January 7, 2019:
2018 has been a good year for daylilies on our property. The season was the wettest on record. We had over 72" of rain - 6" more than the precious record. The daylilies loved it, so did the weeds!
A few years ago we decided to focus on breeding diploid daylilies instead of the tetraploids we had concentrated on since 1991. We started by breeding with our original diploid introductions believing that these cultivars embodied many of the traits we admired such as hardiness, vigor, strong scapes, and flowers with clear colors —especially in the purple range. We acquired hundreds of diploid cultivars, both new and old to evaluate and breed with.
Our first small crop of diploid seedlings bloomed in 2015. Since then, we have been pleased by many of the seedlings which include a good number of seedling x seedling crosses. We will see some third generation seedlings bloom in 2019. Because we are doing all our breeding and growing outside in the ground, it takes us at least 2 years to see seedlings bloom. Most seedlings take 3 years to show what they are really capable of.
We are in the process of renovating our website. In the coming weeks we will announce diploid introductions for 2019, and we’d like to showcase some of our favorite seedlings. Please be patient as we endeavor to bring the website up to date. Meanwhile, if there are any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by mail, phone or email.
Annette and John Rice
We have many mid-late and late blooming daylilies as well as rebloomers.
Thousands of our dip and tet seedlings and all our named cultivars will be in bloom from mid-June through July and into August. We will be open by appointment only. Come see the beauty!
View from a knothole in the hayloft of our barn
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