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Smitten Again

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Opening flat from the throat to fully display a soft lilac and ivory pattern, Smitten Again has a dreamy presence. The apple green heart is a fine finishing touch. Smitten Again's mom, Answering Angels was put to work as soon as it was introduced in an effort to expand the patterns onto a greater portion of the flower, add some ruffle and edge, and help with the form issues. Sometimes the pattern is simply washed or shows as an applique.

The flatness and presentation, including straight sepals, along with the dormant blue-green foliage which is very neat and attractive in early spring, have made Smitten Again an important addition to my program. The scapes are well built with 3-4 branches and 26 or so buds. Pod fertility is quite good and the pollen is fluffy and fertile, in fact, you can assume my daylilies have normal pollen and at least average pod fertility. I have no patience for low out-of-doors fertility. 2014 intro.

6" flowers
28" scapes
Dormant
Mid season bloom

Yumph

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In a 1937 movie starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, the word Yumph was used to express passion and verve. I can watch any movie starring this couple over and over, likely because of the Yumph factor. I feel like saying Yumph whenever I see this large, juicy grape pattern, and it's a fun word to say. Try it. The base is pale cornmeal and the chartreuse throat is the perfect touch. Linen white breaks in the pattern are stronger on the sepals. Metallic glints appear at times, especially on rebloom. I made many hundreds of seeds from Heavy Metal a long while back, which is probably in its background.

While the pattern in the two close-ups is not always this strenuous I could not resist showing photos of Yumph's best efforts. Sometimes there is just a lowly eye on display but this is Yumph taking a short rest. Bear in mind that patterns are more fully expressed a year or two after planting when the roots are well established.

Patterns are known for their tendency to canoe and cu…

Velvet Manners

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Velvet Manners is composed of tertiaries of red: Grumbacher red light, chestnut, cherry and plummy reds. Hot temperatures result in lighter chestnut tones while cooler weather brings out rich, velvety tones more on the cherry side. Bourbon trim defines the petals AND sepals. It has been a useful parent in the pursuit of flat faced, nicely shaped red patterns. The good manners come in to play where cool morning opening is concerned. It's so nice to see those wide open flowers early in the day.


The clump is well shaped with bright green foliage. Sturdy, erect scapes are well branched and prolific over a long period. A hardy evergreen, Velvet Manners has improved and expanded with the passing years up north. My seedlings are grown in a low site in heavy soil where freezing slush accumulates in the winter, so it's survival of the fittest. Fertility is high, in fact there were 24 seeds in one pod, a cross with Totem and Taboo. Diana Grenfell is a grandparent. 2014 intro.

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seedling photo

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Four Beasts in One kids

Ticklish

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If you could make a daylily giggle it would look like Ticklish. This union between Four Beasts in One and Fantasy Eyes resulted in a pattern with purple ripples and an inner rim of stonewashed blue. The base color is cream to buff. Metallic glints show up occasionally to add to the gaiety of this daylily.

The emerging fans sport red stockings and this trait has passed on to many of its kids. Ticklish makes prolifs naturally. Excellent pod fertility and very good pollen. 2014 intro.

5.5" flowers
31" scapes
Semi evergreen
Early bloom
3 branches, 18 buds
Tetraploid

Fantasy Eyes x Four Beasts in One

$125 new low price $90

Cottage Life

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I picture Cottage Life daylily blooming next to an old milk can or wagon wheel in a garden full of heirloom flowers, or planted near a white-washed fence in front of a country cottage. Heather purple and lilac hues converge in this wide, washed pattern. The soft cream self is trimmed with a purple picotee edge that sprouts random baby teeth. Cottage Life is an evergreen and I think it would do well in warm climate zones. Here in zone 6 near Lake Ontario it has 3 way branching with 15 buds. Fertility is average both ways. 2013 intro.

