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Show us your best W daylilies today. Just a reminder, the last post will be your best seedlings!


Bad joke of the day: That baseball player was such a poor sport, he stole third base and then went home.



Woman at the Well…I love the unusual color combo on this daylily. It has had good increase and higher bud count each season in the four it has been here.


Winifred Esther was added spring of 2022, such a good performer! It started as 3 fans and am really impressed with its first full season last summer.

Sherry

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    I always liked the color combination of Woman at the Well and a lovely set of blooms on Winnifred Esther. Pretty good for a first season plant...........Here's my contribution to the w"s.

    No surprise Wayah Valley makes the list. There are many reds with centers that start out yellow, but so many of those centers will bleach out to white. Wayah Valley keeps the red/yellow combination even in the high 90's.



    Wild Cherry Wine on rebloom in late August:



    A tale of determination. I've cared for this daylily below for years now. It's not a particularly vigorous or hardy plant in my pot system, and has been knocked back from the cold for the last few years. Last year, after winters onslaught, it was down to a few sprigs of leaves in a 6 inch pot. It had been so beautiful a couple of years ago that I decided to try and keep it going instead of pitching it. This year it took off enough to go into a bigger pot and put out an acceptable amount of blooms. Unfortunately the first spring blooms were a blotchy mess. I was about to give up on it when late last fall, it sent up multiple rebloom scapes and the flowers were almost immaculate. The color varied between maroon and purple depending. It wow'd me once again.

    When Royals Dream doing it's purple thing:


    When Royals Dream on another scape with flowers on the maroon side. Still wows me:



    I looked today and it got hit by our single digit temperatures earlier. If it survives at all, will I nurse it back to health one more time?

    Maryl

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    Sherry, good bad joke! I really like both of your daylilies!

    Maryl, Wow what a tale of When Royals Dream. It is indeed pretty. Have you tried it in the ground? Perhaps you can put part in the ground and leave part in the pot to compare. Since it is delicate perhaps the part in the ground should go by the house if you have a bed there.

    I also like Wild Cherry Wine. Great color.

    Waiting in the Wings, first year. short, but I have great hopes.

    White Eyes Pink Dragon, first year. Also short but great hopes.

    Wilson Spider, so pretty and reliable and late.

    Wind Frills, very reliable, late, some years gives a good show

    Woodside Amethyst. I really like it but wouldn't recommend it as it is very delicate. It is by the house and in partial shade, both for protection.

    That's all of my W's.

    Brad

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    Woman at the Well has always appealed to me. It got crown rot and died, I have thought about trying again. Wayah Valley jis a good red, a shame When Royals Dream is delicate, so very pretty. I like Waiting in the Wings too.

    Web of Intrigue is such a good plant. I like brighter colors, but especially fond of good bloomers.


    Westbourne Chip off the Old Block has been a wonderful plant, thank you Kay! I don't know that it has ever rebloomed for me, but it has so many scapes I don't bother to check. It blooms for 6 wk or more. multiplies fast, even aggressively.


    I am not so fond of Westbourne Revivals looks, but it has lots of blooms


    White Unto Harvest has big blooms and lots of scapes


    Wyatt Earp does really well and a rather unusual color. Not a good picture to show color. it was not as happy last year with the drought, not as many buds as usual, but it rebloomed.


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    Sherry another great bad joke.



    I have Woman at the Well, but my petal color is never that dark. Brad, I love all of your blooms.


    WIDE AWAKE: Can be splotchy at times like in this photo, but it is not to detracting. I love how flat it is. It is also a late bloomer. It is slow to increase. I usually have blooms until frost.


    WOMEN SEEKING MEN: Fantastic plant with many buds and well branched and reaches its registered height. Makes huge fans. If you are tight on space, I would not recommend this one. I gave this one twice the space I usually give a daylily. Is in the background of several Hanson intros.


    WHITE EYES PINK DRAGON: Great plant. I don't need to say anymore.


    WOLVERINE: The first two years I had this plant, I wasnot impressed. This past summer, I can finally understand all the chatter about it. Tall and well branched scapes with many buds. I was going to use it this past summer for hybridizing, but I have too many seeds already and not enough time. I will rectify that this summer.


    WREN'S SONG: An older tall Stamile. I love the wide gold edged petals. The blooms open flat and that is appealing to my eye. I need to move it from the back garden to another spot, as it is in the most neglected part of the garden.



