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DIPLOID DAYLILIES.  (Information aimed at those new to Hemerocallis)   "Diploid" daylilies have a single pair of 22 chromosomes, like most of the species of Hemerocallis.  They cross readily with other diploid daylilies, and changes in offspring are quickly noticed.  In a complex process, as for example under the influence of colchicine, a toxic drug derived from the autumn crocus, the chromosomes can be made to double in number, to give "tetraploids". These have larger plant cells, and usually larger foliage and thicker scapes.  This hybridizer has not attempted to "convert" diploids with colchicine, but greatly respects those who have succeeded with the technique.  Anyone who views any of our diploids as potential material for conversion is welcome to approach us for availability of extra plants.

     Over the next few years, we will be introducing numerous diploid cultivars, that have arisen in our various breeding programs.  We are particularly proud of our yellows, golds, pinks, whites and eyed cultivars among the diploids.  These come in an enormous range of color and shade. (Pinks are under-represented this year in our offerings, but that will soon change!)

Richmond Daylilies is pleased to offer into commerce for the first time the following 16 diploid daylilies.  They are offered to those who wish to grow hardy daylilies.  Our hybridization protocol requires seedlings to overwinter one or more seasons in pots, without protection or heeling into the ground, before being lined out in the field.  Here in Zone 7, that means surviving overnight temperatures which can dip to around 15 F some nights for  most winters, and occasionally some years have gotten colder than that.  Most of our output is either dormant or hardy semievergreen.  The plants that turn into "Evergreen Mush" over the winter tend not to increase well here, and to the extent that any must be introduced, such will be explicitly recommended for growth in the South.

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AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING we feel is appropriately named.  It was my first seedling to bloom to tell me that I cuuld hybridize flowers.  I have had a lot of encouragement since.  Of course, to find a good seedling among the newbies, it helps to have a large number to chose from.  Thousands of seeds per year are involved.
















AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING (Paine, 2010)


Overview of the Diploid Daylilies we are offering for Spring 2011 Delivery:


AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING                              Price:  $40.00

DANCING CASCADE                                      Price:  $40.00

EARLY EFFORT                                             Price:  $40.00

EYE ON LUCKS LANE                                    Price:  $100.00

EYE ON TRILITHON                                       Price:  $100.00

GOLD BLUSH                                                Price:  $65.00

GOLD IN THEM THAR HILLS                         Price:  $75.00

GOLD INGOT                                                Price:  $60.00

GOLDEN CURVATURE                                  Price:  $60.00

MAROON TWISTER                                      Price:  $75.00

PEARLY VISION                                           Price:  $60.00

PINKOS EVERYWHERE                                Price:  $60.00

PURPLE PEOPLE                                         Price:  $60.00

PURPLED TOGA                                          Price:  $60.00

SWIRLER                                                      Price:  $100.00

WHITE CANDELABRA                                   Price:  $50.00

 

































In the descriptions below, plant sizes are given as BLOOM DIAMETER X PETAL WIDTH X SCAPE HEIGHT, all in inches, and all as grown here in Richmond. Results elsewhere might vary.

AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING

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This is much how AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING looked, the first time it ever bloomed.



AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING

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AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING                              Price: $40.00 Dormant Diploid, Midseason,  5 ¼ X 2 5/8 X 23 inches.  Top-branched, adequate substance, fragrant. Formerly Seedling:  DR 92-1;  Parentage: TIMELESS FIRE (Guidry) X BECKY LYNN (Guidry)

This was my first presentable seedling to come out of my earliest pollenation efforts, first blooming three years after the cross was made. (We northern growers have to be patient.)  The cross itself was made in the month of August, at a time when the season is essentially over in Virginia.  The two parents were newly arrived and presumably reblooming on their Louisiana-grown roots, having both come directly from their hybridizer, Lucille Guidry.  Whether she herself ever made the same cross, we cannot tell, since she never included genealogical information with her registrations.
It is very probable that the cross between a pink and a red was made because these were the only two blooms open on the day in question.  Two introductions came from this cross, and a third arose from the reciprocal cross that was made several years later.
This occasionally blooms two buds side-by-side on the same scape, and indeed, that is how it looked the first time it ever bloomed.  Undoubtedly the sight made me redouble my efforts, and that year I created the most seed I ever achieved, nearly 23,000.

AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING                              Price:  $40.00




DANCING CASCADE

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DANCING CASCADE  (Paine, 2010)    Dormant Diploid, Midseason. 8 X 1 5/8 X 37 inches. Formerly Seedling   DSy 96-32  [91DS-8 #1],  Parentage: GREEN WIDOW (Temple) X JERSEY SPIDER (Grovatt)

This variant near-spider arose from the cross of a Southern Evergreen with a Northern Dormant, and produced multiple presentable seedlings in each foliar habit.  This is one of the dormants.  The 8-inch bloom size is as large as it gets, but many of its blooms will be smaller.  Not recommended for zones warmer than 7, or anywhere rust will over-winter.  We are fortunate that rust does not overwinter here.  We saw rust once, in 2004, but it never came back. We do not spray for rust.

DANCING CASCADE                                      Price:  $40.00





EARLY EFFORT

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EARLY EFFORT (Paine, 2010)   Semievergreen Diploid, Midseason Bloom. 5.5 X 2 7/8 X 25 inches, Excellent substance, Fragrant.  Formerly Seedling:   DY 92-3  [ALEC ALLEN 890913-10],  Parentage: ALEC ALLEN (Kate Carpenter) X uncertain, but probably by SWEET CREAM (Inez Tarrant).  This has much of the appearance of ALEC ALLEN, but with much heavier substance.   
Recommended for Zone 7 and points south.

EARLY EFFORT                                             Price:  $40.00




EYE ON LUCKS LANE

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EYE ON LUCKS LANE (Paine, 2010)   Dormant Diploid, Midseason, 4 ¾ X 2 ½ X 25 inches.  Nicely branched, great substance and fragrant.  Very photogenic. Formerly Seedling   DEp 97-21 [94DP-77 #5],  Parentage:  TODAY’S CHARM (Van Sellers) X Paine Seedling 91DP-21 sibling [= TRADE LAST (Sarah Sikes) X CHANTELLE (Bryant Millikan)].   Long stringy roots with bulbous widening. Easily divided.  Fertile both ways.   A picture of this was featured in the Spring 2010 number of Fanfare, along with other output of hybridiizers who had never previously registered anything.
     Lucks Lane in Midlothian, Virginia is the site of our growing fields.  Daylily people are advised to keep an eye on Lucks Lane.  This is a very photogenic cultivar.

EYE ON LUCKS LANE                                    Price:  $100.00

If you look closely, you will notice a violet leaf in the picture.  Violets are a lovely weed on their own, but you do not want them to sidle up too close to a daylily.  They can do some serious crowding out of your loved ones!


EYE ON TRILITHON

EYE ON TRILITHON (Paine, 2010)   Dormant Diploid, Early Mideseason.  4 X 2 X 31 inches.  Well-branched, good substance, Fragrant, Very fertile both ways.  Formerly Seedling:  DP/DE 95-160  [92DP-43 #8], Parentage. SILOAM URY WINNIFORD (Pauline Henry) X CHARLIE PIERCE MEMORIAL (Charles Pierce).  Extremely photogenic; I had a lot of nice pictures to chose from. This was one of my first good crosses among the eyed diploids. A wide range of presentable tall well-branched scapes with pleasing eyepatterns resulted.
     "Trilithon" is in reference to the road this hybridizer lives on, in the Salisbury subdivision of Midlothian, in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  It was a conceit of the developers of Salisbury to name all of the roads in the subdivision for streets in Salisbury, England.  Other than its Cathedral, Salisbury is most noted for nearby Stonehenge, of which a trilithon happens to be a component.  Better understood if written Tri-Lithon, the word means 'Three Rocks" in ancient Greek, and it consists of two vertical boulders and a cross-piece, to create a crude neolithic arch.  A further irony is that the name is highly appropriate for a daylily person who also happens to be a fanatical mineral collector.  However, the collection consists of rather more than three rocks...  Daylily people definitely need to keep an eye on Trilithon.

EYE ON TRILITHON                                       Price:  $100.00





GOLD BLUSH

This is GOLD BLUSH in its gold colored mode.



GOLD BLUSH, caught in the middle of a blush.

GOLD BLUSH (Paine, 2010)   Hardy Evergreen Diploid. Midseason bloom.  5 X 2 5/8 X 25 inches. Good substance, Fragrant.  Formerly Seedling:  DG 93-1,  Parentage: TIMELESS FIRE X BECKY LYNN, a full sibling of AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING.  Originally bloomed a pure gold, then developed a tendency to produce a blush red overlay, hence the name.  This coloration may vary during the season.  Images are provided of both of its looks.

