2011 brought a new star to this category of daylily. We were amazed to see the following blossoms. The first time we saw seedling 11-25 we noted it for the fact that it was a beautiful lavender 7" flower. It was worthy on its own and received a seedling number even before we caught it later in the day. 

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It was startling to see the same flower that afternoon. We had to check to see if we were really seeing what we thought we were seeing. 

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There are some color tones in there which are different from anything we have seen in any other daylily, including PIGMENT OF IMAGINATION. In addition, the 7" size on a full formed flower is so much more to our liking. The migration of color in POI takes place in the course of a few hours in the morning. In this seedling, now known as VERY GARCIA, the change is notably slower, retaining much of the original shading late into the morning. In person we see a development that is akin to the coloration of an impressionist painting, or perhaps a bit more aptly, tie dyed fabric. Hence the name we have reserved for it, VERY GARCIA. 

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Later in the day, the appearance is what you see above. Color is retained better than the color of POI. The shades of pigment see are more intricate and diverse. 

What we see developing here is a movement in the direction of the rather bluish pigmentation seen toward the edges of both the images above, but most clearly in the second of the series. We are encouraged by the blooming of the following seedlings out of PIGMENT OF IMAGINATION. The cross was made by our friend Dan Robarts on a seedling of his which shows a bit of color migration also. The leap in the presence of the "bluish" pigmentation was amazing. 

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The two above are only several from a field of 8 or so that showed similar color. That was out of a cross of only 20 seedlings or so. It is also on seedlings that we just in their first year of bloom. We find that there is usually a lot of improvement in many regards with the maturation that takes place between the first and second season of a seedlings bloom. If these get any better we will be beside ourselves. Additionally we bloomed a single seedling from a seed given to us by Peg Pritchard which did some very similar things. Again that seedling was a direct baby of SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE. 

These seedlings are a clear illustration of the magic that can happen out of PIGMENT OF IMAGINATION when crossed to other flowers that have the characteristic of color migration. There will be so much more to come in this category. 

One thing that gives us hope that there will be a real movement toward a stable blue in this line is the much delayed changes that take place in VERY GARCIA. Another is the very few plants we have bloomed from POI crossed to other plants that show color migration. However, that tiny number has yielded quite a few improvements and several exciting plants. 

We fully expect to see the time come we we bloom a seedling which is able to spread and maintain the bluish colors for a significant portion of the day. What a day of joy that will be! 




The following images are of a plant that has our complete attention. It is a direct baby from SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE. The first image is the appearance in the early morning. The second represents the look at 10am. The remainder are various shots taken later in the day. In person, the color can only be described as turquoise. My wife, Janice, is a passionate quilter. She deals with true blue in fabric all the time. Jan has never admitted to seeing any blue in any daylily we have ever grown here. She freely refers to the color here as turquoise. We discovered this seedling late in the season. The few people who saw 04-11 were unanimous. Among the comments were: "It is turquoise." "It is beautiful." 

Our thanks to Karen Martin of Lancaster, Ohio for use of the last image. While that image overemphasizes the blue component of the color it does give an idea of the impact of the blossom in a way that none of my own images could. The second image from the last shows some of the jade component of the color. The green component could be a lot of fun to play with also. 

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Here is an image of 04-11 that we took in '05. It is just the way it came off the camera with no adjustments of any kind other than a cropping of the image to fit the screen better.

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We do not know where this seedling will take us. The most exciting thing is that the turquoise is not to be found in the eye. I am not aware of any turquoise having been seen in any daylily. I have heard that Elizabeth Salter has had some turquoise in an eye zone. The presence of these pigments in the petal area leave open the possibilities for some colorations unlike anything we have seen before. 

'06 note There was just enough indication in a couple of seedling that some of the ability of this seedling to lose its overlay of color to reveal turquoise/jade can be passed along to the babies. There is nothing approaching a finished flower yet but the preliminary results are encouraging. 

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Fascinating, fascinating, fascinating! This is a seedling out of PIGMENT OF IMAGINATION, 09-8. It is not a flower that is a complete package, at least the way it bloomed in 2009. However I have seen a first year seedling become a very different flower in its second year. Such maturation brings a clearer picture of what the plant actually is. It is hard to imagine that the green on the petals will disappear. My guess is that it will become enhanced. But only time will tell. In any event we have never seen anything remotely like this in that the green on the petals closely matches the green of the leaves. I suspect that there will be some interesting babies that will eventually arise from this breeding. It just further emphasizes the potential of the highly inbred SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE lines and especially in the direct babies of PIGMENT OF IMAGINATION. 

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What we see here is a seedling from 2008. It is a direct baby of PIGMENT OF IMAGINATION. By clicking on the image you will be able to see the veining on this flower. They are a grass green. Once again, the directions that such a phenomenon can take us is unclear. Yet, so much can come of pursuing the promise of such a characteristic. Again, only time will tell where this seedling will take us. ( And I do mean take US. If we are determined to be in charge of the breeding and insist that we take the flowers where we want to go, we are setting ourselves up for a load of disappointment and frustration. Go with your breaks. Follow your intuition. Let the flowers take you where they wish to go. You will get so much farther!)