever cross those together"?
Name: Elena
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bxncbx
Apr 26, 2019 7:14 AM CST
@Seedfork I'm curious as to what percentage of seedlings you've grown that you'd consider keepers. I've only had about 20 bloom for me so far and I've already got 3 keepers. I'm also considering keeping two more that bloomed for the first time last year. I'm beginning to wonder if I'm not being picky enough.

Maybe it's because I only grow a handful of seedlings each year that I want to keep more of them. I definitely have some that I have composted and others that are headed that way. But I've also gotten more seedlings that I like than hate. I'm very limited for space though so I have to LOVE a seedling to give it garden space. If I had plenty of room I'd probably keep a lot more seedlings.

Since you have so much space do you give them the full three years to flower before deciding or will you toss them the first year if you don't like them? So far I've only seen seedlings get dramatically WORSE from year 1 to year 2 so I know to keep them at least two years. Some have improved but really only slightly over the same time period.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 26, 2019 7:41 AM CST
bxncbx,
This will actually be the first year for my own crosses to flower. I have grown seedlings from other people, I have grown seedlings from seeds that were the result of other people's crosses, but this is the first year for my very own creations to bloom.
The number of keepers? Let me see....none. Now the seedlings that are blooming this year are really not focused on the goal I selected of creating sculpted relief, but there might be some mixed in. The seedling that should bloom next year will be more focused on my goal, then the next year the seedlings I have coming along should be the first real test to see if I am making any progress.
The seedlings blooming this year will be pretty much the result of me running all over the garden crossing every opened bloom that looked pretty (most of them).
Of course I have around two hundred that might bloom this year, and it is early. Then I have close to three hundred next year that should bloom, and then I hope to be down to about 100-150 each year after that as I build up my own line of seedlings to work with toward my goal of sculpted relief blooms: of course with a few odd ball crosses thrown in here and there.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 26, 2019 8:45 AM CST
Here are a few blooming this morning, I will try to show the same repeats too often:
'Heavenly Island Magic":
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Glad to see these three are early bloomers, it gives me something to do crosses with.
'Wonder of It All':
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'Empire Returns':
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Edited to add: Forgot to put the photo in , not a nice bloom and even the pollen does not look very well developed, but this was the third sculpted relief plant to have a bloom opened today.
'Pleated Perfection':
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A beautifully colored bloom on 'Smoky Mountain Autumn' this morning after a good hard rain last night.
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One of my favorites every year: This is the type of plant I would love to have as a seedling but with a sculpted relief bloom. This variety always produces lots of blooms over a long blooming period, responds well after separating, reblooms several times during the season, blooms up above the foliage with stout scapes and shows very little rust.
'Irish Envy'
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Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Apr 26, 2019 11:53 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Arlene
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florange
Apr 26, 2019 1:52 PM CST
It's been an early bloom year! Many of the earliest daylilies were short with full sized blooms--that was interesting. Right now most of the scapes are close to full size and I'm enjoying them a lot! Here is what I enjoyed this morning:

Dan's Simply Superb
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Lillian's Vapor Trail
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Spacecoast Francis Busby (always reliable and beautiful!)
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Orange Blossom Trail (also reliable and beautiful)
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Nature Lover--it's FFO and it's new to the garden. Doesn't look like I expected, but do like it


Shakespear's Red (he will get better--it's his FFO)
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Orange Spice--also new to the garden
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Quoting Hemingway--also new but it's been really blochy (not a trait I like)
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This one is Norman Hughes seedling that Dan Trimmer gave me. We both call it "Wonderful Red" Love it!
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Name: Mary
Crown Point, Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Apr 26, 2019 4:03 PM CST
Loving all your blooms! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Apr 26, 2019 6:35 PM CST
I agree Beautiful! Hurray!
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Name: Roger & Karen
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Diggerofdirt
Apr 26, 2019 6:55 PM CST
Keep em coming Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Feed us addicts. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Arlene
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florange
Apr 26, 2019 7:07 PM CST
Thank you! I appreciate it. We will see what happens tomorrow morning. After the farmer's market, of course.
Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Apr 26, 2019 8:21 PM CST
Gorgeous Arlene Hurray! I tip my hat to you. keep 'em coming Hurray!
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Name: Stan
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GaNinFl
Apr 27, 2019 6:27 AM CST
Very nice start to the season.

Arlene, beautiful photos as usual. You'll remember that this one came from you. It is, 'June Williams Memorial' and considering it's in the 50s here this morning, it opened up rather nicely.

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