    That is it from me.


    David

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    There are some really pretty W's posted today. My favorites are Winifred Esther, White Unto Harvest, Wilson Spider and When Royals Dream. Maryl, couldn't you find some place in the ground to put When Royals Dream? It is so pretty!

    Debra

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    Maryl, When Royals Dream is so pretty. It's too bad that it doesn't like your garden. I love Wild Cherry Wine too.


    David, Wide Awake is so pretty, but ours is not a good grower. We have kept it because it is late and pretty, but it might be time for it to go now. Wolverine's color in my garden does not wow me--a bit muddy, I think--but the performance has been impressive. Seed set is impressive too, so put some pollen on it this season.


    Here are my W's.


    I wish Wandering Werribee were taller. It produces so many flowers and we have some lovely seedlings out of it too.




    I am really impressed with the performance of Whoa Mule last season. We got it from our club's member to member auction. The donor gave us a sizeable clump and we split it and planted it in late May. Both clumps bloomed and we even get seeds from one. This is a rare reverse bicolor and we love it. The scapes were short last year, but it is registered at 52 inches with a 5 inch flower.



    Wickedly Wild and Wonderful is a southern that has lived here for many years. I don't think it ever reaches its registered height (28 inches), but it increases and blooms every year here.


    It is so hard to get a good photo of Wide Wide World. I can never seem to capture the luscious color. It's not fancy and I have never gotten it to set seeds, but it has a permanent place in the garden because of the color (and it's vigorous too).


    Wispy Rays didn't do well for us and I was ready to let it go, but Bob insisted we keep it. We moved it and it still doesn't get to its registered height (36 inches), but it is doing better. There's no doubt that the flower is impressive.




    There are my 5.

    Nancy

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    I'm not sure that anyone gets 36 inches on Wispy Rays, but it is such a head turner, one keeps it at around the mid twenties. It was plant of the day on NGA recently, and people in zone 7a were complaining about its occasional tenderness. It had a good year here last summer, but had to be divided because of viewer demand.


    Many interesting ones posted. I must admit that I agree with Nan that White Eyes is overrated as a garden flower, but for hybridizing, seems to have been a bonanza. Wolverine, too, seems best as a hybridizing plant.

    Years ago, Julia complained about Westbournes' not liking her location. I do pay attention to posts of them, but so far, have not gone beyond Good Old Boys. I think that Kirsten Hatfield likes them. I don't see anyone offer Chip Off the Old Block.

    Wyatt Earp grows well here, though not a fast multiplier. Wayah Valley looks appealing. No one offering that one either.

    Written in Stone --quite upfacing


    Willow Dean Smith --very good here this past summer


    White Eyes Pink Dragon


    Wall of Fire --sometimes, a flower that is funky


    White Icon --not a fast multiplier, but an impressive large white


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    Seeing Mantis' picture of WILLOW DEAN SMITH reminded me that I would have to sneak a 6th one in. This is a very nice plant. It has been a consistent performer for me over the past 8 years for me. Always tall with 3 way branching. Blooms over a long period of time. I forgot that this was a Rice intro. I decided to go back through my garden listing and noticed that I grow 7 of their introductions, and they are all terrific performers for me. I may have to look into getting more of their plants. I know of one that I am looking to add and that is BLUE DOLPHIN.



    David

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    I would agree with Mantis about Willow Dean Smith being a good one. Mine is growing in too much shade now, but when it got enough sun, it was a show horse.

    Watermelon Summer had its second season here last year. It was the registered height and rebloomed well. I look forward to having a clump of it. I started out with only one fan.



    White Ambrosia is another one I've had for two seasons that impressed, especially on rebloom when it had 18 buds.


    Although White Eyes Pink Dragon was shorter than normal and had fewer buds, it was till among the top five W's in my garden.


    Wizard's wish always puts on a nice show in the late season.


    It was really hard to decide on the fifth one, since I had several others that all had a pretty mediocre season in last year's drought. I finally decided to go with White Tooth since it's always such a pod hussy. My photo from last year was a bit out of focus. Sorry!


    We Are the Champions, Willow Dean Smith, Woman in Red. Wild Red Heart and Wonder of It All each had nice flowers last year, but not as many as in years past.


