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CLARIFICATION GREAT GRANDCHILDREN
These seedlings from the 2011 season illustrate the continued progress in the CLARIFICATION LINES. The great grandbabies simply become fancier, with wider edge and clearer colors. Our introduction this year, REMEMBERED KISSES, is a great illustration of the clearing phenomenon.
Many of the notable great grandchildren are babies from the seedling above, T04-13, a cross of MELANIE MAY and MARDI GRAS BEADS. (You can read much more about this seedling on page 6). 2006 was the first year were able to the kids from T04-13. They did not disappoint. Even in their first year they were large, wide petaled and wide edged. The plant habits were very good with signs of excellent increase and vigor. 4-13 also proved to be valuable in passing along the instant rebloom that we value so highly. Many of the babies of 4-13, regardless of what the other parent was, showed instant rebloom despite the fact that it was their freshman year. More that just a few were able to give two rounds of rebloom just as their illustrious parent did in 2004. It just doesn't get much better than that. Several of the prettier ones are shown below. There were dozens that were worthy of picturing but these were some the ones that had plant habits that seemed to merit long term attention. My experience is that second year seedlings greatly out perform first year seedlings. Assuming that this will be true with these, 2007 will be an astounding year for the plants out of T04-13.
Click on any of the above images to take a closer look at some of these beauties. They only represent the tip of the iceberg of what T04-13 has and will produce in the way of hardy northern daylilies with the look of the best of the south. Like its grandparent, CLARIFICATION, T04-13 is quite dormant. In fact it even goes underground before CLARIFICATION does. We are receiving reports from several zones farther north that CLARIFICATION and its babies are hardy there, producing well budded and branched scapes.
The above three images are from a cross of two grandchildren of CLARIFICATION, T04-7 and T04-1. There were some 20 seedlings in the cross. They were in the upper row in a (sloped) seedling bed with poor soil. What they were growing in was nothing but subsoil of the basest kind. They were sickly and yellowed in the spring until I got an emergency treatment of fertilizer on them. Only nine of the seedlings bloomed. It was a miracle that any of them bloomed as poorly as they looked at the start of the season. Despite their disadvantages I numbered 4 of the 9 which bloomed, three are pictured above. When you consider that I numbered fewer than 50 of all that bloomed here new last summer, perhaps some 10,000 new plants, that is remarkable.
The third seedling above may be the best. At seven inches the edge the bloom sports an edge that amounts to at least 1/2". The petal color is closer to white than the image indicates. There was a decent bud count despite the horrendous soil. And the flower is an excellent EMO. I will be curious to see what these flowers can do when transplanted to even average soil.
2010 note: The third seedling is now named SAM ABELL, a 2010 introduction. It is indeed the best of the litter!
T08-18, a baby out of SAM ABELL. This one bloomed in the deep shade of a tree which overhangs the seedling bed. Despite the competition from the roots and branches of the tree, the seedling bloomed well and even rebloomed. Its neighbors on all sides showed strong depression from the presence of the tree. We can't wait to see what this one will do when moved to a reasonable location. (Something that we did at the end of the 2009 season.)
We crossed the seedlings mentioned above again, T04-7 and T04-1. In a fairly short cross of some 20 seedlings we found these beauties. What a set of parents!
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