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Self Determination

Self Determination (Hanson 2004)

Are you a hemeroholic in need of your next daylily fix? Here it is, a selection of photos of the daylily faces lighting up the garden right now.

Give me Eight

Give Me Eight (Reinke 1994)

Dragon Dreams

Dragon Dreams (Salter 1991)

Asiatic Pheasant

Asiatic Pheasant (Knower 1973)

Rose Emily

Rose Emily (Pierce 1982)

Roswitha

Roswitha (Trimmer 1992)

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Nile Plum (Munson 1984)

New Series

New Series (Carpenter 1982)

Pony

Pony (Durio 1972)

Texas Gal

Texas Gal (Hansen 1988)

Priscilla's Dream

Priscilla’s Dream (Shooter 1993)

Singular Sensation

Singular Sensation (Stamile 2005)

Mapping Kentucky

Mapping Kentucky (Shooter 2002)

Cat Dancer

Cat Dancer (Moore 1992)

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Misty Morning

Here’s the garden on a misty, moisty morning one day this week. We finally had a small amount of rain, with scattered showers passing through. In spite of the dry season, the daylilies have put on a good show this summer. A few of the plants showed signs of stress, producing smaller and fewer blooms than usual. But many weren’t deterred by the drought at all.

Scarlet Pansy Aug 2/ 12

Scarlet Pansy

Scarlet Pansy has been like a certain battery-powered bunny. It has just kept blooming and blooming and blooming its gorgeous, glowing flowers that catch your eye and beckon to you from across the garden.

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Notify Ground Crew

Some of the tallest daylilies are late-season bloomers, taking longer to reach their full height. Here is Notify Ground Crew, showing off its trumpet-like flowers atop 5 foot tall scapes. It is a little below its registered height of 72 inches, perhaps due to the lack of rain.

Sears Tower Aug 1/ 12

Sears Tower

And here is Sears Tower. It is similarly registered at 72 inches but is blooming on 5 foot scapes this summer as well. Its flowers are a bit more showy than those of Notify Ground Crew.

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Autumn Minaret

Autumn Minaret, an old Stout introduction registered in 1951, produces a bouquet of petite flowers every day. It has reached close to 6 feet this year, the tallest daylily in the garden.

Priscilla's Dream Aug 1/ 12

Priscilla’s Dream

Sadly, the daylily season is winding down for another year. Here are some of the daylilies that were showing off this week.

Eloquent Silence Aug 1/ 12

Eloquent Silence

Laura Harwood Aug 1/ 12

Laura Harwood

Dragon Dreams Aug 1/ 12

Dragon Dreams

Give Me Eight Aug 1/ 12

Give Me Eight

Tigerling Aug 1/ 12

Tigerling

Nile Plum Aug 1/ 12

Nile Plum

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Quality of Mercy

Quality of Mercy poly

You could be excused for wondering whatever is happening with this daylily bloom. While daylilies normally have three outer sepals and three inner petals, the Quality of Mercy bloom shown above has five of each! This makes for a very full, round flower. Such blossoms are termed polymerous. Formerly, the term ‘polytepal’ was used but ‘polymerous’ reflects more botanically-correct terminology.

New Series

New Series poly

Here’s a New Series flower with four petals and four sepals (tetramerous). Below is a Pink Super Spider flower with five of each (pentamerous).

Pink Super Spider

Pink Super Spider poly

Polymerous flowers can happen occasionally in any cultivar. Some believe the phenomenon is weather-related. However, some cultivars seem especially prone to throwing polymerous flowers. Hybridizers have taken advantage of this proclivity to develop cultivars that produce polymerous flowers 90% or more of the time.

Give Me Eight

Give Me Eight

I have one representative of this class of daylilies, bred to produce polymerous flowers. In recognition of this trait, it is named Give Me Eight. Its large, spidery flowers are quite eye-catching.

Give Me Eight

Give Me Eight

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Anne-Evan

Well, the daylily season is beginning to wind down. While there are still lots of blooms, the peak has come and gone and a number of plants are finished blooming for the year. Daylily season was a bit early this year, and compacted, perhaps, by the very hot weather we have experienced. Nevertheless, the flowers were gorgeous, a new treat for the eye to enjoy every morning. Here is a selection of plants that are still blooming.

Asiatic Pheasant

Autumn Wood

Cat Dancer

Country Melody

Give Me Eight

Mystical Rainbow

Nile Plum

Palomino Moon

Purple Storm

Quality of Mercy

Raspberry Bouquet

Roswitha

Tigerling

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