    Debra

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    I am very glad, David, that you note that you saw my post! Houzz has thrown me a curve ball over the last few days. This time, I had trouble with Houzz PHoto loading (my preferred way of loading photos, since they can just be dragged). So I had to use Photo.

    Warmer Climes --Derrow; attractive, but so upfacing.


    Wide-Eyed Wally --looked good this past season, but not in the top bunch of Bennetts (five inches later season).


    Wayne's World --a 5" Hanson.


    Wild Red Heart --not its best last season, but produced and grows well.


    Wine in the Gazebo --Hanson with nice color.


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    Lots of pretty Ws to look at here. I had to think hard about which to pick and post.

    Women Seeking Men is a blooming machine and a space hog! I chose this picture to show how it can take over a bed!


    Wrenetta Powell-one of those that almost always throws perfect blooms


    Willlow Dean Smith-always a winner


    Willamette Mist ia an early one. It is also one with perfect blooms


    Waterdrops showed a lot of ”blue” on early cool mornings


    Others of note were Windyhill Dark Secret, Windyhill Designer Red, Wren’s Song, White Wizard, Winter Romance

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    Kate, I think your picture of Wild Cherry Wine is a mislabel; actually, Willow Dean Smith. Wrenetta Powell had a beautiful bloom here, but weak plant that did croak; didn't like the North. I grow Women Seeking Men in the hospital bed.

    Winter Treasure must be mentioned, because though not a fast multiplier, it is a beautiful white--one of the whitest in the garden.



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    Yes, you are correct, Mantis and I did correct the picture. These are both grown in the same bed. I suppose I had WCW on my mind as it had been posted a couple of times. Willow Dean actually out performs WCW in that bed but both are lovely.

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    There are many W's that I think are pretty. Just to name a couple that appeal: Wayne's World and Wild Red Heart (I like the pattern), and Wrenetta Powell (the white star on the petals like WW and WRH again).....Mantis: Fyi on Wayah Valley, a friend asked me where she could buy it about 3 years ago and I found a source in New Jersey that sells it rust free. I'll include a link. She is still growing hers and is as impressed with it as I am...........As for my poor When Royals Dream daylily, someone with an inground garden needs to try it. It is on a list by someone as being winter hardy to zone 5, but our usual freaky freezes damage the still very lush green foliage when they hit. Someone who doesn't have our roller coaster fall/winters temperatures could very well be successful. It is a beauty when it gets it right......................Maryl

    Morning Star Daylilies:

    Wayah Valley Vendor

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    Mantis - You are right about Winter Treasure being one of the whitest in the garden. It was my whitest until I added Heavenly Snow White. Mine did not bloom well last year. It's nearly been decimated by grubs.


    Debra

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    Mantis, lots of beauties. Wayne's World and Wine in the Gazebo top the list. Winter Treasure is nice too. I did look at your post and comment there on those.

    Other favorites from above [multiple posters: Willow Dean Smith [going to finally get it from a local garden I go to regularly; Rice is rarely open anymore], and Women Seeking Men.

    Debra: Water Melon Summer is a different coloration. I like White Tooth even though I'm not into toothy ones.

    Brad

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    When You Get to Asheville is a Selman that is quite well budded.


    White Chocolate is a Reed.

    What Me Worry is a very creped yellow.


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    Mantis, Though not a yellow lover, I do like What Me Worry. The crepe look [and I may have only one crepe?] is a favorite.

    Brad

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    I don't see any flowers here I don't like today. The stand outs are Wide Awake, Whoa Mule, Wall of Fire, Wizard's Wish, Wine in the Gazebo, Water drops, and White Chocolate.I seem to be in a white spidery kick the last year or so. Getting too many of them, but still they call to me.

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    Nancy,


    The more I look at WHOA MULE, the more I like it. It is quite unusual looking. I think I will have to track this one down.


    David

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    Don't know how I missed Webster Girls.


    David, I would say that a lot of Rice cultivars have been overlooked, perhaps because Thoroughbred keeps prices quite high. I think too that, apart from toothies, people haven't viewed them as ground breaking. I have had some that I've deleted because I thought they weren't worthy. But many others that I prize, yet aren't widely grown. In recent years, the Rices have used RFK a lot, resulting in some cultivars that are very slow to increase.


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    Mantis - Webster Girls is really pretty. How would you say it compares to Judy's other purples in performance?


    Debra

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