Ira Penn is named to honor my online mentor, Ira Penn! Ira & I have never met in person. We met the the Lily Auction site, when I purchased a few daylilies from him over 10 years ago. We just hit it off & kept in touch. At the time he had moved, with his wife, Dee-Dee, to the state of Washington, after having lived in TN, & the DC area. Although he was no longer hybridizing, he encouraged me to get out there & give it a try. He had kept a few of his select seedlings, & showed me a few photos of them in one of his emails. One of them just jumped off the page, it had such a glow & countenance about it, & to my surprise, it showed up on my doorstep not long after! I garden named it PENNelope, & I used it in my 1st fledgling programs. When I showed Ira the results, he admired this one (sdlg RAV 11-006) greatly, especially that bit of a darker picotee on the melon color self. When the stats were recorded & RAV 11-006 proved worthy of registration, I asked Ira if he would allow me to name it for him. The rest is history.
Ira Penn is a girly-girl, round, ruffled bloom, in a gorgeous cantaloupe melon colored self, over a tinge of green deep in the throat. It holds well in the heat, tho the cantaloupe coloring will lighten a little throughout the day, emphasizing even more, the darker picotee edge.
AHS Database: Height 23 in.(58 cm), bloom 6 in.(15 cm), season MLa, Semi-Evergreen, Tetraploid, 28 buds, 2 branches, Cantaloupe melon colored, accented with a darker picotee edge over a tinge of green deep in the throat. (Sherry Lane Carr × sdlg)
RavenCroft Lavender Swallowtail almost wants to free itself from the scape & take flight. It is a beautiful deep lilac lavender self, with a lighter mid-rib, over a wide yellow-green throat, on a heavily cascading/curling form. Scapes are quite sturdy, & branches are well spaced to accommodate the unique form. RavenCroft Lavender Swallowtail is a full sib to RavenCroft Girly Curls.
Parentage: Mahieu Sdlg #99-114 (Garden named Max Mahieu) X Skinwalker.
AHS Database: Height 45 in.(114 cm), bloom 7 in.(18 cm), season MLa, Semi-Evergreen, Diploid, Fragrant, 22 buds, 2 branches, Unusual Form Cascade, Deep lavender, with lighter midrib, over a wide yellow to green throat. (sdlg × Skinwalker)
Paper Lion takes its name from the appearance of being so delicate, not unlike a fine handmade paper, when in fact its' lions mane of a cascading-spatulate form withstands intense summer temps with great strength. A lime green throat reaches out, over the pale yellow self, along the mid-rib. Paper Lion has a subtle, yet strong garden presence, & blooms from the 1st week in July to the last week of August in my zone 5 garden. Like its full sibling, Mad Dogs And Englishmen, the parentage is Sdlg. RAV 016 (Brave World x Unk) X Heavenly Curls.
AHS Database: Height 34 in.(86 cm), bloom 5 in.(13 cm), season MLa, Dormant, Diploid, 18 buds, 2 branches, Unusual Form Cascade-Spatulate, Pale yellow over an extending lime green throat. ((Brave World × unknown) × Heavenly Curls)
Lonesome Soldier is out of Ashwood Still Night X Unknown. If ever there was a plant for the hybridizer, Lonesome Soldier is that plant. It is a warm claret red, recurved open form, having bronze undertones, with a subtle darker eye, over a green tinged yellow throat that extends out to the mid-rib, encased in a trace of a yellow picotee edge. This plant has fabulous habit & foliage, surpassing anything else I grow, & readily passes it's vigor on to its' kids. Easy pod setter. Pollen fertile.
AHS Database: Height 38 in.(97 cm), bloom 5 in.(13 cm), season EM, Semi-Evergreen, Tetraploid, 30 buds, 3 branches, Warm claret red recurved open form with bronze undertones,subtle darker eye, over a green tinged, yellow throat that extends out to the midrib, with a trace of a yellow picotee edge. (Ashwood Still Night × unknown)
RavenCroft Blazing Heart is out of Pure & Simple X Moonlit Masquerade, & was one of the very first crosses I ever made. It is a very hot, molten orange self, with darker red-orange eye, over a deep yellow throat. It took the eye from MM, & the form of P&S, but where the orange came from?????? It was the only orange of about 20 from this cross that were peach, pink, or mauve. The vigor is astounding on this beauty. It is an incredible pod setter, with excellent pollen as well, & produces pretty kids.
AHS Database: Height 36 in.(91 cm), bloom 5 in.(13 cm), season M, Rebloom, Semi-Evergreen, Tetraploid, 30 buds, 3 branches, Hot molten orange, darker red orange eye, with a deep yellow throat. (Pure and Simple × Moonlit Masquerade)
Mad Dogs And Englishmen is a screaming bright yellow self, that attracts the eye from across the garden or yard. The unique form can take on a variety of guises, from a horned devil, to a floppy eared cocker spaniel. The vibrant color holds, showing only the slightest of bleaching, most notably at the edges, in temps that hit the mid to upper 90's.
Mad Dogs And Englishmen took its name from a line the 1931 song of that name, written by Noel Coward, with its ability to tolerate extreme sun. "Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun." It has a very high garden presence, & blooms from the 1st week in July to the last week in August, in my zone 5 garden. Like its full sibling, Paper Lion, parentage is Sdlg. RAV 016 (Brave World x Unk) X Heavenly Curls.
AHS Database: Height 36 in.(91 cm), bloom 5 in.(13 cm), season MLa, Dormant, Diploid, 22 buds, 2 branches, Unusual Form Crispate, Screaming cadmium yellow self. ((Brave World × unknown) × Heavenly Curls)
RavenCroft Girly Curls is a cheery & fun, lilac lavender self, with a lighter mid-rib & hint of a halo over a wide yellow throat, on a cascading/curling form. Scapes are very sturdy, carrying the blooms upright with ease. Color holds very well in heavy rain & extreme heat. RavenCroft Girly Curls is a full sib to RavenCroft Lavender Swallowtail.
Parentage: Mahieu Sdlg #99-114 (Garden named Max Mahieu) X Skinwalker
AHS Database: Height 44 in.(112 cm), bloom 7 in.(18 cm), season MLa, Semi-Evergreen, Diploid, 26 buds, 2 branches, Unusual Form Cascade, Lavender, with lighter midrib, over a wide yellow throat. (sdlg × Skinwalker)
RavenCroft Happy Go Lucky is a rich fuchsia pink self over a bright yellow throat that extends that yellow color to the mid ribs. The form is an open crispate-cascade, with a lovely recurve about it, & is accented with gentle ruffles at the edge of both sepal & petals. Each bloom is a little different, with each day. This one radiates happiness across the garden, hence the name, with a strong garden presence, & is a good increaser. In colorfastness, it holds up very well to extreme heat & heavy rains. It is a grandchild (F2) out of Pink Stripes. Major pigment breaks are not present, tho you will see some slight breaks from time to time, indicating that the pigment break gene is present, but recessive.
RavenCroft Happy Go Lucky possesses superior plant habit, having laterals well placed on the scape. It is currently being used to further that plant habit, & bring out the recessive pigment break gene into a more exotic form. Parentage is ((Mahieu Sdlg #99-114 x Augusto Bianco) X (Open Hearth x Pink Stripes))
AHS Database: Height 39 in.(99 cm), bloom 6 in.(15 cm), season MLa, Dormant, Diploid, Unusual Form Crispate-Cascade, Rich fuchsia pink over a bright yellow throat that extends that yellow coloring to the midribs, accented with gentle ruffles at the edge of both sepal and petals, colorfast. ((Augusto Bianco × sdlg) × (Open Hearth × Pink Stripes))