It was on one of my visits to Sally's garden that I first saw Pumpkin Kid. I loved it immediately. It was such an unusual color and had a waxy substance that kept it beautiful on even the hottest day. It's an older plant, hybridized in 1987, but it's just one of those plants that you want to keep around! Sally knew I admired the plant and towards the end of daylily season she gave me a few nice, hardy proliferations. I grew the roots in water and then placed them in the dirt. The proliferations had September and October to acclimate in the dirt and establish some roots. And that's how Pumpkin Kid arrived in my daylily garden. Pumpkin Kid has grown large enough that I've also been able to share proliferations with others.
In daylily lingo, a proliferation is a baby plant (genetically like the parent plant) that grows on the daylily scape towards the end of the season. Not every daylily produces them, but if you can get one from a plant that you really want, you're getting it for free! It just takes a few years to nurture them along. In the fall I inspect all of my plants carefully to make sure I grab all the proliferations I can find and pass them along to my friends.