Daylilies forum: Judy Davisson 2020 intros

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Name: Rob Laffin
Mariaville, Maine (Zone 4b)
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RobLaffin
Jan 17, 2020 11:46 AM CST
Judy's new intros are up and there are lots of gorgeous ones. After 35+ years of developing her excellent program, she is really at the top of her game and her sales prove it - almost immediately many of the best sold out. It is worth it to look to see what I want to bid on in years coming up, though! Someday she will retire and I want to be sure to get some of these cream of the crop to work with before she does.

Inspiring to see what a long career of careful attention not only to pretty blooms but also to excellent plant quality can produce! After 8 years of doing this myself, I appreciate what a long, hard road it is to develop a good program, and am sure Judy went through many years of hard work and disappointment before finally getting the results she's got now..

Here's the link: http://www.picturetrail.com/da...
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
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blue23rose
Jan 17, 2020 12:42 PM CST
Oh my goodness! Judy's intros are stunning Lovey dubby I love the name "Laugh Till You Snort" and the bloom is gorgeous too.

The height and color on "Purple Mania" is awesome. I tip my hat to you.
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Mary
Crown Point, Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Jan 17, 2020 12:56 PM CST
MACON MONEY! Hurray! Lovey dubby Angel Angel Angel
I are sooooo smart!
Name: Robin
Southern Michigan (Zone 6a)
Region: Michigan Seller of Garden Stuff Seed Starter Cat Lover Daylilies Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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RobinSeeds
Jan 17, 2020 1:13 PM CST
Judy sure has a gift for naming as well as breeding! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
God blessed me with dirt.
('Mipii' on The LA)
McLean, VA (Zone 6b)
daylilly99
Jan 17, 2020 1:14 PM CST
I'm excited to have reserved COMPLICATED LOVE and TWO HOOTS AND A HOLLER for our club.

The two we would have chosen were, I think, sold out before the list became available to the public.

I hope she can find a way to keep up the hybridizing efforts because our members really like her plants and she has treated the club well in the past.
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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alilyfan
Jan 17, 2020 3:56 PM CST
I "discovered" Judy Davisson's daylilies a year or 2 ago and after I saw how well they do, I am a a true admirer. If only I had more space!
Name: Steve Todd
Illinois (Zone 5b)
Region: Illinois Plant and/or Seed Trader Daylilies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Ahead
Jan 17, 2020 4:07 PM CST
Amazing collection! Nobody sends better plants! READY FIRE AIM as my wallet is blown to bits...lol.

Congrats Davi!
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Jan 17, 2020 5:24 PM CST
I agree with what everyone says! Unfortunately, everything I want is sold out! Sad Sad

Steve, if your wallet is blown to bits then I know we can expect many wonderful crosses from Judy's plants next year. Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Name: Charley
Arroyo Seco New Mexico (Zone 4b)
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Charlemagne
Jan 17, 2020 5:36 PM CST
I agree with what everyone says! Fortunately, everything I want is sold out! Whew!

Charley
If you’re the smartest person in the room you’re in the wrong room.
Name: Tim
West Chicago, IL (Zone 5a)
Daylilies Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower
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Lyshack
Jan 17, 2020 6:55 PM CST
I was fortunate enough to reserve Marvelous Merry Grey and Pampered Girls before it sold out, along with an older one I had wanted since it was new. So many more that would have looked great in the garden, or the performance genetics were painful to pass on, but I'm trying not to blow out my wallet like Steve. Smiling

I agree with Steve, too. Nobody sends bigger, healthier plants than Judy. Thumbs up
Name: Celeste
central New Hampshire (Zone 4b)
Region: New Hampshire Daylilies Hybridizer Birds Cat Lover Butterflies
Seller of Garden Stuff Roses
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celestialrose
Jan 18, 2020 7:28 AM CST
How on earth do people get her plants before they are listed? I have wanted so many of hers over the years but almost everything is always sold out when the new listing comes up. I only grow a couple of her older intros and they are outstanding! I admire her hybridizing genius so much. I always love looking at her site but then I always feel sad that I can't get my hands on any of them. Sighing!
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Name: Robin
Southern Michigan (Zone 6a)
Region: Michigan Seller of Garden Stuff Seed Starter Cat Lover Daylilies Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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RobinSeeds
Jan 19, 2020 12:27 AM CST
I agree Celeste, I also am not on that VIP list; however, that always gives me something 'big' to look forward too. Big Grin
God blessed me with dirt.
('Mipii' on The LA)
Name: James
California (Zone 8b)
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JamesT
Jan 19, 2020 9:57 AM CST
celestialrose said:How on earth do people get her plants before they are listed? I have wanted so many of hers over the years but almost everything is always sold out when the new listing comes up.


