When you first plant a new daylily, I had always heard that you should cut off any scape as it might weaken the plant. I used to do it (well not all the time), but I think that as long as you don't let it set seed, you're probably all right. What I wanted to show is how different the blooms on new plants are from those on established ones. The photo above is of Watchyl Protean Spider the first year it bloomed. Not sure if this was the year we planted it or the next year.
This is the same plant last summer. You would hardly recognize it. I have occasionally had customers who were disappointed about the flower on a new plants, or were sure I had sent them the wrong thing. I guess I should keep these two photos together to show people who don't understand that new plants have to settle in to start to look like themselves. I find this especially true of daylilies, but I also see it to some extent in hostas where the crinkling often takes 3 or more years to get established.
Back to ferns tomorrow.