5" flower
28" scapes
Evergreen
Early season bloom
3 branches, 15 buds
Tetraploid

Seedling x Fantasy Eyes

$100 sold out for now

Gentle Soul

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Have you ever known someone so kind you feel better just by picturing their face? Gentle Soul daylily has that same effect. The purple and puffball white pattern is set off by a neutral bisque self. Gentle Soul forms a rounded clump with close offsets, sporting loads of scapes that are held more closely than usual. The effect is a thick cloud of bloom. This looks fine to my eye even with a more modest bud count of 14 buds and 3 way branching. Upon emergence the foliage is blue tinged. Fertility is average both ways. 2013 intro

6" flower
32" scape
Dormant
Early season bloom
3 branches, 14 buds
Tetraploid

Seedling x seedling

$100 (no longer available from Patterned Daylilies)

Totem and Taboo

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Totem and Taboo has a pattern of magenta, cream and silver set off by a chartreuse throat and a tomato soup red self. It is named after Freud's controversial work, Totem and Taboo which examines the anthropological origins of sexual taboos. The plant is a strong northern grower and spreader with clean foliage. With well-spaced 4 way branching and 25 buds the flowers are held without crowding, a look I prefer to an overloaded scape. Supremely fertile both ways, the pods set even on hot days and are loaded with firm, shiny seeds. 2013 intro.

6.5" flowers
32" scapes
Semi-evergreen
Mid season bloom
4 branches, 25 buds
Tetraploid

Seedling x Four Beasts in One

$100 Available


Four Beasts in One

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Four Beasts in One has held my interest over time. It does funny things like going all metallic or suddenly donning two silly striped eyebrows. Four Beasts in One is named after a story by Poe about a ruthless emperor whose dominion was besieged by four beasts. The pattern often breaks into four cycles. This is my most important pattern breeder and its kids are typically healthy and strong northern seedlings. It is a cool morning opener.
The foliage is deep green and somewhat arching. It has up to 5 branches and 42 buds but typically about 25 buds per scape. 2010 intro. 
5.5" flowers 32" scapes Dormant Early - mid season Tetraploid
Bee Buzzes x unknown

$150 sold out - will not be available for a few years due to high demand but available from other sellers.

Jinxy

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Jinxy is full of mischief, strategizing for your attention by the day. Cool purple pools traced with flint gray and lavender are so dreamy you melt. Next it breaks into butterfly wings or shocks you with flashing metallic glints. The fragrance is spicy and strong. Jinxy is sunfast and a cool morning opener. As a plant it has many good qualities - 4 way branching with 28 buds and good disease resistance. It has a tendency to generate proliferations. Fertility is high and pods are commonly loaded with seeds. 2012 intro.

5.5"
28" scapes
Semi-evergreen
Mid season bloom
4 branches, 28 buds
Tetraploid

Seedling x seedling

$150 (no longer available from Patterned Daylilies)

I Don't Kid

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The combination and richness of color is unusual, no kidding about that. I Don't Kid has a peach self with a wine, purple and blue pattern emanating from a gold throat. It is lightly ruffled and has a nice textural quality. 3 way branching with 17 buds. 2011 intro.
5" flower 28" scape Semi-evergreen Early-mid season bloom Tetraploid
Deutch Dancer x unknown
$100 (no longer available from Patterned Daylilies)

Emotional Butter

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Emotional Butter is a strawberry pattern with hints of blueberry and silver on a rich butter base. It makes me think of all the things I like to spread on toast. 3 way branching with 16 buds. 2009 intro.

5.5" flower
28" scape
Semi-evergreen
Early season bloom
3 branches, 16 buds
Tetraploid

Aztec Headdress x seedling

$100 (no longer available from Patterned Daylilies)

Bee Buzzes

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My first introduction, Bee Buzzes has a sorrel red and silk white pattern on a primrose yellow self. It occasionally exhibits some amazing silver metallic glints in the light areas of the pattern. 2008 intro.

5.5" flower
33" scape
Semi-evergreen
Early season bloom
Tetraploid

Shadows of the Pyramids x unknown

$100 (no longer available from Patterned Daylilies)