Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Early and Often

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Name: Jon Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Jun 23, 2017 6:01 PM CST

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Background history:

'Early and Often' is a dormant diploid introduced in 2001 by Huben.

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Honorable Mention: 2006

This plant can be found in our Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Early and Often') .

Please join in, if you own this plant! We would love to know more! I award an acorn for performance information posted to this thread.

Also, please consider adding a Plant Performance Report to the database! Thank you!

Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Early and Often')
Name: Heidi
CT (Zone 5b)
Always find the awesome in your day
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Jun 23, 2017 7:57 PM CST
I am very interested to see feedback from others. This one is brand new to my garden this year and has a scape on it already. :)
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 I helped beta test the first seed swap
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Jun 23, 2017 8:05 PM CST
Heidi, you can expect some really good performance from this plant. I'm in zone 6a (formerly a 5b, like yours) and it does really well here. I've had it for 2-3 years now and it always has lots of beautiful, peachy little buds.

A little more about it:
Reliable performer. Thin scapes, but the scapes hold the small blooms well and don't need supporting. Color is consistent and I rarely get 'bad blooms' on it. Today I did get one that was a chimera (looked like a poly, but there were two stamens fused together and two of the petals were fused, which gave it away). It is an EARLY, just like the name says. It is one of the earliest bloomers in my garden, for sure.

For hybridizing: Both pod and pollen fertile. I would say it is average on both, but I haven't double-checked my records prior to posting this, so I am not certain of that analysis. I do know, for a fact, that I have had pods on it and pods formed from its pollen, though.

Another note: Early and Often (and TET Stella d'Oro) have both attracted hundreds of these tiny, beige/tan-colored bugs. They don't appear to be doing any damage, but they are abundant and crawled all over me in just the few seconds I was holding the scape (to write the pollination code on it) today. I have no idea what they are, but it is worth noting. Since the only two plants I have noticed them on so far are Early and Often and Tet Stella, I am thinking that they are attracted to yellow, sweet-smelling blooms?...

I normally post a picture, but since Jon posted one of my pictures--thanks Jon!!!--I'll pass on posting for now. Rolling my eyes.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Jun 24, 2017 1:50 PM CST
Dnd, can you post a picture of your bugs?

I have 'Early and Often' here, it has had to compete with a tree and weeds (long story) but still manages to flower. It would likely be flowering more often if it was in a better situation. I'm hoping to fix that this year. It's not the earliest here but does have scapes coming now.
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Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 I helped beta test the first seed swap
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Jun 24, 2017 2:06 PM CST
I'll go out in a few minutes and see if I can post a picture. When I was out this morning, I didn't notice the bugs at all, which struck me as odd.

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