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Name: Nikki
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Scatterbrain
Aug 3, 2017 4:35 PM CST
Just had a message to say my 'oldies' are arriving next week, VICTORIAN VIOLET, LITTLE WART and CHILD OF FORTUNE. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Not buying any more now this year! Promise! Crossing Fingers! Whistling
Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Aug 4, 2017 11:59 AM CST
Siloam Fine Art is an older cultivar that is usually fairly easy to find. I got a good picture of it this morning with the heavy cloud cover. On sunny days, photos appear too light and washed out.


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Name: Nikki
Yorkshire, UK (Zone 8a)
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Scatterbrain
Aug 4, 2017 7:26 PM CST
@touchofsky--very pretty, Valerie! Really like it!
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lclehman1
Aug 5, 2017 6:34 AM CST
I agree that Velvet Shadows is a great cultivar
Although a tad over the small size limits, you might want to look at Stout Gardens "REFLECTING POOL".One of my favorites in a light purple- blue
Thank You!
Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Aug 5, 2017 6:53 AM CST
Scatterbrain said:Just had a message to say my 'oldies' are arriving next week, VICTORIAN VIOLET, LITTLE WART and CHILD OF FORTUNE. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Not buying any more now this year! Promise! Crossing Fingers! Whistling


I just looked these up in the database and they are all great choices. Lovey dubby The only one I am familiar with is Little Wart.
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Name: Nikki
Yorkshire, UK (Zone 8a)
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Scatterbrain
Aug 6, 2017 11:53 AM CST
touchofsky said:

I just looked these up in the database and they are all great choices. Lovey dubby The only one I am familiar with is Little Wart.


Thanks Valerie,

Will send you some seed crosses from them when they flower if you like. Will be using them as pollen parents only for the first year til they get established but have plenty of other 'littlies' to put the pollen onto.

Victorian Violet takes a long time to establish here but I have been advised that she is worth the wait.


deangreen
Aug 6, 2017 1:51 PM CST
Amen on Siloam Sambo, that one is PURPLE! :)

Lavender Kaleidoscope (Skinner 2005)
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Midnight Smoke Rings (R Anderson 2006)


Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Aug 6, 2017 3:54 PM CST
@Scatterbrain
If you plant Little Wart, Victorian Violet and Child of Fortune now, when would you see the first bloom?
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Name: Nikki
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Scatterbrain
Aug 6, 2017 4:27 PM CST
touchofsky said:@Scatterbrain
If you plant Little Wart, Victorian Violet and Child of Fortune now, when would you see the first bloom?

@touchofsky
I would hope next summer for little Wart and Child of Fortune, Valerie (depending upon our weather of course) as they are both pretty hardy plants here by all accounts and have been sold in this country for many years (by A La Carte daylilies down on the Isle of Wight which is in the English Channel-they grow them in heavy clay in not the best of climates!), not sure how long before Victorian Velvet will bloom.

@deangreen--like those two very much!




Hoping some of my other new ones added this year will bloom next summer too so hopefully I will have a selection to do crosses with. Crossing Fingers!

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Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Aug 6, 2017 4:34 PM CST
@Scatterbrain
Our bloom season starts here in early July, I was wondering if your season started sooner. It seems like yours is about the same as ours.
@deangreen
Love both!
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Name: Nikki
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Scatterbrain
Aug 6, 2017 5:50 PM CST
@touchofsky

Valerie, I would say that we are slightly ahead of you, our earlies are in flower mid-late June. Looking back at my other posts I had quite a few flowering by the third week of June. I may have made a note on the calender--I'll check tomorrow.

There used to be a very early one available here called Brunette (but not the same Brunette as registered on the database so I guess it was unregistered) and that one used to flower as early as late May in the UK but I haven't seen it on sale for a long time so maybe it has disappeared.

Edited--just checked--my first daylily opened 21st June (Eyes-A-Blue) but I think I would have had a few blooms earlier if Blue Jay Way hadn't been devastated by gall midge. 😞
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Name: Avedon
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Avedon
Aug 7, 2017 10:17 AM CST
In the future I plan to add Salter's Rosabelle Van Valkenburgh. It is 18" high with a 3" bloom, purple with a white/lavender eye--really love the look of it.
Name: Nikki
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Scatterbrain
Aug 7, 2017 12:51 PM CST
Avedon said:In the future I plan to add Salter's Rosabelle Van Valkenburgh. It is 18" high with a 3" bloom, purple with a white/lavender eye--really love the look of it.


@Avedon--I have that one coming in my September order from Eurocallis-luckily I got the last one. Hurray!
Name: Nikki
Yorkshire, UK (Zone 8a)
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Scatterbrain
Aug 7, 2017 12:53 PM CST
lclehman1 said:I agree that Velvet Shadows is a great cultivar
Although a tad over the small size limits, you might want to look at Stout Gardens "REFLECTING POOL".One of my favorites in a light purple- blue
Thank You!


@Icleman1--off to go and have a look at it in the database--I don't think I have seen it listed anywhere on the European sites. Sounds nice!

Edited--just had a look, it's gorgeous!

