Tuesday, June 26, 2012

More Sugar Please

Feed the Hummers!! We are feeding 5 cups of sugar water everyday. We mix 1/4th cup sugar to 1 cup water and no food coloring added. This spring we started with one pair then it stayed at 2 pairs for a while. Then 2 more pair showed up and after a few weeks the babies showed up and now we have Hummers all day long. Every morning i wash the feeders and fill them and they are good for the day. Cant quit without showing at least one daylily. This is D4712 dip seedling that started blooming this spring. It does rebloom, this bloom is a little lest than 6 inch and has good bud count. I love that green throat radiating out on the midribs. It is a Texas Kal. kid, i dont remember the pod parent other than it was a selected seedling of ours. Texas Kal. is a great parent for eyes but it has terrible plant habit. Scape is very thin and must be propted up if it has seed pods on it. So when using plants like this use the pollen and apply to good pod parents with big sturdy scapes. But you will still get lots of seedlings with thin scapes and beautiful flowers. Be selective when selecting seedlings. If you start with bad selections then you will have a bad bunch of futures. Pat Stamile says keep only the A pluses and I agree 100 percent. Summer is here as it got to 109 yesterday and 100 today. Dont overdo it and work in the shade if you are outside. Drink lots of water. Have a bad day today, did you bless the food when you ate lunch or supper. Did you give Thanks for getting up this morning. Have you thought where you were going to spend Eternity? The Bible says life on earth is like a mist that fades away in the morning and then its gone. Jesus will open that door if you will just ask for him to come into your heart. Even as a Christian we will have bad days but they dont get us down cause we as Christians know where we will spend Eternity, do You? Sure feels good to be an A Plus in the eyes of Jesus. Jim Elliott

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Gold Edged Diploid

Here is our blessing. Never before seen by the public. The first gold edge dip. For me this is better than a blue daylily. If you breed dips you will understand. Yes we have colored edges and now we have this gold edge. Before you start thinking its a tet, forget it, i have put this pollen all over the garden and have growing seed pods and dip seed pods on this plant. It is numbered D4112. Can you imagine once it is converted to tet how big the gold edge will be on tet seedlings. Best thing is it is from Texas Kaliedescope breeding so it has the genetics to give pattern eyes to the kids plus gold edges. Wow. I can see it now a pale pink flower with blue broken pattern eye and a gold edge. Would that be fancy enough for you to start buying dips. Also it has a good scape with 2 lateral a bud count of 22 and reblooms. I cant wait to see the kids begin blooming next season i hope. Thats what makes breeding flowers so fasinating is to see your dreams come true. Will it be moved to the green house, yes it will. God blessed us with this seedling and now i hope God gives me the wisdom to use it wisely. Look up and lift up those that need your help, you will recieve a blessing for it and feel better about yourself. Jim Elliott

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Quit Spreading Pollen

But why? If you hybridize you know what i mean, when i say why? We wait 10 months maybe less, for that first flower to start the bloom season and you get lots of seed then quit, i cant do it. If i only had someone elses plants i could quit for the year but these are our babies that are brand new to the world and they just keep getting bigger and better. And rebloom is killing me. I havent watered to see how plants would perform and i havent been disapointed with their performance. The selected seedlings have had no watering and reblooming like crazy. I saw what i wanted and have been watering twice a week now. In our selected dip seedlings we have about 8 different seedlings that have these huge base and tall scapes. The flowers are from 6 to 8 inches on these huge scapes some are 40 inches tall. I had this brain storm this week and have been breeding these very special seedlings to each other. One day using red pollen, then cream, then purple. Why didnt i do this from the first day of bloom season i dont know. But i have been hitting about 20 blooms a day. I try not set any seeds on our selected seedlings so they will increase better just use the pollen, right? Why just look a gift horse in the mouth. These will be some very special seeds for us here at Wooster Garden. I havent released any of these selected seedling because they are so crucial to our dip breeding program. Im going to run with it for a while longer. This is where it started, me loving those big dips. D4509 big 7 inches, huge scape, wide blunt sepals. 4 inch petals, 3 inch sepals. Its a Carribean Whipped Cream X UP4 lineage. Huge scapes, reblooms and flat. thats my kind of flower, dip or tet. This picture wa taken at 745 pm just before sundown. No shade, field grown and still looks good. Nicknamed Baby Jack, Jack would love this dip. Did i mention fertile both ways. This dip is D2512. Cross is LBB seedling X LBB. Lavender Blue Baby breeding. The slatey bluish eye just keeps getting bigger and the edge goes out further each bloom. I want to take this color eye to creams, thats my goal. It is fertile and a new baby that bloomed this summer first time. i want to know it is fertile before it goes in green house. 6 inch flower. I have shown this dip seedling before but the double edge just gets biggger and darker. D1412 is the number even though it bloomed last year first time. It is a 5 inch flower and scape is above folage and is fertile both ways. I have used quite a bit of this pollen and have set pods on this plant. It is from Texas Kal., so even though it has an eye but not a patterned eye the genetics are there for patterns on its kids. Thats why we try and keep up with parentage and use it to our advantage. I want big flowers like D4509 with fancy patterns, thats my goal. This tet seedling is T0812 from Pure Indulgence. This is the rebloom scape blooming in this picture. 2 flowers were open and i thought this was a good picture to use. I like tets too but not as much as dips. Even though the tets are supposed to be an improvement over dips i dont see it. Bud count is lower but the colors are more clear so i am trying to breed the tets for performance also. It is all about selection. if you go with a pretty face and 4 buds then you will have some fancy face kids with 4 buds. Try to use good pod parents with lots of buds and rebloom for you. If a pod parent is not what it was suppose to be then cull it or give it away. Way too many plants being introduced that have very little to offer. Are you having a good day? Have you given God his Praise today. I know i have so much to be Thankful For. Keep looking up. Jim Elliott

