Daylilies

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Each set of pictures includes a single, a close up, and group shot if possible. Some may have morning and evening pictures if there is a big difference in the colors.

KEY  to descriptions for each variety: (pretty standard usage)

  • Name:  Registered or -GN (Garden Name -- unknown or unregistered)
  • Hybridizer
  • Year of Registration
  • Bloom Time (EE/E/M/L)
  • Rebloom
  • Dormant/Semi-evergreen/Evergreen (D/S/E)
  • Height
  • Flower size
  • Dip or Tet

Bud counts & branching - Hopefully we will have this for all of the varieties (except possibly ones new to the garden).


News Archive. July 2008 Daylily Summary. Had rust at the first of the year before the plants were even putting up scapes. One of my favorite plants, Red Eyed Ruffles. This year I don't plan on fooling around with the soap spray and cutting back. They are gone.

California is facing a possible drought this year along, with possible water rationing. Have developed a plan for the daylilies. Will sort out the ones that would be hard to replace, whether they are just old varieties or ones that were never as well known. Those 20 (approximate) will be taken from their pots and divided so there are just two or three fans left, and I will plant them in a raised bed in real soil. They will be much more drought tolerant in the ground, and will install drip watering system to conserve water. It should cut way back on water usage and there will still be some of my favorites that might bloom in spite of the water shortage. In fact, blooming is not as important as surviving until the drought is over. I will just clean and stack my pots for use later on.

I actually remembered to fertilize with the green stuff this year, three times. It did help on some of the daylilies, but it has been so long since some of the plants have been repotted that fertilizer doesn=t help all that much. As the talk about drought progresses, will decide whether or not to repot the plants that are not on the Keeper List.

Actually worry more about my potted shrubs. Some of them are in 30" and 36" pots and have had the plants growing in them for almost 10 years. I would take losing them very hard, and they are way too big to un-pot and plant in the ground. I would have to dig holes that are between 2 and 3 feet deep, and at my age that is just too much. Mother Nature sure does her best to keep us on out toes. In the Mid-West, they have too much water and there is nothing they can to either. Regrettably, you have to live with the weather you get and the daylilies are just further down the list than usual.

The Keeper List

  • Chamonix
  • Cluster Muster
  • Edith Anne
  • Jack O Lantern (Garden Name)
  • May May
  • Nile Crane
  • Ocean Ice
  • Pink Flirt
  • Rainforest Magic
  • Rosy Lights
  • Royal Butterfly
  • Royal Fanfare
  • Seminole Blood
  • Shrimp Cocktail (Garden Name)
  • Siloam Bo Peep
  • Solid Geometry
  • 1982 (Seedling) No Name Yet

We also keep a Watch List for those plants that are iffy.

June 2008. Had been really behind on the daylily photos, but have finally gotten caught up. Have a lot of new group photos, and finally sorted through many of the older photos selecting photos to share. The bad news this year is that I had to get rid of one of my favorite daylilies, Red Eyed Ruffles, after it got rust at the beginning of the year.

December 2007. Finally got the photos added for Mexican Magic and Rainforest Magic.

July 2007. This will always be remembered as the year that rust finally made it into my yard. Because everyone in the family has breathing problems and we are retired, there is no way that we can either buy or use the expensive sprays that the commercial growers use to control rust. So, I tried the dish soap mentioned on the forums. I cut back the plants and sprayed them carefully. I ended up cutting back twice and spraying four times. It was not successful, and the six plants that were infected, Divinely Blessed, Raspberry Winter, Navajo Princess, Squash Dolly, Latin Rhythm, and Mabeline Eyes, were disposed of. Raspberry Winter had the worst problem with rust. In four days it was completely covered with rust. Every leaf and scape looked terrible. There was not one square inch that was free of rust spots. The other five plants had rust pockets, but not to the extent of Raspberry Winter . Even though I have only bought from CA suppliers the last several years and have been careful to soak incoming plants in bleach, rust still got started in my yard, whether from birds, insects or neighboring houses, I donít know, but I definitely feel that no matter what they say about "Itís no big problem if you get rust", rust is ugly and invasive, and if you cannot control it simply and cheaply, daylilies have lost a large part of their reputation as a carefree, easy to grow plant.