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Name: Avedon
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Avedon
Aug 7, 2017 1:12 PM CST
Scatterbrain, really great that you are getting RVV--this should mean pictures in the spring, I hope.
Name: Nikki
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Scatterbrain
Aug 7, 2017 5:54 PM CST
Avedon said:Scatterbrain, really great that you are getting RVV--this should mean pictures in the spring, I hope.


@Avedon--I hope so! Crossing Fingers!

Sometimes new daylilies can take a little longer to start flowering here if they are coming from abroad as we have a shorter growing season here but as soon as she flowers I will be taking pictures!

She looks nice in the pictures on the Eurocallis site. There is a seed cross from her on the LA site I noticed as well.

I also realised I missed 'Barn Owl' off my list of new plants--he isn't purple though and is small flowered rather than mini. Funny how I tend to think of some daylilies as 'he' and others as 'she'--do you think I have issues?

Two others I have on my wish list for when I either move house or find an allotment or a farm that will l let me rent some land are UNIQUE PURPLE and RIVER HILLS (flowers are larger according to the database but are apparently smaller in Europe--it is grown in Germany), it is a spidery one which I don't usually go for but I like this one.
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Name: Julie
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floota
Aug 8, 2017 9:35 AM CST
Finally having a chance to catch up. Here are my favorite purple small/ minis.

PURPLE PHANTOM by Hilton Anderson is phenomenal! It is also a bit of a chameleon, as the color can be weather affected. Here are a couple of pictures taken here over the past few years. BTW, this is a precious 3" bloom, so viewers would be hard pressed to distinguish "small" from "mini" since the demarcation line is 3". Seed pods on this now!

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BUDDY'S ANGEL BABY was a gift from James Hall with an order from him. It has been delightful. He crossed Jack Carpenter's Lavender Blue Baby with Liz Salter's DARK AVENGER and got a beautiful 3" bloom. Wish I'd thought of that cross! Have seed pods ripening on this.

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Another that I forgot to mention earlier is Nature's Purple Butterfly by Gayle Story. TECHNICALLY, this is a large flower at 4.5" ( the demarcation line between small and large flowers) but it blooms a bit smaller than 4.5" here so I've put it in my small/ mini bed. It works here too! This is another Lavender Blue Baby cross!
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Julie Covington is technically a small flower at 4.37" and it is in my small/ mini bed. The outer part is called "grey lavender purple" and that comes close. Here are some pictures taken this summer. The last pic was at this year's convention. Tim Herrington and me were standing in front of my namesake in one of the tour gardens.

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Following earlier discussions, I've grown STAR CHILD probably since it first came out - for many years. But I've never considered this to be a purple flower , but I went back and checked Grace's description of "rosy mauve" and maybe so!! It always sort of looks dusty pink with the chalky area here!
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Name: Nikki
Yorkshire, UK (Zone 8a)
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Scatterbrain
Aug 8, 2017 10:40 AM CST
@floota

Julie, those are very nice daylilies. Purple phantom reminds me very much of Priscilla's Dream which also has the same colour changes--will need to have a look at the database and see if they are related.

I love Buddy's Angel Baby, beautiful colour.

And how lovely to have your own daylily named after you too! It's beautiful!

I hadn't heard of Nature's Painted Butterfly but I like it.

Here in the UK STAR CHILD is either mauve purple on cold or cloudy days or dusky pink if we get sunshine, mauve purple is more frequent.

Here, though, the eye tends to be more blue (usually slatey-grey blue but occasionally a greenish blue). The eye has only once lightened up to the chalky watermark in the ten years I have owned it and that was for one day only but I actually like the colour it is here so don't mind.

Star child


This is how she usually looks in my garden.


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This is her on a brighter day.

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Name: Julie
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floota
Aug 8, 2017 3:52 PM CST
Wow your pictures of STAR CHILD look so different in your climate! Yet I know this variation is possible. A few years ago, I visited the garden of the late hybridizer Ned Roberts in Colorado Springs,CO, a totally different climate from here. There I saw some of Neds cultivars looking so different from the way they looked here, that I couldn't recognize them. Some others looked exactly the same!

Many years ago, I grew Priscilla's Dream, it must have been in the late 90s . One day I took what I thought was a good picture of it and shared it to a Daylily picture sharing group. I didn't realize at the time I'd taken the picture on a cool morning and the color had changed ,People didn't much discuss that years ago, or maybe I just wasn't aware.But a prominent grower at the time posted HIS Picture that looked entirely different and publicly accused me of posting a picture of an incorrect cultivar. (Mine had come from John Shooter. They sometimes sent incorrect daylilies, but usually got their own registrations correct.) . I recall being so enmbarassed and hurt, and have since realized that we both had pictures of the correct cultivar, mine was just cool morning affected! Now we know many can look different not only with different temp, but water and soil can Change appearance too.
Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Aug 8, 2017 5:41 PM CST
Julie,
Beautiful cultivars you have posted! I received Nature's Purple Butterfly as a bonus plant this spring, and it has performed beautifully this summer. I will keep a watch for the others. Availability is limited in Canada.
Star Child is available here and I think I will give it a try!
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