The GardenWeb Daylily people are extraordinarily dedicated , and much to my detriment, they post a lot of photos. I learned about the best mail order nurseries, learned about tetraploids and diploids, proliffs and fans. I also learned about the Daylily Auction. Uh-oh. Very tempting that Daylily Auction. And so I was off. Boxes full of double and triple fans arriving weekly , thrilled to find that freebies are common, shocked to learn what some serious collectors might pay for newer hybrids. Even in the peak of my rose collection mania , I never forked out 200 bucks for a bare root rose. How happy I was though with my modest purchases..I stuck them in everywhere.
It wasn't long before some tragic realities became apparent.Reality 1; snails love Daylily foliage. Not only delicious, but a superior hiding place. Snail nirvanah.Snail Utopia. Reality 2; Daylily colors are highly variable and unstable. In my soil and climate the lovely pinks and lavenders become exactly the color of the 'flesh' crayon you had in your box of crayolas. Flesh is not part of my garden color scheme. Reality 3; Dayliles look like crap if they aren't deadheaded every single day, and even crappier if the horrible snail foliage isn't stripped off frequently. Reality 4; the foliage is also crappy on the two Daylilies I have that the snails don't like.Reality 5; There are Daylilies who hate my garden , and the flowers never ever open all the way. Reality 6; Stippling.
Still, they are compelling. I'm going to keep this one I guess.
And this one, Calico Jack.
Must keep Bela Lugosi
And what nice clear colors Tigerling has !
Nice flowers , but they never open all the way. Adios.