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Jan 6, 2018 4:43 AM CST
Name: Carole
Lake Macquarie, Australia
Region: Australia Bookworm Butterflies Birds Bee Lover Dragonflies
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...well I got swayed first I have to say, by the tall-bearded irises but on reading more into them, discovered they need cold winters to do well. Living on the east coast of Australia certainly the winters aren't especially cold. Forget the bearded irises then.

Read into the daylilies ---- and discovering like everyone here that while there are also (like the irises), so many varieties to choose from; what to start with? I am narrowing the field down before I order; adding favourites to my page and deleting some as I compare with the others as I go. Will tread cautiously to try a half-dozen first up and see how well they prosper this time next year. Seems so long to wait though now.

Something interesting I thought I would pass on, and wondering how many had heard of daylilies being used in a culinary manner?
http://www.daylily.com.au/news... where the reference to culinary applications are noted in the final three paragraphs.
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Jan 6, 2018 8:51 AM CST
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Region: Nebraska Organic Gardener Dog Lover Bookworm
Carole Welcome!
If you're like most of us, that half dozen becomes a gross at some point. Don't worry- we'll "help"! We call it enabling Big Grin
I am a frequent daylily taste tester. I munch on them fresh from the garden since we are organic gardeners....
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Jan 6, 2018 9:28 AM CST
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
"Have no patience for bare ground"
@Carolem, check out our friends here. The thread "Daylilies of the Antipodes" in Daylilies forum
You will have great ideas and new friends.
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Jan 6, 2018 9:38 AM CST
Name: Greg Bogard
Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7a)
Go to Charlotte's Daylily Diary: http://daylilydiary.com/ She has the most extensive list of Daylily growers/sellers of any site. Scroll down the initial page to find the six different ones she lists for Australia (+one for NZ). If you contact any of these people they can help you narrow your choices to the plants that do best in your area.
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Jan 6, 2018 9:56 AM CST
Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
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Welcome! to the forum. I will agree with @ShakespearesGarden comment about becoming a gross. When this happens we call you a Hemerohaulic. To which, there is no known cure. Only the obsessive thirst that must be quenched with more and more CVs.

Ask Ginny @Legalily , she'll confirm... Hilarious!
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Jan 6, 2018 10:47 AM CST
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Region: Nebraska Organic Gardener Dog Lover Bookworm
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing it's true... Ginny is the most enabled of us right now...
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Jan 6, 2018 3:23 PM CST
Name: Carole
Lake Macquarie, Australia
Region: Australia Bookworm Butterflies Birds Bee Lover Dragonflies
Garden Photography Salvias Seed Starter Enjoys or suffers hot summers Native Plants and Wildflowers Annuals
thanks everyone; Diana, Mike, Greg and Stan, each of you for your messages and links too. @Sscape I have saved the daylilydiary to enjoy reading; and @Hazelcrestmikeb have put a watch-thread on Daylilies of the Antipodes. I can feel a sweet obsession coming on .... Look forward to learning from you when more of the heatwaves of summer have passed; I'll be ordering. (41°C for today's temp).
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.

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Jan 7, 2018 1:46 PM CST
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Welcome! Carole, you have joined a great group of daylily addicts Hilarious!
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Jan 7, 2018 2:45 PM CST
Name: Ken
East S.F. Bay Area (Zone 9a)
Region: California
carolem said:...well I got swayed first I have to say, by the tall-bearded irises but on reading more into them, discovered they need cold winters to do well. Living on the east coast of Australia certainly the winters aren't especially cold. Forget the bearded irises then.

Read into the daylilies ---- and discovering like everyone here that while there are also (like the irises), so many varieties to choose from; what to start with? I am narrowing the field down before I order; adding favourites to my page and deleting some as I compare with the others as I go. Will tread cautiously to try a half-dozen first up and see how well they prosper this time next year. Seems so long to wait though now.



Welcome, @carolem

When you decide on a nursery, check back in on this thread and ask members to suggest good, reliable varieties from their list and your favorites. Check the databases here for "real world" images posted by members.

Meanwhile, it would help if you added some climate information to your profile so that better suggestions could be made. A USDA zone rating would be a good place to start, but that's only part of the story. Because daylilies enjoy warm nights and humidity over 60% for best flowering performance, a description of your typical summer weather would be beneficial.

I'm guessing you must be fairly tropical if TB iris don't do well. I'm in Zone 9a, and they do fine here.
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Jan 7, 2018 5:14 PM CST
Name: Carole
Lake Macquarie, Australia
Region: Australia Bookworm Butterflies Birds Bee Lover Dragonflies
Garden Photography Salvias Seed Starter Enjoys or suffers hot summers Native Plants and Wildflowers Annuals
Thanks @touchofsky for your welcome; it does seem like a great support network happening right here.

