Moments ago we updated the Frank Smith Daylilies web site with his fall 2004
introductions. If you are interested in seeing some of the most sought
after daylilies on this planet then you should take look. These are some
remarkable beauties and many will be sold out within the next 48 hours and
the $200 prices do not deter the diehard daylily fanatics.
There were some that I would be happy to own, but not at that price. I
can't see planting daylilies as specimen plants. I like them in large
clumps that can be viewed at a distance. If you only have a couple plants,
they bloom for three days and then are gone. Large clumps give a nice
display for two or three weeks.
frankly I prefur the nice clumps of day lilies I get at my garden
center for $10.00 and I get a nice selection of colors and mine
bloom quite nicely for almost three and a half weeks and some times I
get late stalks with nice blooms after even that
if he gets some one to pay that price per plant than those folks are
crazy and he's a damn genius
Leaving aside the question of whether advertising in this group is a
good thing, I have to say that these daylilies look... well - rather like
Perhaps I'm old fashioned in the flowers that I like, but I really can't
work up any enthusiasm over the fussy ruffles that really obscure what
should be a beautifully shaped flower.
More generally, it seems that many of the recent cultivars are aiming more
for shock value than attractiveness - or features like repeat blooms and
scent - which is a crying shame.
"A cat spends her life conflicted between a deep, passionate and profound
On Wed, 21 Jul 2004 02:39:26 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Cat)
?? The flowers don't look like book jackets to me at all. Did you
mean dustmop? :-)
With some 50,000 hemerocallis cultivars, there's bound to be
considerable straying from the original(?) orange ditch-lily. I
thought they were rather interesting. Not $200 interesting, but if
someone planted one in my yard, I wouldn't dig it up. :-)
From a local magazine, Manitoba Gardener, Summer 2004, p. 28:
...a new introduction by daylily hybridizer Ted Petit - recently sold for
whopping $6,000 at a Canadian Hemerocallis Society auction in Niagara Falls
to Dr. Larry Gooden and his wife Pat Keisel. Obviously thrilled with the
plant, the couple promptly named it "Larry's Obsession".
The photo show a beautiful flower, purple with white ruffled edge.
Oh yes - I have seen "naming rights" go for obscene amounts of money. Those
funds tend to go to clubs not the hybridizer.
On 7/22/04 10:03 AM, in article dJPLc.49$ email@example.com, "Andrew
That has got to be the stupidest $6000 investment I've ever heard of. I know
some chumps who still think they're going to retire on the massive fortunes
they'll make when they sell their Beanie Baby collections, but even that
doesn't come close.
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One small correction. It was not "sold" for $6,000. They buyer only gets to
name the daylily. My opinion is that Ted Petit should "give" a fan of that
cultivar to the winner who will name it. The in question by Ted Petit is a
trend setter. It is a near black [probably a very dark red or grape] with a
white toothy edge. The tooth edge looks something like the old pinking
scissors cut. Teeth are a new trend in daylilies. Everyone is trying to
get a toothed edge that will be reliable and will show itself in all weather
conditions. Since I am a cold climate grower I know the frustrations of
buying a toothy edged daylily that shows its edge under the hot sun of
Florida but rarely shows up here, even in the best of weather. Time and
experience with that cultivar will tell if the edge will show up in every
On 7/22/04 2:32 PM, in article firstname.lastname@example.org, "Wil"
I've had the pleasure of meeting Ted Petit several times and hoisting a few
beers with him. I suspect Ted gave the winner several fans.
If you are looking for teeth Wil, have you seen Rogue from Melanie Mason?
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