Seed Swaps

The Daylily Parade Has Begun!

22 Oct 2011
Hazy 28°C / 82°F

It’s mid-Spring here and the first of my Hemerocallis have appeared in the tiered garden beds in the front yard. I’m rather new to growing these beauties, having only planted the first few bulbs two years ago now. I have to say though, I’m a huge fan having seen them survive monsoonal rain, the dry season, the horrid summer heat and humidity, and cyclones and the gusty winds that whip around the front yard. They’ve taken it all seemingly without a care!

First to appear in the parade was Hemerocallis ‘Blackberry Jack’. He’s now wearing a lot more yellow than he used to. When he first bloomed last year, he was a very soft creamy colour, but now he’s just bright yellow. Is that normal with some?

‘Blackberry Jack’ was out on his own for a couple of weeks before he was joined by ‘Francois Verheart’. Both good looking boys! Then, as if to combat all that strong colour and brashness, ‘Archangel Eyes’ made an appearance.

Then all of a sudden a weird version of Hemerocallis ‘Jamaican Me Crazy’ joined the others. For some reason, the petals look rather crinkled and twisted. Not at all like they’re supposed to be. He’s certainly living up to his name and I was starting to wonder what was going on.

Today, one of the girls came in quietly and joined the parade. She’s resplendent and looking exactly the way she should. She likes to take care of herself!

So that’s the parade so far, but there’s so many other scapes out there that I know the parade is only just getting started.

Main photo: Hemerocallis ‘Blackberry Jack’
Photo 1: Hemerocallis ‘Francois Verhaert’
Photo 2: Hemerocallis ‘Archangel Eyes’
Photo 3: Hemerocallis ‘Jamaican Me Crazy’
Photo 4: Hemerocallis ‘Rue Madelaine’






Folia Helper

United States6b

Beautiful! Love Francois!

Posted on 22 Oct 11 (almost 4 years ago)

He does have that something special, I agree SneIrish.

Posted on 23 Oct 11 (almost 4 years ago)


Posted on 23 Oct 11 (almost 4 years ago)


Folia Helper


they are beautiful…

Posted on 26 Oct 11 (almost 4 years ago)

Thank you Rainymountain and Sue for your comments. This is my second year growing Daylilies and I’ve so enjoyed the blooms so far.

Posted on 26 Oct 11 (almost 4 years ago)


Folia Helper

United States

Yes – sometimes the first flower turns out a little odd. This seems to happen more with a new plant rather than an established one. There may be times when it’s a problem due to something like an infestation, but I see it without that. Sometimes even during the season an odd flower will show up, with two few or too many sepals or tepals.

Love those big ruffled petals on Rue Madelaine. :)

Posted on 09 Nov 11 (almost 4 years ago)

Thanks TolCath. After the first strange couple of blooms on ‘Jamaican Me Crazy’, all the others seem to be looking like they’re supposed to … from the photo in the catalogue. They’ve been brilliant. I do have to agree about those ruffled petals on Rue Madelaine … they are lovely.

Posted on 09 Nov 11 (almost 4 years ago)

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