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bkrell
Aug 24, 2017 6:44 AM CST
What's the best book on daylilies out right now? I see some that are highly recommended but slightly old. It seems like with the way new hybrids come out all the time, older books might miss something. Or is there one book or books that has timeless info? I've got plenty of garden books and even flower books with good sections on daylilies but I just want something more specific and without the trial and error of getting something old or inadequate. Thanks!

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lily_gal
Aug 24, 2017 12:09 PM CST
Hello!

A 2017 revision of the "Illustrated Guide to Daylilies" just came out. It can be found on Amazon and is available for Prime shipping by searching "Illustrated Guide to Daylilies"
I love the photography in here, and it does have cultivars in it that are from 2016. Its a cool resource.

There is also the 2012-released "Landscaping with Daylilies" daylily-specific book that has up to date photos and information. Its also on Amazon and also eligible for Prime under "Landscaping with Daylilies."

And you can always pass hours looking at images of recently registered daylily cultivars at the American Hemerocallis Society website. Google for "daylily online database." When you get there, as an example, use the ADVANCED SEARCH link on this page and search using the year '2016' and get the results of all daylilies registered last year, including photos! Here is a photo of the daylily 'BOOMERANG EFFECT' for you to see an example the latest directions daylilies are going...

I hope this helps!
Nikki Schmith
President, American Hemerocallis Society

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Name: Nikki
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Scatterbrain
Aug 24, 2017 12:41 PM CST
lily_gal said:Hello!

A 2017 revision of the "Illustrated Guide to Daylilies" just came out. It can be found on Amazon and is available for Prime shipping by searching "Illustrated Guide to Daylilies"
I love the photography in here, and it does have cultivars in it that are from 2016. Its a cool resource.

There is also the 2012-released "Landscaping with Daylilies" daylily-specific book that has up to date photos and information. Its also on Amazon and also eligible for Prime under "Landscaping with Daylilies."

And you can always pass hours looking at images of recently registered daylily cultivars at the American Hemerocallis Society website. Google for "daylily online database." When you get there, as an example, use the ADVANCED SEARCH link on this page and search using the year '2016' and get the results of all daylilies registered last year, including photos! Here is a photo of the daylily 'BOOMERANG EFFECT' for you to see an example the latest directions daylilies are going...

I hope this helps!
Nikki Schmith
President, American Hemerocallis Society

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@lily-gal
Hi Nikki,

Do you know how I can get hold of the illustrated guide in the UK, please? Not listed on Amazon UK. Thank You!

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bkrell
Aug 24, 2017 2:25 PM CST
Thank you! Yes, I spend a good amount of time on the website! Sometimes I just like to have pages to turn, though!



lily_gal said:Hello!

A 2017 revision of the "Illustrated Guide to Daylilies" just came out. It can be found on Amazon and is available for Prime shipping by searching "Illustrated Guide to Daylilies"
I love the photography in here, and it does have cultivars in it that are from 2016. Its a cool resource.

There is also the 2012-released "Landscaping with Daylilies" daylily-specific book that has up to date photos and information. Its also on Amazon and also eligible for Prime under "Landscaping with Daylilies."

And you can always pass hours looking at images of recently registered daylily cultivars at the American Hemerocallis Society website. Google for "daylily online database." When you get there, as an example, use the ADVANCED SEARCH link on this page and search using the year '2016' and get the results of all daylilies registered last year, including photos! Here is a photo of the daylily 'BOOMERANG EFFECT' for you to see an example the latest directions daylilies are going...

I hope this helps!
Nikki Schmith
President, American Hemerocallis Society

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Name: Sue
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sooby
Aug 24, 2017 2:36 PM CST
Scatterbrain said:
@lily-gal
Hi Nikki,

Do you know how I can get hold of the illustrated guide in the UK, please? Not listed on Amazon UK. Thank You!



You might be able to order it shipped from Amazon.com in the USA. Here in Canada we can't order many things from Amazon.com but we can order from Amazon UK. So it's worth a try. Your browser will probably automatically load the UK Amazon site, if so you'll have to go specifically to the US Amazon.

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Scatterbrain
Aug 24, 2017 5:43 PM CST
@sooby--thanks, Sue!
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ediblelandscapingsc
Aug 24, 2017 5:47 PM CST
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csandt
Aug 24, 2017 6:06 PM CST
"The Open Form Daylily: Spiders, Unusual Forms, and Other Exotics" published by and available from the American Hemerocallis Society in 2017 is excellent too. It is 232 pages long and has lots of gorgeous photos and information about the hybridizers who specialize in these types of daylilies. History is covered well too. An excellent resource in my opinion.
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bkrell
Aug 28, 2017 7:41 AM CST
I received "Illustrated Guide to Daylilies" on Saturday. A great read and a beautiful book! I'll start with some of the other recommendations next.

It got me in the mood to plant more daylilies, and good thing... The order I made of 18 plants ended up being more like 30 thanks to some overly generous divisions.
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Scatterbrain
Aug 28, 2017 9:14 AM CST
@sooby

Thanks Sue,

Amazon in America have dispatched my Illustrated guide, hopefully will arrive early September.
Name: Sue
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sooby
Aug 28, 2017 9:42 AM CST
Scatterbrain said:@sooby

Thanks Sue,

Amazon in America have dispatched my Illustrated guide, hopefully will arrive early September.


