Larry and Cindy
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Dear Daylily Friends,
What does the future look like moving forward for Graceland Gardens. At this time I grow about 80% diploids and 20% tetraploids. Let me share some of my thoughts of dips versus tets. I have always thought the only way to compete with the larger hybridizers or to make the crosses that you want to make, so in this case because of the extreme heat in the south dips are the easiest of the two to set and hold pods. Rust is not the big problem as in the past but in the south something we still have to deal with. In the last couple of years I've noticed dips show much less rust than the tets. A few years ago I thought the dips had about run their course but boy was I wrong as more and more hybridizers stepped on board the beauty and quality of dips have exploded. For now I have no desire to quit hybridizing tets. Looking back over the last 26 years or so it's incredible to see the progress made with tet scapes. height of scapes, clarity of color, & substance. Guy Pierce just introduced Master & Bold Ruler, a full form flower measuring 9 1/2" and when extended 11 3/4" so the future with tets are endless. Eight years ago I made my first dip color changer crosses. Wish I could tell you we bloomed the first color changers but no, the big dogs beat me to the starting line. First Richard Norris with ( PIGMENT OF IMAGINATION ) second Grace Stamile ( LITTLE LEPRECHAUN ) third Liz Salter ( IN A JIFFY ) these are the three plants we started with. It was the edged that kept my fire burning for many years now the color changers have reignited that fire. I'm having more fun now than you could ever imagine. As my flowers change colors during the day it's amazing to watch and see all the different colors I've never seen in daylilies. I have seen enough in changing color daylilies and they are hear to stay. How many other flowers do know that changes color on their own. Maybe to top it all this past year I flowered a seedling # 16-404 that bloom two different colors on the same scape, a rose and lavender. One day there was a bloom half rose, half lavender and it changes color. As a pollen parent I will bloom 600-700 seedlings from 16-404 this year. We are on pins and needles to see if these freaky genetics will pass on to the next generation, if so this will open a whole new world in daylilies.

Sincerely,
Larry and Cindy Grace, Graceland Gardens




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