Daylilies forum: December blooms...

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Name: Ken
East S.F. Bay Area (Zone 9a)
Region: California
Dec 11, 2017 11:05 AM CST
Things have been pretty dreary around here lately; bright, but cool, with day temps just reaching 60° F. There are still a few extra-late rebloom season scapes, but they're blooming mostly as 'tulips', and the purple/blacks are mostly ghostly tones of charcoal grey. No sign of frost yet, which is unusual. Typically, first frost would arrive right around Thanksgiving, but so far, the lowest overnight temperature has been 40° F. I didn't get a picture, but Grace's Meet Your Destiny was the clearest shade of rose-pink, when cold temperatures tend to bring the 'mud' out in that color range.

I stumbled across this on Saturday at around 4 pm. It's the third or fourth bloom on the scape—the first few never opened much, and were so scrunched up they looked like unopened doubles. The rhythm must have been perfect for this one, because even though the sepals are cold, the petals pushed them open. Even more strangely, this flower still looked exactly the same on Sunday afternoon.

White on Rice (Harry, 2009)
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Name: Pat Strong
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Dec 11, 2017 12:50 PM CST
Looks like a perfect bloom. We got snow on Friday and December blooms for me. Sad
Name: Nikki
Yorkshire, UK (Zone 8a)
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Dec 13, 2017 1:25 AM CST
60°F, that is called "summer" here! Rolling on the floor laughing

Lovely daylily.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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Dec 13, 2017 9:13 AM CST
I had also noticed some of my daylily blooms lasted two days during cool autumn temps this year. The ones with thick substance lasted the longest.
Name: Ginny G
Central Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Dec 13, 2017 10:06 PM CST
I noticed a couple that did that too. Shocked me Hilarious!
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Name: Ken
East S.F. Bay Area (Zone 9a)
Region: California
Jan 14, 2018 5:55 PM CST
Gossard's 'Dark Monkey' has been throwing late, out-of-season scapes for the past couple of years, as well as producing tons of blooms in the summer months. It's a vigorous evergreen, which is actually a bit of a problem, since it's in a 'Gossard bed', and out-competes the neighboring dormants.

Here is a bloom from January 6
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The same flower the next day. It's been nibbled on a bit, but I like the more pronounced bronze effect as the pigments retreat.
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Jan 17, 2018 4:32 AM CST
These are top for new seedlings

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