Daylilies forum: What traits would you like to see in daylilies?

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Name: bb
north of boston on the coast
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lilylady
Feb 2, 2012 1:13 PM CST
I can remember when I thought it would be great to have edges!

Tall daylilies once again...and even taller!

When a crimped edge would go all the way around the petals evenly like my mother's pie crust!


Now I can think of other desires:

Edges on the sepals the same as the petals. Sepals always seem to be forgotten

Crimping on the sepals the same as the petals.

Self deadheading

More fragrance

Patterns that show up in the north (there are some, so maybe I should say in cooler weather)

Polys that have 5 petals. Those 4 things look like squares to me!


What would you like to see?

Name: bb
north of boston on the coast
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lilylady
Feb 2, 2012 1:15 PM CST
I have found that 'what we can dream, THEY can make'!!!
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Feb 2, 2012 1:36 PM CST
I really like daylilies that pretty much open flat, where the petals don't curl down. I love to be able to see petals clear to the tips, rather than having them disappear into a curl. And I love the toothy ones, and now there are some toothies that even have teeth on the sepals -- cool!

And I would love to see clearer, truer colors. Even the whites are really not white, unless they fade to white in the afternoon. When I got into daylilies a couple of years ago I really believed the pictures I was seeing, and now after that great learning experience I realize the colors in so many of the hybridizers' pictures have been enhanced/altered so I really can't go by just a hybridizer's picture for selecting daylilies -- although with a new introduction you pretty much have to, unless you can use the parentage as somewhat of a guide. And also, whether the flower is in shade or sunlight really affects the colors in bloom pictures. So I'm starting to take pictures both in shade and sunlight, and to look for both shade and sunlight pictures in the databases to give me more of a feel for bloom colors.

Betty
Name: Lyle
Phoenix
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lyle627
Feb 2, 2012 1:59 PM CST
Ruffles on the petals, and sepals easy self-deadheading priceless.




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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Feb 2, 2012 2:21 PM CST
Boy, Lyle, you've sure got the ruffles down pat! Absolutely fabulous! And the second picture (and maybe the third?) is that wonderful sugary confection one that I love so much, isn't it? And I love your ruffles (and teeth?) on the sepals!

Betty
Name: Lyle
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lyle627
Feb 2, 2012 2:43 PM CST
No, the one you liked is this one...


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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Feb 2, 2012 2:45 PM CST
Ah yes -- talk about a sugary confection! Does it look good for this one so far? What a beauty!

Betty
Ontario, Canada (Zone 5b)
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Anne
Feb 2, 2012 3:08 PM CST
Yes! More 5 petal polys please!

Here's Destined To See teasing me with a lovely polymerous bloom a couple years ago. If only it would always do that!
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Feb 2, 2012 3:41 PM CST
That is lovely, Anne. Smiling
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rebloomnut
Feb 2, 2012 3:57 PM CST
Lyle I love each one of those so which one do you like best and why.

Ruffles and Major teeth on the sepals, crepe texture, wide and flat, clear colors, hardy, large blooms, cold opener, long blooming, good branching.
Name: bb
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lilylady
Feb 2, 2012 4:11 PM CST
Pretty Anne!

Lyle, way to go!
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sandnsea2
Feb 2, 2012 5:21 PM CST
High Bud count.
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mcash70
Feb 2, 2012 6:21 PM CST
Oh so pretty!!! Lovey dubby
Name: Juli
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daylily
Feb 2, 2012 6:35 PM CST
Great topic Bobbie!

I love the idea of them being self deadheading - but I would want them to drop off during the night after they bloom. Then, they would probably pull off seedpods.

Years ago I did not deadhead. Now I HATE seeing all the spent blooms. So I usually "live head" in the evening. Much nicer picking the fresher flowers off instead of a lump of gross slimy stuff.

I would love to see really tiny ones with all the "stuff" larger ones have. I adore PENNY'S WORTH. It reblooms and reblooms here in Ohio. It grows great. I like the bloom size - I guess it is a bit smaller than a 50 cent piece. I think it is 10 inches tall. I wish the same plant came in all colors, patterns, shapes and sizes. With the little bitty ones, it is so easy to tuck them here or there, same as you would an annual. But, you don't have to do it every year!
Name: Kim W
Md (Zone 6a)
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kimkats
Feb 2, 2012 6:58 PM CST
Self-deadheading would be great! High bud counts even in the north, black teeth or tentacles, teeth on spiders even on the sepals, and Juli is right the little ones need more edges and colors.
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Name: Jan
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philljm
Feb 2, 2012 8:43 PM CST
I would like more variety in the leaves also. Blue greens, stripes, reddish tones... ~Jan
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Hemlady
Feb 3, 2012 6:37 AM CST
I definitely would like to see higher bud count and rebloom in the north.
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spunky1
Feb 3, 2012 7:09 AM CST
I can remember when Pat Stamile released Admiral's Braid, everyone who was anyone in daylilies had to have it because of the gold edge, wasn't long before every catalog was full of gold edge daylilies. I think the next big thing was a blue daylily, which never happened that I know of. We do have what is called blue eyes and blue edges. When the blue thing quited down along came the green edges, and now attempting to get a green daylily. Somewhere in all of this came the teeth and now all these traits except the blue are a dime a dozen. So somewhere, someone is working on what you want you want to see in daylilies. I do believe most will never be fragrant, its been bred out like most of the roses. Things are happening so fast in daylilies that even I may live long enough to see all your wishes come true.
Name: bb
north of boston on the coast
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lilylady
Feb 3, 2012 9:36 AM CST
The little ones, to me, need to be solid and in standout striking colors to be seen in a cottage garden. But I would love to see them used in containers and windowboxes with all the whistles.

I never did get Penny'sworth. I thought it would get lost in my huge cottage gardens. Didn't realize it repeated. There is another small one too isn't there?

Then I did have someone bring me another small one. Darn if I can remember the name. About 12 inch tall, yellow with an eye. I'll do a trade with you Juli, if you'd like. I'll look for a pic. It might be the start of more layered color at least. I know that you have downsized though, so no problem if not desired.
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Feb 3, 2012 10:25 AM CST
I really love the little guys! I've been working on getting a collection of some of Grace Stamile's and Elizabeth Salter's smalls and mini's (I didn't even know there was a difference and thought they were all mini's until Lyle let me know) ever since I saw the first one that I received as a gift last year, PIXIE PERFECT by Stan Holley. It was so adorable that I was immediately hooked!

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I probably have more than twenty now if I include the ones I've just purchased that should arrive later this month and early in March.





Betty

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