Self-Seeder

marquest(z5 PA)June 18, 2012

I have been watching this bumble bee created daylily. It came up in between a Stella, and a double ditchlily that I had in the front of the house. No other daylilies have been planted in that area for 20 years. It is a small area around the mailbox with a yellow rose bush and the 2 daylilies.

The buds start to open and it holds in a position of growing as a half open bud until it gets big enough to open. This process takes about 2 days.

Day 3 it opens

Day 4 still open I do not see much difference except it appears to be a little lighter in color. You can see a bud growing to open beside the open bloom.

The buds stay open a average of 3 to 4 days before it closes. Depends on if it is cloudy/sunny. Cloudy it is open 4 days if it is sunny it closes in about 3 days.

It is an extremely stiff bloom. The stem is also stiff almost a stem of a small tree stiffness. Perhaps because of the heavy bloom the stem has to be sturdy to hold the bloom. The blooms are about 7"

I will post day 5 tomorrow.

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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Now, that really is unusual!!!

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 1:32PM
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mizellie(z7 Al)

Wow. Maybe you are growing an extented bloom for us. That would be great to breed and see what would come of it. It's very pretty too! Ellie

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 1:35PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Oh my goodness! It's pretty, too! I would definitely give this one a special spot and see what develops. Good job, bees!
Renee

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 3:12PM
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msjam2

Wow! That is amazing!

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 3:54PM
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jean_ar(z8 Ar)

I would build a fence around this one, so nothing happens to it,its very pretty, too.

jean

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 4:24PM
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shive(6b TN)

The bee did a brilliant job on that one! It's very attractive and large. I've never seen a daylily bloom stay open longer than two days. That is unusual.

Debra

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 9:57PM
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deangreen(7b OK)

very nice, I like a bigger bloom with such a bright color. I have some that open up a day early but not 2 days! ha

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 11:02PM
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marquest(z5 PA)

I went out today and felt the flower. I am wondering if it is so thick if it is to difficult to close. It has a thick rubber feel.

It sits there so long before it opens, it is strange. I will take another pic tomorrow.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 11:36PM
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dspack

I'm mostly a lurker, but this one has me really interested! Try for seeds if you can, too.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 1:31AM
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gardenofeden777(8a central Louisiana)

Wow that is wonderful! Congratulations on your baby, she's
a keeper! The colors are also amazingly beautiful! A real tropical colored beauty! Rena'

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 2:35AM
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houstmag

Very pretty bloom and I agree it's a keeper for sure especially with it's habit of holding the bloom for multiple days, your bees did good.
Linda

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 7:55AM
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anniegolden(z7a)

I think this is the most revolutionary daylily discovery of all time.
Christine

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 10:37AM
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Nancy zone 6

Such a pretty bloom, & so unusual. Intelligent bees.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 2:14PM
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organic_kitten(8)

Beautiful bloom, wonderful habit...keeper. Guard it well.
kay

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 4:11PM
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marquest(z5 PA)

Okay this is day 3 open bloom. I took a side view so you can see the development of the next bloom.

I noticed there are not as many blooming scapes as my other daylilies for the age of plant. There are only 4 blooming scapes. Maybe because the blooms last so long it cannot support putting out a lot of scapes.

Sorry I accidently deleted one of the pics above trying to download today's pic.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 12:24AM
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dementieva(Zone 9 - Houston)

If it really stays open 3 days and looks good on the third day as a regular feature, I bet you could make some money selling divisions of it.

Very cool in any case.

Nate

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 7:37AM
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marquest(z5 PA)

I am not looking to make any money. It would be way to much trouble in my book. What I am going to do is try it out in someone else's garden and see what happens for them.

As you can see from the side view it is not looking great because it is starting to close. That is why I took the side view so people can see the beginning of the closing.

A few years ago I posted a daylily that was two different colors in different parts of the garden. I sent it to someone but I never heard from her so I do not know what happened. I do not have that many daylilies I am not a collector.

I am just a casual gardener. Plants are fun. They do some of the strangest things. Nature is something.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 8:35AM
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marquest(z5 PA)

Day 4 this is it. It melted but the other one opened. It looks like a melted blob of glue. It was 90 degrees yesterday and at 9 am today it is 80 already.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 9:15AM
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lisa_3(5)

I'd be happy to volunteer for a host garden! I'm over in Ohio and play at hybridizing. I am also involved in a garden club in the area with several other home hybridizer's. I could even show you a few seedlings I have pending with promise and we could swap one and watch each others. Just let me know. :)

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 9:32AM
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shive(6b TN)

I'd love to try it in my garden and hybridize with it. It's so unusual that it stays open that long. I wonder if it would do the same in my usual 90-degree temps. I would be happy to trade you a registered plant for it.

Debra

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 10:30AM
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grass_lover(z5a IA)

The bloom is very pretty. Please keep us updated on how it does... I can just imagine how much fun someone that hybridizes could have with it! :)

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 1:07PM
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