Daylilies forum: Westbourne Mom's Curtain Ruffles and Tahitian Waterfalls

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PA (Zone 6a)
Sep 6, 2016 2:39 PM CST
I came across a picture of WMCR today, and immediately fell in love with its beautiful pink ruffled form. Upon checking, I discovered that it also seems to go by the name Westbourne Curtain Ruffles. It was introduced back in 2007. I could only find it for sale one place-the hybridizer--for $40 a double fan, which would be $50 with S&H--WAY more than I am willing to spend for a daylily!!! But I find it very strange that a cultivar would be out for almost 10 years, and yet no one seems to have it. Do you think one should assume that there is some serious flaw with it--form or vigor or whatever --that would account for this? If that is not the case, is there anyone out there in daylily land who has it at a more reasonable price? Also, I see this variety came as a result of a cross with Tahitian Waterfalls. One gardener said TW had weak stems. Can someone else who grows TW comment on that? Thank you so much for your input!!!
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Sep 6, 2016 3:31 PM CST
I can't comment on Tahitian Waterfalls, but I always hesitate to buy a daylily when there aren't many photos of it on the plant database. Probably it is weak reasoning, but generally I think people spread the news about a really good daylily. On the other hand, there are a few daylilies I have that have no photos at all in the database, maybe not the best daylilies around, but certainly decent. I have several Westbourne daylilies that do really well. W. Curtain ruffles is really a nice shade of pink. I always like to see people's photos & watch those threads, I don't think I've seen this one before either.
Athens, Ohio (Zone 6a)
Sep 8, 2016 4:11 AM CST
I was probably the gardener who commented on the stems. TW has an alluring color, but I wish the scapes were a bit stronger.

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Coatesville IN (Zone 5b)
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Sep 8, 2016 9:27 AM CST
I grew WMCR for a few yew years after falling in love with a photo of it. I bought it directly from Mary Jane. The color and form were beautiful. I forget how long I had it, but it just never did very well. Every time it bloomed I fell in love with it all over again and let it stay. But I finally reached the point that 4-5 blooms a season were not cutting it! So I eventually dug it up and tossed it. I was not willing to give it to someone else. Mary Jane even sent me another pink that she felt would do better. That was very generous of her but I just did not care for that one, so sent it on to someone else.

It just did not thrive at all. I think at one point I did have 3-4 very small fans. It never grew more than 16-18 inches tall. In general Mary Jane's daylilies did not do all that well here for me. At one point I had several but am now down to only 2.

I cannot recommend buying this one.
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Sep 9, 2016 5:57 AM CST
I only have two of Mary Jane's and one of the two Westbourne Family Tree, does very well. The other one Westbourne Visisions, has low bud count and has not increased much.
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Name: Lynnette
Northwest Illinois (Zone 5b)
Jan 30, 2017 10:03 AM CST
Mary Jane Meadows - Westbourne Daylilies passed away in December. I won a daylily in November and asked her a question about it and she has not answered me for over a month, so I checked the obituaries and she passed away. So, not sure if anyone will be stepping in for her, but possibly not since her daughter died and it sounds like she was alone. Just wanted to let anyone know. She has beautiful daylilies and luckily I did get about 20 of them last spring and fall.
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Name: Lynnette
Northwest Illinois (Zone 5b)
Jan 30, 2017 10:07 AM CST
Hopefully they do well after reading the posts above. So far I have about 5 that bloomed last summer and are doing well. We shall see if the other ones do as well. I mainly have the newer ones.
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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Jan 30, 2017 11:59 AM CST
I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Reading about the death of her daughter on her website was very heartbreaking and I got the feeling that Mary was very grieved. I have only known about her daylilies last year. I bought a few from her this fall so I don't know how they perform in my zone. Can I ask what you order from her, Lynnette? I hope LA can resolve your recent purchase of Mary's offerings. @ljb5966
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Name: Lynnette
Northwest Illinois (Zone 5b)
Feb 2, 2017 11:05 AM CST
I know - so sad. Westbourne Ol Mining Camp Lights is the one I ordered that I was supposed to receive this Spring.
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