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Double Edge Dips

Good evening to all. The future has become reality here at Wooster Garden. Double edge dips are here and i have a sibling that has a bigger gold edge that my wife says not to show now. Mark Carpenter and Josh Jacques have seen it. This flower opened last summer for the first time and i could see the double edge then but i wanted it to have another year and see if the color changed any. It has as it has gotten darker and the lavender is now more grape color. It is fertile both ways as a dip. I wanted to be sure it would take dip pollen before i spoke too loud. Remember Idas Magic, it was one of the first tets with a gold edge and look where it has gone. So now i have a first(to my knowledge)double edge diploid. This is D4210 a selected dip that is lined out for future release. Big scape, lots of buds about 40 and great branching(laterals). This plant is in the shade house and when i saw 3 blooms open this morning i thought about the spacing on scapes so blooms can open fully. This plant has lots of buds and great substance. 6 inch plus flower about 36 inch scape, did i say green throat. This flower has lots of green for those looking to breed green daylilies. Woodland Radiance breeding. Woodland Radiance is an excellent parent for those wanting to breed dips. This seedling is T0812 a Pure Indulgence kid. if you like reds as much as we do i think you will like this red tet seedling. Great color and a water mark for the eye. 6 inch flower and one lateral. For sure if it makes it thru the summer then this fall a fan will go into the greenhouse for hybridizing next spring. The red is very vivid red and i think i can take it to purples and get the water mark. Another sibling from the same cross is vivid red with a white chaulky eye will be shown later. T0611 is a very nice 5 1/2 inch tet selected seedling. If you like big edges then you will love this baby. the cross is Open My Eyes X Gavin Petit. a much lighter base color than either parent or siblings. Color is a very soft lavender with a choclate eye and edge, at least to me thats what i see. Or more grape eye? T0611 will also go into the green house for hybridizing next spring. I dont know if it is possible to quit hybridizing in the seedling beds and shade house. I walk the beds and see something i like then there i go spreading pollen instead of going to work. Wouldnt it be great to work with your daylilies allday everyday!! Have a great week and remember Fathers Day is this Sunday. Take the family to Church and begin a foundation that you can build on for the rest of your life. Your children will thank you later. Lift Up, Raise Up and Stay Up is what God has for you. All you have to do is say Come In Father, and let him guide you thru life. Have a Great Day. Jim Elliott

