Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Big Smile

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Name: Jon Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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'Big Smile' is a dormant diploid introduced in 1999 by Apps.

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Big Smile') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Big Smile')
Name: Ann
northcentral OK (Zone 6b)
Jan 18, 2016 7:40 PM CST
I'm so happy we are going to do this one! I purchased Big Smile in 2011 from the Tulsa Daylily Society sale because someone on-line had mentioned how it made them smile to see it when they walked around their has had the same effect on me. It has bloomed well every year and this fall I divided it for the first time to share with some friends. The blooms are big and the tiny bit of pink at the ruffled edge just does something for me. It is one of my favorites. Ann
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Jan 19, 2016 7:01 AM CST
Big Smile is one of my favorites too. It increases very well, does excellent in hot sun, is very fertile, and scapes do not lean although they are tall. I will always have this one in my garden. I have never counted buds but it does bloom for a long time.
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Jan 19, 2016 7:22 AM CST
I wished this one was more of a sev, instead of a dormant. I've looked at the blooms in photos of this one numerous times .... wishing! Beautiful in photos! Anyone notice if it has some rust resistance?
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Name: Gale
CentralWa (Zone 6a)
Jan 19, 2016 12:42 PM CST
I purchase Big Smile last year, and it did send up one short scape with a few buds on it. The blooms were large, but did not have the pink edge. I am looking forward to seeing it bloom this year, and am sure the blooms and scape will be much improved.

Name: Boyd Banks
Creston N.C. (Zone 6b)
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Jan 21, 2016 2:40 PM CST
BIG SMILE has a beautiful bloom and does well in my zone 6 garden
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Apr 14, 2017 8:01 AM CST
I purchased Big Smile as a potted plant from a local nursery in the summer of 2015. It settled in well and bloomed the first summer. The next summer it bloomed well, and I set a pod on it with the pollen from Susan Weber. It produced 17 seeds from the one pod. I planted 6 of those seeds this spring and all 6 germinated and are growing strongly and waiting for warmer weather to go out into a seedling bed.

Big Smile grows well here, the scapes are tall, and strong. It is growing in a semi-shaded area, and blooms well in spite of that. I love the delicate shading of this daylily.
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Dec 5, 2017 9:15 AM CST
I don't have Big Smile, however, I did get some seeds from @Hemlady. Here are first year blooms from 2017:

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