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Name: Annie
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LysmachiaMoon
Jul 13, 2014 6:43 AM CST
What a wonderful post! and beautiful pics too! I do want more daylilies...

OOOOooo....I found an "oddball" daylily this morning. In one patch of "ditch lilies" the wild tawny daylilies that I have sprinkled all over the place...there's one that is much shorter, with smaller flowers that have a distinct pinkish-salmon color! I'm so excited! I marked it with a string and in the fall, I'll lift it and plant it separately. I wonder if it is a natural hybrid between the tawny and something else I've got planted?
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Jul 13, 2014 10:16 AM CST
I have several pink/salmon bunches and also one that is more of a peachy color. They both came from the mountains with the ditchlilies and the Kwansos, and in all these years I've never seen any natural hybridization going on with any of my daylilies. So honestly, Annie, I just don't know. But I'd isolate it just as you are doing. It will form a clump of its own.

I am so out of room for more gardens plus the fact is that I can't just jump up and dig a hole on a whim, so I'm not letting myself get more daylilies, even though I love the ruffles and adore the sculpts and drool over some of the spiders. The hybrids are so beautiful, but then so are my old, well loved, and long cared for plain old daylilies.

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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
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LysmachiaMoon
Jul 14, 2014 5:19 AM CST
I've marked the clump and I'll dig it out and put it separate and see what happens. Although you would think that with all your daylilies there'd be some natural hybridization going on. Then again, I have a very messy garden *HA*. I sometimes don't deadhead and I have chickens roaming around eating seeds....I guess it's possible something did hybridize and drop seeds and one way or another it sprouted. I found a strange iris this spring...I think it's a natural cross between my old fashioned pale purple and some unnamed yellow iris. One other thing (not a hybrid) that I just now remembered I should check on....last fall, I found a single low branch of one of my forsthyias with variegated leaves. I pegged it down to see if it would root and then completely forgot about it until just now! That might just be some sort of damage causing the variegation, but if it's rooted and still producing striped leaves, that will be fun.

I like the spider daylilies too....they look so exotic. I think I'll get one. I had my eye on Mad Max but now I put it off so long I dont think anyone sells it anymore.
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