At the same time rust hit, I decided that it was time to cut back on the number of daylilies that I have in the yard. I am getting older and no long feel that I can keep up with the yard with my husband unable to help and my daughter gone long hours every day. I started by going through my older $5 lilies and then went on to those that had problems opening in cooler weather or that had heat or color problems. Because of the rust infestation, I did not feel that the plants could go to someone else because it is bad enough having rust in my yard without being guilty of spreading it around. When I finish thinning the plants, I hope to have around fifty instead of ninety. Hopefully, that will make it easier to manage the yard by myself when necessary.

Over all, this was not a great year, but some of the plants really put on a show in spite of the low bud count and cool mornings. I think my favorite flower this year was PINK FLIRT, which really was beautiful, and it was just as beautiful when it faded out in the evening. The most prolific bloomer was and is Villa Del Sol. She started blooming in Nov. 2006 and has bloomed almost constantly since. In fact, she is putting out another set of scapes right now, and the current blooming ones are only half done. What a workhorse.

Our weather this year was odd, as usual. Cool nights and even cool days into June. It did show which flowers had a hard time opening, and that helped in the decision of who went and who stayed. Then when the weather did heat up, it showed which ones couldn't take the sun or the heat or both. It is always sad to lose plants, but rust and old age both seem to be unavoidable. Maybe I have come down with a case of rust, too (LOL).

Happy gardening,

Jo Ann

P.S. When I mention how well a plant does in the sun, I am talking about how it fades.

When I say heat, I mean does the flower melt when the weather is hot.

May 2007. Finally got the photos for some of the new varieties posted. Have a lot more to post over the next couple of weeks.

October 2006.  Finally updated the keepers from the seedlings. Only 4 are left, with one more promising than the rest.

August 2006. Decided to get rid of several plants to make room for some new daylilies. We went through all of the varieties, and selected those that didn't live up to our expectations, or that were the least impressive of several that were very similar. We added comments to each of the ones that were eliminated from the garden.

July 2006. This year, the unusually long cool, damp weather affected many of the daylilies, In addition, health problems limited our normal care of the daylilies, which also caused some of the daylilies to not perform as well as in previous years.

However, in spite of neglect and the lack of some of the essential care that potted daylilies require, some of the daylilies still managed to put on a great show. We put together a list of our top 10 performers for the year (in alphabetical order), and you can find the reason they were selected on the comment page for each variety:

Top Performers for 2006

In addition, Scapes from Hell earned an honorable mention as the "Best New Member of Our Garden"

News:  6-2-05. Another cold, cloudy, rainy, dark spring. Sixty nine no-sun days in the first four months. Even with twice the rain of normal, the daylilies are sulking and producing poorly. The early scapes didn't even get tall enough to show over the leaves. The later scapes don't have much of a bud count compared to two years ago when we had sun. Have two daylilies that are supposed to be doubles, but there has only been one double flower on one of the plants. Very disappointing.

3-5-05.  Webmaster (finally!) posted a bunch of photos from last year, and we're both looking forward to all my new acquisitions to bloom (open, open, open!!!). Still have a few new pictures coming. Hopefully everything will be up to date soon.

8-12-04.  Comments and observations for the 2004 blooming season have been posted on nearly all of the registered daylily pages. 

Daylilies are my first love, and I have 83 registered and 9 garden-name daylilies now. I also have over 200 seedlings that sprouted in September. Because I have such a small yard, it has reached the point where I have to get rid of one old daylily each time I buy a new variety.

Each set of pictures includes a single, a close up, and group shot if possible. Some may have morning and evening pictures if there is a big difference in the colors.

 

 

 

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