Two updates. Larry Grace introduced his Dr. Stump out of M.D.B.S. this year. Gerda has also introduced her very fine Victorian Gardens Baby Shiners last year out of M.D.B.S.
Victorian Gardens Baby Shiners,Gerda Brooker
The following article is a reprint.
Gerda Brooker introduced MALCOLM DAVID BROOKER SENIOR in 2007. Her late husband Malcolm hybridized the daylily. The cross is (FORESTLAKE RAGAMUFFIN x T.HL 16). T.H.L. 16 is a seedling that Malcolm acquired from Larry Grace. The seedling is a cross of (Tetra Helena Louisa x Larry Grace).
I’ve seen MALCOLM BROOKER SENIOR grown in several gardens from Alabama to Kentucky to our Ohio garden. In each garden, the daylily is special. It consistently displays a toothy edge on both the petals and sepals. The daylily is sunfast and looks grand in a clump. I’ve seen several seedlings out of MALCOLM DAVID BROOKER SENIOR that have been outstanding. The teeth on the sepals is passed onto the children. The children have a clear color with smooth substance. If you use MALCOLM DAVID BROOKER SENIOR , it should work with any color. One more thing, M.D.B.S. is registered at 6 inches but Gerda says it is 6.5 to 7 inches on her website. That makes M.D.B.S. one of the largest pastel round toothy daylilies you can use in your own hybridizing.
Mike Holmes, on the Daylily Teeth Blog
Venus Fly Trap, Dave Mussar garden photo
Diviner's-Handbook-x-Venus-Flytrap, Michael Georges seedling
Welcome back! I’ve been busy rebuilding the Region 2 AHS daylily site. http://www.region2daylily.org . Between working on all of my other AHS volunteer projects and my personal responsibilities, my Blog time has been greatly reduced. But tonight I would like to recommend another top 2003-2008 teeth daylily. Venus Fly Trap, hybridized by Jamie Gossard. As many of you know , Jamie is a close friend and associate so I’d venture to say I know and understand his program only second to Jamie himself. Venus Fly Trap (Order or Chaos x Shinto Etching) x ( Forestlake Ragamuffin x Heavenly Beginnings). Venus Fly Trap is registered as a dormant but in our garden it is a hardy evergreen. Venus Fly Trap has many positive qualities that make this daylily the one of the best Gossard teeth introductions to date. The strengths are found in its tall (34 inches) well branched scape and budcount. Surprising Jamie lists Venus Fly Trap with just a 20 budcount but in our garden it is closer to 30 budcount. The weakness that I’ve observed in V.F.T. is like many purples, the color fades and the substance weakens in the afternoon. But as an easy opener, re-bloomer, and fertile both ways combined with the listed positive qualities makes this daylily a top bagel purple teeth introduction from 2003-2008. Dave Mussar sent me over an image of V.F.T. displaying white nice teeth way up north in Canada. I am still happy to use this daylily in our hybridizing program.
Mike Holmes on the daylily teeth blog
Pins and Needles, Photo by Dave Mussar
Prior to Bass Gibson’s release , John Rice offered the daylily with naming rights at a MWS. The daylily sold for $700.00 plus dollars to Donna Gibson. Donna named the daylily after her husband Bass. As fortune would have it Donna is a friend of mine and I was able acquire Bass Gibson the following year of introduction from Donna. John Rice was already sold out. I’ve often talked to John about Bass Gibson. John has made thousands of crosses and produced some beauties. And I don’t know of a garden where a serious teeth hybridizer hasn’t used Bass Gibson. Larry Grace and Jeff Salter have some of the most striking yet to be released Bass Gibson kids that I’ve seen. To my knowledge John has released three Daylilies out of Bass Gibson. Pins and Needles, Ruckus, and Shattered Glass. I’d rate Bass Gibson as “Strong” in worthiness to still use today as a parent.
Mike Holmes on the Daylily Teeth Blog
Patterned Teeth Daylily Seedling, Mike Holmes
Patterned Teeth are coming. It all starts with a tooth. Last summer the daylily tooth fairy rewarded us with a new beginning!