Ken, @CaliFlowers thanks also for your welcome and advice. I certainly will go over my intended order and favourites when it gets closer to February end at least; after the heat subsides some. I will be able to think more clearly then Smiling !

Living mid-east coast of Australia, in a temperate climate rather than a tropical one, though humidity levels are reasonable, currently 57% though it can be 90% at other times. Rainfall even though forecast often of late, hasn't been reliable. Just a trickle here and a trickle there when Weatherzone shows rain over several hours. One thing you can bet on, is plenty of sunshine!

Autumn is my favourite time of year; I can handle that; so it would be lovely to have some Autumnal flowering daylilies too; while the Camellias (Sasanquas) are flowering; that would be a plus!
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.

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Jan 8, 2018 9:12 AM CST
Name: bron
NSW-Qld border Australia
18 yr old in my subtropical garden!
ooops. I posted this in the wrong forum. Guess I will leave it anyway.

We are lucky to not have temperatures as high as 40C (104F) which even other coastal parts of Aus further from the equator are getting. But between 9am and 4pm it was over 30 deg C (86F) which is common nowadays. No rain around so must water.
At 4pm today:
unreg'd Maleny Eyecatcher - in part shade all day Thumb of 2018-01-08/bron/ea34f8
but cf, in a pot, poor thing until I put it in a trough of water Thumb of 2018-01-08/bron/07c8f8
eaten by grasshoppers ULTIMATE PERFECTION Thumb of 2018-01-08/bron/dae845
in part shade under pine trees CHINESE SPIRIT Thumb of 2018-01-08/bron/17df3e
no shade at all and lots of 33 deg temps for PINK TRANQUILITY Thumb of 2018-01-08/bron/0fefa0
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Jan 8, 2018 3:19 PM CST
Name: Carole
Lake Macquarie, Australia
Region: Australia Bookworm Butterflies Birds Bee Lover Dragonflies
Garden Photography Salvias Seed Starter Enjoys or suffers hot summers Native Plants and Wildflowers Annuals
@bron good on Pink Tranquility for surviving the heat and no protection; we need survivors in our gardens.

It did reach 45° here; tough times on the garden, birds and ME. I LONG for Autumn - that lovely l.o.n.g. drawn out crisper nights and cooler mornings and bright sunny days when you enjoy stepping out and playing in the gardens again in earnest.
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.

Vincent Van Gough
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Jan 9, 2018 12:57 AM CST
Sydney, Australia (Zone 10b)
You can do some tall beardeds there, my parents have a few of my discards (my parents are in Mannering Park)....having said that I have a high mortality rate with them in Sydney. Older types tend to fair better.
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Jan 9, 2018 2:06 AM CST
Name: Carole
Lake Macquarie, Australia
Region: Australia Bookworm Butterflies Birds Bee Lover Dragonflies
Garden Photography Salvias Seed Starter Enjoys or suffers hot summers Native Plants and Wildflowers Annuals
@Protoavis thanks for that; yes I'm almost 20kms from M.P., and I do have just a few dwarf-beardeds' that I will order and trial here. Decided to go shorter because of the frequency of strong winds .... Pacer; Vasqua; Neon Blues and Midday Blues.
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Jan 10, 2018 7:28 AM CST
Name: Ginny G
Central Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Glad to have you aboard @carolem even though it seems my friends @GaNinFl and @ShakespearesGarden here seem to be throwing me under the bus as an enabler and hemeroholic Glare Glare Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Just because I added over 160 last year and have 66 ordered for spring is peanuts compared to SOME of the hemeroholics Whistling Whistling Whistling Enjoy the ride and we'll help when we can. Bron and Glen have awesome blooms on the Antipodes thread and great information for your area. And I do love my new NGA friends even if they pick on me Lovey dubby Lovey dubby PS this can be addictive Whistling
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Jan 10, 2018 7:50 AM CST
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
"Have no patience for bare ground"
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Jan 10, 2018 7:54 AM CST
Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
Photo Contest Winner 2020 Photo Contest Winner 2019 Region: Florida Region: Gulf Coast Enjoys or suffers hot summers Garden Photography
Keeps Horses Daylilies Lilies Hummingbirder Dog Lover Butterflies
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Jan 10, 2018 11:12 AM CST
Name: Ginny G
Central Iowa (Zone 5a)
Plant Addict!!
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