AHS Region 2/Great Lakes Newsletter
given Dan some huge flowers with petal widths of 4.5
was the advice for using
inches. Watch for some beautiful seedlings from E
were looking for large sepals.
with the tetraploid G
His conversion of L
In the purple eye area, Dan converted an old diploid, I
(Farris 1963/64) and crossed it to C
name just a few, were repre
. The result was R
, a 6.75 inch
gold with dark purple eye that covers much of the petal.
sented in the slide presenta
tion. The ruffles on his
is neither round nor exotic, and Dan
has worked with this plant in both round and narrow direc
creations were something to
tions. Many nice seedlings have resulted, though R
write home about, too! Fabu
lous work, and great photos
is a striking garden flower in its own right.
for us to view. Mark knew
Dan also does tetraploid spiders and brings a unique look
of San Antonio, Texas
how to stimulate our appetites.
by converting several diploid spiders to tetraploids. Tetra
It was a very refreshing
was used to produce L
program with Jack on the receiving end of many good
16 inch spider. From that breeding, R
12 royal purple spider with a clear color, was introduced.
Look for S
Thanks, Mark, for taking us to visit Jack and his work
in 2004, a tetraploid spider with
great color. He also has some fine seedlings out of tetrap
in such a refreshing and entertaining way.
While some criticize Dan for not being focused, he has
successfully produced some nice diploid doubles of all
sizes. These include L
has recently converted some fine diploid doubles, and he is
finding success with tetraploid doubles.
Narrowing my Focus
Finally, Dan has developed an interest in the edge no eye
look with which Dan Hansen has been so successful. He
By July Gridley, a recent
, and he has some great
Wisconsin transplant to Cleveland, Ohio.
looking seedlings coming out of that plant.
If you're from Region 2 and haven't heard of Dan
Dan remains enthusiastic about daylilies, and his use of
Bachman's tunnel vision goggles , take a look around.
converted diploids has opened up new horizons for himself
You might just be living in a cave! This unique invention,
and for hybridizers who use his plants. We look forward to
crafted from paper towel tubes, was used to illustrate a
seeing what he will create in the future.
point in Dan's lively and engaging presentation called
Narrowing My Focus .
For new and aspiring hybridizers, Dan emphasized the fact
A Southern Hybridizer for Northern
that, to make progress in your breeding program, you have
to have a plan and set goals. You can't do everything and
do it well, but you can probably do a few things well.
By Lana Higgins, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Dan's own hybridizing program has been narrowed down
and Lee Alden, White Lake, Michigan
to three areas: large tetraploid spiders, large diploid
unusual forms (the biggest of his programs because it's the
easiest, as the diploid spiders are much more fertile than
the tetraploids), and miniature spiders. He showed slides
ack Carpenter would have to look for a long time to
find someone better suited than his nephew is to
represent his love of the daylily to this discriminating
of some of his introductions and seedlings in all of these
audience. Mark's love of Jack and his work shone through
categories and discussed their parentage. He also showed
the program like a strong beam of light.
slides of his farm,
Valley of the Daylilies
, at its current
Jack's conversions of some of his own diploids has brought
location in southwest Ohio where he moved in 2001. He
remarkable results, and the slides were the proof of it.
included pictures of his seedling beds and talked about his
There were tips for us hybridizers, too. For example, there
technique for raising daylilies.
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