Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Always Afternoon

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Name: Jon Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Nov 22, 2015 6:01 PM CST

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Background history:

'Always Afternoon' is a semi-evergreen tetraploid introduced in 1987 by Morss.

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Stout Silver Medal: 1997
Award of Merit: 1995
Honorable Mention: 1992
JC: 1988
DCS: 1993

This plant can be found in the ATP Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Always Afternoon') .

Please join in, if you own this plant! We would love to know more! I award an acorn for performance information posted to this thread.

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Always Afternoon')
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Nov 22, 2015 7:52 PM CST
I bought this one many years ago and it died the first winter. I haven't tried it again so don't know if it was not hardy, which would seem an obvious possibility, or its demise was for some other reason.
Name: Pat Strong
Stone Mountain (Zone 8a)
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Nov 22, 2015 10:27 PM CST
I purchased Always Afternoon from an ebay vendor last spring and it bloomed within a few weeks and I love it. Mine was more of a peach color rather than a mauve or soft pink. I started with 3 fans and by the fall it had grown to 6 fans and divided it and placed a few in a front bed. I didn't get an exact bud count, but all three fans scaped and had several buds each. I am extremely happy with Always Afternoon....she is a keeper for me. This is how she looked in my garden. She survived the first winter with several below freezing nights without any issues.

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Name: Liz Quinn
Huntersville,NC (Zone 7a)
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Nov 22, 2015 10:35 PM CST
Always Afternoon is a great Stout Medal Daylily and performs great, clear color, increases very good and blooms great.
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Name: Betty
MN zone 4
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Nov 23, 2015 12:25 AM CST
This one is a hardy keeper in my garden, it has been here many years, love the dark eye.
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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Nov 23, 2015 2:35 AM CST
Always Afternoon has struggled in my garden. I moved it to a full sun location two years ago. I'm going to fertilize it next year to help it along. Hope that perks it up. As you can see in the picture from this year, it is VERY short and didn't open well.

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Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 5a)
Region: Canadian
Nov 23, 2015 5:27 AM CST

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I have had this daylily in my garden since 1997. It is a good performer for the front of the bed as it does not grow very tall. I find the color is not as intense as it appears in pictures from warmer climes but it is still a pretty one. Bud count is not high for me but it is reliable blooming every year. A keeper for me.
Name: Theresa Maris
Bowling Green,KY (Zone 6b)
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Nov 23, 2015 5:54 AM CST
My husband calls Always Afternoon the perfect bloom for a daylily, every bloom is the same lovely and consistent colors. It is very hardy here in zone 6b, south central Kentucky. It is pod fertile for me, I have not used the pollen so I don't know about that. I love it and I will always have a place for it in my garden.
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Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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Nov 23, 2015 7:08 AM CST
Always Afternoon is one of the first daylilies I planted in my garden. It has performed well and I particularly like the color, with the dark eye and bright lime green throat.
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Nov 23, 2015 9:10 AM CST
There's a wide range of colours in this thread and in the ATP database. My recollection is that mine was nearer to Theresa's above, and Vic and Joy's in the database before its winter demise. Does it really vary that much between gardens? Pat's is the peachiest above and also the furthest south. The picture in the AHS database doesn't look like mauve with purple eyezone and green throat as in the registration text description but that looks more like a camera effect to me (although presumably was provided by or approved by the hybridizer).
Name: John
St.Osyth Nr Clacton on Sea. E
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Nov 24, 2015 7:37 AM CST
Thanks for showing me this one. I have managed to find one for sale over here in the UK to add to my garden. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Greg Bogard
Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7a)
Nov 24, 2015 9:27 AM CST
Hey Jon,
Always Afternoon has been in my garden for almost 14 years. It is a Keeper! The blooms are very consistent in color, form, and substance. Here I get 4-way branching on scapes that are at least the registered 22 inches. It sulked for a few years when the shade from neighboring trees got too much for it. It recovered quickly when moved to full sun in good soil with plenty of fertilizer. It is registered as an Sev---but it looks quite like a Dormant when it first comes up in the Spring.
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Name: James
South Bend, IN (Zone 5b)
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Nov 25, 2015 11:18 AM CST
I've had ALWAYS AFTERNOON for a number of years. It was one of the first plants that I ever acquired. It's grown from a small single fan into a massive clump. It performs reliably here with little intervention from me, however, a good feeding in the spring and fall does seem to increase bud count. I have found it to be reliably fertile, easily so, and will often set pods with (for a tet) a large number of seeds. I have actually crossed a few newer plants (like DRAGONFLY DAWN) back into ALWAYS AFTERNOON due to how well AA performs for me.

I've never made note about it's rust resistance so I cannot speak to that. It blooms mid to mid late season for me and does not rebloom.
Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
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Nov 26, 2015 6:09 AM CST
I have had Always Afternoon in my garden for about 10 years. It's preformed well in my zone 8b yard and I have shared it many times because it has increased well. I also love the eye on this one.

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