Daylily "Hemerocallis 2013 S W S

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  1. Spruce

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    Hi All

    Me Simbad & Wylie have decided to join forces and have one daylily thread between the 3 of us.

    And with Wylie being in Portugal hopefully photo's etc will be not be to long off, plus I know Simbad has lots of new varieties that have not flowered before as do I, so hopefully this year will be outstanding.

    How to grow hemerocallis (daylilies)

    The daylilies of today come in a wide range of colours, shapes and sizes. They are also easy to grow. This enchanting perennial will grow in most conditions, but will thrive in fertile soil in sun. Too much shade will result in fewer and inferior flowers with the flower stems (scapes) leaning towards the light. Daylilies will produce more flowers when grown in good soil. Daylilies appreciate ample amounts of water and an annual mulch will help them through a dry summer.

    Hemerocallis should be planted anytime during their growing season (spring through to early autumn). Periods of drought should of course be avoided; however, if they do become dried out, soak well before planting.
    When planting daylilies, dig a hole larger than the root system you are planting. The best way to do this is to make a mound of soil, (preferably mixed with well rotted compost or manure) in the prepared planting hole and spread the roots out over the mound much as you would if you were planting asparagus. Check that the crown of the plant is about one inch below soil level-if it is buried too deeply flowering may be inhibited.
    Make sure there are no air pockets left under the plant, firming the soil gently but avoid treading as it is easy to damage the roots. Then all you need to do is water your new plant. Daylilies appreciate the added moisture retentiveness of a good mulch of compost in spring.
    [​IMG]Hemerocallis 'Catcher in the Eye'
    ©Pollie's Daylilies
    Daylilies do respond to feeding. A fertiliser applied in spring with a low nitrogen content will help the plants flower production. If you wish to cut the foliage back in autumn or spring to “tidy them up” this does no apparent harm and many growers favour this approach.
    Daylilies will form a clump eventually, which can be divided. If the flowers are not as prolific as the previous year, the plant probably needs dividing. Bear in mind that dividing a huge clump can be hard work and dividing sooner than later is wise and you can swap plants with other daylily lovers! Division is best done in spring or early autumn. The foliage can be cut back on new divisions and long or damaged roots can be trimmed back which helps to reduce the stress of division.



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      Looking forward to viewing all your prize specimens :dancy:
      thank you Spruce,Simbad and Wylie,
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        I knew I would get my first new seedling blooming soon, and it opened today!
        When Spirits Unite x Free Wheelin'.JPG
        This is When Spirits Unite x Free Wheeelin'. It is 7.5" across. Not the best, but it really catches your eye.
        A couple of days ago I had a named variety open for the first time:
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        This is the bi-tone "Diane Taylor". I got it 2 years ago, and last year it did nothing. It was moved to a place it seems to like.
         
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            Wylie , a good start and gives me hope , 1st time I have seen Diane Taylor , the seedling looks promising

            Hopefully my seeds should all start sprouting soon ...

            :biggrin: mum get one or two and you can join in , see I am so kind and no need to shed tears ...;) its a simple fix

            Joolz is allowed and Armandii , Graham the gardner but we havnt seen him in ages

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              I have three already :yay:

              1. Unidentified (large clump here when I moved in); tall with an orangey coloured flower
              2. Stella de Oro x3 (bought - reduced - 8th January 2013, B&Q)
              3. Pixie Parasol x5 (bought - reduced - 18th March 2013, Morrisons)

              See? I'm so kind, I pre-planned :biggrin:

              But, if I have to get another one or two .... :scratch: .... I'll hit the nursery tomorrow or Tuesday.
               
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                Try stopping me :biggrin: im hoping for a better display this yr,last yr was a wash out!,all got battered wind rain & wind :cry3:x
                 
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                  Been busy planting my new daylily's with all the rain we had in the Autumn just didnt have the time as it was just soaking wet to dig out the new border ( more of the lawn gone ) so all of them went into 6 inch pots.

                  One hot mama
                  The Tingler
                  Thin Man
                  Bark at me
                  Rodeo Clown
                  Lily Munster (finally been planted but was in a huge 10 inch pot plus 3 fans now )
                  I luv Lucy
                  All I want for Christmas

                  Hopefully most should flower this year


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                    Oooo you've started the thread Spruce :hapydancsmil: , can't wait, just need this weather to warm up so I can get on with a bit of daylily wrestling (dividing).
                    I've got 11 or 12 that should flower for the first time this year, some of last years seedlings are pretty big too but don't think I'll be as lucky as Wylie and have them flowering 1st year :cry3:
                    You did lots of Freewheelin crosses didn't you Wylie? I'll be watching closely to see what you get give me some ideas what to cross mine with, do remember you saying it only works as a pollen parent not a pod :)
                    I have Diane Taylor too it seems to get damaged by the rain really badly, which we have far too much of here.
                     
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                    Just a quickie on dividing:

                    the big clump I inherited, I divided the centre of it last Spring. The transplants didn't flower, actually, barely grew! Is that normal? ​
                    Do you think they may flower this year? (they have some lovely growth coming through this year).​

                    Also, my orangey patch - when I divided it, I put a hebe in the centre hole (thinking the blue flowers would look good with the orange, plus, being evergreen would still look "interesting" in the winter). Well, it sort of worked, but, the hebe now looks like a mohican - probably due to the daylily stunting growth either side. So, in a couple of weeks time, my plan is to remove the hebe and replace it with a Cotinus Coggygria. Do you think that would work ok? :scratch:
                     
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                    Hi Mum

                    You are getting eager on here another hemro addict I can see starting this is what happened to Joolz :dancy:

                    I would recommend planting the shrub at the back and the daylily at the front or/and sides with at least 12 inches away from each other , daylily's like a bit of space around them otherwise they just dont grow properly or flower , but I understand what you where trying to achieve the colour combo sounds great

                    Simbad I knew you wouldn't be far behind and we will have a good start with Wylie but we need to catch up big time

                    ps my Fatamorgana x Big Smile seeds are about inch tall now

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                      The secret to getting the seedlings to flower in a year is not only the warmth of your area, but also getting them in the ground early. I think that is why flowers in the autumn is a problem for me - I put another 77 in the ground yesterday, and laid out a row for 25 more today (I have about 150 more to plant). They get a long growing season and then start to flower in Sept. or Oct. Last year I cut off a lot of scapes so the sdlgs could grow instead of flowering and then possibly dying.
                      Next year I will really have the Free Wheelin' crosses, and yes, they are very hard to get a pod to set. This year, I am hoping for green edges, several doubles, and a few spider types.
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                        *seed update* are up

                        Small Pleasure x Heavenly Curls

                        Wylie ?
                        Regents Line X HC on the seed bag does this mean Heavenly Curls ?

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                        That would be (Summer Star x Heavenly Curls). Here is its photo from last year:Summer Star X Heavenly Curl.JPG
                         
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                          Heavenly curls has had lots of registered kids and pollen fertile , just have to play the waiting game.

                          Thanks

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