Patterned Chevrons complimented by a patterned tooth:)
Thanks to everyone for their support and best wishes in continuing the blog.
Happy New Year to all!
Mike and Sandy Holmes on the daylily teeth blog.
P.S. we will finish up the top 2003-2008 teeth daylily soon.
BASS GIBSON x EIGHT MILES HIGH, Paul Lewis Photo
I remember first seeing Eight Miles High at Moldovan’s gardens. This past year I was using the pollen from a Lambertson daylily “Diamond Star Halo” which is a kid of Eight Miles High. Very nice purple color. I also have gotten to see some other seedlings at other gardens. There was a particularly nice Eight Miles High seedling at Guy Pierce’s. It is a grand toothy parent. Image shown. BASS GIBSON x EIGHT MILES HIGH
Paul Lewis on the daylily teeth blog.
EIGHT MILES HIGH, Luddy Lambertson
Every year as introductions are made available by hybridizers, hybridizers get together and discuss the new intros. JohnB, JamieG, LarryG,and myself(or some combination) are no different. We have been having pow-wows discussing the must have daylilies annually. I first heard that EIGHT MILES HIGH had been introduced from John Benz. John had just seen the EIGHT MILES HIGH on Luddy’s website. The daylily is registered as a 2003 tet 7.5″ Ev M Re 30″ (Way Cool x [Sdlg x Way Cool]).
Now that EIGHT MILES HIGH has been around for some time, the experience of others from the South to the North varies. For Northerners, EIGHT MILES HIGH teeth seem to be heat dependant. That is not a quality that I usually like but when you are hybridizing with a daylily whose traits such as the purple color, you go with it.
The usefulness of EIGHT MILES HIGH today as breeder may be outpaced by several newer purple introductions of Luddys and Ted Petits. Nevertheless EIGHT MILES HIGH makes the top nine 2003-2008
Image is the property of Luddy Lambertson
Mike Holmes, on the daylily teeth blog
REAP THE WHIRLWIND, John Benz
GOLDEN GLITZ, Sandy Holmes Teeth introduction
OUTER LIMITS, Jamie Gossard Introduction
John’s REAP THE WHILRLWIND reaches the top nine daylilies from 2003 to 2008. The daylily specs out at t 28″, 7″, M. Dor. with heavy fringy teeth edge. While the scape is shorter and not as well branched as John’s other (Forestlake Ragamuffin X Tet. Spindazzle) introductions, the clear yellow color makes it a great choice for a first generation breeder for clear colors. What I mean by this is that there isn’t any dirty bronze or ruddy red color to clean up as in many Spindazzle crosses. So you could use it back with the less clear colors and you have a greater chance of better color the first generation. Or if you crossed REAP THE WHIRLWIND to an already clean daylily such as the newly introduced DOCTOR STUMP of Larry Graces, you hit a few home runs first generation. John was kind enough to share pollen with Jamie and myself early on and we both bloomed introductions. Sandy Introduced GOLDEN GLITZ last year and Jamie introduced the phenomenal OUTER LIMITS both from REAP THE WHIRLWIND . Thanks John, nice work!
Mike Holmes , daylily teeth blog
Paul Lewis and David Hansen sent over images for your enjoyment. Both guys have been very happy with RED FRIDAY. For those of you who don’t know Paul Lives and hybridizes in zone 5. David lives and hybridizes in zone 4-5. Thank you for sharing! Mike Holmes
(Alan Lane Agin X Feliz Navidad) Paul Lewis seedling
(Red Friday X Aliquippa )Paul Lewis seedling
(Fire and Filigre x Red Friday)David Hansen seedling
(Horny Devil x Red Friday)David Hansen
Purple Badger x Red Friday)David Hansen seedling
(HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU x STORM OF SWORDS)David Hansen Seedling
Happy Holidays To You x Red Friday, David Hansen
Thanks to everyone who commented to the post on ALAN LANE AGIN. A couple of questions that were asked are, What does it take to produce daylily teeth other than gold? What about Red Friday? What was the cross of the seedling I showed before the ALAN LANE AGIN post?
