Although I intended to release these twelve cultivars to commerce in 2017, they were not mature enough to offer in significant numbers for sale. I am reclassifying them as 2018 introductions because most of them have increased enough so I can offer them to customers in Spring 2018.
RUNNING IN CIRCLES
Sdlg 131-15 (sdlg x sdlg) 28″ E. Dor. 7″ 5 br 25 buds
If one wants to see a flower that really begs for attention, RUNNING IN CIRCLES is a candidate for that class. I absolutely adore this flower. It is a very early opener (opens during the night) and is always fully opened flat by 6 a.m. This early opening does cause some degradation by early evening, but the degradation is in substance only as it becomes softer textured. The color and form remain stable throughout the day. The large size, with good growing conditions, remains constant. The flower form remains constant but the pattern goes through variations depending on the temperature. It nearly always has some pattern, and is a pleasure to look at. Below are shown three photos of pattern variations produced by Running in Circles; in 2016 the larger photo at left was the typical pattern shown. In 2017, fluctuating temperatures spread the pattern distribution around all four examples shown.
The scapes are very strong and stout. The foliage is robust and lush. It is a moderate increaser with moderate to high rust resistance. Although it is an early season bloomer, it has a long bloom season. It is pod and pollen fertile, pod difficult; the pods that are set are very large and produce very large seeds. This is the first very pale pink large flower with a pattern that we have developed. We never get tired of looking at this one. ($150 s.f. Spring 2018 very limited supply.)
Sdlg 52-15 (sdlg x sdlg) 36″ E. SEv. 6″. 4 br 20 buds Have you been looking for a stable patterned purple? This is a good bet. With a deep smooth, rich purple flower that has a pattern that ranges from lacy rings to heavy blocky rings (depending on the temperature) this flower is a winner. On tall, well-branched scapes, this flower always catches your eye. This flower is a true sunfast purple which remains a similar shade throughout the season, unlike many purples. The pattern is more stable than most, remaining a recognizable jagged ring around the eye, although it is more or less complex depending on the temperature. Here are three photos of pattern variability produced by Star King:
Although it is an early season bloomer, the bloom season is a long one. It is an early morning opener. The plant is robust, with fairly rapid increase, and has moderate to high rust resistance. Pod and pollen fertility makes this an outstanding plant for hybridizing. This may be my best patterned purple overall to date. (Availability to be announced for 2019)
Sdlg 123-15 (sdlg x sdlg) 36″ M. – L. Re. Dor. – SEv. 8″. 2 br 12 buds
The first day I saw this flower in my seedling patch, I nearly fainted. On a very tall strong scape, perched in the middle of the seedling patch, sat a flat full 8.5 inch perfect red flower. As the day progressed (it was a horribly hot 95 degree and exceptionally humid day) this flower remained unperturbed by its hostile environment. After being in the full sun all day long, it still looked the same. It is an early morning opener. In the growing beds, it has been a stellar performer, with blooms sometimes reaching a 9 inch diameter size. It has excellent substance which allows it to maintain its perfect form, and we see no bloom deterioration at day’s end. It is top branched only, but with its extremely large size, it seems irrelevant as the plant does not have room for many of these blooms to be open at any one time.
With healthy foliage, high rust resistance, and outstanding sun resistance, it is my best red daylily to date. Pod and pollen fertile, but pod difficult. It has moderate rate of increase. ($250 s.f. Spring 2018 very limited supply)
Sdlg 202-15 (sdlg x sdlg) 32″ M. – L. Re. Dor. 7″. 2 br 25 buds
This is not the form I typically try to introduce, but the color intrigued me. Named for the black color of the fruit-eating tropical bats called flying foxes, this flower remains deep black-purple even in our hot southern summer sun. The flowers have moderate to heavy substance, and are carried well above the foliage, hovering like a flying bat. The plant has stocky scapes, and lighter green foliage than most of my cultivars, but the foliage is of a robust nature.
The plant has high rust resistance in addition to its surprising sun resistance. It is reluctant to set pods in hot weather, but does show pod fertility during cooler temperatures. It is pollen fertile. ($125 s.f. 2018 Spring)
Sdlg 115-15 (sdlg x sdlg) 36″ M. Dor. – SEv 7″ 2 br 20 buds.
This flower is all about the color and form. In spite of heat and sun exposure, the color and form are retained by the bloom. It is hard to imagine how this flower can be tough enough to hold up under our southern summer conditions and remain in excellent condition, even into evening hours. With very strong scapes and good foliage, this makes an excellent clump for any garden setting.
