As disappointing as it is buying plants and realizing they won't work in my circumstances, it's just a part of gardening that I accept. It makes me all the more appreciative when I hit upon a daylily that is absolute perfection. The fun is always in the journey.
Here are a few of the plants I parted company with and the reasons why:
- A little Fire, Scarecrow - An award winner that just didn't suit me and sometimes needed staking.
- Always Afternoon - The blooms on this Stout Medal winner melted in the sun. I didn't have enough shade to keep the plant happy.
- Baby Blues - I know this will sound completely crazy, but Baby Blues bloomed too much! It rivaled 'Stella de Oro' in bloom power. This departure was all about me, not the plant -- my back was very unhappy deadheading 30+ blooms a day on such a diminutive plant. For those of you who love miniatures, it's a wonderful, robust, super bloomer!
- Caribbean Whipped Cream - Some blooms were breathtaking; some were not. This doesn't bother some gardeners. I'm not in that group.
- Court Magician - A pretty color combination, but the petals regularly 'canoed' (curled over).
- Etched Eyes - Beautiful and unusual, but it never thrived for me. I found it a new home and it seems to be doing better in a friend's garden.
- Highland Lord - A double that doubled about half the time. It was either gorgeous or just plain red. Which is no doubt perfectly fine for someone else who is not picky-me.
- Lady Neva - Droopy scapes. The large 9" blooms were too heavy for the scapes. I disliked deadheading blooms that were usually on or near the ground, especially after it rained.
- Moussaka - Another plant with melting blooms. By 1:00 pm it was done for; not a good fit for my sunny yard.
- Night Beacon - A striking bloom with a great color combination, but some scapes grew really tall and others never made it past the foliage. The clump always looked odd with scapes and flowers poking out all over the place. I hung onto this plant for about six years hoping the growth habits would improve. They didn't.
- Nowhere to Hide - This is one of the most unique daylilies I have ever grown, but it had inconsistent blooms and ratty foliage. I wish it would have been happier, but I don't think it liked Wisconsin.
- Tholian Web - These blooms melted in the sun. I liked the plant so well that I moved it from full sun to a coveted eastern location with afternoon sun and high hopes. It melted anyway. Frown face.
Pictured above: 'Nowhere to Hide"
Pictured below L-R: 'A Little Fire, Scarecrow;' 'Always Afternoon'