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Daylily 'Red Volunteer'


In 2001 I got my first named daylily, ‘Red Volunteer’.

I decided to try getting some more plants from seed, but I only had the one, so I did a self-cross; Red Volunteer X Red Volunteer.One of the results was this:

It is slightly larger, slightly darker, but very much the same thing.
Then another one of the kids opened up, and I had this:

This one is much smaller (about 5"), but it has a velvet sheen to it, and it is darker than its parents.
While Red Volunteer bloomed in May and that was it, this velvety one is now reblooming:

It could be reblooming because it has been warm longer than usual, or because I watered more, but it has a texture to the flower that makes me stop and admire.

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this is such a lovely range of 'children'. try crossing mum/dad with children and see what you get this time. you may get some really different ones. or even children with children.
patience needed though ;o)

15 Oct, 2011


Well done you, it's lovely.

16 Oct, 2011


Thanks! If you've seen my photos of other daylilies, I have seeds in the refrigerator waiting for sowing in Jan.

16 Oct, 2011


well done.

16 Oct, 2011


Lovely Wylie, never fails to amaze me how even plants from the same seed pod can be so different !!!!

16 Oct, 2011


I've come up with my own numbering system that designates individual plants. That Wild Horses X Heavy Metal cross is; MN1/T-2/1 which means, I Bought the seed from user Mthrnatr on the Lily Auction, 1 is for 2011, T is because it is a TET, 2 because it was the second lot I won from him, and 1 because it was the first of that lot to flower. I then use a sharp soldering iron to melt the numbers onto a plastic tag and stake it behind the plant.

16 Oct, 2011


You've done very well with your crosses and Iike the way you identify your plants.

13 Nov, 2011


Thanks Daglelie. Since there are fewer Customs and Agriculture restrictions on seeds than plants, I've gone in that direction. And I cann't find anyone who sells daylilies in Portugal, so it's DIY. I'm looking forward to seeing your photos this winter :)

13 Nov, 2011

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