Daylilies forum: Some questions...

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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
May 9, 2012 7:28 AM CST
Thanks for the Welcome and for all the sources to learn more about daylilies. I was fortunate to receive my first daylilies at a plant swap late last Sept. I am so anxious to see the bloom. They are Mary Todd, Frans hal, and an orange and a purple that the lady didn't remember the nanes of those. When do some of these companies that specializes in daylilies have their annual sale. Besides at plant swaps, seems that would be a good way to add to your gardens and from year end sales and of course, dividing what you have after a few years. Are there private and smaller growers that sell their plants? I am familiar with Schreiner's and some other large companies.
Name: bb
north of boston on the coast
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May 9, 2012 8:45 AM CST
Hi Pippi,

Daylilies can be so inexpensive from some growers that you do not need to wait for a 'sale'! Sales would be good for some more expensive daylilies. I think anything $10 and under in expensive (as compared to the show they give you in the garden). IN your area, don't look so much for repeat blooms which might sound tempting, but for good bud count and branching. Some daylilies repeat in the south, west and midwest.

Try to view the daylilies instead of buying from a picture, but there are a lot of growers online that will fufill your every dream!

There should be a daylily club fairly close to you.
As well, there is at least on active daylily grower that you might want to get in touch with. She is part of AHS (daylily society). Betty Jean Chrighton or en. If you contacted her, I am sure she will give you ideas of clubs in the area and how to get local daylilies. Usuall in the spring and in the fall, members donate tables full of daylilies. At those sales, be early and be quick!

You have started off with some nice ones. Mary Todd is an older but award winning daylily. '78 I think?

And Frans Hals is a later long blooming orange and gold that I just featured in an article!

I dig lots of clumps of daylilies for my local customers for about $12. Maybe someone around you does the same.

BTW, I have never heard of Schreiners. When you buy from a catalog or large grower, make sure that they are freshly dug, field grown daylilies. Most are sold as double fans (two plant attached) or mini clumps. DF, CL

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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
May 9, 2012 9:49 AM CST
Thank You for all this information. I may have the name of the catalog spelled incorrectly. I knew it didn't look right when I typed it but was drawing a blank and too lazy to look it up. The garden club we belong to is having a plant sale this coming Saturday, maybe I can find some new plants there. I'm always up early, just don't always get dressed right away unless we have to go somewhere at a specific time or Drs. appt., etc.

I will also look up that the daylily society in our area. I also need to study the sun and shade patterns on the side of my house. Right now I have at least 4 or 5 very mature hydrangea bushes that were planted by original owner back in late 1970-1980's..Gradually I have had several cut back and dug up and I'm thinking that side would be good for daylilies. Peonies grow great on that side also the hydrangeas and forsythia..I divided one of my pink creeping phlox and have transplanted some large hunks to use as a border on that side, in between the hydrangea and peonies. They will add color to that bed come next April. My creeping phlox were stunning this year but they need dividing again. I bought some new Emerald Blue plants this year so next year they should have spread nicely in another bed that gets morning and early afternoon sun.

Thanks for all the great information and sources and websites. Thanks for your kindness. Our used library store is a good source of garden books, so I will look for one on dayliies and Iris. I bought a large hardback all in color of tulips for like $2.50..Maybe there is one on daylilies.

Enjoy the rest of the day.
Name: Juli
(Zone 5b)
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May 9, 2012 11:10 AM CST
I know Schreiner's sells iris ... did not know they had daylilies? Shrug!

I like to recommend Marietta Gardens to new dayliy folks. John Shooter send very nice plants, and carries a lot of older ones which would be reasonably priced. Another good place is Quarles Daylilies.

You might pick an amount...say $50 or $75 and contact John and tell them you are new and want a variety for your area. I have done that before. One time (I was not a newbie) I wrote Steve Moldovan (sadly, Steve has passed away) and sent a check for $200. I told him I did not grow many of his plants, so send me some that he thought would do well for me. His choice. To send one $200 intro or twenty $10 intros. I got a huge box from him. Must have been $600 worth. I still grow most of them! I did know him, so he probably sent more because of that, but still, I think it is a good way to go!
7A (Zone 7a)
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May 9, 2012 11:20 AM CST
Maryott's cultivars do well for me and you and I are in the same zone.
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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
May 9, 2012 12:44 PM CST
I found that YouTube tuitorial very interesting. I don't have any of that plant but they certainly are coming out with some beautiful varieites of it. I am fascinated with propagation procedures and possibilities.
Name: Laura Eiras
Huntsville, AL (Zone 7b)
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May 9, 2012 2:36 PM CST
Welcome! Enjoy!

Another good place to get lots of great plants is the Lily Auction. Beware, it can be addictive! Whistling
Name: Jan
Hustisford, WI
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May 9, 2012 2:54 PM CST
Not counting my "cottage daylilies" (long story) I started purchasing some from the local daylily society annual sale in mid August (around here). Wonderful prices, plants, and you know they grow in your area. I know the local society is about $5 annually to join - although one doesn't have to be a member to go to the sale.

Also, look into joining the American Hemerocallis Society. I got a voucher for my first year membership, which I then used at a participating seller, and got some beautiful more expensive daylilies last year. I happened to use my voucher at Maryott's and was very impressed.

Plus, check out the classifieds here on the forum, I just purchased and received some large clumps from a poster here.

Enjoy the addiction! ~Jan
Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
May 9, 2012 5:38 PM CST
I don't think I'll be a collector of daylilies..because I have limited space to plant them. You're right Schreiner's knows their Iris..I got mixed up there without realizing it. Thanks for the correction.
Name: Kim W
Md (Zone 6a)
More daylilies!!!!
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May 9, 2012 8:06 PM CST
Hi Pippi! Welcome! I'm located North of Baltimore so we live fairly close. I go to Lilyhemmer each fall. It is the Region 3 fall meeting. Loads of fun, Raffles, and a great auction. Last year I donated 12 plants to the raffle and came home with just as many plus a few extra perennials too. It is a blast, ya gotta come. It is held in Camp Hill, Pa each fall. Really a quick shot up 270 to Fredrick and then another short hop up 81 to Camp Hill. Probably an hour & a half drive from the D.C. metro area.
Here is a link:

I hope you come.

Also there is a club in the D.C. area.
National Capital Daylily Club
Some really nice folks there.

A club in Baltimore
Free State Daylily Society
again really nice folks.

I highly recommend Maryott's Gardens! He sends wonderful plants and lots of extra fans/ bonus plants. Keep an eye out this summer for his BOGO specials and he usually will offer a special plant for free for a certain dollar order in the summer too. It will periodically change.

Happy Gardening!

Kim Thumbs up

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Name: Jan
Hustisford, WI
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Region: Wisconsin
May 10, 2012 6:52 AM CST
Ummm Pippi... I think we ALL started out stating that we wouldn't become addicted..... ~Jan
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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May 10, 2012 2:53 PM CST
Yeah, I think we did. I used to have a backyard full of grass. Not any more, lol.
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