Daylily: Little Miss Lucy

Hybridizer: Owen, P.
Year of Intro: 2010
Ploidy: Tetraploid
Bloom Size: 3.50 in.
Scape Height: 28.00 in.
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Basic Attributes:

unusual form, blooms mid-season, reblooms, 3-4 branches, 24-28 bloom count, pod fertile, pollen fertile, dormant.

The pod-parent is Desert Dreams
The pollen-parent is Technicolor Dreamcoat

Description:

In my teens, I lived with my Sister Christie in Franklin, NC. When I moved in with her, she had the most adorable little girl in the world, who I totally fell in love with and adored with ALL my heart... Carrie. Well, it's been a while since Ms. Carrie and I have cemented our bond... and just a little over a year ago, Carrie and her now husband Tim had the cutest baby in the world... Little Miss Lucy! Indeed, you can bet the little Princess will be spoiled totally rotten by her Uncle Paul... starting with one of the cutest and unique flowers I've ever come up with!

Many of us have seen what's called "midrib cresting" occur as an anomaly amongst our daylily blooms (petaloids emerging from the center stripe along the 3 front petals)... usually happening on just one or two petals though, and never being consistent. This form is so rare, that classification for it doesn't currently exist... it doesn't fit into the class of being a "double", or even an "unusual form". For now, we'll just have to call it "slightly different", I guess! ;-)

When this flower started blooming in the seedling beds however, it not only crested on all its petals... but the frequency was amazing! To make sure it wasn't just a fluke induced by some unknown conditions, I've had the chance now to line it out in several locations/conditions (and several times, at that)... and lo and behold, it's actually built in. It will bloom single on occaision, but is fully crested on average of 85%... by far the most reliable I've personally ever seen. As if this isn't reason enough to get this plant out for all to see, the plant habit itself is of the very best one can hope for in a daylily... hardy dormant foliage, nice tall scapes where each branch has its own terminal "Y", and very fast rebloom! It's one thing to breed unique flowers, but "one better" by providing them on amazing plants. Like the "real" Little Miss Lucy, I think this plant will be an important one... for years to come!

Be sure to click (and expand) the picture of Miss Lucy at her 1st Birthday party this November... she's SUCH a cutie! Thanks yet again to my sister Jane, for getting such a great shot!



Thanks to RAIN (at LAST!) in 2012, we've FINALLY got a decent amount of this "always-sold-out-hottie" this year... so to get this great plant in YOUR garden, we've dropped the price considerably for ya! Now's your chance... don't wait long, or you'll be OUT yet again!
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