Monday, June 11, 2012

Patterned Dips and Red

This is Tiger On The Mountain a diploid by Jack Carpenter. This is Jacks picture he sent me before he released Tiger. Whats not to like. If you like pattern dips this is your flower, it has a great big eye, lots of color in the eye, substance and reblooms every year. It is an early bloomer for me and i get to use the pollen when others begin to open so i dont miss many blooms to pollinate. My seedlings from Tiger havent bloomed this year but when they do i expect great things. Fertile both ways. WOW!! Pattern Maker by Jamie Gossard and dormant. The picture that is on the AHS data base is better than mine as theirs has more white breaks in the pattern. Last year it didnt bloom for me and this year it was trying to get the pattern going as it had 3 layers of color in the eye just like the tet patterns do. I sure wasnt going to use that but then after about 4 blooms the arrowheads appeared and i got excited then. I have been using it on all colors and saving pollen for next year. Tall scape and a 6 inch flower. Great job Jamie. Whats Not To Love! David and Alan by Bouman, beautiful red color and a dip. Someone sent this plant to me as a gift plant and dummy me put it in the tet side of shade house. Why would you send a diploid to someone who ordered tet plants They were trying to confuse an old man. Last fall i saw that it didnt set any pods so when we dug up the plants for dividing i did look up the data in a Eurecka and was surprised to see it was a dip. DUH! It really has a nice solid red color with no orange in it. But it is a later bloomer so you will be hybridizing it when others are done blooming. I have been useing my D2310(mop handles) pollen on it set lots of pods and am finishing up with Pattern Maker Pollen. Looking for a red bloom with a white pattern on it. Thanks to who sent me this. I hope this helps those that are breeding dips a little bit. I am open for questions if you need help breeding dips not that i am an expert but i have been there and had great mentors. It all starts with selection wether you are breeding dips or tets. Keep your eyes and ears open and set realistic goals. For me i like solid colors and great scapes. I am just learning about patterns but you must have patience breeding for them. When life gets you down, Look Up, God is waiting for you. Being Saved is your choice just like being Lost is free choice. He will open that door if you Open Your Heart to Him. He can change the worst of men, thank God he changed me. Jim Elliott

Friday, June 8, 2012

I Need More Tags

Good Morning, this is what i am greeted with every time i open the GH-Shadehouse door. This is the left side and the tet side of the shade house.We have over 800 tags hanging in there with both sides counted. Mark Carpenter told me i just like to work. I think the most pods i have on one scape is 9 seed pods. As for pollen parents i started using Violet Becomes You, then went to Big Red Wagon, then Scarlet Angel,Lady Margret Rose and finished with Lady Duck. I almost forgot about Janet and Bill in the middle. Of course i did use a few selected seedlings pollen. Early bloom and cool temperatures in May really helped set a lot of seed. No scary blooms were used just big blooms with nice scapes. Trying to get more performance in the tets and not just a pretty face. This second picture is a selected dip that i really like D4010 Woodland Radiance X Linda Agin. As you can see she is very fertile. I think every bloom will set a pod if i put the pollen on it. Big scape, 40 plus buds, scaped about 30 inches, lots of lateral branches. Her fault is she doesnt have long enough lateral branches so that blooms have lots of room to open flat. So i use flowers that have space between blooms and long laterals. I did use my red seedling (Mop Handles)quite a bit so as to keep a big scape and have red flowers. Also D4010 has really thick substance in the bloom. This mulberry eyed dip seedling D4412. Tall scape about 34 inches flower is a big 6 inches even at end of bloom cycle. Color is tough to describe, orangey peach base color with a redish purple eye. Big eye. Thats what i like and its pollen parent of Super Fancy Face will add the genetics for patterns as we breed later on down the line. The bud count is not as high as we like but i have lots of pod parents that can give the plant habit to the seedlings. Also the eye pattern is not round but squared off like SFF. This blue eyed dip seedling is D2512, whats not to like. I dont remember the cross but i know it is down from Lavender Blue Baby. Its hard to eliminate the mauve base color and keep the bluish eye color. I want to see it on creams and pinks and yellows. It may not be genetically possible for this range of color but i am trying. Seems this seedling has been blooming forever. Every day it seems to be open. That means lots of buds or lots of scapes. It seems it has several scapes and plants and is ready for division this fall as we dig up selected seedlings. As the temperatures climb here in central Arkansas they also bring on the bloom farther north even all the way up into Canada. The excitement we had a month ago is now reaching the northern states borders. So much to be thankful for in this great country we live in. Even in the bad times we still have it good. In the good times it is easy to Praise God for what he has done for us. But what about when things dont go like we want are we still Giving Thanks to God. In the Book of Job when Job was in the middle of a lot of crisis that the devil brought on him, Jobs wife said for Job to go ahead and curse God and die. But Job told her and his supposedly friends that we still need to Praise God even in the bad times not just for the good times. As we go through life if we will keep this thought in our hearts and minds God will Bless Us For It. I dont know who but God put this message on my mind for someone to hear cause someone out there is hurting today. Dont look down, Look Up and Praise God. Jim Elliott