Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Hudson Valley

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Name: Jon Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Nov 7, 2016 6:01 PM CST

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Background history:

'Hudson Valley' is a dormant tetraploid introduced in 1971 by Peck.

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Award of Merit: 1977
Honorable Mention: 1974
LEP: 1986

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Hudson Valley')
Name: Corey
Chicago (Zone 6a)
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Nov 10, 2016 7:37 AM CST
HUDSON VALLEY was new to my garden last summer. It is an old-fashioned yellow: short, poor branching, thin substance and lower bud count but redeemed by large blooms, pure glowing color and simple prettiness. I planted it due to its promise of fragrance and I was not disappointed. It probably had the strongest fragrance of any daylily I have smelled to date--pure, sweet lily of the valley mixed with honeysuckle.

While I might not ever use it in hybridizing, I would keep a clump of it around just to enjoy the fragrance on a warm summer evening.
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Nov 10, 2016 7:51 AM CST
I have had Hudson Valley about 7 years. It has had a couple "off" years-including this year when many of my daylilies didn't bloom as well. It comes to at least its 32" height here, if not more, & I really enjoy the huge blooms that seem to glow. The bud count seems average here, but I don't think I've actually checked that one. I don't use it for hybridizing, I don't care that much for yellow daylilies, but I would keep this one. I like the form of the wide yellow blooms, I really need to check the fragrance. I remember noticing a lovely scent in that area this summer that I couldn't locate, never thought about it being a daylily.
Name: Nora
Castlegar, B. C. Canada (Zone 5b)
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Nov 11, 2016 4:15 AM CST
Hudson Valley established itself well in my Robson garden and gave me many beautiful and fragrant blossoms. It was planted next to the path to the barn, under the grape arbor, and grew to a perfect height for swooping forward and inhaling its essence en route to the other half acre.
My new garden in Castlegar is not as friendly an environment, with full sunshine and little shade, and often terrifying wind storms. But Hudson Valley soldiers on, as delightful as ever.
Here are two pictures of the same blossom, the first in the morning, the next in the evening 12 hours later.
Thumb of 2016-11-11/HemNorth/aee796 Thumb of 2016-11-11/HemNorth/c67033 I would say it held up pretty well.
The next photo was shot half way through the second day of this bloom being open. Still presentable minus some wear and tear from a thunderstorm. At least the wasp is still interested in it!

Thumb of 2016-11-11/HemNorth/1ad784 Thank you for giving a space to share my journey with this Hem.

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