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Daylily choices

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When growing daylilies from seed, you can end up with a lot, very quickly — too many, in fact. So at the end of the year, it is time to make tough choices and send the uglies off to live somewhere else, or be added to a compost pile.
Today I had 3 seedlings from the same cross, Pumpkin Sunshine x Backyard Friends, open for the first time; and only one is going to be around next year. Since they are all about the same height [24"] and width [6"], and are dormant in habit, looks are what matters. Bad things get passed to the next generation, so if a seedling is weak, has a low bud count, or looks like 100 other flowers; out it goes.
The first loser is this:


It looks nice, but the eye is kind of fuzzy – not a desirable thing. Great wire edge, though.
The next reject will be this one:


It has a better eye, but a weaker edge.
The winner is this one:


It has a very nice eye that seems to explode, and a strong edge. It isn’t going to be ignored in a border, so I will be keeping it.

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Oh how sad that two of them will have to go! I like them all. I hope they can be dropped at a nice doorstep instead of the compost heap. :-( But I understand your reasons...

2 May, 2014

 

I would like to be the neighbour I love them all :O)

2 May, 2014

 

Oh I so need your willpower Wylie when my seedlings start flowering this year,I do see what you mean though the 3rd is definitely the best, you'll have to guide me and be firm lol.
Barbara being close to me you may well be getting some of mine ;-)

2 May, 2014

 

oooer thanks - that will be lovely Kath, just give me a bell I shall be there, nothing quite like freebies. lol :O)

2 May, 2014

 

This guy I know - he quit being an EMT tech to be a gardener for a German and an Italian couple(s) because it paid better. But he gets most of my rejects, and he is starting to feel the space crunch because I give away more than I keep. The neighbours behind me have received a lot, but those I can see every day and reaffirm my choice to give them away. It gets easier every time, and there are several I kept from last year that will be leaving in the fall.
I just cannot make up my mind if I want to concentrate on appliques (and now extended throats) or doubles.

2 May, 2014

 

Must confess I had to look very carefully at the last two to detect the difference- you have some lucky neighbours.

2 May, 2014

 

:)) I found 3 - the eye explodes more, the edge is more pronounced, and the overall colour is stronger in #3.
Actually I joke with them saying that they are my garbage dump because they get all the rejects. Some are improved the 2nd year, so they do get some good ones.

3 May, 2014

 

I like the form of no.2. I do not know anything about daylilies, but if I would have to pick up one in garden center I would pick the #2.

4 May, 2014

 

I think you definitely made the right choice Wylie. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I admire any plantsman or woman that can dedicate them-self to one species. I wouldn't be able to throw the other two. Away. I'd be hanging on to see what they did the following year. I'd need half the country!

13 Jan, 2016

 

Actually, looking again, I prefer number 2 as well! I like the shape of the petals better! Lol! See...I'd be hopeless...wouldn't be able to make my mind up!

13 Jan, 2016

 

I plant 200-300 new seedlings every year, so picking which to keep is a tough choice. Fortunately, I get a lot of reblooming, so it is like have 2 years in one.

14 Jan, 2016

 

Ah yes, of course...your climate! Do you have any use for glasshouses Wylie, or are they all in open ground?

15 Jan, 2016

 

Everything is in the open. I have spent a lot of time planting wind breaks. Most people around here use the large poly tunnels. But when my seedlings get big enough, they go into my stone shed that has an opaque fiberglass ceiling to harden off before going into a sheltered open place.

15 Jan, 2016

 

I liked no 2 best too, though they are all lovely.

15 Jan, 2016

 

Thats handy then Wylie...like a huge cold frame! And how many years have you been breeding hemerocallis now?

16 Jan, 2016

 

I have been at it seriously for 4 years now.

16 Jan, 2016

 

And registering vars. already..thats brilliant! Book in the pipeline? There are several good ones on clematis that I've enjoyed. Daylilies are a bit hit and miss in Scotland as you never know if you'll get enough sunshine. Some years they are wonderful, others a disaster....like last year. I have three mature ones and not one of them flowered well. But I hope this summer they will be happier. There's always hope....

16 Jan, 2016

 

I have a few in flower today. They don't look as nice as in the summer. Daylilies do well in Canada, it's just a matter of getting the right cultivars.
I am thinking of making a book of the best flowers I get in 2016 for my sister. It can be done by going through Flickr.

16 Jan, 2016

 

Thanks Wylie....Canada is much sunnier than Scotland though...in the summer. The ones I have are Kwanso, lilioasphodelus, Golden Chimes, and Stella de Oro...oh, I actually have 4 vars, not 3! But if you think any (or all) of these are no hopers for my situation (East coast, very sunny spot when there's sun) in Scotland, I'd be ever so grateful for your input! The only one that did well this year was lilioasphodelus with its beautifully graceful tall stems. The others hardly flowered at all and not before September. But it was an exceptionally dismal wet summer.

16 Jan, 2016

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