Pod and pollen fertile, with a high rust resistant rating, this is a useful plant for hybridizing as well as a rewarding plant in the landscape. In our garden, it can be semi-evergreen in warmer fall temperatures but goes dormant when hard freezes occur. ($175 s.f. 2018 Spring very limited supply)
Sdlg 154-15 (sdlg x sdlg) 28″ M. – L. SEv. 7″. 3 br 22 buds
The colors of this beautifully formed, heavy substanced flower makes you want to pick it and take a bite! Sitting atop strong scapes, the large flowers are carried above the foliage and have outstanding sun resistance. The bloom shows little or no fading even in the hottest weather. It has excellent foliage with high rust resistance, and it is easy pod and pollen fertile.
The flower presentation is very consistent and the overall performance of the plant is excellent. This one has been a favorite here since Day One. ($125 s.f. 2018 Spring)
Sdlg 159-15 (sdlg x sdlg) 28″ M. Re. Dor. 6.5″. 3 br 22 buds
This wonderful purple daylily never ceases to amaze me with its exciting, but variable, patterns. It is always fun to see what it has to offer each day. The flower holds its form, color and substance well throughout the day. It is one of my favorite plants to hybridize with because it always has a pattern with some complexity. It is a vigorous, rapid increaser, easy pod and pollen fertile. It has good sun resistance and a high rust resistance rating. ($150 s.f. 2018 Spring.)
Sdlg 137-15 (sdlg x sdlg) 35″ L. Re. SEv. 6″. 2 br 30 buds
I absolutely adore this flower for its vibrant glowing color and impeccable sun resistance. The color of this flower, even during the most brutal summer days, remains virtually unchanged from morning to evening. It is definitely one that catches your eye even from a great distance.
It is a tall, reasonably vigorous plant which does have a long bloom season due to rebloom. It is pod and pollen fertile, with pods setting primarily at the end of the season as the temperatures cool down. I give this a rust rating of HR, high rust resistance. ($150 s.f. 2018 Spring.)
Sdlg 53-15 (sdlg x sdlg) 30″ E. Dor. 8″. 3 br 22 buds
This huge flat flower totally captivates you when you pass by the plant. At times it can have as many as three blooms open at a time on one scape. The scapes are very stocky, and the plant has good wide-angle branching. The flowers are carried well apart from each other. The blooms remain flat during the day and have excellent sun resistance. On a well-grown plant, the bloom size rarely goes below eight inches; in the early part of the bloom season, it is common to see 9 inch blooms on this plant. The pattern of broken dots can disappear into a solid purple ring on the very hottest summer days, but the pattern returns with milder temperatures.
The flowers on this plant have good substance and the plant has lush heavy foliage with moderately fast increase. I give it a rust resistance rating of moderate to high rust resistance. Unfortunately, fertility may be problematic with this selection. I have not seen pod fertility and only occasional small amounts of pollen. It loves to set pods and abort them; this may be remedied with maturity or more compatible crosses. I rather expect this to change with maturity, as similar selections in my garden have behaved in the same manner. I am introducing this plant because of its impressive presentation. ($100 s.f. 2018 Spring)
Sdlg 11-15 (sdlg x sdlg) 24″ E. Re. SEv. 6.5″. 3 br 18 buds
This is a very striking flower; the photo does not do it justice. It has high contrast colors and large size. It is the very first flower to bloom in my garden. It opens well in cool weather, and has had continuous rebloom in this garden throughout the season. I am introducing it because of its outstanding garden performance; it is a large flower with good substance, excellent sun resistance and rust resistance.
It almost always has a flower or two open at any given time during the bloom season. The plant is both pod and pollen fertile, easy to use. It has a moderate rate of increase. The foliage overall stays very clean of disease throughout the season in this garden. ($125 s.f. 2018 Spring)
Sdlg 85-15 (sdlg x sdlg) 34″ M. Dor 7″. 3 br 18 buds
This lovely huge flat flower is nearly impeccable every day that it blooms. It has outstanding sun resistance and maintains its color and form throughout the hottest summer day. Although it has only three branches, the blooms are at the top of the scape and bloom perpendicular to the ground; you get a big show when several blooms are open at once. There is no chance of missing this one as you pass by. Compared to some of my daylilies, the foliage is relatively narrow, but the plant increases at a good rate.
In clump size, this plant’s pod fertility is good. Its rust resistance is good, with a rating of moderate to high rust resistance. This is certainly one of the most fun flowers in the garden. ($150 s.f. 2018 Spring.)