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Does anyone else here love daylilies?

What are your favorite varieties? Any you didn't like?

-- Rebekah (, February 12, 2002


Here is one by Patrick Stamile that I particlularly like. Lake Effect

-- Rebekah (, February 12, 2002.


I adore daylillies, but haven't yet planted any. I think I might plant some this year. Is it better to plant them in the Spring or in the Fall? My favorites are yellow and orange, not sure of the names without looking at the catalog.

-- Elizabeth (, February 12, 2002.


-- Soni (, February 12, 2002.

Hi, Rebekah! I love daylillies, too! My mom was a real collector and when she moved, she sent me a lot. I think I have around 20 varieties. Unfortunately, most of the labels for them have been lost or mixed up so I don't really know what I have. I have a beautiful cream colored daylilly with a lavendar throat. My mom said she paid a pretty penny for it. And I have some scented ones, one of which I think is called 'Popcorn' because that is what it smells like! I have to move some of them this year. Do you want to trade? I'd love to have a division of the one you pictured. By the way, did you read the blurb in last month's CS about the new daylilly disease? It really distresses me to think about losing all my daylillies!!

-- Bren (, February 12, 2002.

Daylilies are wonderful! (Yes, they even grow this far north!!) I attended a seminar last year at Canada Blooms and their main topic was creating new varieties. Apparently it's as simple as hand pollinating the blooms, saving the seeds, and planting them. And they said they were embarassed to tell us that you treat the seeds and plant them just like beans. Just plant 'em. So needless to say I purchased several day lilies last year, and hope to do some crossing this year, gathering seeds this fall, planting next year, and then the following year seeing what I created. And these two fellows were sooo funny... One of them kept meticulous notes, variety names that he crossed, date and time, etc. His partner on the other hand was notorious for getting out of bed late with a hangover, wandering through his beds of lilies merrily dabbing a Q-tip here and there - and they were both able to produce equally wonderful new varieities.

Well, thanks for letting me dream about summer... It's snowing so hard right now I can't even see my pond. Everything in my world is white. Have a great day.

-- Bernie from Northern Ontario (, February 12, 2002.

Did you know that you can eat the daylily flower pod when unopened? Just pick them and cook them up like green beans, boil then add butter. Very tasty! Oh yeah the flowers are pretty too.

-- Dave in Ohio (, February 12, 2002.

Ha ha, I wish I had that daylily, Lake Effect! I don't think it's available yet, when it is, it'll be pricey. But it's nice to look at the picture anyway.

-- Rebekah (, February 12, 2002.

Wow Rebekah, that is truly a gorgeous one. Who developed it? My collection is fairly small by most peoples standards, maybe 15, and I feel real dumb cause I wasn't careful about labeling them and don't know most of the names. I have a really wonderful peach colored one, and one that a neighbor developed that is a very unique shade of pink with a blush of yellow. Doesn't sound all that wonderful but I dearly love it. I still go cruise that website you posted last year by the way.

-- diane (, February 12, 2002.

sheesh.....just see where you had the name next to the photo ......time for bed. nite-nite.

-- diane (, February 13, 2002.

Elizabeth, I think it is considered best to plant daylilies in the spring. I have planted them all spring and summer and have never had a problem. With you being in FL you could probably plant them any time but the hottest of months. They are really hardy plants and tend to thrive even if mistreated. I have various shades of yellows, plenty of native orange, and a beautiful burnt orange daylily. Would a trade of daylilies for worms interest you?

-- Bren (, February 13, 2002.

Yes, I love them--but I absolutely hate weeding around them. Any thoughts?

-- Ann Markson (, February 13, 2002.

I like my daylilies - I wouldn't call myself a fanatic - I have them because a friend was separating theirs & gave me the leftovers.

We have had some warm weather here in western PA, so mine are already starting to come up - I'm hoping they don't get killed by the cold & snow I'm sure is still on its way! ;(

-- hmm (, February 13, 2002.

"I absolutely hate weeding around them"

I used mulch (crushed leaves that fell in the fall) about 4" thick. It has to be replenished a couple of times per year. If a weed does come up, it pulls quite easily. They will also require much less water when mulched.

-- Martha Vinson (, February 13, 2002.

Would you be interested in swapping? Rosemary

-- ROSEMARY (rosemary.lester@, February 27, 2002.

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