Daylilies forum: How did I not notice?

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Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
Jun 17, 2020 8:02 AM CST
I like to think that I'm fairly observant. I take tons of pictures of my daylilies. So how have I never noticed that Butterscotch Ruffles has an eye? Okay, it's not in the description but I've had this plant for almost a decade!

I took a picture this morning and just noticed the eye.

Thumb of 2020-06-17/bxncbx/10edd7

Has anyone else had this happen to them or am I the only oblivious one?
Name: Greg
central North Carolina (Zone 7b)
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gregnc
Jun 17, 2020 8:27 AM CST
Hi Elena,
Yes, I had a couple of surprises in my garden this morning; I certainly felt disoriented if not oblivious. I had to ask myself, wait...what am I looking at? In central NC we've had a couple consecutive days of cool wet weather and I saw some atypical colors. I didn't take any photos, but two seedlings that are typically creamy polychromes under warm sunny conditions were showing distinctly lavender colors with cream watermarks...I was surprised. But I think temperature has a lot to do with how daylily colors are expressed. I like Butterscotch Ruffles and used to grow it when I lived in The Bronx years ago and remember the color to be variable depending upon the temperature, but I don't remember an eyezone.
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
Jun 17, 2020 9:25 AM CST
Thanks Greg! I was thinking it was just me. I do know that temperature can change color in daylilies but I've never seen as big a difference as you described. And I never thought an eye could appear and disappear. I know I have pictures of BR without an eye. But now that I look more closely I also have older pics with an eye. I just don't know how I didn't notice before.

The last two years had higher than normal rainfall so I didn't fertilize the garden. I figured it would be a waste of money since it would all just wash away. This year I've been fertilizing regularly. We also are having a lot less rainfall (I'm actually having to water this year). I wonder if that factors into the appearance of the eye?
Name: Greg
central North Carolina (Zone 7b)
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gregnc
Jun 17, 2020 12:34 PM CST
Good questions Elena. I'm not sure how irrigation or soil fertility factors into the colors we see. I will say that I have seen daylilies under drought stress in my own garden not looking quite right in terms of color and form.
Name: Ken
Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7b)
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MrKGDickie
Jun 17, 2020 6:23 PM CST
Here is today's Flight of the Raven:
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Here's the bloom from the same scape two days ago, AM and PM:
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I do not KNOW why the color is so different, but like Greg I blame our rain and cool temps.
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Jun 17, 2020 7:53 PM CST
Ken, I like the second and third pics of your Flight of the Raven. I have noticed different colorations with my daylilies too. I agree with Greg that most of the different colorations or shades are probably caused by temperature. My purples look nicest when the weather is cool. The blues really come out when the weather is hot.
Name: Greg
central North Carolina (Zone 7b)
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gregnc
Jun 18, 2020 5:37 AM CST
I agree
My purple and lavender daylilies looked great yesterday after two days of cool temps.

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