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Aug 31, 2014 8:30 AM CST
|I have realized that not all daylilies outperform every single year. This is partly due to ( I believe) weather, how hard they "worked" the previous year and a bunch of other factors. Ones I had on this list in 2013 are not necessarily ones on my 2014 list. My top performing daylilies this year are:
Pumpkin Bandit - this yearling in my garden has been blooming since Memorial Day. And it is still going strong. I can't wait until it gets larger and clumps up.
Holly Dancer - a consistent over performer. It makes this list every single year.
God's Gift To Warthogs - it took this plant several years to settle in, and was spectacular this year, and in fact has a half dozen blooms that have opened this morning. Never expected this one to do so well.
Honorable Mentions: Lilting Belle, Buttered Popcorn and Fire King, + a mini flower that I need to figure out its name (squirrels stole the tag)
I will post photos when I get on my desktop later.
Aug 31, 2014 9:35 AM CST
Off the top of my head
KISS OF PARADISE
Aug 31, 2014 10:28 AM CST
|Pumpkin Bandit (ignore the weeds!)
Gods Gift To Warthogs
Fire King rebloom - you can't tell here, but this flower actually glowed this year.
Aug 31, 2014 5:55 PM CST
|Jan, your noid reminds me of Broadway Last Mohican. Whatever it is it makes a gorgeous clump!
With the hard and very long winter we had I wasn't sure what to expect of the daylilies. So many surprised me with their ability to put the nasty weather behind them and bloom like they always have, there were a lot of gorgeous blooms this year. These top 5 (6) are mostly older cultivars in established clumps that have proven themselves year after year and stood out as favorite performers for me in 2014....
Astral Voyager, is one of the best garden plants anyone could ask for. Beautiful foliage, great scape and cool raspberry- lavender blooms day after day....
Hidden Cameras, a patterned daylily with a super plant underneath.
A toss up for small red blooms between Broadway Valentine and Little Bo Peep Diploma, both make spectacular clumps, well branched with perfect blooms day after day.
Noble Lord, an older cultivar (1992) but a favorite of everyone that walks by it. Planted in the corner of the entrance to the garden it is one of the first daylilies they see.
Tuxedo Whiskers, wonderful pattern on a perfectly hardy well branched plant.
Others that come to mind and are great performers year after year....
Magic of Oz
Man in the Maze
Point of Divergence
Panties in a Knot
Vanilla Gorilla...I'm certain I could list many, many more!
Aug 31, 2014 7:43 PM CST
|I agree that your NOID looks like broadway last Mohican.
Some good performers are...
Coyote moon lots of scapes buds and reblooming scapes
Heavenly dragonfire lots of buds
Pink ambrosia 38 buds!
Painted palace 30 buds
Supernatural reblooming great
Stargate portal lots of scapes
Tuscawilla tigress 34 buds
And the prettiest or most unusual Cosmic Kaleidoscope
Just to name a few.
Sep 1, 2014 7:36 AM CST
|It could be Broadway Last Mohican, if it is, it clumped up in two years and that is what was surprising me. It has been wonderful this year.|
Sep 1, 2014 7:47 AM CST
|Jan, that sure looks like BROADWAY LAST MOHICAN to me, and didn't you purchase the mini collection that year? And I love love love your BUTTERED POPCORN -- so cheerful and bright, and that clump shot is amazing! Is that picture in our database? Sure hope so!
And Char, I love your HIDDEN CAMERAS - I'll have to check into that one myself.
Sep 1, 2014 8:04 AM CST
|Boy, there are so many that impressed me this year, but here are the ones I thought were the best:
LILLIAN'S VAPOR TRAIL
CHRISTMAS IN OZ
MAGIC OF OZ
MARINA DEL REY
And I just have to include some from my favorite category, the smalls and minis:
LILLIAN'S STUFF AND SUCH - A little beauty and an incredible performer
CRYSTAL WIND - Another great performer
BLACK FATHOM DEPTHS
LITTLE SURFER GIRL
Sep 1, 2014 11:02 AM CST
|I did purchase that mini collection, and it is in the right location. I have the name tag buried beneath the plant also, just don't want to dig it up to check. I have a single tiny scape left on Little Surfer Girl. and the other one never survived the winter - but this one has been AMAZING - I don't think I have ever had any daylily clump up THAT fast before. Thanks for the ID help. I just haven't dug out my garden maps to verify.|
Sep 1, 2014 2:16 PM CST
|All the rain gave me spectacular blooms this summer. The majority did very well, however, these pictured did exceptionally well.
MARGO REED INDEED
TECHNY PEACH LACE
HEARTBEAT OF HEAVEN (which is still blooming)
Sep 2, 2014 4:57 AM CST
|I should have added SUZY CREAM CHEESE to the list of wonderful performers. It blooms late in my garden and is currently still blooming.
SUZY CREAM CHEESE
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
There's a place of quiet rest !
Sep 2, 2014 6:31 AM CST
|Very impressive list thus far. My Margo Reed Indeed has struggled since its maiden voyage into my garden. I am going to try and relocate it this fall and see what happens. Here is my list.
Hearts And Flowers
Breth Of Fresh Air
Santa's Little Helper
Mama's Cherry Pie
America The Beautiful
Sorry, I couldn't stop!!
Sep 3, 2014 1:15 PM CST
|Boundless Beauty was outstanding this year.
Woman at the Well
Catcher in the Eye
Sep 3, 2014 1:56 PM CST
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Sep 3, 2014 3:09 PM CST
Is that 'Catcher In The Eye' that blue? That is very nice.
Sep 4, 2014 11:55 AM CST
|This year for me it was Ranger Bob and Barbara Mitchell. Both gone by now, but were prolific in late July and August. Just looking at all your wonderful photos gives me huge daylily envy, although I do not have much more room for them. I am looking for a couple of whites to add to the colors (Early Snow and Last Snowflake). I have one white, but it is not very prolific.
Sep 4, 2014 12:54 PM CST
Our ongoing drought severely impacted bloom quantity and quality on nearly all, but three stood out this year:
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Sep 4, 2014 4:25 PM CST
|Had quite a few this year :
Filled to Overflowing. Later blooming in my garden and loaded with buds.
Bob Faulkner seedling that just goes and goes and goes..... last flower today :(
This is a rebloom scape.
Paper Butterfly bloomed alot this year.
Others that put out lots of blooms :
Flight of the Raven
Love on a Wire
Heavenly Dancing Fairies
Sep 4, 2014 5:24 PM CST
| to ATP and the Daylily forum SeeBee!
Never heard of Strange Magic, went and looked it up in the database...impressive clump shots jmorth. Enjoying going down through all the posts and seeing everyone's favorites.
Sep 4, 2014 6:11 PM CST
|Thanks Char. Strange Magic came from Gilbert H Wild years and years ago.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
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