PRINCESS SOFIA, Gerda Brooker
It was the white teeth on this grape purple daylily that fascinated many daylily hybridizers. What were the possibilities? As we’ve found out; Many! FORTUNES DEAREST (image by David Kirchoff, Daylilyworld) has become the inverted pyramid of white teeth daylilies .
Fortunes Dearest was registered by Mort Morss in 1994. At the time of introduction, 1997, I had just gotten interested in daylilies so I really did not know much about hybridizing. But my friend Steve Moldovan, Avon Ohio, had acquired the daylily and suggested that I consider using F.D. Steve warned me that FORTUNE’S DEAREST was on the tender side which proved to be true for me. Nevertheless it didn’t stop countless crosses to be made with this newcomer that made F.D. an instant sensation with many hybridizers. Today, it’s safe to say that a high percentage of any lavender to purple daylily white teeth daylilies goes back to FORTUNES DEAREST. Just looking at the database on kids from FORTUNES DEAREST, is a who’s who list of daylilies. MORT MORSS, JULIE NEWMAR, HEARTBEAT OF HEAVEN, PRINCESS SOFIA, ALAN LANE AGIN, HYACINTH MACAW are among the notables with F.D. in the background.
I recently spoke to Mort and David about FORTUNES DEAREST and they provided me with the cross and a startling revelation about Mort’s genius. That will be tomorrow on the Daylily Teeth Blog.
Bass Gibson Offspring
John Kulpa offered to share his fine example of offspring out of a first generation BASS GIBSON cross. John does not know the pollen parent. I bet it was purple, Duh… , no kidding! I’ve never seen a first generation BASS GIBSON cross with this good of color. Nice work John! Thanks for sharing on the Daylily Teeth Blog!
Heavenly Pink Fang offspring
John Kulpa sent over this image of a Heavenly Pink Fang seedling. The daylilies petals have nice saturation complemented by teeth on the sepals. Nice work John! Tomorrow an extradorinary first generation daylily cross from BASS GIBSON. It might be the finest example bloomed yet!~… The daylily has color and white teeth…..
Malcolm Brooker Jr. Seedling
Gerda Brooker sent over this daylily seedling image from her sons seedling bed. It is out of MALCOLM DAVID BROOKER SR. I didn’t get the full cross but it is interesting that it has a rose color to it. Nice work Junior. Gerda next time you talk to Junior, ask if if he’d share with the group the cross.
This upcoming week, is open week. If you have a daylily image or two you’d like to share, send it over. We’d love to see it. You are also welcome to send in your thoughts.
Next week after the MWS, I want to move the conversation toward Southern Daylily Teeth. We’ve touched on FORTUNES DEAREST a little bit. But now I’d like to expand the discussion about its importance in daylily hybridizing.
Rogue X Red Fang
I’ve been following your TEETH blog for several weeks now…really enjoying your posts – nice history of teeth – and the discussion…
There are a few other sources of teeth that some of the group might like to know about…
ROGUE – Melanie Mason – has a lot of ‘spicules’ on the edge – Melanie’s intro, GYPSY ROSE is out of WISEST OF WIZARDS x ROGUE and when I crossed GR with P. Stamile’s RED FANG, I got some nice toothy seedlings – here’s the best one…
John Rice’s TRULY ANGELIC x RED FANG produced several nice toothy seedlings…
Truly Angelic x Red Fang
Truly Angelic x Red Fang2
Finally, Elizabeth Shooter’s PLAYING WITH SHARKS is a fine plant with great branching and also is dormant – it has 5” wine red blooms with lots of tiny sharks teeth – crossed onto FORESTLAKE RAGAMUFFIN, I got a lot of strange colors, most in the rosy/mauve range – but also, lots of teeth.
FORESTLAKE RAGAMUFFIN x PLAYING WITH SHARKS
Thanks Mike, we sure do appreciate the nice seedling images and crosses. Thanks for sharing ,
Heavenly Pastel (Reckamp-Klehm, 1993)is a Reckamp cultivar that few people know that I believe has good potential for toothy breeding. This one bears a 1993 seedling number (BC93-39) so it presumably bloomed and was selected before Ruffled Strawberry Parfait (BC93-52)that year. To date there have been no kids registered out of Heavenly Pastel and I’m not sure when it was first offered for sale despite its registration year.
Heavenly Pastel is a little 4″ very waxy, orchid pink pastel blend that has horns or tusks on its gold edge. I just love the flower but my plant remains around 3 or 4 fans after having it for 5 years or more. It is both pod and pollen fertile. Most of my crosses with it have been with gold edged cultivars and I’ve only made a few limited crosses with toothy cultivars. The seedling attached crossed with pollen from Annette’s Magic (Ed Brown × Forestlake Ragamuffin) shows a definate toothy edge that might be more dramatic in a warmer zone.
There were 7 Reckamp cultivars registered in 1993, 5 in 1994 , 1 in 1996 and then none until 40 were registered in 2003 including some that were previously released.
Clearly there was some catching up on the registration process in 2003! In fact one was registered in 2008 that was previously released and missed.
The last 5 selected cultivars by Brother Charles bear 1995 seedling numbers. Brother Charles passed away in May 1996 at the age of 91 after battling skin cancer for 10 years so he did not get to see his seedlings that final year. This should remind us all to wear sun protection when working long hours in the garden. Those last 5 selects were registered in 2003 and include Harvest Moth, Good Morning Beautiful Day, Hallelujah Joy, Royal Honor and She’s Got Legs. All of these are good tall plants that show the occasional tooth and have barely been used for breeding. Some of these are relatively narrow so could be used in toothy UF programs.
Next Up – Wide Awake on the daylily teeth blog.
Dave Mussar, Puslinch, Ontario
HeavenlyPastel x AnnettesMagic
Lady Stephanie Victoria Redding
Photos used with permission, Dave Mussar