Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Kindly Light

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Name: Jon Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Hybridizer Garden Photography Daylilies Region: Texas Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Sep 14, 2016 6:01 PM CST

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Background history:

'Kindly Light' is a dormant diploid introduced in 1950 by Bechtold.

It has earned the following AHS awards:
HOS: 1989
Honorable Mention: 1955

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Kindly Light')
Name: Nora
Castlegar, B. C. Canada (Zone 5b)
Region: Canadian Cat Lover Salvias Xeriscape Roses Organic Gardener
Garden Photography Echinacea Butterflies Birds Irises Daylilies
Sep 14, 2016 10:53 PM CST
For 12 years I've enjoyed the playful look of Kindly Light in my gardens. It always looks fresh and flirty, in it's spidery way. About 9 or 10 years ago, I was on a Garden Tour and spotted Kindly Light positioned near a waterfall in a garden on the Tour. I asked the gardener if she knew the name of this particular variety of Daylily, and she said, 'Oh yes, that is one of my favourites, Kindly Light'. We both agreed that it had a simple, clean cut, floating elegance that made us both appreciate it. We understood each other and became Daylily friends that very day - thanks to Kindly Light. Smiling
Name: David McCausland
Horseheads, NY (Zone 5a)
Daylilies Region: New York Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant and/or Seed Trader Hybridizer Hostas
Sep 15, 2016 4:03 AM CST
Spidery types are not my favorite form for daylilies, but I do appreciate them more now than in the past. I do grow KL and have had it for about a dozen years. My 13 year old daughter won't let me get rid of it as she loves it (My son won't let me get rid of Spiderman). She refers to KL at "Banana Peels." It does very well in my Zone 5 garden and blooms consistently. My daughter, who has very little interest in my hobby, has hybridized with it and the seedlings are below. I have come to appreciate its simple elegance.

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Southern Indiana
Sep 15, 2016 1:07 PM CST
I have enjoyed Kindly Light in my garden for almost five years, always a reliable bloomer and looks so cheerful in the garden, I will always have a place for it, love the spidery look.
Name: Skipper
Hamilton, Ohio (Zone 6a)
Daylilies Dog Lover Composter Region: Ohio Spiders!
Sep 16, 2016 6:33 AM CST
I have grown Kindly Light for twenty years. It was one of my first purchases. It is a reliable bloomer and adds interest to the border with its "spidery" form. It is a moderate increaser. I got a kick out of the post by @bedmaker because my daughter calls Kindly Light "The Banana" and now the entire family has adopted that name. My Kindly light is much more spider in form than the photos posted by @bedmaker.

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