Things are going great… and I am loving the nice heavy rain we have been getting lately. As it seems, so have my daylilies. PIANO MAN X STRAWBERRY CANDY is doing great. I have removed the green house to keep the plant from burning. It has been off of the plant for atleast three weeks, and I have seen tons of growth on Plant “A”, but Plant “B” doesn’t seem sick, but is just not growing as fast. I am happy with the growth I have seen on the first plant, though. The fan is atleast three inches tall. Sound small to you? It is. It is alot taller than it was a few weeks ago; that is a good thing for me!

The next plant I must talk of  Red Volunteer.  It has the most wonderful fans I have ever seen. They are so green and tall I can’t wait for it to bloom.

Luke Van de Vate

Asorted Daylilies

March 13th, 2009

March 13th, 2009

Leprechaun Eyes

Leprechaun Eyes

March 13th, 2009

Purple Portrait

Purple Potrait

                                                

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I went out to my garden this after noon and all I could say was, “WOW!” The two seedlings were the same size when I put the miniture green house over one of them. The one with the green house presently on it is around 3 to 4x bigger than the size of the other seedling! The only two other possibilities I can think of is, one, The seedling in the green house is genetically taller and a faster grower than the other. The second reason I can think of is that the green house is shading the one seedling… that I doubt. Maybe the “Strawberry Candy”’s height has dominated in this seedling and not the other.  I will be watching this seedling the most. Its name is currently- LV-002A. For a first time hybridizer  have found focusing on one or two single plants is the best. In this case, slow and steady is not going to win the race. If it does not sprout the first year or look like it will bloom the next, to the trash it will go. I have to save space in my garden. I hope to introduce one of my seedlings by the end of 2009 or early summer of 2010. 2010 would be a cool year to say I introduced my first daylily. 

From a Daylily Grower With Spring Fever…

                                                                                           Luke Van de Vate

Around March 6, 2009, I saw my very first seedlings sprout.  The daylily seedling “PIANO MAN X STRAWBERRY CANDY” has put up two fans. These are the first seedlings I have ever grown, and I am excited that they made it through the winter. I have created a make shift green house out of a box made with K’nex (a toy building material) and Plastic wrap. I left holes on the roof to alow rain water to reach the ground. As far as I can see, the air inside the “green house” I made is considerable warmer than the air outside(I have not used a true thermometer). I am waiting now for my second seedling “HAPPY RETURNS X IDDY BIDDY GAL” to sprout. If it doesn’t I will still be thrilled with my  first seedling sucess. The worst part now will be waiting for a bloom! I do hope it happens this year!

Luke Van de Vate

Mudd Creek Gardens