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Name: Heidi
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mom2cjemma
Jun 29, 2016 11:40 AM CST
Last year I bought a couple of day lilies at our local garden clubs flower sale. One of them was called J&J. Supposedly a hybrid of some local guys.

Well it bloomed last year and while I liked the color , it was pretty lame. Decided to give it another year. It bloomed today. I think that it is heading for some garden other than mine.

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opinions?????
Heidi
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Claudia
Jun 29, 2016 12:00 PM CST
Not my cup of tea so it would not be staying at my house!
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jun 29, 2016 12:03 PM CST
Thing is someone else might like it but if you don't then move it out of your garden. There are so many daylilies that you can replace it with one you would really enjoy.
Name: Stewart
Pinehurst, Texas (Zone 8b)
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PlantMania
Jun 29, 2016 1:59 PM CST
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Name: Char
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Jun 29, 2016 3:41 PM CST

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Rolling on the floor laughing Took me a little bit to figure this one out. I could see the number had been changed on the image, my mind just wasn't putting the 86'd together. Rolling on the floor laughing I'll be laughing about this for days.
I agree with all comments so far. If a daylily doesn't grow well, or it's blooms don't appeal to me they go over the fence onto the compost pile. Caring for and weeding a daylily that doesn't excite and thrill you when you see it bloom.... is a daylily taking up garden space that could be used for growing one that will.
Name: Stewart
Pinehurst, Texas (Zone 8b)
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PlantMania
Jun 29, 2016 4:20 PM CST
I hope everyone takes it in Fun

Whistling :,
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jun 29, 2016 4:24 PM CST
I used to say "Shovel Prunned" for daylilies that I dug up and left my garden. Hilarious!
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Polymerous
Jun 29, 2016 4:36 PM CST
Life is too short and garden resources (space, water, food, light, the gardener's time and energy) too precious to waste on a daylily which does not thrill you, or which can be replaced by something better. (YOU decide what is "better" for your garden, not someone else. Newer does NOT necessarily equal better.)

Exceptions may sometimes be made in the case where/if you are hybridizing, and the daylily has certain genes which you absolutely must have (and which are hard to come by). In that case, you keep the sketchy plant as long as needed (i.e until and if you get better offspring from it, or give up trying), and then you punt it. In a purely ornamental garden, though, daylilies must earn their keep.

"Am I eager to see this daylily begin bloom each year?" and "Am I sad to see the last flower open on this daylily?"

"Yes" = keep it ("No" should make yourself ask why not...)

"Would I miss it if it was gone from the garden?"

"Yes" = keep it ("No" should make you ask yourself why you are keeping it...)

"Is it an ornament to the garden?" "Yes" = keep it

("No" and "I don't know" in this case may require some discernment, as sometimes plants don't perform their best where they are first placed in the garden. If the daylily in its 2nd year of bloom is (still) visual trash, that should immediately result in a trip to the compost pile or yard waste bin; odds are that it is not going to get any better so don't waste any more time or space on it. (Exceptions may or may not be made for seedlings, which may be punted their first year of bloom. Seeding bed space is in short supply, so you can only keep so many seedlings around for a second look.) If the daylily in question is not obviously trash, but it doesn't look quite right where it is, and/or is not meeting its registered specs, then maybe you should try it in a different spot in the garden, or plant it in the ground (if it is in a pot). Such changes of venue can sometimes work wonders. (And sometimes not... If, for example, the daylily needs warm nights to open fully, and you don't have warm nights, well....))

I'm sure you can think of more questions to ask yourself. (Right now, I am asking myself these very same questions, on daylilies both new and old.)

Fwiw, if that daylily were in my garden, and this was its second year of bloom and it looked like that, it would be going into the yard waste bin. I wouldn't inflict that plant on anyone else.

JMHO and YMMV.


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Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Altheabyanothername
Jun 29, 2016 5:55 PM CST
Heidi--You have a white elephant in your garden! If you can not see it's redeeming factor and no one gives you a reason you had not thought of. I would get rid of it. The only reason I can think of is that it would make every other daylily look good. Hilarious! if you like the color get George Caleb Bingham, he is only slightly twisted. Seriously, it is hard to part with plants, they are alive, and I think our inner hope button kicks in. Gardeners are a people that do not like to give up. Thank God for all your other beauties and toss this one! May joy follow us wherever we go.
Name: Heidi
CT (Zone 5b)
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mom2cjemma
Jun 29, 2016 6:28 PM CST
PlantMania said:I hope everyone takes it in Fun

Whistling :,
Stewart


Absolutely, that is hilarious!!!

