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May 16, 2020 6:01 PM CST
Name: Becky
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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:
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May 16, 2020 7:20 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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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May 16, 2020 7:20 PM CST
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Mine have bloomed reliably every year since planting.
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May 17, 2020 12:49 AM CST
Name: Priscilla
Sun Prairie WI (Zone 5a)
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.
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May 17, 2020 1:49 AM CST
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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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May 17, 2020 5:59 PM CST
Name: KJ Marion-Gallant
Waldoboro Maine (Zone 5a)
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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.



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I have owned Gordon Biggs for a few years, it is a moderate increaser, consistent bloomer in Zone 5a Maine
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May 18, 2020 7:39 AM CST
Name: Elena
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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.
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May 20, 2020 11:31 AM CST
Name: Trina
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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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Jan 12, 2022 11:10 AM CST
Name: Dianne
Eagle Bay, New York (Zone 3b)
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Gordon Biggs also does very well in zone 3, I've only had it for about 3 years but it flowered well even its first summer. Less red and more raspberry-red in tone, the darker eye stands out beautifully. It's not a colour that I have in any other flower in the garden (always a plus for me).

Yes, a shorter daylily that ... if you don't take care with what is planted nearby... could dominate everything around it or get lost and overwhelmed by taller plants. I put it in the front of the border & combined it with Liatris, peonies and coneflowers - it seems to fit right in with a very natural look. I've not used it as pod or pollen parent, so cannot attest to that, but it definitely holds its own and puts on a show.

Unlike some folks have commented, here in my chilly northeast gardens, I have not had any issues with Gordon Biggs and rust ... I do cut back my daylilies in the fall and discard the foliage, but we average a minimum of an inch a week in the summers ... Three years ago, we hit full drought (I did give some supplemental water to Gordon Biggs that year, as I always do for first year perennials); this past summer, some weeks topped 4 inches!

But Gordon Biggs continues to flower well. I would recommend it without hesitation.
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