Daylilies forum: For fun... but not on a desert island...

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Polymerous
Mar 10, 2015 6:34 PM CST
We have all seen those threads along the lines of "If you were going to be marooned on a desert island, what 5/10/name-your-number daylilies would you bring?"

I was idly thinking the other day, of what if there were some sort of EOTWAWKI (End of The World as We Know It) disaster, on a *local* scale, which would mandate a hasty (and maybe permanent) evacuation...one in which, furthermore, even if I *could* return, the daylilies left behind might no longer be there. As to what type of disaster, feel free to fill in the blank on your favorite disaster scenario.... wildfire (maybe burns up the daylilies), hurricane/flood (maybe washes away the daylilies? or looters steal them?), geological hazard (earthquake with a crevasse gulping down the daylilies, or a sinkhole doing the same - though in those cases there wouldn't be advanced warning), a Fukushima/Chernobyl type disaster (you might have to smuggle out whatever glowing-in-the-dark plants), alien invasion, invading armies, etc. etc.

The whole point of this is, you can only save some number of daylilies (let's say 10 tops) before you have to get out of dodge. Since you won't have to dig them, you can take unlimited seeds with you, and some number of sprouted several-to-a-pot seedlings. Anything else, you have to dig, but you don't have much time. Assume that once you have gotten to safety, you can make a new garden (or maybe go back home and rebuild your old garden, depending on the disaster scenario), and you will have the rest of the daylily world to draw on, to beg, borrow, or buy new or replacement daylilies from.

Which daylilies do you save, in those frantic pre-evacuation moments? Remember, you don't have much time, and you are also going to be wanting to save family photos, important papers, keepsakes, your spouse/elderly parent(s)/kids/pets, and maybe pack a bag or two of clothes and grab some water and food for your escape.

So - which daylilies are saved?

For myself, I was thinking that top priority should go to the ones that would be difficult (if not impossible) to replace, which would mean favorite seedlings or daylilies which are no longer commercially available (or maybe only one or two nurseries had the plant the last time that I looked). Daylilies of sentimental importance could also go on that list. High performance isn't necessarily a factor; importance to your garden is.

Currently, my list is over 20 daylilies; I would probably be overtaken by the disaster while trying to decide what gets left behind Rolling on the floor laughing . Apart from those of sentimental value or difficult to replace, I confess that I have a few that I could almost certainly replace, but I really like them, they are decent sized clumps, and I don't want to take any chances on losing them. Whistling

Among my list:

(I really like it, and I'm not sure I could replace it)



(I'm about 99% certain that's what it is...)


(my daughter graduated from Amherst College 2 years ago)




You can see that the list is already over 10 daylilies, plus I want to save some seedlings, and then there are those I-can-replace-them-but... daylilies.

What daylilies would *you* save, and why?
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Name: Kim W
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kimkats
Mar 10, 2015 7:18 PM CST
Ok here is my list. And let me say this was real hard. I went with mostly seedlings, since they are irreplacable. Also a few absolute favorites. There were several I left behind even though I love them and they represent family members. Those are ones that could be found again though so I was ruthless. If only I could be this ruthless when culling the seedling bed. Also I plan on making off with several hundred frozen vials of pollen and 3 grocery bags of seed from the last 3 years. All is not lost. Sticking tongue out Whistling Sticking tongue out

A seedling from Fred
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One of my seedlings LNS XGM c
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Another of my seedlings crazy pierrex flamingo flambeau 1
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Seedling nc2odd x startling creation
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Startling creation x forbidden desire3
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Tink seedling #2
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Initial Public offering x startling creation2
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Triasic teeth, This is a favorite for it's large toothy bloms, and it's fertile both ways.
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Dances with Giraffes, I coveted this plant for 7-8 years before I laid my hands on it. Not gonna lose it now Sticking tongue out
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Velvet Ribbons Another favorite and fertile both ways.
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Polymerous
Mar 10, 2015 8:52 PM CST
"Also I plan on making off with several hundred frozen vials of pollen and 3 grocery bags of seed from the last 3 years. All is not lost. "

