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Barrie is located 90 kilometers north of Toronto, Canada and we are in zone 5. You can see from my winter garden shots that the area is in a snow belt that blows in off Georgian Bay. The one saving grace is the normal 4 feet of snow cover for the daylilies.

POSSIBLE FUTURE INTRODUCTIONS:

Starting in 2017 I had decided to select a few of my favourite seedlings, divide them out and evaluate their future plant performance in regards to recovery growth time, bud count, branching, flower distinction, pattern consistency and visitor comments aiming for future introductions. 

 

This past season I eliminated 5 from my selects and added 1 selected seedling as a possible future introduction.

FUTURES

2019 Select Seedling Garden Name: "Sunshine Canvas"
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2019 Select Seedling Garden Name Spiketail Dragon
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2019 Select Seedling Garden Name: "Sunshine Canvas"
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CF 17-124-5 Garden Name: "Ambitious Strike"
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CF 17-263-7 Garden Name: "True to Form"
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2021 SELECTIONS

CF 17-122-2 Garden Name Accelerate the Process
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CF 12-122-1 Garden Name Break Dance
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CF 19-172-10 Garden Name Art Maker
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CF 18-436-1 Garden Name Beginners Luck
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CF 19-170-1 Garden Name Bravazo
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Sometimes we go overboard with our hybridizing goals and that appears to me what I have been doing for the past couple of years. In 2015 I started on my quest for bigger and more consistent patterns and to date I have grown approximately 100 patterned seedlings. This does not take into account my patterned crosses in beds yet to flower and this year’s crosses yet to be germinated. Total numbers could exceed half my seedlings. Growing all these patterned seedlings comes with a price! Both my “red and big edge goals have suffered.”

 

I do like the harsh, dirty colours and the soft pastels on the patterns, but too many have the persistent chevrons on the petals and sometimes the sepals. The trick now for the small hybridizer is to get both thoughtful and lucky and scramble up the chevrons and make a new, exciting “break-through pattern.”

 

Purchasing new introductions, buying on the seed auction and visiting friends for pollen are some of the options to change-up your gene pool.  However, I believe the odds are in favour of those hybridizers producing volumes. I’d like to be young enough to grow 7,500 seedlings a year alas my number has probably dwindled to 450.

For the past 13 summers I have been selling off my unwanted seedlings to friends and locals and donating half the proceeds to Gilda's Club Cancer Centre here in Barrie. As I walk through the neighbourhood I see many good-looking daylilies some perhaps I should have kept for more observation. All my seedlings are exclusively Tetraploids and if you reside in Canada I do ship purchased seedlings in the fall.

Comments and questions are welcome

John Clarke
Barrie, Ontario,
Canada L4N 4V2

Email John at:
 


jjclarke@rogers.com

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