Isn't it great that daylilies offer something for everyone! There might be a few exceptions, but generally I like big robust plants
with big robust scapes and huge flowers. I am one who does enjoy instant rebloom, and seem to have several of them, but at
the moment the only one I recall is Lemon Strawberry Twist. This year I had Crimson Sun from Floyd Cove which is supposedly
an evergreen that did exceptionally well with rebloom, but we had perfect weather this year. In the seedling field there were a
bunch that rebloomed, and with the added rainfall, quite a few bud builders... but those depend largely on rainfall! The one thing
I really hate is when the first flower is over 8 inches, and the second one is only 6 inches! By the time you get to the fourth one
they are only around 4 inches. Those leave here really quickly. I struggle with adding better branching and higher bud counts on
the really big flowers here in Ohio. I see these impossible quotes coming out of Florida, and I can't come close!
Unlike most of you, I am happy if they would all stop blooming by the first of August. There is only one of me, and it seems like
the weeds purposely start growing "like weeds" when it gets really hot and humid, and when I am busy canning. As long as they
continue blooming, I am roaming the fields early every morning and wind up soaked from the waist down. Since I can't handle
the heat like I used to, my next favorite thing is extended bloom so I can go back out there to enjoy them last thing in the evening
and have them still looking great. If they all finish blooming early, I can pull all of the scapes all at one time, and be done with it.
I really enjoy the heavily ruffled southern look, but so many of those plants are not happy here, so I tend to cross them with a
really hard dormant so the seedlings might be more cold hardy. The thing with those heavy ruffles or teeth is that they can be
splotchy from either thrip damage, or if they open very late at night and before daylight, there can be water spots. Either way,
that ruins an otherwise gorgeous bloom.
thrip damage on a ruffled seedling