I want to focus this blog on flower phenotypes. I don't talk about this much, but let's face it, in daylilies it really is all about the flowers! While I want a great plant, that is in order to support an astonishing and lovely flower. Now, perhaps I have an advantage in liking most types of daylilies, so I am not stuck to one type or expression of flower. This creates more room from which I can select individuals that have both a great plant and a striking flower in combination.
I love nearly all types of daylilies. From small round and ruffled diploids to gigantic unusual form tetraploids, and everything in between. I just love daylilies. That is why when asked which type of daylily I am working with, I am forced to answer, "Daylilies".
I love every form; from the star and trumpet shaped species, to the extravagant spiders, all unusual formed flowers, round and ruffled, advanced edged types, thin and delicate as well as thick and plastic-like textures, and everything in between - I like them all.
In this post I want to look at some of my favorite forms and types in the Diploid category. This post will be image heavy, so it may take a while for all the pictures below to load on slower browsers.
An unknown ruffled pink diploid showing very heavy ruffling that is reliable and does not cause any problems with the flower opening.
Above and below Left - an unknown unusual form often sold as "Magic Dawn". The plant is very vigorous and fertile both ways. The seedling Below Left is from my own seedling beds.
Above - Leaping Lizards, another nice Shooter cultivar that has nice color, good texture, lots of movement and usually reblooms.
Left - A late afternoon flower on Spider Miracle.
Below - Spider Miracle in the early morning with a very green throat.
Below and Left - The G.H. Wild cultivar Giant Fling. I love the triangular form of these flowers. The pinching is a nice touch and the color is a lovely near white with peach/pink flush at the outer edges of the petals as the day goes on.
Left - Mercedes is another older G.H. Wild cultivar with unusual form.
Left - Another shot of G.H. Wild's Wild One. This shot shows the pleating that the cultivar occasionally shows, much like that seen in a more developed form, in some tetraploid cultivars of the pleated sculpted type.
Left - Kindly Light is a dependable old spider of very nice form and very strong constitution.
Below - A Early Alibi x Ghost Ranch seedling in my seedling beds.
Left - Jersey Jim is a tall spider with large flower that blooms late and often reblooms.
Right - Galaxy Explosion is a very fertile spider with a very strong presence.