Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day - Sexy Sally

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Aug 13, 2015 11:21 PM CST
Background history:

"Sexy Sally" is an unusual form crispate, semi-evergreen diploid introduced in 2006 by Darrel Apps of Wild Rose, Wisconsin. He has been retired since 2007.
http://www.greenhousegrower.com/uncategorized/daylily-hybrid...

Article in the New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/30/nyregion/gardening-just-ca...

Additional Articles:
http://www.hortmag.com/plants/plant-profiles/darrel_apps_day...
http://talking-to-plants.blogspot.com/2011/07/dr-darrel-apps...

This cultivar can be found in the ATP Plant Database:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Sexy Sally')

According to the ATP database, it is listed as a mid to late season bloomer, that has an extend bloom season.



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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Sexy Sally')
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Aug 14, 2015 4:41 AM CST
Becky, I admire your dedication and hard work to the Daylily of the Day series. Thank you so much for all the research you do on each of the featured daylilies!

I don't have Sexy Sally (although I would LOVE to know where that name came from Hilarious! ), I read with interest the articles about Darrel Apps. In the Horticulture magazine link, Darrel talks about spent blooms falling off on their own:

"Lastly, when the flower is finished, it shouldn’t make a mess. But many gorgeous ones do, melting over the buds below and making it harder for those flowers to open properly. (People devoted to these plants go out every morning and deadhead individual blossoms, but who among us non-Hemerocallis-heads needs yet another garden chore?) This nasty habit, says Apps, will eventually be eliminated with good breeding. There are plenty of fine daylilies today whose spent flowers neatly roll up “into little dry, cigarettes” that drop off of their own accord. - See more at: http://www.hortmag.com/plants/plant-profiles/darrel_apps_day...

I never thought about breeding that trait out of daylilies! Spent blooms falling off on their own without making a mess on other daylilies? And what about hybridizing? Would you want a spent bloom to fall off immediately? It just made me wonder about it.
Vickie
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Aug 14, 2015 6:16 AM CST
I obtained this lovely cultivar the year before Darryl Apps retired. I am so glad I spent the $50 he was charging for this intro, which I thought was not a bad price. Sexy Sally is very hardy, and both pod and pollen fertile. This summer I had 3 way branching with 16 buds. Sexy Sally is also a very good cold morning opener and does well in hot sun. It's flower form can look different, depending on the weather. It grows very true to the stats listed in the plant database. I really never noticed the spent blooms falling off. It's possible they do but next summer I will pay more attention to that.

SEXY SALLY



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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Aug 14, 2015 8:02 PM CST
Cindy - I know you may be one of the only members on ATP to own this plant! Thank you for your detailed report and the lovely bloom photo! She is a good-looking daylily! Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Aug 15, 2015 8:19 AM CST
Vickie - Thank you for catching that tidbit about Darrel's self-cleaning bloom hybridizing goal and for mentioning it on this thread. It IS a trait that I never really thought about in breeding goals, but certainly a noble trait! Thumbs up
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Aug 15, 2015 10:10 PM CST
Thank you to those (one person so far) who posted a performance evaluation of this cultivar! I appreciate it!

Please feel free to return to this thread to post additional comments and photos at ANY time! Thumbs up Thank You!
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