that silly time after a picture is found

there could be a reason for the dawdling.  i have no clue what it could be.  so enough dawdling  a seedling… 12-040 Critics Choice x 11-004 Olivia’s Opera x SH B110- tet skinwalker.  two images

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way back

next summer i need to go way back, as in wade through the other flowers and get a close up of this one.  the bed is about 12 feet deep so i will need to tiptoe through the other daylilies to get there.  a close up of this flower is way over due.  and while i am there bring a little pollen and take a little pollen.  this is Parfait, tall, skinny, and way way mature.  personally i take severe umbrage when flowers refer to me as a young whipper snapper…   and if not umbrage i at least huff and puff a little.   two images

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and variety.  i have quite a few daylilies.  and i try to show as many of them as is possible.  not just the ones that hold my fascination today.  those that are here and show what has held other gardener’s fascination over the years.  each of the named daylilies that appear was chosen by a gardener.  to them the flower was special.  worthy to be shared with others.  this flower is one of those.  in 1987 it turned some heads.  since then the fancy of the daylily world has turned.  it has moved on in some ways.  that does not change the daylily… it just changes what some people chase.  Ocean Rain.   two images

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what is ?

what is large and red ?  what stands tall in the garden ?  what perplexes me ?   one answer to that question is Watchyl Fiery Suspense.  it is a flower that is 10.5 in 25.6 cm of intense pure red.  it stands 33 in 84 cm tall.  and it has resisted the efforts of many a gardener to make any seed whether from pollen or pod.  it is listed as a tetraploid and there is speculation that it is not.  perhaps next summer we will try some other crosses.  the only thing that is for sure is if one stops trying, then nothing will happen.  there is no loss for trying and failing.  the loss comes from not trying.  two images

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when last seen

it has been a little over a year since this flower was here.  it is still a double.  though it looks a bit different or so some would say.  this flower is called Nagasaki.  and on different days its flowers can show a different aspect.  some days it can be more open and uniform.  and on others it can be more complex and difficult to fathom.  convoluted…   two images

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if you are talking to a certified daylily nut this flower would be called a spider.  if you are talking to a plain old certified gardener this would be a skinny daylily.  then again we could just keep it real simple and say it is a flower with long skinny petals.  it is also an old daylily, before the days when someone insisted that the flower size should be measured.  so the flower size is not listed.  i will have to measure it some day.  the old memory puts the flower size between 6 and 7 inches or 15.2 to 17.7 cm.  it is also a star that is meant to be seen by day… in the garden of course…  Dark Star.   there is debate on whether or not this one twinkles.  if it does make a wish!   two images

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flowers by Ralph

one of the members of our local daylily club also grows and selects his own plants from seed. some of his other flowers have shown up here.   this one is called Phylly Marlene and is named for his lovely wife.  a pink flower with a pink halo.  is there any better compliment to one’s spouse than a pretty flower ?  two images.

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