|'Final Touch' daylily|
This is 'Final Touch', a late-blooming daylily as one would expect from its name, but I never expected it to start blooming quite THIS late. This beautiful diploid has 4 inch soft bicolored pink and cream flowers with a green throat and it is quite fragrant. It is classified as winter dormant, but of course that means nothing to gardeners in Kansas since every daylily is dormant here.
'Final Touch' belongs to a group of daylilies labeled as "Trophytakers®." I had never heard the term before, and my Gogglefoo powers must be weak today, because I still can't definitively find out what organization or individual is behind it. The original website for the group seems to be down. From hints here and there, I think these may be selections by famed daylily breeder Darrell Apps of Woodside nursery; not all are his daylilies, but I believe he was the evaluator of all of them. I was able to find out that it is a group of 50 outstanding daylilies that must all bloom for a minimum of 42 days, more than double the average daylily. I can't find what climate they are supposed to bloom for 42 days in, but if Mr. Apps selected them all, it must have been in Kentucky. Certainly, any daylily that starts to bloom in Kansas in late August may not have 42 days left until first frost. Trophytaker® daylilies must be vigorous growers and hardy to Zone 5. They must be "beautiful" (however that may have been determined), the foliage must remain attractive till late in the season, and they must be insect and disease resistant. I don't know why I've never heard the term, because I grow a number of the other Trophytaker® daylilies; 'Barbara Mitchell', Red Rum', and 'Joylene Nichole', among others.
Regardless, I view 'Final Touch' as a fitting end to my daylily season. If there has to be a rear end to the long string of daylilies, at least it's a beautiful rear end.