Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Polymerous daylilies

Hi friends, hope you like the look of my new blog.   I had help from the Queen of Blogs, Ms. Nikki Schmith. Thanks very much, Nikki.  In reading over the information noted on the 2012 introductions mentioned in my earlier post, I remembered that both have demonstrated a small incidence of polymerous blooms.   This means that there are more than the usual 3 petals and 3 sepals that you usually see in daylilies.   Thought you might like to see what this looks like when it happened to 2012 introduction 'Phill Warbasse'.

Hemerocallis 'Phill Warbasse' - polymerous bloom

See how the plant has two extra stamens in the center but still has just one pistil.  If you set a seed pod on such a bloom, you would get a four chambered seed pod instead of the usual three. This is a trait that has fascinated me for years.  My first consistent daylily that I purchased with this trait was an oldie called 'Towhead', I believe.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

2012 Doorakian Daylilies are available!!

I traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to attend the most enjoyable Mid-Winter Symposium of AHS Region 10 a few weeks ago and shared pictures of the hybridizing program of George Doorakian - including the two introductions shown here.  

This first one featured here on the left is PHILL WARBASSE.  Phill Warbasse is a 5.5" dormant diploid with a  34" scape, with 3 branches and 26 buds.  This beautiful Emerald Starburst kid has a large greenish/yellow eyezone spilling onto sepals and petals and a 3/4" dark red picotee on petals and sepals.  Very vigorous and stoleniferous.  10% polymerous.  

Below is SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY, a dormant diploid, 36" tall scape with 24 buds, 7" diameter flower, medium red petals with a large greenish yellow eyezone. Sepals have a 1/2" light red band around the perimeter with the eyezone covering the remaining area. An eye stopper in the garden with re-bloom. This cultivar is also an excellent bud-builder.  The parentage includes Rose F. Kennedy as a the female parent.  Very fertile both ways.  15% polymerous.  

You may see all the Doorakian introductions available for sale at the Nor'East Daylilies website.  Click on over and see what is still available!