Tuesday, June 1, 2010
This one is named ARAGON. It's by Patrick Stamile, who is one of the foremost breeders in our time. I took the picture with out new compact digital camera, the Canon S90 set on Program mode with ISO at 200 and a minus 1/3 f-stop adjustment. I've set the camera colors to neutral rather than vibrant. The greens in the background look realistic to me, but the red seems less saturated than I observed.
The plant itself arrived in the mail about six weeks ago and is growing in a pot. I don't know, therefore, whether its fading during the day is due to an iadequate root system. I would have to grow and evaluate it for two or three seasons in the ground and undisturbed to have a clear idea of its garden value. In the morning, growing in a pot, I'd rate its value high.
The flower is big and its maroon purple eyezone is big, too. The base color is a pale greenish yellow. I bought this for its hardiness in zone 5. I'm trying to set seeds on it with pollen from Patrick Stamile's GIANT PANDA, a new plant here this spring of unknown hardiness.
The end of May is when those sentimental orange "ditch daylilies" begin to bloom in St. Louis. I have always loved seeing masses of them along the roadside or around a tree stump. They don't belong in a context of these bold, modern hybrids, and they really don't belong anywhere near a lawn because they are invasive. But let them invade a wooded roadside, and I'll love that road!