Daylilies forum: Watchyl Dipsy Doodle daylily - who has it?

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Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Oct 9, 2015 5:28 PM CST
Friends, I found a contradiction and I'm not sure how to verify either one.

I was at Oake's Daylilies website and found a daylily that interested me, partly because of the name, partly because of the bloom size, and partly because of the scape size:
(https://www.oakesdaylilies.com/product/watchyl-dipsy-doodle/ )

I wanted to see if there was branching info to be had, so I, naturally, came here to ATP; but I found a very different description of the flower. Now I'm confused. Which one do I believe? Confused

Oakes says it is a 9" bloom on a 20" scape, but here it says it's a 3.5" bloom on a 20" scape.

Does anyone have this cultivar that could put an end to this mystery for me? Preferably someone who got it directly from Watchyl Daylilies (Mary Kreger) or from a source other than Oakes. I'm trying to figure out if this is a database entry error on ATP or if, possibly, Oakes maybe has a different variety than they thought? Shrug!
Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Oct 10, 2015 12:21 AM CST
The description for the color isn't the same as the one you posted the link to. It says,

Color: light yellow and maroon with small black eyezone above light yellow throat

It was the small black eyezone which I don't see in the picture at Oakes. Looks to me like Oake's has the wrong name on that one. It sure is pretty though!
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Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Oct 10, 2015 6:52 AM CST
Oh, geez! I forgot to check daylilies.org. *Blush* Rolling my eyes.

Thank you for being my brighter half today/yesterday, Natalie. Man do those blonde moments come on strong sometimes. Hilarious!

I wish I knew the correct CV name for what Oakes has. Confused

[edited to change emoticon -- I'm not sure why it came out in text form the first time. Confused ]
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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Oct 10, 2015 10:58 AM CST
I only checked the AHS site to make sure that the information here was correct. I never checked daylilies.org. So, I wasn't as bright as you were!

If you click on the photos below the main picture, those look smaller to me, though the bloom is very similar. I don't think they are the same cultivar though. It looks to me like a very similar, but wrong, photo got added to the main listing, and the correct photos are under that. Take a look and see what you think. They really are close, but the main picture does look like a HUGE bloom! It is drool worthy!
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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Oct 12, 2015 11:59 AM CST
Looks like I did check daylilies.org! Silly me! I never noticed that daylilies.org is the address for the AHS . Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Oct 12, 2015 3:33 PM CST
LoL, I wasn't going to say anything. Whistling
Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Oct 12, 2015 4:14 PM CST
You are so nice and polite! You should have pointed it out. I love finding out when I've been an idiot! nodding Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Oct 12, 2015 4:31 PM CST
Hilarious! I just assumed it was a blonde moment. I get those occasionally. Rolling my eyes.
Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Oct 12, 2015 4:35 PM CST
I'm a redhead. We're supposed to not screw up as often as I do. I've mastered screwing up!
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Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Oct 12, 2015 4:41 PM CST
Hilarious! , Natalie
Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Oct 14, 2015 7:27 PM CST
Awww, I'm bummed. So the plant that Oakes has actually is Watchyl Dipsy Doodle and they simply put the wrong bloom size in the description. It even looked big in the picture, but I guess that's a lesson on being careful about what you buy. I know I would have been really disappointed if I'd purchased it and it was an itsy bitsy instead of the large, 9" bloom it was listed as. It's still pretty, though. Oh well, there are other large bloomers.
Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Oct 14, 2015 7:32 PM CST
Bummer! I was hoping that it was the wrong name on that one. Sad If you like large blooms, take a look at Thin Man. It's huge, and gorgeous!



Here is the entry in the database

Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Thin Man')
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Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Oct 14, 2015 7:50 PM CST
I think that one's on my wish list already, but I'll add it, if not. Smiling

Good suggestion! (I love reds.)
Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Oct 14, 2015 7:54 PM CST
I didn't really love reds until this one bloomed. Now I'm a big fan! When I walked into the garden, it would stop me in my tracks!
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Oct 15, 2015 5:51 AM CST
DogsNDaylilies said:Awww, I'm bummed. So the plant that Oakes has actually is Watchyl Dipsy Doodle and they simply put the wrong bloom size in the description. It even looked big in the picture,


Did you get some more info to confirm that's the right plant? On the Oakes page it says 3.5" at the top but 9" lower down in the description. It also describes the flowers as "huge", which 3.5" isn't. The Watchyl series flowers tend to be on the large size. Out of 40 Watchyl cultivars registered, only four are smaller than 4". There are Watchyl cultivars registered as spiders but this particular one is not. Fifteen out of the 40 Watchyls are 9" or more.

One of 'Watchyl Dipsy Doodle's parents is 5.5". The other doesn't have a size registered but it's not a huge one, nor is it a small one ('Howdy') as far as I'm aware so that doesn't help much either way. There are no references that I could find in the AHS forum archives, and it's not mentioned in any of the AHS journals as far as I could tell from the search function so may not be widely grown. Have you queried it with Oakes?

Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Oct 15, 2015 6:03 AM CST
Oakes emailed me back, saying they checked and it is Watchtower Dipsy Doodle, but that they had put the wrong size. I think they corrected the size at the top, but forgot to correct it in the text, from what you're saying.

It does look like a larger CV in the picture, but pictures can be deceiving--sometimes unintentionally--to the viewer. Sad
Name: Sue
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sooby
Oct 15, 2015 6:20 AM CST
Yes, agreed pictures can be deceiving, but it also doesn't have a black eyezone (as Natalie pointed out) which the registered one is supposed to have, and they call it a spider yet the registered one is not. Also, if it's only 3.5" why do they call it huge? Shrug!
Name: Sue
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sooby
Oct 15, 2015 6:38 AM CST
If you're looking for something similar that is big, there are at least a couple of similar Watchyls in large size:

Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Watchyl Christmas Widow')
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Watchyl Dancing Spider')
Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Oct 15, 2015 9:47 AM CST
Sue, thanks for the reminder on the missing black eyezone. That still has me wondering if it is really Watchyl Dipsy Doodle in their pictures. I haven't found another picture of it anywhere, but I didn't look long.

It looks like some sloppy editing on the Oakes site, since the only thing that seems to have changed was the first mention of size in the description. Like you said, it still says that the bloom is huge, and is also still has the size at 9" below that. I wish the form was listed in the database. That would probably make things a lot clearer! I haven't really been all that interested in spiders, so I'm not sure that they even come in that small of a size. Would you happen to know? I've looked at a lot of pictures, but have never really paid any attention to the size for the most part, though I have seen many large ones.

Maybe tracking down the hybridizer would be a good next move. It isn't a recent introduction, but not terribly old, either.
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Name: Mayo
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Mayo62
Oct 15, 2015 9:54 AM CST
but if I look at the photo's at Oakes' website at the size of the flowers in relation to the foliage, they can't be 3.5"...
can they? Confused


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