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Ginger and Daylilies


Hiding under my aerial pumpkins are some bromeliads, Aecmea fasciata. They really like it under there.

It is the time when Hedychiums are flowering. An invasive species is common in the Azores is Hedychium gardnerianum. It grows everywhere.

I managed to get a white one that is very fragrant, Hedychium coronarium.

I also have a named variety, Hedychium ‘Elizabeth’ which is a very light pink.

Of course, I couldn’t let things end there and made a couple of crosses. The results were one that is a bright orange and the other is a lighter orange. The cross is Hedychium rubrum x Hedychium gardneranum.

Some of my crosses in daylilies are, Purple Maze x Water Drops

White Eyes Pink Dragon × Arnette Zapel

A massive clump with 8 flowers open at once is Marseilles Watercolor x Full of Treasure

I had hoped for more of an edge since the pollen parent was ‘Full of Treasure’

One with a green throat that I like is Yabba Dabba Doo x Willow

A favorite of mine and one that I have used several times is Angel Fairy Tern x Judge Nancy (also shown from the side)

One of the richest color combinations is Dreamy Blue Eyes x Xylophone Jazz

Named varieties include my small DIP ‘Pico Piquinho’ with 13 flowers open at once.

The dark ‘Voodoo Dancer’

The toothy ‘Sad Sack’

‘Don Herrell’

‘Blue Eyed Blonde’

In the skies around here is a buzzard, Buteo buteo. There can be 5 guys chasing a female during mating season.

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Wonderful photos, thank you for sharing them on here. I do like the 'Sad Sack' flower.

12 Aug, 2023


wonderful flowers Wylie, such beautiful colours.

We have several buzzards flying near/over us too. They have such a plaintive cry.

13 Aug, 2023


Such lovely plants, Wylie! 👏 I'd like to try my hand again at hybridizing some day! I've not done it in more than 10 years, not since a lady from the USA sent me some Amaryllis pollen & I used it to create some of my own Amaryllis hybrids which I later called "Anglo-American hybrids". I lost them a few years back due to a mealy bug infestation that destroyed nearly every Amaryllis plant I had.

Talking about mealy bugs, just today I discovered that 2 of my Dragon Trees have an infestation that I hadn't noticed till today. I got out the Neem oil & made up a litre of the solution & spayed the plants. But I will probably have to repeat the exercise each week for a couple of more weeks to ensure I've got them all!

18 Aug, 2023

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