GOLD BLUSH                                                Price:  $65.00






GOLD IN THEM THAR HILLS

GOLD IN THEM THAR HILLS (Paine, 2010)   Dormant Diploid, Midseason to Late Midseason Bloom. 5 ½ X 2 ½ X 31 inches.  Top-branched, Leathery Substance, Fragrant.   Formerly Seedling:   DG/DO 97-23  (92DO-10 #36); Parentage:  GOLDEN FIREFLY (Bryant Millikan) X ORANGE VELVET (Enman Joiner).   Ultra vigorous clumps.  A picture of this was featured in the Spring 2010 number of Fanfare, along with other output of hybridiizers who had never previously registered anything.  The name does have some mineralogical connotation.

GOLD IN THEM THAR HILLS                         Price:  $75.00






GOLD INGOT

GOLD INGOT  (Paine, 2010)   Dormant Diploid, Late Midseason Bloom. 6 X 25 inches  [Now that it has gotten re-established after line-out, I will be able to add more information after the next bloom season.]    Formerly Seedling:   DG 95-44 [92DO-12 #3], :   Parentage: HOUSE OF ORANGE (Judith Weston) X ORANGE VELVET (Enman Joiner).  Another fine offspring of ORANGE VELVET.

This is a picture that was taken while  GOLD INGOT was growing in full clump strength, before being lined out further for sale.  The weed leaf seems to be of horse nettle, a particularly difficult thing to eradicate, and for which leather gloves are recommended.  Horse nettle is absent in its new location!

GOLD INGOT                                                Price:  $60.00






GOLDEN CURVATURE

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GOLDEN CURVATURE (Paine, 2010)   Dormant Diploid, Early Midseason Bloom.  5 X 2 ½ X 28 inches.  Good to Excellent Substance, some Fragrance.  Formerly Seedling:   DO 95-5  [91DY-4 #5],   Parentage:  GOLDEN FIREFLY (Bryant Millikan) X TANGERINE TWILIGHT (Jack Carpenter)   Some people breed for edges.  This one develops a pleasing edge as the day progresses by partial bleaching in the sun.  Some may not like bleaching in bloom, but I think that in cases such as this one, the effect is quite attractive.

As for the picture, I can see that I stuck my foot in it!  In high bloom season, I hike the growing ground in knee-high rubber boots.  This is in a vain hope that the copperheads will ignore me.  Or at least bite elsewhere.

GOLDEN CURVATURE                                  Price:  $60.00






MAROON TWISTER

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MAROON TWISTER in all its glory, However, the true color is a brownish purple, not a brick red.



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MAROON TWISTER is tall and late, blooming above fans that are very large.



MAROON TWISTER (Paine, 2010)   Dormant Diploid variant, Late Midseason to Late bloom. 6 ¼ X 2 X 55 inches, good top branching, Adequate substance, holds in the sun.  Formerly Seedling:   DS 92-7, Parentage:  WUTHERING HEIGHTS (John Lambert) X ORCHID CORSAGE (Stanley Saxton).  This makes huge vigorous fans and clumps.  The digital camera does not convey the color well. The true color is a brownish purple, not a brick red as the images would suggest.  I wanted to name it CHOCOLATE CHARMER, but that turned out to be a name for a product by Cadbury, and I decided to avoid any possible hassle by not using that name.  MAROON TWISTER was a name I had tentatively given it previously. This one came out of my first year’s efforts, and for a long time its parentage remained unknown, until some long-lost paperwork resurfaced.  This one is tall and late, with tall foliage to go with the tall scapes.    Fertile both ways, and a good parent.  

MAROON TWISTER                                      Price:  $75.00

Several weeks ago, when observing these wake up from dormancy, the fans seemed tiny.  A few weeks later, they looked like they were about to take over the world!



PEARLY VISION

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PEARLY VISION  (Paine, 2010)   Dormant Diploid, Midseason bloom. 5 ¼ X 2 1/8 X 33 inches. Good branching, good substance, fragrant.  Formerly Seedling: DP/DW 95-169  [92DP-91 #11],    Parentage:  Lee Gates Seedling CR OR 487-87 X CHARLIE PIERCE MEMORIAL.  Easily fertile both ways.   The seedling parent was met with on a visit to Lee Gates garden in Prairieville, Louisiana, and since he did not wish to introduce it, the entire clump was available for purchase.  This proved to be a hardy dormant (surviving around here in pots), and a good parent.  Somehow, the eye-pattern of C.P.M. got lost in this cross.

