July 21, 2020
Most cultivars are still blooming here although flowering is beginning to decline.
If you wish to visit, please call 859-435-0000 for an appointment.
July 22, 2020
We are practicing social distancing and wearing masks.
We have made good progress with our seedlings. Images of our favorites, including our introductions for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, will be posted as time permits.
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 violet, lavender and purple range. We have acquired hundreds of diploid cultivars, both new and old to evaluate and breed with. In 2020, we have germinated nearly 10,000 seeds from the 2019 crop.
Our first small crop of new 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 are seeing many third generation seedlings blooming in 2020. 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.
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 new diploid 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. We hope that conditions will allow people to come and see the beauty!
View from a knothole in the hayloft of our barn
All photos and descriptions are the intellectual property of Thoroughbred Daylilies and can only be used with expressed written consent from John Rice.