Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Rosy Returns

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Jun 5, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Rosy Returns' is a dormant diploid introduced in 1999 by Darrel Apps of Wild Rose, Wisconsin. He has been retired since 2007.

Article in the New York Times:

Additional articles:

Rosy Returns is an extra early bloomer with possible re-bloom. It has earned the Honorable Mention: 2002 AHS award. It shows rust susceptibility. It is both pod and pollen fertile with 15 registered children:

This plant can be found in the NGA Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Rosy Returns') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Rosy Returns')
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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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Jun 6, 2016 5:02 AM CST
I think of Rosy Returns as one of the garden workhorses - it is a reliable rebloomer and most years also the last daylily to finish flowering. Not one of my most beautiful daylilies, but a good friend and definitely a keeper.
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Jun 6, 2016 5:24 AM CST
Rosy Returns took awhile to settle itself in. For two years I didn't get much bloom, but the longer I have had it, the better it has gotten. I now get a long bloom time and it has rebloomed the last two years. Not the prettiest flower but I like the fact of its long bloom time.
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Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Jun 6, 2016 7:42 AM CST
I bought Rosy Returns last summer from a local nursery. It was mid-summer and the plant had already bloomed. I bought it for its reblooming capability and the fact that it is a pink rebloomer. I planted it in the garden and once out of the pot it sent up new scapes and bloomed late in August. The only other reliable rebloomers I have are Penny's Worth, Happy Returns, Stella d'oro and Little Wine Cup and I am hoping Rosy Returns joins the group. It settled in very well and came up vigorously this spring even after the difficult, cold spring weather, with two bouts of freezing rain and multiple spring snowfalls.
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Name: Pat Strong
Stone Mountain (Zone 8a)
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Jun 6, 2016 11:42 AM CST
I received Rosy Returns as a bonus form Gilbert H Wilds in July 2015.. They were a few dried sticks that I didn't think would make it. I planted them in a small pot and watered....within a few weeks the brown died away and a bit of greenery began to show thru. I eventually planted her in the front of a small bed. Well Rosy did return and bloomed a couple of days ago. It is not one that I would have purchased as it is very, very, short. Not sure if she is a keeper or not. After and before shots.
Rosy Returns

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Name: Louise Alley
Central Maine, Waterville (Zone 5a)
Jun 7, 2016 10:30 AM CST
I've had Rosey Returns for several years and have not been happy with it: multiplies slowly, blooms late so is often frosted, flower isn't always above the foliage, never have received a positive comment when it blooms. Glad other have some positives, but I would not recommend it.
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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Jun 7, 2016 7:52 PM CST
Rosy Returns has been very slow to multiply in my garden ; it also blooms very sparsely although it may not be getting as much sun as it requires. I plan to move it to a sunnier spot, but if it's performance does not improve it will be passed on and replaced with a better selection.

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