Clarity Of Purpose
Clarity Of Purpose (Huben 2014) 44 E 5, NearWhite Self, Dor Dip Ext
Near-whites are a difficult class of daylilies: they tend to have an assortment of faults. Often foliage, scape, substance or whiteness just aren't that good. In the course of breeding for tall-and-small near-whites, I accidentally got a large which is pretty good for those characteristics. Especially for the north.
So the question is, how white is it? Clarity Of Purpose is an extremely clean near-white with a green throat, white veins, good substance and heavy diamond dusting. Below, I compare it to Joan Senior. The photo is taken in early morning, before either is bleached by the sun.
I'd say that the photo shows Clarity Of Purpose to have a greener throat and less off-white color. Also, a smaller size, narrower petals and less ruffling, to be honest.
Another couple of pictures to give you an idea of the whiteness.
On the left is Clarity Of Purpose in the afternoon, photographed in direct sun. Direct sun makes photographs look yellower as you can see from the foliage, but if you examine the photograph at full resolution, the diamond dusting really stands out. The same bloom photographed a few seconds later with indirect lighting, gives a more accurate impression of how white the flower looks in the garden.
As a tall, early, brilliant near-white, Clarity Of Purpose is is a beacon in the garden, drawing attention from quite a distance. It usually blooms a week after Stella De Oro, about the same time Happy Returns blooms, making it appropriate for a June perennial border. Not from rebloom lines, and not a rebloomer for me.
When I first saw Clarity Of Purpose and its siblings, I was so impressed that I remade the cross. The result was Yearn To Be Clouds.
An unusual feature of Clarity Of Purpose is that it seems to be aphid resistant. One year aphids in my garden were so bad that many daylilies were losing buds and scapes and the shed skins of aphids were all over the plants. That year, Clarity Of Purpose was one of the few daylilies that showed no aphid damage to the buds or scapes. Nobody seems to be working on insect resistance: this might be a helpful place to start.
Virgin (Huben 2016) 44 EM 3.75, NearWhite Self, Dor Dip
MH0461F = (MH0219I * Ice Trumpets)
One of my favorites because of the extremely clear white color. This one really stands out in the garden for the brilliance of the white. 4 branches and 14 buds. From my tall-and-small near-white breeding.
Yearn To Be Clouds (Huben 2014) 38 EM Re 3.5, NearWhite Self, Dor Dip
MH0848D = (MH0219I * Ice Trumpets)
5 to 6 branches and 21 buds. A near-white with a green throat, a faint green overlay, good substance and extreme diamond dusting. Flowers are held facing upwards, with the petals lifting off the sepals. Instant rebloom, great foliage, excellent scape and rapid increase.
MH1169D (Huben ) 50 E 3.5, Purple Bitone, Dor Dip
(Clarity Of Purpose * Sobek 93.36)
Huge, erect, slender scape with 5 branches and 27buds, very white base color.
MH0219I (Huben ) NearWhite Self, Dor Dip Noc
(A Small Multitude * Pinegarden Purity)
5 branches and 30 buds. An attempt to combine the excellent scape of A Small Multitude with a very clean near-white. Excellent blooms, but not a great grower or great scape.
A Small Multitude (Huben 2010) 44 EM 2.5, Gold Self, Dor Dip Noc
(Corky * Early And Often)
Gold Self. Tall and Small. Minute, species-like spatulate flowers on tall, well-branched scapes. Extraordinary breeder.
Corky (Fischer 1959) 34 M 3.5, Yellow Self, Dor Dip
(sdlg * Mignon)
Mignon (Stout 1941) 40 EM Re 2.5, Yellow Self, Dor Dip Ext Noc
Early And Often (Huben 2001) 26 E Re 4, Peach Polychrome, Dor Dip Ext Fra Noc
(Sunny Honey * Sobek 94.12)
Honorable Mention award 2006! At last: a northern rebloomer that isn't yellow or gold. The heart of my breeding program, producing a great diversity of seedlings, many of them rebloomers. Very rapid increase. Tested and found highly rust resistant (a character passed to most of its kids.) Early And Often was my first introduction, and has lived up to its promise as a continuous rebloomer; it blooms non stop from early July until frost. Some growers report as many as seven sets of scapes per season. Unlike other diploid rebloomers, it is a color clarifier and readily gives up the melon tones in seedlings.
Sunny Honey (Millikan 1989) 24 E Re 3.5, Yellow Self, Sev Dip Noc
(Stella De Oro * Brocaded Gown)
Sobek 94.12 (Sobek ) 28 E 4.5, Cream Self, Dor Dip
(Three Seasons * Tuscawilla Tranquility)
Pinegarden Purity (Seaman 1997) 32 ML Re 6, NearWhite Self, Dor Dip
(Gentle Shepherd * Window Dressing)
A favorite near-white, but not vigorous for me. The bloom is very white, very flat open and the scapes are pretty good.
Ice Trumpets (Huben 2007) 30 E 3.5, NearWhite Self, Dor Dip Emo
(Boston Symphony * MH9735A)
The fashion for large, ruffled, round, eyed, edged, tetraploid daylilies has brought about neglect of other forms. In years past, many daylilies were celebrated for their simple, delicate, wildflower-like forms. Ice Trumpets is an important step in my quest for Golden Chimes in near-white. In just two generations from the species yezoensis, I have a very white, very green throat, narrow petalled trumpet form. As a matter of fact, it looks a lot like a small Easter Lily (though it is nowhere near as white as the real thing.) It has 21 buds and 4 branches.
Boston Symphony (Reilly 1998) 30 E 3.5, NearWhite Self, Dor Dip
(Swiss Mint * Gentle Shepherd)
MH9735A (Huben ) 50 EE Re 4, Yellow Self, Evr Dip Fra Noc Ext
(Snowed In * H. yezoensis)