Saturday, July 21, 2012

ReBloom Is Up To You

Yep i said it, now you can shut me out, not really. But Rebloom is up to the grower. A lot has to do with water and temperature. If you are on a watering system most of the summer and the temps cool down even 10 degrees for a week here come the scapes. I see it every summer. When we have lots of rain and temps not above mid 90s i can have bloom almost all summer. But we must be consistent with our water. If after peak bloom you dont water for a month and in July you decide to water some dont expect rebloom much. When plants are stressed out with the heat like we are having, yesterday was 108,dont expect much rebloom until they get some relief. You cant water enough to match what a good rain will do. If you are inconsistent with your watering during scapeup time you will have scapes exploding, water does that. So what differences does rebloom have. What changes do they show us.
This is H.Janet and Bill from Nichole Harry Devito, on her first scape. Color is more to the blue side and form is round with wide sepals on every bloom, bloom is very flat which is all the things i like in my flowers. Now we show the rebloom flower.
This second picture is the same plant H. Janet and Bill, but calmed down more. Color is more subtle and you can see pattern in eye better. I really like this picture better than the first. Now before you start saying root system is better on rebloom i planted this plant back in Sept so roots should be good to go. For some reason her rebloom is in reverse from normal. Usually colors are more intense, scape is taller and sometimes bud count and branching is better. But on Janet and Bills rebloom plant habit is normal like first scape and color is less vivid. If you save pollen, when a plant reblooms that is a great time to collect pollen. No getting in a rush to hybridize, just get the pollen. H. Janet and Bill was a top 3 pollen parent this year for me.
This third picture is Don Ellers, H.Lady Duck. Fantastic plant habit. Great scape, heavy substance on flowers and very consistent bloom size, as toward the end of bloom cycle flowers didnt get smaller like some. This was my most used tet pollen this year. Setting pods with pollen was very good. The best thing is she blooms a week after the early bloomers, so we can use fresh pollen right at the start of hybridizing. Frozen pollen is very good but when possible i will use fresh pollen. Did i mention big heavy scape above folage. Yep shes a keeper.
This last picture is a tet seedling we like T1210 out of Doyle Pierce. I love Doyle Pierce, but he blooms at the end of bloom season. Thats why i save pollen so i can use these later bloomers on the first flowers of the season. Remember it is cooler at the start of bloom season so pods are easier to get. I love the substance and ruffles of DP but his scape is shorter than i like so i breed him to bigger scapes. Now back to T1210, maybe ever more blue than DP but bloom is about 1/2 inch smaller but the pollen is very strong. I think every flower i took the pollen to made a seed pod. maybe my 5th most used pollen. H. Scarlet Angel of Ted Petit was solid colored flower. Fantastic red color and good gold edge. On 3rd scape i broke it off. 2 bloom scapes was enough for a single fan. Performance was very good and he blooms right at the start of bloom season. This pollen of SA was in the top 4 most used pollens. I used it on all colors but mostly reds and purples. I am reall looking forward to seeing the seedlings from Violet Becomes You X Scarlet Angel. Violet Becomes You i would recomend to everyone without hesitation. Tall scape, great branching and a big 6 inch clear purple with gold edge flower, just beautiful. Very pod fertile for one so pretty. Some beautiful flowers are like people they are so puffed up they think they are the only one in the whole green house and are snobby and wont accept any pollen so we have to use their pollen to get kids from them. Some wont set seed pods on first scape but on rebloom you can load them down with pods. Some wont set on rebloom so we need to be Patient. Jesus Christ is a patient father and we are his children, at least those that want to be. Tim Magraw has a song out thats says all that can be said about a Christian" I am better than i was , but not as good as im gonna be". Thats says a lot. We are a work in progress for what is to come. Have you ever thought about what is to come after death? Our Soul is going somewhere for Eternity, where is is in Heaven or Hell. When we are young we think we are bullet proof and never going to die but when we get older we learn to be more Patient with our family and other people. But what about yourself, who is Patient with You. Jesus Christ is a very Patient Father for those that have accepted him. I was troubled once about dieing but not anymore. I know i will be in Heaven with almighty Jesus himself for ever. Being a Christian is freewill, Jesus doesnt make us choose him, its all up to us whether we accept him or not. Are you troubled about something in your life? Does it keep you up worrying? We have a song at church,"Tell It To Jesus". You dont need to change anything in your life as Jesus will do it for you, When you look in that mirrow, who do you see? Wouldnt it be great to get up every single day and know Jesus is in charge of your life and nothing can hurt you anymore. Oh i get spanked once in a while but i needed it just like a father gives guidance to his children when they get out of line but we still love our father dont we. Will today be your day to open your heart and let Jesus Christ in so your heart will be washed clean with his blood. Thats why he died on the cross, to pay for our sins that we committed. Open your heart and ask Jesus to come in. Let him guide you thru this life till we all get to Heaven, what a day to look forward too!! The Bible says every time a person on this earth is Saved there is a celebration in Heaven, is today your day to be celebrated?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Inside The ShadeHouse