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Yes, this is a really hard exercise. As I said, my list is over 20. You are a better seedling saver than I am. I tip my hat to you. I did not mention my seeds (about 4 quart sized bags), or seedlings: presently 1 flat (which will be planted into a bed in a week or two, so I would probably lose those Crying ), 2 under-the-bed storage containers of smaller pots, 1x 3 gallon pot, and 2-4 that I would have to dig up. At a minimum, I would save the seeds, the potted seedlings, and at least 2 of the seedlings that I would have to dig - given the time. If necessary, I would trade two from my above list of registered cultivars to dig two of those seedlings; those would probably be 'Newberry White Dove' and 'Lord Jeffrey Amherst', since at this time, both of those are still available from at least one nursery.
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Frillylily
Mar 11, 2015 8:31 AM CST
well if I were stranded on an island and could only take one thing---- it would be a boat!

Polymerous, what kind of bud count does Lavender Dew have for you? It may have to be on my wish list....
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Polymerous
Mar 11, 2015 3:05 PM CST
The bud count isn't high... maybe 8-12 ish. I don't know how it would do in a good location; here, it is in a poor location with a TON of shade, literally only a few hours of sun a day, and it only gets fertilized once a year. Really, it's surprising that it blooms at all. (In case you are wondering, this garden tends to run on benign neglect. Not everything gets fertilized every year, never mind several times a year.)

But 'Lavender Dew' is one of the earlier daylilies in the garden (never mind that it is registered as a midseason; I think it's maybe more an EM), and it is one that I look forward to every year.

My picture, by the way, was taken later in the day. The color does fade, and the image shows that.

If bud count concerns you, you might look for descendants of it, or of its tet conversion. Patrick Stamile had some introductions out of the tet conversion, and at least one of them (I took a quick look) had a high bud count.
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Name: Mike
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Mar 12, 2015 6:57 AM CST
Ahhhh, let's see! Tough choice here.
America The Beautiful
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August Flame
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Beautiful Edgings
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Carmen Renee
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Elma Tipton
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Freewheelin
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John Hawkins
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King Of Camelot
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Look Here Mary
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Roman Cohort
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I would definitely feel bad leaving these behind:
Boundless Beauty
Rock Candy
Priceless
Winter Treasure
Bela Lugosi
Knights In White Satin
Peggy Jeffcoat
Barbie In Pink
Endless Heart
Mia Bella Of Gascone
Sears Tower
My Cup Overflows

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Guybo
Mar 12, 2015 7:12 AM CST
My first would be this unregistered (as of yet) one that is our first "good" hybrid
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Others would be:
Cherokee Star



Mary's Gold

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Countdown to Glory



After that !!! OMG - who knows!

May the blooms be with you!

Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Mar 12, 2015 7:20 AM CST
Guybo, those are nice.
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Polymerous
Mar 12, 2015 7:25 AM CST
That is an interesting selection of keepers, Mike. The only one of those that I have is 'Beautiful Edgings'. I considered taking it, but it doesn't open as well as I like, and it appears that it can still be purchased online.

I know what you mean by "feeling bad" about leaving things behind; I definitely agree about 'Sears Tower' - but it is available online. (I also have 'Bela Lugosi' (but as a new plant *Blush* , no evaluation of behavior here) and 'Boundless Beauty' (I have only seen it in bloom once; I have to move it).)

Also on my hate-to-leave-behind list (and only because I believe I can still get it) is 'Osterized'. ('Osterized' is also in a raised (boxed) bed where it would be difficult to dig up. I keep meaning to divide it, but I've been putting off that task.)

I think it would just about kill me to leave those two behind - 'Osterized' and 'Sears Tower' - and then discover that they were no longer commercially available! Crying I would then truly be reduced to begging - or bribing Whistling - to get new pieces of them.


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Name: Guybo
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Guybo
Mar 12, 2015 7:25 AM CST
Thanks, I think so too! You see the plan would be to have these and start hybridizing. That's why it is such a problem to decide what else - Perhaps a Lavender Blue Baby or Zahadoom or ........................... LOL.

Cheers
May the blooms be with you!

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Polymerous
Mar 12, 2015 7:31 AM CST
'Mary's Gold', ooh, yes... but also still available online.

