SEEDLING PAGE 10
This page contains images of a variety of newer seedlings which have caught our eyes here at Ashwood Garden. Most of these are likely to be introduced in the not too distant future.
Plant performance is always a priority here. Distinction is not simply a new look to the face. A flower that gives more bloom than most is worthy of attention. The above image is of a plant that is so far beyond most any others that I simply demands further attention. Do click on the thumbnail image above to see for yourself what a small clump of six fans is capable of producing in the landscape. The image does not show the blossom. It is a very nice clear, light yellow. But that is not what makes it special. The image is from well past the main season. The plant has been blooming early on. It is still going. Check out the brown scapes. I will admit that it escaped my full attention during the main part of the season. It was during the time when the rest of the garden was almost empty of blooms that this one did shine. We lined it out and most of the fans put up another good scape in September and October. This is seedling T99-50. ( This seedling is a 2015 introduction under the name SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDERS. It remains the best overall plant we have ever raised.
We almost decided to intro this seedling for 2014. What held us back was the unfamiliarity with the field of bitones and bicolors. We do not wish to introduce things which are look-alikes to existing introductions. In asking audiences at our presentations about the uniqueness of this one in the field of bicolors, we have received the assurance that this one is special in its coloration. The seeding number is T09-10. It is a quality plant we are be proud of.
T09-10 is now introduced as CALL OFF THE SEARCH. When we investigated the existing bicolors we found that the look is sufficiently unique to meet our criterion for introduction. We want every introduction to have a unique look or offer some characteristic that adds to the existing gene pool of daylilies. We flatly reject the introduction of the me-too daylilies that frankly we see all too often.
Another performer, this seedling, T11-31, shows a fancy face as well as great rebloom. It is a baby of Gerda Brooker's fine AUTUMN REFLECTIONS and a seedling of mine. The face is gorgeous. The performance is exemplary. The small clump rebloomed with several well budded scapes in September and October. If you do not think there will be a romantic encounter between this seedling and the one pictured above, you are wrong. Does the daylily world need another yellow? Yes, if it is as good as this one.
T07-34, the seedling above was the rock star of the 2009 breeding season. I have been frustrated with a reality of reds edged in gold. Every single one I have ever seen shows a clear pattern of the yellow on the edge muddying up the red petals. The red edges muddy up the yellow or gold edges too. This is the first seedling or cultivar I have seen that has broken away from that problem. A problem I consider very serious. Color clarity should be a priority in our breeding and that has not been there in gold edged red tets.
note: This is now a 2012 introduction, MITCH LYND. We are happy to say that now in 2015 we have few divisions of this intro to sell again after a year of holding the plants back for increase.
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