Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Gordon Biggs

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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
May 16, 2020 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Gordon Biggs' is a semi-evergreen diploid introduced in 1981 by Crochet.

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Honorable Mention: 1985
JC: 1981

This plant can be found in our Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Gordon Biggs') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Gordon Biggs')
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Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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alilyfan
May 16, 2020 7:20 PM CST
I had Gordon Biggs for several years, and always enjoyed it. Nice for front of the border, it bloomed well, and multiplied nicely. I did not try hybridizing then, so don't know how it would do, but a very dependable plant. It finally got crown rot, healthy one day, a few days later it was gone. A big clump too.
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jmorth
May 16, 2020 7:20 PM CST
Mine have bloomed reliably every year since planting.
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Name: Priscilla
Sun Prairie WI (Zone 5a)
ppeachpit
May 17, 2020 12:49 AM CST
I have enjoyed Gordon Biggs for the past 10 years. It is a deep non fading raspberry pink for me.
It has been a carefree reliable mid season bloomer despite receiving less then optimal fertilizer or water.

Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
May 17, 2020 1:49 AM CST
I've had Gordon Biggs for MANY years. It's on the shady side of our shed so only gets sun in the afternoon but still does well. I did use it in hybridizing several years ago. At that time I didn't keep record of the pollen parents, but GB as a pod parent many turned out orange. But I think I crossed a lot of oranges that year.

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Name: KJ Marion-Gallant
Waldoboro Maine (Zone 5a)
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KJMarionGallant
May 17, 2020 5:59 PM CST
beckygardener said:Background history:

'Gordon Biggs' is a semi-evergreen diploid introduced in 1981 by Crochet.

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Honorable Mention: 1985
JC: 1981

This plant can be found in our Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Gordon Biggs') .

Please join in, if you own this plant! We would love to know more! I award an acorn for performance information posted to this thread.



Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Gordon Biggs')


I have owned Gordon Biggs for a few years, it is a moderate increaser, consistent bloomer in Zone 5a Maine
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Name: Elena
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bxncbx
May 18, 2020 7:39 AM CST
I've had Gordon Biggs for many years. When I first received GB I planted it in a pot. It didn't bloom for years. I decided to move it in the fall of 2015 to a bed. It finally bloomed in 2016. Since then it has bloomed every year. The bed I have it in is part shade and it has to compete with a lot of other daylilies and tree roots. Needless to say, it isn't a great performer for me but is still very reliable.

It blooms mid-season for me and although registered as a semi-evergreen it acts more like a dormant in my garden. Increase has been slow but steady.
Name: Trina
Eagle Point, Oregon (Zone 7b)
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flowerpower35
May 20, 2020 11:31 AM CST
Gordon Biggs is an absolute favorite in my garden. I had it in Wyoming (zone 4) where it survived and bloomed, so when I moved to Oregon I had to have it again. Acquired 2 fans in June 2017 and it has bloomed every year. I planted it in a large pot and it is now (May 2020) 20 fans. It has always gone dormant for me in the winter even though it is registered as a Semi-Evergreen and I am in zone 7b now (we still get snow here). Plenty cold hardy in my experience. I love the rosy red color of this one and that the blooms don't get blotchy for me. It is fertile both ways, an excellent pod parent for me. This is one of those oldies but goodies that I don't ever want to be without. I used it for hybridizing and am pleased with the results on these two I got from it. Both babies have better branching and larger blooms than either parent and are multiplying nicely, 7 fans & 6 fans in the second year from seed. So don't discount some of the older proven varieties for hybridizing, you may be pleasantly surprised with your results. I saw a photo of an absolutely gorgeous double out of Gordon Biggs so I crossed it with a double year before last and the seedlings are scaping now. Will be exciting to see what I get! Have fun and happy growing!
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