well, that tells me it's fertile! Yippee! It's one of those irises, too, that is much prettier than it's photos. I'd seen photos, and decided against it for years. Then bought so many, decided "what the heck, I just want it for it's name." It's made a great clump in only 2.5 years. So there will be a lot of stalks to "playbee" on.
Another that did well here, so well I dug and traded some and then forgot what I did with the rest of the clump!! - was Protocol. Bright, pretty little sucker, and growing like a WEED.
Protocol is an IB a class with hybrid vigor which usually grow well, unless they don't. Miss Nellis in a 48c BB. Can be sort of a dirty color, but when I used it, got a lot of white with a turquoise wash which is the color of one of its ancestors (I think Child Star). Modern irises are such a mixture of color genes that I do a lot of pedigree studying to look up where THAT came from when I see seedlings.
2009 Superstition catalog had Eleanor Roosevelt. so I assume they still have it.
Ohhh April, you're new too?! It's scary how fast I fell into these, all it took was a few I traded for with some extra daylilies I had last year and then a visit to Schreiners Iris Gardens in Oregon in May and I was sucked right in! Then this cubit and all the lovely pictures doesn't help.
Name: Dee Stewart Willamette Valley OR Snowpeak Iris
Hey CA Sue if you come up this way into OR again remember I am before any of the big boys east of Albany...then up to Keith Keppel and on to Mid America then over to Schreiners and then Cooleys in Silverton
Dee, I would love to come and visit, maybe next bloom season, if I am not too knee deep in remodeling. Although, that might be a nice break from it all.
Polly, make sure you order what's appropriate for your area, evergreens may not be something you want to try as a newbie to daylilies. Easier to stick with the dormants, find growers in the colder zones that grow semi-evergreens too, they give you good recommendations.
Thanks Sue. I have a lot of daylilies, but they are the older ones. And I want the newer fancy ones. So, at least I have experience. I've owned a nursery for more than 20 years, and sold and overwintered many pots of daylilies. I will stay away from dormants. I appreciate the advice. Any advice, any time.
I've been looking at the ones on mamajacks co-ops from Bently Gardens. OMG they are lovely.
Why are some daylilies so expensive? I've seen some very lovely ones that are only $5, and some other equally lovely ones that are $150!
Supply and demand rule in the sale of daylilies. When a daylily is very new to the market, its supply will be very small, and the demand (if the daylily's a good one) can be quite high. These daylilies can sell for up to $300, and occasionally even more. Most people who purchase the high end daylilies are hybridizers who want to introduce the new genetics into their lines. As the daylily grows and increases, and they tend to do that pretty rapidly, the market supply will increase. If demand also increases, the price will remain up there for a while. Eventually though, the supply will begin to outstrip the demand, and the price will drop. If you wait long enough, every daylily will become a $5 plant. Now the corollary to this is that the value of a daylily is not truly linked to its cost. Some of the finest daylilies I grow sell for $10-15. And sad to say, some of the poorest performers are the $150 ones. This is one of the reasons I recommend that you visit some of the AHS Display gardens to view different cultivars growing in a similar climate to your own. Not only will you be able to see the pretty flowers up close and personal, but you will also get a good idea of how well they perform in your area.
A few years back, I had a new intro that was in real high demand, it had the latest break through look (sculpting) plus got a big endorsement from a top well respected hybridizer so everyone was clamoring to work with it.. I used it's pollen on everything that bloomed that summer and sold over $1400 in JUST SEEDS! The easiest thing to do, no digging, cleaning, etc., just careful record keeping, collect & refrigerate the seeds, post a few auctions and pop them in a bubble envelope when they sold. So when people mention that they never would spend that much on a newer daylily, I just tell them that I recouped my initial investment in a matter of just a 2-3 seed auctions in one week. It was well worth the investment plus I still have the daylily and then can still sell fans of it if I wished.
Now to ask even further, what makes it so different from an iris intro? Really you can say the same for iris intros. But why is a new iris intro only 50 or less, and the daylily ones up to 300? Do you think daylilies are that much more popular than irises? That's probably it, as there is a lot of breeding in daylilies, much more so than in irises.
So my other two I ordered are Carolyn Mann and Lake Effect. From another vendor I have coming Darla Anita, (always loved that one), Wild Horses and Barn Owl. That should get me going on the look I want, and actually I will be glad to get rid of some of the older washed out looking ones I have.