Good Morning, now is the time of year for us to collect our wages of labor from this beautiful flower we love so much. We have started collecting seed pods of the flower scapes. Usually it takes about 42 to 45 days for seed pods to mature and be collected. If you collect pods to soon the seeds will not germinate. Even though they are black and shiney they are immature and will not germinate, so wait for the pod to crack open slightly. We are showing inside the greenhouse that is now a shade house.
This is Nichole Harry Devito introduction named H. Janet and Bill. 6 inch flower and lots of buds. This flower is on a rebloom scape. The first bloom scape has 5 seed pods on it. A lot of times daylilies wont rebloom if seed pods are on the first scape. A plants main objective in its life span is to reproduce by seeds produced. So when seeds are present it thinks its job is over for the year. Rebloom is good for collecting pollen for next year, since the hybridizing has been done there are no distractions for collecting pollen.
This is a closer look of seed pods on some scapes. I think these seed pods are on the plant H.Open My Eyes. It is fairly fertile and sets good on cool days. I think the most pods i have on one scape is 9 pods.
This pod is a little past ready to pick. It is outside and when they crack open in the sun the pods start opening further than we want and we may have seed spill out onto the ground and when that happens they are very hard to find.
This seed pod is just right. the pod is starting to wither and not so green and when you gently squeeze the pod it is semi soft and you can feel it move. I then take the pod and put into a seed cup along with the cross tag and take them into the house. Never open seed pods outside especially while walking around, they will jump out of your hands and lose seeds. I use bathroom 3 oz. cups to collect my seed pods.
Here is how we dry our seeds before putting them in the refrigerator for 3 weeks or even the whole winter sometimes. They think that they{seeds} have been thru the winter and will germinate once planted in about a week. We open the pods, place each cross in its own cup with both parents printed on side of cup. like this. D2407 X Tiger on the Mountain. After seeds have set on table for 3 days then we put them into smal {2inch X 2 inch} ziploc baggs with cross written on each bag. Then they go into fridge for a 3 week or longer before planting. I hope this helps you with seed pods. We started this blog about the wages of our labor with daylilies but what about the wages we owe Jesus Christ. Now dont cut me off just yet. just as we have a plan on breeding daylilies, Jesus has a plan for you. The Bible says the wages of Sin is Death.Not dieing but death of your soul, meaning you are Lost, not to say you cant be found all you have to do is let Jesus into your heart and not close it up waiting for another day. Jesus said he is the Vine and we are the branch. We are to bear fruit. That means we are to share the Gospel to others. Prayer works. The other day i was at the dentist office and the dentist was about 40 yrs old. I had 3 teeth to be pulled and while we waited for gums to get numb we had a chat about the economy. I told him about i wasnt worried cause i had faith in the lord to keep me working. I also told him i thought the way this world was in shambles that the Rapture would come soon. He looked at his nurse and asked, Whats the Rapture? She jumped in and told him that was the second comming of Jesus Christ. Thats when Jesus will take all saved people off this earth in the blink of an eye. He was open to listening and we told him about Jesus. We planted the seed of being saved, maybe this seed will take root and he will open his heart to Jesus and bear more fruit. After getting out of the chair she and i talked and she has been trying to tell him about Jesus for 6 months and he just turned her away. She prayed for god to soften his heart and god did just that and sent me as conformation of the power of Prayer. Why wait till things are tough before you ever pray for Gods Help. Just bow your head, close your eyes and let god take over your life. Praise him for your healthy children and loving neighbor. Why not start your relationship with God Almighty today. Recieve his blessings from this old world, are you looking for a better life let him help. Today is a good time to start. Just say Thank You Father and feel his magic enter your heart. Amen

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