Thumbs up Hurray! Good to know! There are problems with Amazon shipping to Canada (red tape) but on the bright side that isn't an issue to elsewhere. Canadians still have to go through the AHS.

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gardenglory
Aug 28, 2017 10:16 AM CST
Join the AHS, the daylily journal has great pictures and articles. Thumbs up
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Legalily
Aug 29, 2017 9:23 PM CST
Thanks to @bkrellI asking the question I got my Illustrated Guide to Daylilies today Hurray! Hurray! It has great information and gorgeous pictures. Thanks for recommending it Thank You!
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Legalily
Aug 30, 2017 6:09 AM CST
Thanks to @bkrellI asking the question I got my Illustrated Guide to Daylilies today Hurray! Hurray! It has great information and gorgeous pictures. Thanks for recommending it Thank You!
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GaNinFl
Aug 30, 2017 6:39 AM CST
I picked up three or four books this year from the AHS.

Illustrated Guide, Doubles, and Open Form. It seems like there was another, but cant remember.
Wonderful and full of great photos and information.
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Scatterbrain
Sep 2, 2017 4:02 AM CST
My illustrated guide arrived today, very quick delivery, just had a quick flick through and looking forward to looking at it properly later. Looks to have quite a lot of useful info. and will be interesting to see the new varieties.

I just want to make one comment though, and this applies to other daylily books too (I have two other Peat and Petit ones), I find the photography in Daylily books just way too dark and 'arty'.

I know that daylilies are supposed to photograph better in shade but some daylily books look as if the photography was done by a vampire during a lunar eclipse. Smiling

For me personally a lot of the beauty of a daylily comes from the light reflecting off the petal surface, the substance and sometimes the translucency of the petals, the diamond dusting, the glittery edges, the clear colour etc. none of which can be seen on a dark photograph. Without that you just have a dark, sometimes quite ugly and depressing image of a cultivar that you KNOW is actually very beautiful in the daylight.

I have to be honest here and say that if my first experience of daylilies had been pictures in some of the daylily books I would never have started with them. (Luckily it was from a seller's catalogue from a gardening magazine with lovely, bright, beautiful pictures).

I hope I haven't offended anyone but I buy plant/flower books mainly to see beautiful pictures of flowers. I think the photography of forum members here is far better than in the 'official' books.

Sorry again if I upset anyone.
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floota
Sep 2, 2017 4:27 AM CST
Just want to respond to your comment on photography. In the climate of the mid and deep South , when we're in the peak of bloom season, the sun at any time past, say 9:00 AM is so intense- much more than in your climate, that pictures are almost always no good/ overexposed . On regional and National garden tours in the south, most pictures taken after the first garden (usually around 7:30am) are so BAD and DISTORTED by sun over exposure that I almost always end up tossing them. Early AM or late PM light works best for the most accurate color representation in this climate. OF course, cloudy days for garden tours are the photographers dream! In 2008, when we toured Houston gardens for National Convention , we had two days of cloudy weather, almost unheard of there in late May.
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Seedfork
Sep 2, 2017 7:25 AM CST
I have not seen the photos in the book mentioned, but I can think of no excuse for what I understand is a general overall under exposure resulting in a dull look. Can you imagine buying a book mainly for the photos of any other subject and accepting anything less that properly exposed photos? I would certainly expect any type of flower book to have bright colorful pictures with the correct exposure. Now I can understand on a garden tour when you have almost no control over when the photos will be taken and that you don't have permission to set up props, that the photos won't be of book quality, but we are talking about photos in a book which will be sold largely dependent on the quality of the photos in the book.
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csandt
Sep 2, 2017 7:54 AM CST
floota said:Just want to respond to your comment on photography. In the climate of the mid and deep South , when we're in the peak of bloom season, the sun at any time past, say 9:00 AM is so intense- much more than in your climate, that pictures are almost always no good/ overexposed . On regional and National garden tours in the south, most pictures taken after the first garden (usually around 7:30am) are so BAD and DISTORTED by sun over exposure that I almost always end up tossing them. Early AM or late PM light works best for the most accurate color representation in this climate. OF course, cloudy days for garden tours are the photographers dream! In 2008, when we toured Houston gardens for National Convention , we had two days of cloudy weather, almost unheard of there in late May.


I have found these conditions to be optimal for southcentral/southeast Pennsylvania (zone 6b) too.
Carol Sandt
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Scatterbrain
Sep 2, 2017 12:22 PM CST
Actually the photography in the Illustrated guide is, I would say, slightly better than the other daylily books mentioned which I found to be extremely badly photographed.

And yes, Floota, I know and understand what you are saying about exposure but you have (I hope I'm correct) at least two photos in the guide and your pictures are beautiful. You can see every single pigment spot on the stippled one (I think that is one of your pictures isn't it), really beautifully detailed and clear. That is the sort of picture I would like and expect throughout a 'pictorial type' guide.

And there is a fabulous close-up by a junior photographer. I won't print the name here in case of any child protection issues but it really is a fantastic photo along with some great 'beastie' shots towards the back by a different photographer.

I want to be fair, though and say that there is a lot of good information in the guide so it wasn't money wasted by any means, I was just disappointed in the style of some, not all, of the pictures.

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