Some plants (probably most plants from smaller, temperate climate gardens) are in short supply. Daylilies don't always grow and multiply fast, particularly when you want them to. At the end of the first bloom season, hybridizers go through their "selected seedlings, and usually find a large fan with a growth bud opposite the scape. If they have 24 fans after the fourth season they can consider themselves lucky. The longer they wait, the more plants they'll have, but the less "special" their seedling becomes. Many cutting-edge daylilies have been introduced with 10-16 salable units.

Hybridizers network. Friends, associates and garden visitors have been admiring some of these plants for a few years. Most established hybridizers have customers who buy the whole collection. They're well-aware of what's coming up for release. Deals are struck long before pixel hits screen, and the debut introduction is often a mere formality. The rest of us, the teeming masses who are not fortunate enough to be "Ahead" of the curve, have to wait for them to hit the secondary market.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Composter Daylilies Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: Alabama
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Seedfork
Jan 19, 2020 10:03 AM CST
James,
I was going to ask about the number of plants normally available for new release. You gave me a good general idea, I know it can vary a lot.
Name: Celeste
central New Hampshire (Zone 4b)
Region: New Hampshire Daylilies Hybridizer Birds Cat Lover Butterflies
Seller of Garden Stuff Roses
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celestialrose
Jan 19, 2020 11:15 AM CST
Thank you James for your explanation. I am content to have located and reserved some of Judy's 'older' intros. I wouldn't have the $$$ for the newest releases anyway..... Shrug! She is my favorite hybridizer so anything of hers is a welcome addition to my garden. Smiling
Name: Steve Todd
Illinois (Zone 5b)
Region: Illinois Plant and/or Seed Trader Daylilies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Ahead
Jan 19, 2020 11:22 AM CST
"Ahead" of the curve...lol. Too funny!

Or James, you can always offer up magic beans!

Not so sure about a network....that sounds too organized. But I do know that seedling and future pictures do get around. I am on two wanting-to-buy plant lists, and probably will be for a while based on a picture that came my way.

I don't even bother putting up an intro page. My tiny group I offer each year are always sold out because of selling seeds. My increase, if you even want to call it that, is very, very slow.

Thank goodness there are kind and generous seed sellers to offer up chances for the genetics for the rest of us. Bless them...lol.

I will have sold my blood to get a fan of DOWNWARD SPIRAL , Lewis, for next spring. Alas, it doesn't look like that will happen.
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Name: Steve Todd
Illinois (Zone 5b)
Region: Illinois Plant and/or Seed Trader Daylilies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Ahead
Jan 19, 2020 11:24 AM CST
Mine too, Celeste!
Name: James
California (Zone 8b)
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JamesT
Jan 19, 2020 1:24 PM CST
Thanks for the tip, Larry.

Thinking about it a little more, temperate gardens might tend to have more fans at first selection, because the plant has usually taken an extra season to bloom. In subsequent years, their growth and increase couldn't keep pace with plants getting a longer growing season.

In the 90's, Jeff Salter was starting to see a lot of 9-month bloom in his seedling field, and said that he wanted to select for that kind of vigor by culling everything that didn't bloom in the first season.

With aggressive division and culture, a Florida nursery could put up pretty big numbers. The year that Ed Brown was introduced, there were clumps of it all over the garden for the National Convention. I'd like to know what Floyd Cove has on hand for their 2020's.
Name: Debra
Nashville, TN (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Cat Lover Butterflies Region: Tennessee Seed Starter
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shive1
Jan 20, 2020 10:43 AM CST
Judy used to send her link to old customers of new intros before she announced the new intros were available. I used to get the preview email, but was dropped from it a few years ago.

I love Judy's daylilies, and the ones that are sold out are the ones that most call to me. My favorites are Etienne, Jelly Belly and Steve's Magic (congrats to Ahead for producing the seeds and genetics for that one!). All three of those will go on my wishlist for future years. Bringing in the Beef doesn't visually snag me as much, but the performance stats on that one are amazing.

Name: James
California (Zone 8b)
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JamesT
Jan 20, 2020 1:18 PM CST
shive1 said:All three of those will go on my wishlist for future years. Bringing in the Beef doesn't visually snag me as much, but the performance stats on that one are amazing.


On my first pass through, I breezed by 'The Beef' with a "that's pretty nice", but on a second review, I think it was underpriced. The plant habit, the poise, the subtle rich coloration... I wish I had been able to get at the list earlier.

So, it's on my wishlist too, as are "Steve's Magic" and "Macon Money". Unfortunately, the secondary market usually results in buyers bidding scarce single fans of uncertain size up to introductory price levels, one or two years after introduction.

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