Monday, June 13, 2011


First 2011 Stippled Daylily

 First stippled daylily of 2011 is Royal Speckles, a 2006 Kelly Mitchell Tet, 26EMRe6 registered with 4 branches, 25 buds.  Just got it this spring, from Kelly herself, who is further North than here in Pittsburgh.  So why is an EM blooming so early?  Only 3 other tets blooming today, but they're getting dabbed with this.
 My first non-yellow / non-orange was Burgundy Twister, registered as an extra early 36EERe9.75 by Pat Stamile 2003.  Tet, blooming again today, so it gets Royally Speckled.
 This is a seedling that was blooming in Philly yesterday, so I brought it back for further evaluation.  When I find my seedling database, I'll probably discover it's a self-pollinated carbon copy of its pod parent, which happens a lot to me.  In Philadelphia the mornings are so humid I didn't have viable dry pollen until midmorning.  Last year (my 2nd year of pollen dabbing) I started saving dry pollen for the next morning, but I haven't started putting chastity belts on my girls (yet), as I've heard some do.
 Also new this year, Princess of Wales, gets pollinated today too.
 And my final pollen repository for today, Long Stocking.  If I had any more tets blooming today, I probably wouldn't try to speckle this, but it 's registered at 46" tall (shorter here in the north).
 Dip blooming first time today, Coral Taco (Ned roberts 04) 30MRe10 with a 7.50 spider ratio.  Again, why is a Midseason daylily blooming mid-June?  It's new last fall, but I got it from Mary Ann Pruden in PA.
 Mike Huben's Early and Often is doing its thing.  Dip 26ERe4. 
Finally, Stella's Sparky has been blooming since Saturday.  Chrichton 99, Dip 20ERe3.75 


Wednesday, June 08, 2011


First Full Open Daylilies 2011

 June 5 was actually second open for Black Eyed Stella in Philadelphia- I wasn't there for the first.  I didn't move this because I have no use for it in hybridizing, and every clump moved has a real cost in time and other resources to move and re-establish.  So the next owner of the Philly house gets this one.  Stella was blooming elsewhere in the neighborhood, but I gave away all mine and my Happy Returns long ago.
 First Pittsburgh bloomer was Earlybird Orangeade (Megan Skinner 2006) and second will be her Earlybird Sunshine, a yellow registered in 2001.  I believe both descend from an oldie Esperanza.  Megan and Ron hybridize on a small city lot in Allentown, PA, so they sell through Manatawny Creek near Olney, PA
Finally got the main hosta bed mulched. This is from the screened porch.  Now I have to weed and mulch 700 daylilies.  This weekend I'll be redistributing (evening out) the 300 remaining daylilies in Philly and mulching those beds.  Mucho mulching: my brain is turning to mulch.


Wednesday, June 01, 2011


Still Moving Hostas to Pittsburgh

 Almost the final load of hostas being moved from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh- next weekend will be the final check of Philly inventory; still debating whether Krossa Regal and a couple others are worth moving.
 The "lowlands" hosta bed at Pittsburgh is in prime deer path, so it's completely covered with chicken wire.  Not pretty but absolutely necessary until the Philly house sells and we can afford a full-lot deer fence in Pittsburgh.
 The "back porch" garden is protected by the daylily garden's temporary deer fence- Melanie hates the temp fence's look, but I hate the look of deer-devoured plants more.
 The hostas dug Memorial Day are going here, in the third temp-fence protected area under Spruce trees I "limbed up." 
 Overview of the daylily garden at Pittsburgh- almost 700 clumps crammed around the pool, still not mulched.  But I bought another roll of weed fabric today, and hope to get it and mulch down in the next week or so.  Yesterday was over 90 degrees, so the weeds are growing like weeds.


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