Daylilies forum: So unexpected...first scape of the year!

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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Feb 22, 2016 10:44 AM CST
I can't tell you how surprised I was this morning when I walked down to the garden and looked at the daylilies. First thing I noticed was that there were some aphids starting to show on several of them. So I went back up to the shed, mixed some sudsy water and a little ammonia (also helps with the snails, but I haven't seen any yet). When I came back to the garden and started spraying I found a new scape on 'Ming Porcelain' . Wow! I was shocked! That is way earlier than I was expecting.
I knew the weather had been warm lately, but still. Now I am afraid that there is still a long way to go till spring and that the freezing weather is going to return and kill this scape. So I may put one of my cold frame tops over it so I can at least cover it when hard frosts are expected. Still, I have low expectations of this scape actually making it to bloom.
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Name: Pat Strong
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Pat236
Feb 22, 2016 11:15 AM CST
Wow... that is very early. The weather here ((Atlanta area), has been on and off, but overall we've had a mild winter. Today we are overcast at 62F, with rain expected for the next two or three days. Freezing temps are coming back for sure, but spring is around the corner. I saw daffodils in a neighbor's yard.

I did a bit of cleaning the beds this weekend....pulling dead leaves and looking for any signs of that dreaded rust that I got this fall. I didn't see any scapes, but I didn't see any signs of rust either.

Let us know if the scape makes it!

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Name: Sabrina
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cybersix
Feb 22, 2016 11:36 AM CST
Hey that's a great surprise!!!! I check mine everyday but no scapes for now. It's a mild winter here too, many DLs are putting out new fans and they really never stopped to grow. I have some EE variety I haven't see in bloom yet, this will be the third year so I really hope to be surprised as well!
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Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Maryl
Feb 22, 2016 1:30 PM CST
My daylilies started to emerge from their winter nap about 2-3 weeks ago, but no way do they have any scapes yet. When is your last average freeze date there? .................Maryl
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Feb 22, 2016 1:36 PM CST
According to Dave's handy little app:
"On average, your frost-free growing season starts Mar 5 and ends Nov 22, totalling 262 days. You will find both Spring and Fall planting guides on this page."
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Feb 22, 2016 9:16 PM CST
Would a cardboard box be easier to cover it with? Put a brick on top of the box to keep it from blowing over until the temp returns to warm (especially overnight)?
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Granalene
Feb 22, 2016 11:32 PM CST
WOW!! I sure hope it blooms. My Darling Clementine always blooms before Ming Porcelain in Opp. I am going to look at them both in the morning.
Name: Kabby
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Kabby
Feb 23, 2016 4:22 AM CST
Larry first you have a fasciated daylily and now you are growing scapes in Feb. You ain 't right. Big Grin
Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Feb 23, 2016 5:56 AM CST
Whistling Hilarious! Hilarious!
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Name: Arlene
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florange
Feb 23, 2016 9:13 AM CST
That's great! Enjoy that very first early bloom!
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Feb 23, 2016 5:43 PM CST
@beckygardener,
I have four aluminum party tent supports I salvaged, that I use for the tops on a few small cold frames. Then when needed I have clear plastic with wood slats on each edge to keep the wind from blowing them off, plus black felt like black covers to put on when it really gets cold. They are very portable and durable and not much trouble at all to move around the garden. It is a very light weight setup and pretty versatile. I have one that I have metal mesh attached to, and also I have some nylon netting with wood slats that I can use when I need to keep critters out. It has proven to be a very nice "tool" to be used in many different ways.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Feb 23, 2016 5:46 PM CST
@Kabby,
I am thinking the main reason for both events is the fact the daylilies are planted in the bog, so they get a constant supply of water, plus all the tons of leaves and grass clippings I have added down there. There are normally thousands of earthworms working the area, even though at this time of year I seldom see them., but their castings are obvious throughout the bog bed.
Name: Liz Quinn
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Emquinn
Feb 23, 2016 6:23 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Feb 23, 2016 10:06 PM CST
Larry - Wow! Very nice! Sounds like you got the perfect land and tools for daylilies!!! I look forward to seeing all your NEW blooms this year! I know you planted quite a lot of daylilies in 2015 and plan to add more in 2016. Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Name: Kabby
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Kabby
Feb 24, 2016 7:16 AM CST
Yes I 'm looking forward to seeing new blooms from Larry's gardens. He seems to be doing well identifying them after the critters dig up the tags and the daylilies themselves.
Larry do you have garden maps? I seem to remember you showing me named daylilies in a triangular bed. Also want to see the seedlings bloom that you bought last yr.
Name: Pat
Near McIntosh, Florida (Zone 9a)
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Xenacrockett
Feb 26, 2016 7:56 AM CST

About 3 daylilies put up scapes in January and I cut them off.
A few more have put up scapes this month (February) and I just left them.
We've had some slight freeze, so I don't know how they are going to do.

Scapes this early messes up hybridizing so I guess the best thing to do is freeze pollen when available.
Weather has been crazy and plants just get confused.
Name: Pat Strong
Stone Mountain (Zone 8a)
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Pat236
Mar 9, 2016 8:41 AM CST
@Seedfork...How is your scape coming...did it bloom yet?
Pat236
Name: Fred Manning
Lillian Alabama

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spunky1
Mar 9, 2016 4:37 PM CST
The only scapes I get this early are the baby seedlings.
Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
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farawayfarmer
Mar 9, 2016 4:43 PM CST
That's really early. Almost freakishly so. I checked my spreadsheet, and Ming Porcelain's first bloom for the last two years has been May 10 and May 17, respectively. And that's in zone 9.
John
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Mar 9, 2016 5:53 PM CST
Last year in zone 9b, I had several seedlings bloom around the end of March. The earliest two seedlings bloomed 3/26/2015. With a few more following days later.

I haven't seen any scapes forming at all yet this year.
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