Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
It isnt good to change formats on old people. Google decided to update blogspot and now i am confused about what goes where. Not sure if pictures go first or last or somewhere in between.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
WOW, yep i said that. This is a plant that my good friend Josh Jacques down in south Louisiana has bred and registered. Can you imagine have this beauty bloom in your seedling bed someday. The color is perfect combo and if you enlarge(click on picture) the picture you will see tiny dots from the eye pattern. Josh sold me a double fan last fall and i am very proud he did. He gets $100 for a double fan. Joshs phone number is 318-613-2618. He also has a web site that you can get by google his name. I very seldom push another persons plants but Josh is up and there, not comming. The seedling pictures he has been sending me are just beautiful. Didnt Dizzy Dean say"it aint bragging if you can do it". he has proven to me he can do it and we should support him.
Lee Pickles has posted on his blog today a beautiful red seedling that bloomed today, If you havent seen it go look. Lots of ruffles and very red. I think it is the same cross Bill W. had on his blog a few days ago and it was a beautiful red also.
To me looking at beautiful new, never seen before seedlings are like eating ice cream. The more you look the hungrier you get for more. This time of year i feed off seeing other peoples seedling pictures with an unsatiable appetite. I get to see the cross it came from and in my little mind i can vision similar crosses in my own hybridizing. For some like me it is a Passion to be able to raise and grow this fantastic flower. The Ohs and Ahs that people let out when they are looking at your plants makes for a great day. The best compliment i will never forget was when a club came to buy some seedlings and i think every flower in the garden was open that day. When she was looking at the seedling field and she said" I didnt bring enough film". That was a special day. Our blog lets me help others find there way thru the daylilies wether they are curious or have that passion to grow this plant and we can show flowers that just maybe you havent seen before. Like the plants flower shown here I hope someone will appreciate the effort people like Josh put into hybridizing a great flower. He dont have a bigtime name yet but he has the passion to get there. Thanks for looking and come back soon. Jim Elliott
Friday, April 13, 2012
Good Day to everyone. Its feeling like Spring around here. I have had the plastic on the green house since March 9th and now we have scapes. Wow!! From cold to scapes in 30 days. That is what you call Speed Hybridizing. Temps on the outside are highs of 70s each day and it seems there is a race inside compared to outside. But the green house is winning. Larry Grace told me once that if i could hold temps at nite at 60 degrees for 60 days i would be in bloom in the green house, He was right for sure. I have been checking temps inside and they have been steady at around 55 degrees each morning before the sun hits the plastic. Now in the afternoons the sun will bring it up to 100 for most of the day. I still have sides pulled up tight and have both doors open during the day with exhaust fan running all day. I water every third day. I have the plants in raised beds and mulched with pine needles. With the heat and humidity the plants are loving it.
My wife was kind enough to let me buy a lot of plants last fall on the Lily Auction and they are in the green house. Plus over half the plants in the green house are our seedlings we have been lining out last year. Next year three fourths of the plants we will use in hybridizing will be our own seedlings, thats when it starts getting good. Lots of blue eye things, patterned eyes, and big edges some with color some with lots of chicken fat.
We have added some annuals like Petunias and Geraniums plus 2 large leaf Coleas. One of the Coleas is a Mosaic that has 4 colors on each huge leaf that i really like.Each morning the fragrance smells so good in there from the Petunias. Maybe in 30 days we can start to show our seedlings starting to bloom so please stay in touch. Drink lots of water while working outside. Jim Elliott
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Good morning, what wonderful weather we are having here in central Arkansas. The daylilies are growing so fast. Yesterday i was out front where the future seedlings will be planted and had a moment that i thought was funny and wanted to share with you.
Last year when i turned under this area with a tractor almost imediately a Kildee built her nest and laid her eggs there. Kildees are those birds that run along water fronts and have long legs. So yesterday i had the afternoon off and decided to fertilize and mulch the seedling beds we planted there last fall. The seedlings are looking so good that i should get some to bloom this spring. Click on pictures to enlarge.
When i started getting close to her nest she started making sounds and flopping on the ground trying to draw me away, the longer i ignored her the more dramatic she became. I called to Kathy to get the camera to record her antics. I hope you enjoy this blog.
The daylilies in the green house are scaping up and in a day or two i will show results that are happening just after 30 days of pulling up the plastic on the top. Now is the perfect time of year to add lime, fertilizer or weed granules which have all been discussed on this blog. You can go to the bottom of this blog page and go to Older Posts. Lee Pickles is having some fantastic seedling blooms that he is sharing on his blog so please go for a look. Remember to drink lots of water while you are working outside this spring. Jim Elliott