Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Lilting Belle

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Name: Jon Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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'Lilting Belle' is a semi-evergreen diploid introduced in 1983 by Wilson.

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Lilting Belle') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Lilting Belle')
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Jan 21, 2016 5:38 AM CST
I have had Lilting Belle for 13 years and will probably always have it, as it is a later blooming daylily. It forms a very nice clump fairly quickly. Blooms do well in the hot sun. Stats are pretty much accurate in my zone. It is fertile but for me has not produced a whole lot of seeds. Pods will often abort but I still use it and have gotten some nice seedlings from it. For me, it's a keeper.
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Jan 21, 2016 7:13 AM CST
Well, let's see. I acquired it in the fall of 2013, so it's had two seasons with bloom. It's been a couple of inches shorter than the registered height, but gets close and has strong scapes. It has been dormant rather than semi-evergreen. It doesn't even bother to wait for cold weather. When it decides it's time, the foliage just starts fading away. Currently you have to dig a bit to find the green growing points. No rebloom so far. I don't count buds but it had a bloom time of approximately one month. It is a late bloomer compared to those I grow beginning bloom June 19 in 2014 and June 26 in 2015. Color mostly tends toward true pink in my heat, but sometimes takes on a stronger lavender hue. I'm growing in large pots and it got moved into a large ceramic container last spring. It has increased well enough and there was a proliferation this year on one of the scapes. It has the nice knack of producing large, unblemished blooms that last all day. Foliage is nice here as well. Photo is of the next to last bloom in July.

Name: NancyB
Minnesota (Zone 4b)
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Jan 21, 2016 1:32 PM CST
'Lilting Belle' is new in my garden -- it was planted in the fall of 2014 and bloomed for the first time last July. Given its short life here, I was surprised by how well it performed: Nice healthy clump of foliage, beautiful large flowers on nearly three-foot scapes. I lost quite a few daylilies in the winter of 14/15, but 'Lilting Belle' survived and grew stronger. The colors are mesmerizing ... like a watercolor painting. My photo was very true to what my eye saw -- which isn't always the case with pink/lavender blooms, I've found.
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Name: Boyd Banks
Creston N.C. (Zone 6b)
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Jan 21, 2016 2:38 PM CST
IT is one of the best bloomers I have and is just like it is registered here in zone 6
Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
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Jan 23, 2016 1:58 PM CST
I have had Lilting Belle now for several years in my Wisconsin garden. Enough so that I split some off and started another clump. Love this daylily! Seems true to photos/form. We can have temps of 20 below in winter - sometimes multiple nights in a row - very hot and humid summers. Mine get direct sun largest portion of the day. She's a keeper! Hurray!
Name: Jan
Hustisford, WI
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Jan 24, 2016 3:50 PM CST
I have had it for about 5 years, and love it! It will always be a keeper for me. Beautiful clump.
Name: Rob Laffin
Mariaville, Maine (Zone 4b)
Jan 26, 2016 6:03 PM CST
This was LILTING BELLE's 4th year in place without moving. It has clumped up nicely and bloomed like crazy this summer. When I had customers, everyone was asking about it. Blooms a bit taller here, lots of buds, mid to late season. A great plant, just gets better with time. Definitely a keeper.

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albany,ny (Zone 5a)
Jan 26, 2016 7:55 PM CST
i have transplanted Lilting Belle when i moved. its very tough and undemanding. color is a beautiful lavender. sometimes darker or lighter ,either from the temperatures or amount of sunlight. doesnt seem to mind partial shade. lots of long lasting blooms. they do look better when deadheaded. the large spent blooms look like dirty socks. dont care i still love it. i am in zone 5. today we had 40 degrees. very unusual. it was more like 10 degress last winter.

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