Daylily season is taking off here in Michigan - finally! About six or seven daylilies are blooming now, and last night I deadheaded in my own garden for the first time in 2011! WOW!
We traveled to my parents house last weekend in southern Illinois, where my seedlings are growing beautifully. I had so much fun discovering daylilies I had forgotten since last summer and seeing new ones for the first time. Five of my favorites are shown here. The first one up there on the left is from MOMENTUM X BITTERSWEET HOLIDAY. It will certainly be introduced soon. Bud count was at least 24 on each scape and it grows 32" tall. I divided a clump of 36 fans into smaller divisions last fall to see how it made it through the winter after being divided and it passed the test with flying colors. The smaller divisions could even use dividing now! It is so prolific! I really enjoy the very pronounced stippled sepals, too. The color dilutes as the summer day matures, much like the ice in a glass of whiskey mellows out the color in the sweating glass. This one is named in the garden "Another Shot of Whiskey" and I'm sure that name will stick if it ever gets registered. I am growing this one in Michigan, too, so I can see how it does in our winters. The scapes here are still weeks away from blooming. Seems to be about 3 weeks behind the divisions in southern Illinois.