I received Ed Brown from my friend Mary. Many years ago Mary and I were on a garden visit. At the garden there was this ginormous clump of Ed Brown in full, raging bloom and Mary instantly fell in love with it. She's a sucker for pinks, ruffles and glitter. Ed has all of those things. Well, her birthday was coming up the following month, so I surprised her with the gift of Ed Brown.
Fast forward a few years. Ed, very gradually, grew into a large clump at Mary's house. The plant grew a stray scape that Mary said was calling my name -- so she cut that scape off and gave it to me. Now I enjoy Ed Brown too. So today my thoughts are of Mary.
Ed Brown was hybridized in Florida and it can be a bit temperamental in our Wisconsin climate. The plant takes a while to acclimate to its spot, but once it does -- it's amazing!
Hint: Daylily grower extraordinaire, Roger, told me that when you have a temperamental daylily (often the southern-hybridized ones) plant it by a rock, sidewalk, or terraced area. The rocks get warm very fast in the sun and keep the temperamental daylilies warm, which they really like. Mary has her Ed planted in an area where it is surrounded by landscape rock, and I planted my Ed in a retaining wall/terraced area.