Daylilies forum: April Blooms 2016

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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 4, 2016 10:23 AM CST
I did not see an April blooms thread started, so I am posting a photo of two of my Champagne Elegance blooms here. These are on two different plants, I have one more plant with buds but no blooms on it for another week or so I estimate. I had a few NOIDs with blooms already in April, and missed some photos of a few others due to heavy rain.
These are not typical of the beautiful blooms on this variety, but it is very early in the season still.
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Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
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scflowers
Apr 4, 2016 11:54 AM CST
We are experimenting with daylilies in my classroom, and many students have no plant experience. They can't quite grasp pollen-dabbing, so I felt that a hands on experience would be best:).

I divided a few clumps, potted a few fans and put them in the greenhouse in hopes of getting the blooming season started early enough that students could try their hand at forming a few pods Smiling

The first bloom was today. Quite ironic since today is the first day of spring break, so kids are out of school for the week!

Blackthorne


Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Apr 4, 2016 9:31 PM CST
My first bloom this year (and this month) is Big Snowbird which I received from @kousa at the end of December (2015) and transplanted it into my raised bed. It came in a clump of 5 fans. So far it has produced 3 scapes. The scapes are 21-23" tall and the first bloom was 5". I will be trying my hand at freezing the pollen to use later when other cultivars bloom.

Big Snowbird (taken in my garden today):

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The entire plant:

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Name: Betty
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Betja
Apr 4, 2016 9:35 PM CST
What a beauty! Thumbs up

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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Apr 4, 2016 10:12 PM CST
Thank You! I like each one posted so far. Some very pretty flowers for sure!
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Apr 4, 2016 11:35 PM CST
Oh wow Becky, that is really early for them to bloom! I usually don't see Big Snowbird blooming until July for my area. Congrats! I think it must like your growing environment. Nice thing is it reblooms so you maybe able to get pollen from a later bloom.
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javaMom
Apr 5, 2016 4:51 AM CST

Thank you for sharing your beautiful blooms !!!
Name: Karen
Butler County (Zone 6a)
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taylordaylily
Apr 6, 2016 8:42 AM CST
Congratulations on the beautiful blooms everyone! It brings hope to all of us that are still shivering our timbers in the cold. Thank You! for sharing!
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 6, 2016 10:37 AM CST
With the night time temps still staying in the 40's and 50's the blooms are not wanting to open, but at least they are trying.
Royal Eventide: I waited till almost 11: 30 for this photo and still the bloom is only half way open. At least it has a few scapes now and several buds on each.
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Name: pam
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gardenglory
Apr 6, 2016 10:48 AM CST
Wow do your plants look nice. Nice scapes too. I finally got a nice big fat scape this morning. Its on Dutch Yellow Truffle ( my avatar picture). Dont know why, I just love this flower. I know everybody has to hear this every year
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Name: Leslie
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Lalambchop1
Apr 6, 2016 11:12 AM CST
Larry, that's a beauty! I look forward to seeing it when it's fully opening. At least you can hybridize with Royal Eventide, even if it's a little sleepy and doesn't want to wake up.

Regina, wouldn't you know it bloomed during Spring Break. LOL They will enjoy them when they come back.

Becky, Big Snowbird is lovely. I'll bet you have lots of scapes.

My Dear Pam, I know why you like DYT. It reminds you of me! LOL I love it because I always think of you.
Leslie

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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 6, 2016 11:14 AM CST
Lalambchop1
I really don't do any hybridizing to speak of, maybe dap some here and there if I get bored. So I am impatiently waiting for warmer nights.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Apr 6, 2016 11:20 AM CST
And so it begins! Thanks for starting this thread Larry, although I won't be able to contribute until at least mid-late May. It's just so doggone nice to see someone's blooms and knowing that mine are just around the corner.

Beautiful blooms everybody, even though some don't want to fully open. Keep 'em coming!
Vickie
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Name: shirlee
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mistyfog
Apr 6, 2016 7:48 PM CST
These daylilies look so good, and exciting to see even when they
have difficulty opening with cool nights and so early in the season.

And just remember, they get so much better later, and then we are
ecstatic. Rinse, repeat, every season, at least that's the way I am.
I never tire of looking at and playing with these flowers.

Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
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scflowers
Apr 8, 2016 12:19 AM CST
Lava Flow bloomed today, but it wasn't nearly as pretty as last summer. It's been really cool here at night, so the bloom was very sluggish to open fully. The color was very muted. However, I was still completely happy to see blooms since some of you are still experiencing the frigid temps!

I got busy repotting coleus today and forgot to go take a picture. Sighing!

This one has been completely outdoors, no greenhouse involved Smiling I'm noticing scapes everywhere, spring is well under way Hurray!
Name: Fred Manning
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spunky1
Apr 8, 2016 6:35 AM CST
Nice blooms everyone, having the same problem with the cool nights.
Name: Ashton & Terry
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kidfishing
Apr 9, 2016 1:59 PM CST
H. Dumorterii

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This is a species which always blooms long before any other daylilies.
Our early blooming daylilies will start about the last week of May but this was blooming yesterday.
This is a heritage cultivar that was brought to Oklahoma by my great grandmother during the land run of 1889 and we still grow it today.
They never knew what it was and just called it old and early.
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Name: Donald
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needrain
Apr 9, 2016 2:06 PM CST
@kidfishing
Those buds are pretty neat to be opening to that bright yellow bloom. Isn't this also really, really early for your part of the world? Are you using a species to get this seedling?
Donald
Name: Ashton & Terry
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kidfishing
Apr 9, 2016 2:16 PM CST
Donald,

I was editing my posted picture when you wrote. That is very observant of you to know that we should not have daylilies blooming at this time. We just recently were at 25 degrees and the first bloom scape on H. Dumorterii froze or it would have bloomed even earlier.
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Apr 9, 2016 2:33 PM CST
kidfishing said:H. Dumorterii
This is a heritage cultivar that was brought to Oklahoma by my great grandmother during the land run of 1889 and we still grow it today.
They never knew what it was and just called it old and early.


That's great you are still growing it and have identified it. Did she bring it to Oklahoma from a colder climate or a warmer one or one that was similar? Since it blooms so very early, in my mind it would be logical that it came from a place where it wouldn't be subject to being caught by late freezes following some warm stretches that push it to start blooming. That would be fairly common where you are, I think. Or it may have adapted by lots of rebloom as a safety for making seeds. Does it do that? I'll Google the species and see what it tells me about its' origins, but that won't cover whence your grandmother toted it along to its current home.

Donald

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