PEARLY VISION                                           Price:  $60.00






PINKOS EVERYWHERE

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A line of PINKOS EVERYWHERE can be quite colorful.

PINKOS EVERYWHERE  (Paine, 2010)   Dormant Diploid, Midseason Blooming.  Top-branched, adequate substance and Fragrant. 5 ¼ X 2 X 26 inches.  Formerly Seedling:   DR/DP 99-90 (95DR-68 #1), Parentage:  BECKY LYNN (Lucille Guidry) X TIMELESS FIRE (Lucille Guidry).  Vigorous clumps.   From the reciprocal of the cross that produced AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING and GOLD BLUSH, but made several years later, under more normal circumstances. This increases well.

PINKOS EVERYWHERE                                Price:  $60.00




PURPLE PEOPLE

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PURPLE PEOPLE, an image showing form and pattern.



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PURPLE PEOPLE, in an image much closer to the true color.



PURPLE PEOPLE (Paine, 2010)    Dormant Diploid, Midseason blooming. 5 X 2 ¼ X 21 inches.  Great substance, Fragrant.  Formerly Seedling:   DV 99-66  [94DR-23 #2],  Parentage:  ROYAL EBONY (Jack Carpenter) X AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING (Paine).  Easily fertile both ways.  
     It is interesting that often when a red is crossed with a purple, decent purples result.  Here is one of them.  Unfortunately, my digital photography does not do justice to purples or bluish-reds: this is a true purple, not a "black red"..

PURPLE PEOPLE                                         Price:  $60.00





PURPLED TOGA

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PURPLED TOGA, showing form and pattern.  However the color is a true purple.



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PURPLED TOGA, getting closer to its true color.


PURPLED TOGA  (Paine, 2010)   Dormant Diploid, Midseason blooming (starts several days ahead of PURPLE PEOPLE), 4 ¾ X 2 3/8 X 26 inches.  Good substance. Fragrant. Formerly Seedling:   DV 99-58  [94DR-19 #6 of 6],  Parentage:  PURPLE RAIN DANCE  (Ed Brown) X AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING (Paine).  Easily fertile both ways. Another purple resulting from a purple-red cross.  A bit lighter in color and with more prominent veining, than PURPLE PEOPLE.  
Again, my digital photography cannot do justice to the coloration.

PURPLED TOGA                                          Price:  $60.00





SWIRLER

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SWIRLER, front and center and in your face.



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SWIRLER, from a rather more stylish angle.



SWIRLER  (Paine, 2010)   Dormant Diploid Variant, Midseason Blooming.  6 ½ X 1 ¾ X 40 inches. Well branched, Fragrant.   Formerly Seedling:   DS 94-52  [91DS-1], Parentage:  LADY NEVA (Alexander-Moody) X COBURG FRIGHT WIG (Brockington).  Pollen fertile, but I have not had much luck setting pods; its difficulty in setting pods resembles its pod parent.
     It is amazing that any one-word daylily names are still available, let alone the name “SWIRLER”.  I was delighted to grab it for this.  SWIRLER resulted from a bit of persistence.  LADY NEVA reputedly was pod difficult if not pod sterile, but I did not know this when I started to use it.  As each of its buds bloomed up the scape in ascending order, each was pollenated and each failed to set a pod.  Except for the very last bud at the top of the scape.  That set a pod with COBURG FRIGHT WIG, the appropriate pollen in play on that day.  Out of the five seeds in the pod, came this Introduction.  


SWIRLER                                                      Price:  $100.00





WHITE CANDELABRA


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WHITE CANDELABRA  (Paine, 2010)   Dormant Diploid. Midseason. 4 X 1 7/8 X 29  inches. Some branching, with adequate substance.  Formerly Seedling: DW 93-3 [91DW-19],   Parentage: PRIDE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Patrick Stamile) X TRUE GERTRUDE DEMAREST (Elsie Spalding)..
   TRUE GERTRUDE DEMAREST was a lovely thing, but an especially tender evergreen, and it no longer grows here.  However it was used heavily.  Most of its offspring did not survive my winters in pots, however, this is one that did.  By crossing southern tenders with great form, with northern harides, one aims to improve the form of the northern harides.


WHITE CANDELABRA                                   Price:  $50.00