Selected 1999 Daylily Seedlings

Mike Huben
Written 12/27/99, Updated 8/7/2000

1999 was a breakthrough season, but none of these seedlings is yet registered for the simple reason that when breeding for behavior, the behavior must be observed for more than one season. The traits watched will be earliness of bloom, reliability of rebloom, and rapidity of increase. All of these seedlings are dormant diploids.

Four seedlings were rebloom breakthroughs, two were color breakthroughs, and one was selected on general merits. (One of the four rebloomers is also counted as a color breakthrough.) These are all second year seedlings, all dormant, all from short crosses, and all highly fertile.

The first four have been preregistered. I anticipate beginning guest trials in Fall '00. A limited supply of pollen is available for winter mailing.

All descriptions lie below their pictures. The code number and basic statistics are followed by the parents and then the grandparents.

MH9761A image
Early And Often (Huben preregistered) 26 E 4, Peach Polychrome, Dor Dip
Seedling MH9761A = Sunny Honey * Sobek 94.12
(Stella De Oro * Brocaded Gown) * (Three Seasons * Tuscawilla Tranquility)

The most exciting seedling I evaluated in '99. It combined breaks in rebloom and color. All three blooming fans rebloomed, and the largest sent up a second rebloom scape. The color is a cool, pale peach that stood out from the predominantly yellow seedlings in the bed. The first bloom opened a mere week after STELLA DE ORO, and the three sets of scapes were staggered by a month each. Budcount is about 15, but with rebloom it was blooming almost continuously over roughly a 10 week period. My most heavily used seedling in 1999 and 2000. Increase and rebloom have been unexcelled in 2000: nothing has ever behaved like this in my garden, especially not after lining out! Seven weeks of nonstop bloom so far in 2000 with at least two more to go, exceeding by far the performance of STELLA DE ORO in my garden. This acts like a peach colored STELLA DE ORO: in my garden they are the same height. The name also refers to a campaign slogan of Boston's reknowned criminal Mayor Curley, who served part of his fourth term of office in jail in the 40's. "Vote early and often/For Mayor Curley of Boston."

MH9734C image
Twist Again (Huben preregistered) 28 E Re 5, YellowGreen Self, Dor Dip
Seedling MH9734C = Cool Spice * Spring Frolic
(White Formal * seedling) * (Happy Returns * Brocaded Gown)

Who would have thought that tailored, star-like COOL SPICE would throw a graceful, ruffled unusual form like this? This cool, pale yellowgreen twisting crispate bloomed its first year from seed. The second year, all three blooming-size fans rebloomed during the late season. The color in the afternoon is truly remarkable: the center appears as a green bullseye when viewed from a distance. MH9734 was a fun cross, made outside of rebloom breeding goals. How serendipitous that it rebloomed! Even stranger, Bob Sobek made the identical cross independently, and his results will be blooming in 2000. Small fans, wiry erect scapes, and 20 buds, blooming a week before MARY TODD. I've already crossed MH9734C with one sib, and may use it extensively in the future. In 2000, it has rebloomed on all blooming size fans once again in the late season, providing uninterrupted bloom from the early season. A good rate of increase in my garden.

MH9755B image
Flowers Of Sulphur (Huben preregistered) 20 E Re 4.25, Yellow Self, Dor Dip Vfr Ext
Seedling MH9755B = MH9501E * Spring Frolic
(Monica Marie * Stella De Oro) * (Happy Returns * Brocaded Gown)

This sulfur yellow flower is pleasingly round, bloomed on five fans in the early season, then again on all five fans in midseason. The color is remarkably even and pure until the small, deep green throat. The bloom is very consistent, and far preferable to STELLA DE ORO in terms of flatness, size, roundness, diamond dusting, sun resistance, ruffling, and color. Scapes have one branch and 9 buds, and the petals and sepals measure 2 and 1.1 inches. My favorite face among my reblooming seedlings. I used MH9755B heavily in my breeding in 1999, and remade this as a long cross. It has rebloomed well in 2000 also. Clearly rhyzomatious: all new fans emerge about four inches from the parent fans, which is very distinctive in such a small-fanned plant. A high rate of increase in my garden.

MH9779I image
Delicate Lace (Huben preregistered) 18 E Re 4, Cream Self, Dor Dip Fra Ext
Seedling MH9779I = MH9501B * Spring Frolic
(Monica Marie * Stella De Oro) * (Happy Returns * Brocaded Gown)

This flower was very exciting its first year, when it bloomed in 8 months from seed and then rebloomed twice. However, of the four fans that bloomed in '99, only one threw a weak rebloom scape, so I haven't selected MH9779I for rebloom. No significant rebloom in 2000 either. This one is special for vigor, quick bloom from seed, short scape height, and an unusually endearing flower. The bloom has a delicate, lacy appearance, heavily diamond dusted, with fine ruffles, pale yellow veining, translucency, sun resistance, and an unobtrusive yellow throat. The foliage is well proportioned to the scapes. The only faults are a slight shoehorn effect on the lower petal in cool weather and foliage that has been damaged by spider mites in 2000. Petals are 1.5 inches, sepals 1 inch, 8 buds, 2 branches. I used this one a great deal in 1999 and 2000, and remade this as a long cross. A high rate of increase in my garden. Seedlings are very quick to bloom.

MH9771A image
MH9771A (Huben not registered) 28 EM Re 4.5, Yellow Self, Dor Dip
Sunny Honey * Numbers Game
(Stella De Oro * Brocaded Gown) * (White Formal * Stella De Oro)

The pinched and curled crispata form of this seedling was a pleasant surprise, but the three sets of scapes a month apart was the big win. MH9771A bloomed the first year from seed, has a great deal of diamond dusting, and particularly good foliage. 18 buds. I used MH9771A heavily in 1999: it seemed as if there were always blossoms open and waiting. In 2000, this seedling went to grass and has not bloomed very much.

MH9760F image
MH9760F (Huben not registered) 18 E 3.5, Cream Polychrome, Dor Dip Noc Ext
Sunny Honey * Sagamore Bob Pelletier
(Stella De Oro * Brocaded Gown) * (Stella De Oro * Gentle Shepherd)

This face captured my heart. While MH9760F shows no evidence of rebloom yet, it was my best color break, described as a porcelain cream polychrome. The bright orange pollen makes a brilliant contrast with the small green throat and the pale cream petals, much more dramatic than the picture shows. It begins only a week after STELLA DE ORO, and has a budcount of 13. It demonstrates that it's possible to breed out most of the yellow, orange, and melon from SDO in just two generations. I put pollen from this onto MH9761A, and remade this as a long cross. In 2000, flower appearance was less reliably attractive. Increase has been ordinary, ie. slow.

BP9703A image
BP9703A (from a Bill Potter seed) 24 M 3.75, Red Bicolor, Dor Dip
reblooming seedling * Brookwood Pink Pinwheel

By far the gaudiest flower in my seedling beds! BP9703A was raised from seed from Bill Potter's rebloom program. It's hard to get the colors right from the image, but this is a very close look-alike to photos of BANNED IN BOSTON. It's a cherry red with a wide pink edge, cream sepals, and 8 buds on its maiden scape. It bore only one scape this year, but the face was dramatic enough to demand inclusion here. In 2000, three fans bore scapes.

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