Paean For Jocelyn
Paean For Jocelyn (Huben 2013) 48 E 4, NearWhite Self, Dor Dip
I've been working on tall and small near-whites for many years now, and here is the first really good one. Paean For Jocelyn has excellent branching and budcount that it inherited from both parents combined with species-like graceful scapes. It is named in memory of Jocelyn Spragg, a dear friend and stalwart of the New England Daylily Society, who was also tall and well branched. Tall whites like this stand out in the garden even if their flowers are small. If you will pardon the pun, it is a high achievement.
For years I'd wanted a near-white version of Echo The Sun: a tall trumpet with excellent scapes. It took three generations from H. yezoensis, and it is gorgeous. The foliage is excellent and a light green. A clump can be spectacular for many days, because it has 6 branches and 26 buds.
You can see that Paean For Jocelyn is phototropic: the flowers face the light and the scapes lean slightly towards the light: but they do not fall.
Paean For Jocelyn is also a good breeder. I call this photo "When good hybridizers go bad!"
Paean For Jocelyn has only one fault: it does not increase rapidly. Even in good gardens with no pods set. It is a white from the yellow side, which means that in sun it photographs yellow but to the eye it looks white. Not the whitest in the garden, but it stands out obviously as white.
Paean For Jocelyn is named in memory of our dear friend Jocelyn Spragg. A number of other daylilies have been named after Jocelyn:
- Jocelyn's Oddity (Rose, 1998)
- Whip City Jocelyn Spragg (Jones-L., 2011)
- Jocelyn Memorial (Turner-C., 2012)
Sobek 88.40A (Sobek nr) 60 EM 3.5, YellowGreen Self, Dor Dip
(H. altissima * Past Forgetting)
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)