I didn’t mention Red Friday a Top Nine 2003-2008 because when it bloomed in my garden it didn’t look like the images Linda had shown. There were virtually no teeth and the color was not clear. So I didn’t use it. I held the daylily for several years before finally removing it from my display area. Now if I would have listened to Linda, I would have bloomed kids out of it by now . Thanks to several friends, I received images of their RED FRIDAY seedlings. I’m sure they are thrilled they used RED FRIDAY. I about spilled my coffee when I saw David Hansen’s image of HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU x RED FRIDAY. Wow! Here David beat me with my own daylily, HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU. Nice job ! Your daylily seedling ranks among the top Cardinal Red teeth daylily’s that I’ve ever seen.
A couple of points made by friends about the Agin daylilies. Bred Red Friday to good color and you will get good color. Red Friday and Alan Lane Agin are both hardy in the North. Alan Lane Agin is sunfast in the South.
Rich I’m going to save you question till after the first of the year on how to produce teeth in different colors.
The cross of the seedling in two posts previous is LOVE ALL SERVE ALL x OUTER LIMITS.
I’ll show other Alan Lane Agin kids and Red Friday kids in future posts.
Mike Holmes , on the daylily teeth blog
ALAN LANE AGIN, Image property of Alan Agin
When I first saw ALAN LANE AGIN in bloom, it was at Larry Graces. I had talked to Linda soon afterwards about the daylily and she said ALAN LANE AGIN is good but the sib, RED FRIDAY, is great! So taking Linda’s advice I purchased RED FRIDAY. So did many other persons. I was later told Linda sold 175 pieces at $175.00 a single fan. Wow she could sell a daylily. Anyways, I forgot about ALAN LANE AGIN until a year later when John Benz requested that I pick a piece up from Larry Grace during a fall visit and bring back to him. Larry potted ALAN LANE AGIN up, I brought it home and I called John and asked him to come on over and pick up. Well, it was spring by the time John came over and ALAN LANE AGIN was dead in the pot. I remember John saying to me quietly under his breath that will be the last time he asks me to pick up something for him! I’m not sure if John ever did get another piece ALAN LANE AGIN. But I did. Why? Well after seeing multiple clean and bright colored kids in bloom a year later at a few hybridizers gardens, I could see that ALAN LANE AGIN produced a large number of keepers. These keepers were vividly bright and clean in color. Color! That’s the key word here. ALAN LANE AGIN was released in 2008 and the hybridizing potential is still virtually untested so it still should be used today. Based on what I’ve seen out of the kids produced, ALAN LANE AGIN ranks in my top 9 teeth daylilies from 2003-2008. BTW, John Benz if you still haven’t gotten a piece, I’ll give you one this spring. I’ve heard reports that it does survive in the North. My bad! (just in case you don’t know the definition for “my bad” it is as follows,*”I did something bad, and I recognize that I did something bad, but there is nothing that can be done for it now, and there is technically no reason to apologize for that error, so let’s just assume that I won’t do it again, get over it, and move on with our lives.” *urban dictionary.
Mike Holmes on the daylily teeth blog…
New Teeth Daylily Seedling, Mike Holmes
A question that often comes up is, “What teeth daylily has made the most hybridizing impact in recent history?” To qualify for my evaluation, the daylily has to be a 2003 to a 2008 introduction and has had to been viewed as “nice” in my garden. Finalist daylilies include, ALAN LANE AGIN, REAP THE WHIRL WIND, SEE ME FEEL ME TOUCH ME, EIGHT MILES HIGH, WILD HAIR, BASS GIBSON, RANDY STEPHENS, MALCOLM BROOKER SR. and VENUS FLY TRAP. I grow each of these daylilies so I have first hand knowledge of plant habit in zone 5. Since we’ve discussed each of these daylilies in previous articles, I’ll focus more on their hybridizing virtues as opposed to the genetics. And then I’ll let you know the winner by mid-January….. ALAN LANE AGIN up first of the next daylily teeth blog….