Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Walter Kennedy

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Nov 20, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Walter Kennedy' is a evergreen tetraploid introduced in 2008 by Patrick Stamile. See Patrick and Grace's website for information about the daylilies they grow in Arroyo Grande, CA: http://www.distinctly.on.ca/st...

For more information about Grace (and Pat), read Char's thread:
The thread "ATP Series: The Daylilies of Patrick and Grace Stamile" in Daylilies forum

Walter Kennedy is a mid-season bloomer with possible re-bloom. It has earned the following AHS awards: Award of Merit: 2016 and Honorable Mention: 2013. It is listed as pod and pollen fertile with currently 4 registered children: http://garden.org/plants/paren...

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Walter Kennedy')
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Name: Boyd Banks
Creston N.C. (Zone 6b)
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hillbilly
Nov 20, 2016 11:01 PM CST
It barely survives here in zone 6.It is pretty when it does bloom.
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
Nov 21, 2016 6:25 PM CST

It did not survive the first winter in my zone 3 garden. It was so pretty and I really loved it so my daughter bought me another one this summer. So it gets another chance here and if it doesn't make it I won't try again.
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Nov 21, 2016 11:16 PM CST
Susie - I hope your new plant makes it over the Winter.

I love this cultivar! It is my most favorite red bloomer. I obtained it this Fall. I received a bogo of this plant for a total of 4 fans. It started sending up two scapes shortly after I received it and is still blooming. It is an EMO even on cool mornings. This photo was taken early morning when the temps were in the upper 40's. I was amazed that the blooms opened up so beautifully despite the chilly temps. And because of the lower temps that entire day, these 2 blooms were still open and rather pretty the following morning. They finally began wilting around noon on the second day.

As far as stats, it is below stats since it is a newly planted cultivar in my yard. But the number of blooms (even below stats) has me impressed! I hope it multiplies and makes a nice clump in 2017! I also hope to use it in my hybridizing efforts in 2017.

It is hard to capture the deep red color in photos. Most of my photos show it with more pinkish color instead of the true red colored blooms. It is a keeper in my garden and a wonderful intro from Patrick Stamile! I love, love, love Walter Kennedy daylily! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

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Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Nov 22, 2016 12:43 AM CST
This one was a gift plant which I planted it did not survive it's first winter here in Minnesota. Will not retry this daylily here in the far north.
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Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Nov 22, 2016 3:24 AM CST
I also have experienced failure with Walter Kennedy, but I planted more this last summer. It has good genetics and I want to tap into those.

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