Photos of My Daylilies
Here are pictures of most of the daylilies I grow. Some of them have not bloomed for me yet! I will try to keep adding my new daylilies as I get their pretty faces on film. I hope these beauties can serve as an inspiration for all those daylily collectors out there!

Click here to see daylilies with names starting with:
A-D       E-H      I-L       M-P       Q-Z

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Marietta Gardens - My First Mail-Order Daylilies!

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July 2007
When the daylily bug bites, it bites HARD! I became a daylily addict due to all of my buddies over on the Garden Web Daylily Forum. They are such BAD enablers! Even though it was the middle of July - in TEXAS, somehow I decided I just HAD to have daylilies - and NOW!!! So, I did a ton of research on where to buy my daylilies, since no where around where I live actually grows them (unless you count a 4 hour drive as close). I decided to go with Marietta Gardens, since I had read such glowing reviews of their service and their plants. I emailed Faye Shooter, and she was so great about responding quickly concerning the availability of the daylilies that I requested. I wanted to get the following: Baby Blue Eyes Cousin Jewel Caribbean Twilight Time Changing Latitudes Itty Bitty Blue
So, I placed my order and a few days later, a huge box came with all my lovelies!
Here they all are unpacked and in a tub of water to rehydrate: When the order came, there was a beautiful bonus plant of Catnap Blue inside!! Boy was I excited, because when I listed possiblilites of bonus plants, that one was on the top of the list!
I immediately planted all my new babies, and put them under shade cloth to protect them from the blazing Texas summer sun.
Although I took utmost care NOT to overwater, and to keep them in the shade, some of the new babies did not fare so well... I think shipping/planting in the middle of summer is a mistake! By the begining of October, I had lost Changing Latitudes, Mokan Butterfly, Palace Garden Beauty, Riders of the Storm and Royal Harmony. :o( Very sad days for me. I contacted Faye @ Marietta Gardens and she was very kind about offering to replace the cultivars that I had lost. She said that when I placed another order next year, she would ship replacements for those that I had lost, or that I could pay for the shipping for the replacements. Since I knew I was going to make another order, I chose to wait until next spring, when planting was better!
Even today, some of those babies that I planted during the summer are still not doing quite as well as newer additions to the garden. I have yet to see blooms on Catnap Blue and Itty Bitty Blue. From experience, now I find that in my zone fall planting works out best.
Thankfully, with my spring order 08, some of my casualties got replaced.
Palace Garden Beauty got replaced, but as an accident by Maryott's - they sent it to me as a lovely bonus!!
Mokan Butterfly, the second time around is doing a little better. Still a very poor grower for me. I only got two buds this spring, but it was a brand new plant. I am hoping that this fall and winter she will take hold and put out a magnificent show next year. Cousin Jewel bloomed in 2008, but then promtly died. It was never a strong grower for me, which is too bad, because it was just lovely. I am thinking on replacing this one.
Changing Latitudes got replaced with my spring order from Marietta Gardens. Seems to be holding its own now, so I am crossing my fingers for the best.
I finally got a scape on Stargate Explosion this spring, which only had three buds on it. But once it bloomed, it was breathtaking! I have since moved this plant out to a different bed, as it seemed to be struggling along where it was. Hopefully next spring, we will see many more blooms!
Caribbean Twilight Time - such a beautiful flower! But the plant is growing very slowly, and has very small fans. Baby Blue Eyes - A cute little darling, and it bloomed its heart out this spring. I can't wait to see it next year!
Pancho Villa - A very tall and hard plant. This is the one that has been doing the best since it got here. I just love the unique eyezone on this one. Unvanquished - this plant really struggled along, and I almost lost it. But now it has come back from a single fan and made a new baby, so I am hopeful that is has established a good root system and will continue to multiply and bloom! It has a fantastic white shark tooth edge! That is Circle of Secrets in the background looking so cute!!
Marietta's sent me a replacement for Royal Harmony, but it definately was not the right plant... so I am still in quest to try and obtain her. Hopefully I will get it with another one of my Marietta orders!!
Here is what came marked as Royal Harmony:
When I asked Faye what she thought this was, she said they had mislabeled a whole row of this cultivar, and that she thought it was an introduction that came from Mort Morss. I was thinking it could be Tropical Seashell or Stranger Than Paradise???

Marriott's Daylilies

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My second Mail Order experience was with Marriott's Gardens, located in Freedom, California. I had heard lots of raving reviews of the plants they send via daylily friends and lots of posts made on the Garden Web Daylily Forum. Before I made my order, I cruised their web pages and did a lot of research concerning the plants they had available. One of my favorite resources is a daylily database hosted by Tinker's Gardens. It is a place where you can look up a daylily by name, hybridizer, color or year of hybridization. After much deliberation and consultation with the wallet, I chose a few daylilies for my first order. Hi Ho Silver Lavender Fantasia Sea of Cortez In addition to these, they were running a special, that if you spent x amount of money, that they would throw in special bonus plant for free! That plant was Jerry Nettles. I placed my order via their online website. I was very happy that I immediately got an email from Bill Maryott to confirm my order. It was very easy to order, and I got to schedule the date for when I would like them delivered. Now, I knew from my previous experience, that I wanted to wait until it cooled off before I planted these new babies. So I decided that fall would be a great delivery time. Of course, as my daylily addiction grew, I found a few more that I wanted to add to my order, and Bill Maryott was more than accomodating when I placed my phone call to add on a few more daylilies. I also chose: Mildred Mitchell Navy Blues When it was finally time to get my order, Maryott's sent me an email on the pre-aranged date that they were to ship, stating that they had sent out my daylilies. Yippe!! I was so excited! Three days later they arrived at the house, and I was even more excited - the box was huge! I unloaded my plants and to my surprise, there were THREE MORE gift plants in the box - Velvet Eyes These Eyes Palace Garden Beauty Here are the plants upon arrival: Needless to say, I was very happy with my plants. Very green, healthy roots and lots and lots of extra fans. Here are my pictures of my flowers that have bloomed from these great plants. Hi Ho Silver Lavender Fantasia Sea of Cortez Jerry Nettles Mildred Mitchell Navy Blues Velvet Eyes These Eyes Palace Garden Beauty

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Daylily Fix for those who are photojacked!

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Here are some pictures for those of you who have been suffering since the hijacking of photobucket...

I'll list the name of the post, and the owner of the pics... so you can kind of connect the threads...

1. Can you believe the change in this seedling? - farmerbell

2. A few more blooms to share - Shellyga

3. Some eye candy for you (lots of pics) - shellyga

4. Wanna see a really red dl? (pix) - tweetypye

Here is the red one she is talking about:

5. Joan Senior - tnladyhillbilly