Those good seedlings *are* important, aren't they?
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Hemlady
Mar 12, 2015 7:40 AM CST
Very hard for me to decide too. My list is of about 20 but here are a few I couldn't do without.

JOSEPH'S COAT

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REBEKAH'S GOTHIC SPIDER

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SEXY SALLY

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PICKET FENCES

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MILKY WAY EYES



BEST OF FRIENDS a oldie that would be hard to find

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HEARTBEAT OF HEAVEN

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SEEDLING FORESTLAKE RAGAMUFFIN X SPINEY SEA URCHIN

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EMERALD STARBURST

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BRUSHED BY BLUEBIRDS

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Along with Magic of Oz, Old King Cole, Fluttering Beauty and Gudrid.

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Name: Char
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Char
Mar 13, 2015 5:50 AM CST

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Oh this is so hard! I'm seeing some plants in the lists above making me question my choices...
My first choice would be several of my registered daylilies and seedlings.
West of the Moon, Man in the Maze and Painted On Jeans



Seedlings
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If I could not get to the seedling beds and had to choose from registered cultivars then I would add to the first three plants listed above...





Should the EOTWAWKI event happen during winter there would be no way of digging plants out of the frozen ground so...
Plan 1 would be to take all the seed bags in the fridge...
Plan 2 IF seeds are already started in trays, take all trays ( can I take all of them or only 10? There are some really good crosses planted Big Grin )
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Mar 13, 2015 7:10 AM CST
Char, those would be some nice seedlings to run with.
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kidfishing
Mar 13, 2015 9:04 AM CST
Those are some neat looking seedlings Char!
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Name: Char
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Char
Mar 13, 2015 5:24 PM CST

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Thanks Mike and Kid! This was one of those fun, make you think, challenges and trying to figure out what to take was more difficult than I first thought it would be. Like everyone else, the list of leave behinds would be heartbreaking.
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Polymerous
Mar 13, 2015 10:54 PM CST
It's fascinating seeing the choices people make.

Wonderful seedlings, Char! I think that I would grab those in preference to some of your chosen registered cultivars. Whistling

How many seedling trays you can take? Ah, er, hmm... whatever you can snatch-n-grab and shove into the car, I guess. (With all of the trouble we are all having, I would guess our cars would be getting pretty full!)
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Guybo
Mar 14, 2015 7:02 AM CST
Polymerous - that's why I'd use my truck!
May the blooms be with you!

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Polymerous
Mar 14, 2015 3:58 PM CST
Guybo - not all of us have trucks!

I do have a beat-up SUV, which is our fur mobile. I guess that our dog could always ride shotgun, which would give me more room for plants. (He refuses to stay in the cargo area and normally has the entire backseat at his disposal, but he has aspirations for a promotion.... whenever we have to quick run into a store or carryout food place on the way home from the dog park, we always find him sitting in the driver's seat when we return.)

As for more mundane things... DH has a Nissan sedan; he can (try to) carry all of the papers, photos, keepsakes, valuables, books, computers (and/or drives), luggage, etc. But given that we have a ginormous library which wouldn't fit in both of our cars (something which I did not previously consider), even if we weren't taking anything else, there's another wrenching decision to be made, in the form of "which X books do we take...". I suspect that if DH had his way, it would be nothing BUT books and computer drives (well, maybe also one wall portrait, one painting, a few photos, our laptops, one tiny overnight bag for clothes), and ONE (or two) daylilies.

Thus, for us, instead of my frantically digging up daylilies, the most likely scenario is that we would probably be arguing over which books to save, and how many books versus how many daylilies, while the disaster overtook us. Rolling my eyes. (If we did escape, at least the seeds would be saved! Those can be stuffed under the driver's seat, or in some other corner not taken up by boxes of books. All is not lost! Rolling on the floor laughing )
The current avatar image is that of a volunteer daylily seedling showing cristation.
Name: Kim W
Md (Zone 6a)
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kimkats
Mar 14, 2015 4:59 PM CST
I guess if I had to make allowances for the other stuff( non-daylily related) I would need to save, I wouldn't have much room. I have a 2 seater and 16 cats Blinking Sticking tongue out Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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