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Dec 7, 2020 5:18 PM CST

Thirty years ago I got interested in hybridizing roses. But it was very involved. And a bit more than I wanted to tackle. I did have a couple daylilies- I think Hyperion was one. I did harvest a few seeds and raised a few seedlings. Like 10. But we got into breeding and showing guinea pigs and did so successfully for a number of years.
Life tracks on and things happen.
A house fire killed my seedlings and took our life in a totally different direction. But I always had a few daylilies in the garden cause I love them. We moved to our current house 7 years ago. We had a nice enough garden but the last three years it got away from us. Last year our life blew up again and to keep ourselves sane we turned back to the earth and started putting the garden to rights. And to the surviving daylilies we added a few more.
And we realized that it was time to be more serious about hybridizing again. So we spent this year stacking the beds with parent plants. I check the backgrounds in the database here. Because this year I was adding quantity as well as quality I spent less per plant but filled the gaps with seeds from lily auction and some of my own crosses. I have 122 in beds now and 57 more arriving in the spring. I think we went a bit nuts. Hopefully it will come out in the end
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Dec 7, 2020 5:22 PM CST

This is a seedling given to me by a friend that hybridized and registered a couple. It was either unbloomed or one she wasn't going to keep. I like it and may register it. It is spattered
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Dec 7, 2020 5:28 PM CST

I'm also a fair artist. Haven't bent my talents to flowers yet but it's just a matter of time. These are some things I've done over the years
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Dec 7, 2020 5:30 PM CST

And finally some pictures of my daylilies
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Dec 7, 2020 6:17 PM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
Very nice! Love the drawing of the horse.

Your daylilies are going to look amazing next year.
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
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Dec 7, 2020 9:51 PM CST
Name: Roger & Karen
Birmingham, Al (Zone 7b)
Butterflies Critters Allowed Daylilies Hummingbirder Region: Alabama Seed Starter
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plant and/or Seed Trader
Welcome! again.
Your art work is wonderful. The daylilys are beautiful and 57 more isnt nearly enough Green Grin! we here will enable you to add more and more and more Whistling
You alls beds look great and agree with Vickie next year they will be even better. Hurray!
We have another addict.
Every home needs a daylily, and every daylily needs a home.
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Dec 8, 2020 4:10 AM CST

Lol I know 57 more isn't enough yet but I will need new beds first. That doesn't count the 100's of seeds I collected and purchased from the ones that did bloom last year which were a small percentage of what I planted. Plus I know as soon as spring shipping approaches I'll find more I have to have lol
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Dec 8, 2020 6:34 AM CST
Name: Diana
Southeast Missouri (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Missouri Irises
Canning and food preservation Hibiscus Dog Lover Daylilies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Welcome! Nice to have another daylily addict - uh, fan D'Oh! - uh, enthusiast join us.
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Dec 8, 2020 7:40 AM CST

Lol I know 57 more isn't enough yet but I will need new beds first. That doesn't count the 100's of seeds I collected and purchased from the ones that did bloom last year which were a small percentage of what I planted. Plus I know as soon as spring shipping approaches I'll find more I have to have lol
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Dec 9, 2020 6:28 AM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
Bee Lover Birds Butterflies Cat Lover Daylilies Region: Massachusetts
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Welcome! Eagleriver! Looks like you have lots of unnecessary grass there! I'm sure you'll find lots of inspiration here Drooling Hurray! nodding
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Dec 9, 2020 8:04 AM CST

Zoia some of that grass doesn't belong to me but to the farm next door lol. But I do still have places beds are going. Hopefully for my own seedlings. I have an outbuilding to take down eventually too. I only have a half acre- and intend to make full use of it nodding
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