Heidi
Name: Heidi
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mom2cjemma
Jun 29, 2016 6:35 PM CST
Thank you all for your feedback. I am going to dig it up and throw it outback. It is the second year of blooming for me and I just compared pictures and it is no better this year.

I have to wonder if it was on a taller scape and better able to open nicely than maybe it would've been a nicer flower, but yep, I have learned not to buy without a picture of what I am expected to get. Will just chalk this one up to a small donation to the flower club.
Heidi
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Claudia
Jun 30, 2016 9:12 AM CST
I must say thank you for posting this. I have a plant that is slow to increase & doesn't match the registered stats at all. But I love the flower. So I asked myself the question and it came up Keep it! So Last Snowflake stays!

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Jun 30, 2016 9:50 AM CST
just toss it!
Name: Laurie Basler
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lauriebasler
Jul 2, 2016 3:17 PM CST
My sister was ill for nearly 20 years living across the state from me, in Washington, right where the tulips are photographed each spring in Skagit County. My visits were so important for me, as I love her to death, and they were filled with many chores as attempts to keep up with her house, and yard that she could no longer do. One year, she insisted I dip up some 3 to 4 ft clumps of daylilies. They were not too happy, but she liked them, I could not even remember their bloom, and am feeling sorry for who ever she is giving them to. It was October, the wind was howling and it was raining sideways, I was chilled to the bone, wet and covered in mud from slipping off the shovel twice as I pounded through thick cement like roots. By the time I finally got 5 little clumps out, I had mud in my hair, my nose, shoes, and was sure to be sore in the morning. I left the next morning, she had a bag and said take your daylilies, I want you to have something growing in your yard to remember me by. I thought I had much better reminders than beast of a plant whose flowers die the same night they open. They were a literal pain in my butt, with bruises to prove it. I did not really want them in my yard. I reluctantly planted them, and have kept them under only decent care. I lost her this year. This once ugly flower is the most precious sight I have, and I cannot wait to deadhead it and stand in what is now a huge patch, and feel her there.
Name: Karen
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taylordaylily
Jul 2, 2016 4:23 PM CST
My condolences on the loss of your sister. May her daylilies shine bright every year, and remind you of her. God Bless You!
Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Jul 2, 2016 5:15 PM CST
Plants are wonderful reminders of loved ones we have lost. You will always remember your times with your sister when looking at her daylilies. She must have loved them to have chosen them to send home with you. Condolences on the loss of your sister and Welcome! to NGA.
Name: Mayo
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Mayo62
Jul 2, 2016 5:54 PM CST
Laurie, so sorry you lost your sister... it is hard to loose a sibling Crying



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Ok, I'll admit it: I don't get it! Shrug!
Can someone explain to the foreign lady what the joke is? Hilarious!


Mayo

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Name: Donald
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needrain
Jul 2, 2016 6:06 PM CST
Ok, I'll admit it: I don't get it! Shrug!
Can someone explain to the foreign lady what the joke is? Hilarious!


Mayo

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I searched the net and liked this one because there are several different versions for the answer:

https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=A0SO8yT.VHhXGx...

Basically I think '86'd' could be loosely translated as 'Get outta here' 'Get lost' or simply be evicted from the premises - as in a restaurant. It's humorous here because the tag in the original photo was changed to read '86'd'.

Donald
Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Jul 2, 2016 11:14 PM CST
Laurie - Welcome! to the daylily forum.

So very sorry to hear that you lost your beloved sister recently. I agree with Valerie .... Your sis must have truly loved you and her dayliles. She knew what we all know here .... When these plants burst into bloom, it will brighten your day, you'll feel a closeness to your sister, and you'll never forget the day you dug them up! They will make you smile. Group hug Hugs to you for your loss.
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Name: Dana
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bloominholes2fill
Jul 3, 2016 5:15 AM CST
Newyorkrita said:I used to say "Shovel Prunned" for daylilies that I dug up and left my garden. Hilarious!


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