Surprise!!

sherrygirl zone5July 13, 2014

I have been gardening with daylilies for over twenty years and have been happy with what I found locally. After a few days reading and looking at pictures on this forum and checking out suggested place to purchase, BOY have i been missing out!! Stellas are one thing but removing some of my other "babies" will take some serious thinking on my part. Wish I had more room for a few exotic newbies. Had no idea a new variety could go for $250. Am really enjoying the whole thing. Included a picture of my new Desperado, thats my "exotic".

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organic_kitten(8)

Hello there, Sherry. You don't have to go for the pricey ones to have some beauties. Look at Marietta Gardens, CT Daylilies, Blueridge Daylilies, Maryotts. Paul Owens Slightly Different Nursery also has general cultivars that are reasonable. They all have some very expensive intros, but look at the general cultivars, and you will find reasonable prices too. And they all send nice bonus plants.
The Lily Auction has a section for $7 and under. Some of the ones there were very pricy at one time, and now are not since they aren't new, but they are just as pretty as ever. Don't give up, you can expand without spending a fortune.

kay

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 10:29AM
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organic_kitten(8)

Sherry
I just looked on the auction, and Selman of Blueridge has a lot of "instant buy" in the 7-20 category. If you want to take a look at them, he has always been generous with bonus plants. And he is not a southern grower, so his should do okay for you.
kay

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 10:37AM
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shive(6b TN)

Desperado is a great one, and it puts on a great late clump show for most of us who have it. There are lots of truly fantastic daylilies out there for $5-20. Only the most insane of us will spend $250 on a daylily. I will tell your from experience that most of those pricey new intros never live up to the hype. But a daylily that is still being sold 10-20 years after its intro is one that performs.

Debra

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 11:59AM
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Maryl zone 7a

Listen to Debra. She's got it nailed. I was surprised when I first started out that years after the initial price tag of a new introduction I'd see someone's recent picture of it and in many cases things that had wow'd me in the hybridizers picture were minimal or nonexistant. And of course the big disappointment was watching them bleach out and/or melt out by coming home from work time. All that for $200.00. I think not..... Your picture of Desparado is a good one btw, and I hope you will be happy with it.....Maryl

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 5:50PM
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bragu_DSM 5

Very very nice

Dave

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 6:09PM
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