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Hello and Welcome to my Gardens!

Barrie is located 90 kilometers north of Toronto, Canada and we are in zone 5. You can see from my winter garden shots that the area is in a snow belt that blows in off Georgian Bay. The one saving grace is the normal 4 feet of snow cover for the daylilies.


POSSIBLE FUTURE INTRODUCTIONS:
In 2017 I decided to choose a few of my favourite selected seedlings, divide them out and evaluate their plant performance in regards to recovery growth time, bud count, branching, flower distinction, plurality and visitor comments.

This past summer I eliminated two of the five previously chosen and added 5 new seedlings to the ongoing selection process.


2017 SELECTIONS

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2018 SELECTIONS

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CONTINUATION OF 5 YEAR HYBRIDIZING PLAN:
2019 will be the fourth year into my hybridizing plan. I made a change in my stated goals during the summer of 2018 when I reluctantly decided that one of my ideas of stabilizing "Variegated Leaf" daylilies had become very unrewarding. My limited growing space had become clogged with under-performing variegated stuff so I decided to shut down and pursue an alternate breeding trait.

Over the past two years I have become attracted to the deep purples, maroons and darker wine tones with large ruffles or shark teeth. To this end, I have decided to begin a new hybridizing goal "purple passion." Taking inspiration from Master and Bold Ruler Pierce 2017, Buffalo Thunder-Stamile 2013, Majestic Prime-Pierce 2015; I have managed to obtain one of these intros and over this winter purchased various seed crosses with all three. Over the past 4 years, I have found that purchasing seeds on the lily auction tends to fast-forward establishing a new hybridizing base from which I can develop my own "purple passion" tastes.

This past summer I harvested a total of 3,780 seeds of which I plan to grow about 785 seedlings in 2019. Approximately 75% of these seeds were grown inter-crossing my own Clarke Farms seedlings, 15% were out crossing Clarke Farms seedlings to registered introductions and 10% were purchased on the auction.

For various reasons the summer of 2018 was somewhat disappointing especially for lack of bloom on most of my third year seedlings. Due to space restrictions I was forced to move them the previous fall and I'm assuming they didn't appreciate it. However, I did manage to select a number of seedlings that can be viewed at the top of the page under Daylily Sdlings 2018.

For the past 10 summers I have been selling off my unwanted seedlings to friends and locals and donating half the proceeds to Gilda's Club Cancer Centre here in Barrie. As I walk through the neighbourhood I see many good-looking daylilies some perhaps I should have kept for more observation. All my seedlings are exclusively Tetraploids and if you reside in Canada I do ship purchased seedlings in the fall.



Comments and questions are welcome

John Clarke
Barrie, Ontario,
Canada L4N 4V2


Email John at:
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jjclarke@rogers.com


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