The Happy Daylily Blog - daylily pictures and thoughts from my garden

July 24th, 2017

Today's image is seedling 16-155 taken on a rebloom scape. It has 6" blooms on 22" scapes and comes from the cross (Springtime Romance X Crystal Smith).

Seedling 16-155

July 21st, 2017

The garden hasn't given up yet even though the daily temperatures are now in the mid 90's. Today there were a couple of dozen or so blooms.

Seedling 14-062

Seedling 11-022What Fun

Seedling 14-062 has 6" blooms on 25" scapes. It has performed fairly well with bud counts in the low 20's on 4-way branching. It resulted from the cross (seedling 11-022 X What Fun). Seedling 11-022 came from the cross (Caribbean Magic x Magic Attraction).

July 18th, 2017

Today's image is seedling 16-008. It has 6.5" blooms on 32" scapes. It comes from the cross (Violet Stained Glass X Born To Be Wild) and has a chartreuse color applique throat.

Seedling 16-008

July 16th, 2017

Here's another seedling with a dark eye. This is seedling 15-009. It has a 6" bloom on 34" scapes. It comes from the cross (Mississippi Memento X Thomas Tew).

seedling 15-009

July 14th, 2017

What first caught my eye with seedling 15-091 was the color - a light pink eye and edge. The first year blooms were somewhat irregularly shaped, however this year they improved with most blooms looking more like this picture. The blooms are 6" on 25" scapes and come from the cross (Jessica Lynn Bell X Walter Kennedy).

Seedling 15-091

July 12th, 2017

Substance when used to describe daylilies refers to the ability of blooms to withstand the elements. It can also be used when describing flower petal thickness. A daylily bloom with good substance may hold up under a light to moderate rain shower with little damage. I have also noticed that daylily blooms with poor substance tend to begin deteriorating faster than those with heavy substance especially on hot days.

Seedling 14-026

Seedling 14-026 has exceptional substance and I've seen it look good even after a hard rain. Also, it usually looks almost as good in the evening as it does when it first opens. It has 6" blooms on 30" scapes. It's from the cross (May I Have This Dance X Hog Heaven).

July 10th, 2017

This is seedling 16-144. It has a 5.5" bloom on 15" scapes which is much shorter than I like. Short scapes can be ok if the foliage size allows the blooms to be displayed above the foliage. This seedling has been grown in an area that gets too much shade so I plan to move it into a sunny location in the fall. Then we'll see how it performs.

Seedling 16-144

July 8th, 2017

I was doing some garden clean up recently and found a number of proliferations on some of the spent scapes. Proliferations look like small fans growing along the scape. These prolifs can be rooted by various methods giving additional fans of the cultivar. Usually these prolifs don't bloom the first year but by the second year they perform like any other fan of the cultivar. My method of propagating these prolifs may not be as effective as some more intensive methods but it takes little effort and does produce results.
  • Cut off the scape when roots begin to form at the base of the prolif
  • Trim off excess scape leaving about 1.5" both above and below the prolif
  • Trim the prolif foliage to about 2" in length
  • Make a small hole or slit in the soil near the base of the mother plant on the side that will receive the most shade from the mother plant
  • Push the prolif into the soil so the roots are at least a half inch into the soil and firm the soil around the base of the prolif

Prolif prepared for planting

Other than keeping the soil around the prolif from drying out until the roots become established, there isn't anything further to do. If the prolif takes (usually it does), the result will be just another fan along side the clump of the mother plant.

Seedling 15-038

Today's image is seedling 15-038. It has 6" blooms on 21" scapes. It comes from the cross (Mississippi Memento X Parrot Jungle).

July 6th, 2017

One of the frequent questions I get is "can or should I remove spent scapes?". Removing scapes improves the look of the garden because as the scapes begin to dry they turn brown making them a little unsigntly. So from an asthetic perspective, removing the spent scapes is a good thing.

I look at it a little differently and there are some who agree with this theory. The scapes are full of plant juices and nutrients needed for flowering and seed production. I believe that after the last bloom (and assuming there are no seed pods), some of the nutrients in the scape are drawn back into the plant. Nature does not like to waste resource so partially recapturing these nutrients only makes sense to me. It's further evidenced by the fact that the scape dies back from the top to the bottom. I don't however believe that removing the scape immediately after the last flower significantly harms the plant. Therefore my answer to the question is "you can remove the scapes if you want" but I let them know why they may not want to.

Personally, I usually remove the ones in the front yard (to keep the neighbor's happy) but leave the ones in the back yard.

Seedling 12-078

What Love Can DoSweet Tranquility

Seedling 12-078 has 6" blooms on 27" scapes with a bud count of 20. It comes from the cross (What Love Can Do x Sweet Tranquility).

July 4th, 2017

This is a rebloom image of Peaceful Moment taken yesterday. It's not as full and lush as the blooms earlier this season but still looked pretty good for this time of year.

Peaceful Moment (Jarvis, 2010)

Parentage is (Key Lime Ice X J.T. Davis).

July 3rd, 2017

While I really like black eyes in daylilies, they have not been all that common in my seedlings. Perhaps this is because I haven't concentrated on that trait.

One seedling in particular, 12-017, has a black eye. It's a consistent opener and performs well every year. Bud count is acceptable with up to 22 5.5" blooms on 21" scapes. It comes from the cross (Hedwig's Eyes X Crazy Ivan).

Seedling 12-017

July 1st, 2017

Our gulf coast summer weather has settled in for the long haul. Temperatures are now in the low to mid 90's just about every day. These conditions can speed up blooming quite a bit. For example, yesterday on one scape I had 4 blooms open and 3 more were open on the same scape today. These bloom clusters make a nice show.

Seedling 14-058

Today's image is seedling 14-058. It has 5" blooms on 22" scapes. It comes from the cross [Midnight Amulet X {Mask Of Eternity x (Islesworth x Awesome Blossom)}]. I like its black eye and edge. So far it hasn't had much of a bud count but some daylilies just are not happy in a pot. I need to move it to one of the beds to see what it can do.

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