Daylilies forum: Our 10 Favorite Daylilies -- 2010

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Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Mar 19, 2011 2:25 PM CST
I agree April -- I agree

Geepers II think you better get one of each and then send me a fan!!! Whistling
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Name: Kathy
Southcentral PA.
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kathysflowerpatch
Mar 29, 2011 4:55 PM CST
Thanks for the information Lisa. So sad it is not a dormant,,,,,,,,,,,,,
I have ceased buying until I can get rid of some this spring and downsize abit. Composted about 25 last week.... more to go but is worth it to get a new look. Round here daylilies are not real big with most people so so hard to get rid of. Iris go like hotcakes though.
Would love to use other flowers that flower from May to Nov here, daylilies are not cutting it for me anymore. But I do need to keep a few and maybe get 1 or 2 new ones next year .........probably will go with dormants as they look so fresh and perfect in the spring.
Name: Elizabete Rutens
(Zone 10b)
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ElizabeteRutens
Mar 29, 2011 10:24 PM CST
Hi, Kathy,

Before you scale back on your daylilies, you might want to check out what's being called continuous blooming daylilies, i.e., those that send up rebloom scapes before the initial ones have finished blooming and then keep on producing flowers for months.

In the fall of 2009 I purchased Rice's "Memorable Kiss" on the LA from James Hall. It was for 2 fans plus increase, which turned out to be *6* fans. By the spring of 2010, these 6 fans had doubled in my garden to 12 fans. (Keep in mind that Hall lives in Florida, and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Both are areas without a freeze, and have a very mild growing season. So, the increase may be slower elsewhere)

Even so, by June 21, 2010 "Memorable Kiss" began blooming and rarely was out of bloom until Thanksgiving 2010 when it finally took a rest for the winter. Without exaggeration, every day for 5 months there usually were multiple blooms, since it had so many scapes, which opened perfectly also on very cold mornings. If we'd had a warmer spring and summer, the bloom period might have been longer. The daylily also appears to be rust-resistant at least for me.

This phenomenon of continuous bloom (which btw was mentioned on the Rices' website) was something of an eyeopener to me. The best I'd been able to get up until last season was 4 months of continuous bloom. Ever since, I've been scouring the web for anything advertised as continuous blooming, since this is precisely the trait I'd been hoping to find.

The attached pic is from mid November 2010, and it's not the finest pic. (My daylily pics are on another PC, and a little difficult to get to right now.) I should mention that in my garden, instead of the light pink edge seen on the Rices' website (see http://www.thoroughbreddaylili...), the daylily definitely had a light lavender edge instead.

In other words: there's hope for a longer bloom period! :)

All the best,

ElizabeteThumb of 2011-03-30/ElizabeteRutens/404cc9


PS I forgot to mention that the Rice's list "MK" as a dormant - though for me it was an evergreen throughout both winters.

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hanesh
Mar 31, 2011 5:37 AM CST
do those that have cats have problems with them in their daylilies mine seem to like rubbing through them and sometimes knock off my blooms...
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daylily
Mar 31, 2011 6:19 AM CST
Mine love laying in them and nibbling on them. My cats are not nearly tall enough to knock blooms or buds off. Are you sure the cats are knocking them off? Or, are they mini daylilies?
Name: Kim W
Md (Zone 6a)
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kimkats
Apr 1, 2011 12:23 PM CST
Mine only go out on leashes, but they LOVE walking in and amongst my plants. I have to really watch where the leash is more than the kitties, I knocked off a few blooms myself that way last year. I was so mad at myself. Mine like to nibble too. I say "Zeeke please don't eat mommies plants, eat the weeds!" LOL.
If your having a big issue with the kitties in the daylilies try planting some catnip in a part of the garden away from the daylilies. If they have their own yummy nip they might leave your flowers alone. I have a 1/2 dozen plants of nip scattered around for my kitties too. I like the flower and I harvest the leaves to take inside for the ones that will not go outside.

Good luck
Kim
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Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Apr 7, 2011 6:53 PM CST
That is so weird to me -- I live on a farm and have around 10 or so farm cats outside. I have never had problems with them eating the daylilys... or any of my plants. Hmmmm??? Maybe they are full from all the mice they eat around here!?! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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Name: stephanie king
cut bank, MT z 3a-4b
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rebloomnut
Apr 8, 2011 7:05 PM CST
We have one cat and several in the neighborhood since we live on the edge of town and get a lot of mice. Never had a problem with them outside but mine likes to eat the leaves of the seedlings indoors when there is no green grass outside yet.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jan 2, 2012 12:53 PM CST
Is this about top 10 dls? I was looking for lists
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Calif_Sue
Jan 2, 2012 1:30 PM CST

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Ohh Teresa, start a new thread for the top 10 for 2011! I am sure everyone will pitch in as it helps get through these gloomy winter months!

And please, add photos of daylily and any other photos of plants you have to the database too! Thumbs up
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