After the Rain

Rain is not a common thing on the Colorado Plateau.  But, early this morning, the rain came.  I could smell it from my bedroom window.  It always looks like pearls on the petals to me.

It’s also interesting how much the backdrop for photos can change its emotional tone.  When I got Ruby Spider a few years ago, it was to hide the timer for the drip system.  And, I have always thought it looked majestic with the rock masonry from my house in the background.  Last fall, I divided it into three Rubys because it had outgrown the planter that it shares with Return a Smile and Just Plum Happy.  So, the two extra Rubys were relocated to my front walkway garden (which I converted to more of a daylily theme last summer).



Ruby Spider – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Today, I had the first Ruby bloom in the new setting.  I was taken back by the contrast with the clematis in the background.  It looks a little like Christmas.  I also like the one with the bluebells.



Ruby and Friends – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


No new faces today, but another mystery.  When I divided up Ruby and her planter-mates last fall, the tags for Return a Smile and Just Plum Happy got (perhaps) mixed up.  These two look just enough alike, that I decided I would have to wait for blooms this year to decide which was which.  So, I think the photo taken today (below) is Return a Smile (although, I have changed my mind a few times).



Return a Smile – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Here are web photos of Just Plum Happy . . .

Just Plum Happy2

And, Return a Smile.

return a smile

Any votes?

Other visitors today are Chief Four (Three) Fingers,



Chief Four (Three) Fingers – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Hopi Jewel,



Hopi Jewel – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


and Wild Horses.



Wild Horses – Photos by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

I also went out and snapped a couple more of Chama Valley last night, in less intense sun.  Much better.




Chama Valley – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Enjoy your pictorial visit to my Colorado Western Slope garden.  I think we will see peak bloom in a week or so.  Hopefully, I won’t miss too much when I am at the National Nurse Practitioner Symposium next week.  I wish my cats could take pictures.

There is a fire in the garden! No, scream!

The Southwest (mostly) Ned Roberts spider garden has had a new kid in bloom almost every day.  As I toured my gardens last evening, I noted that one labeled Desert Flame was obviously about to bloom.  So, this morning, I headed out to see if it had given birth.  And, there was a gorgeous orange bloom.  Breath taking.


Primal Scream or Desert Flame? – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

So, I scurried in to attend a webinar after getting some photos.  When the webinar was cancelled, I played with the photos a bit and posted the beauty to the American Hemerocallis Society page.  And, immediately several posted that my bloom was no Desert Flame . . . it looks like Primal Scream.  It’s one I bought locally to fill in some left over space in the new Southwestern garden.  I have another new Primal Scream in the main garden.  Maybe I should move them together once its blooms are done.  [The ones below are web photos of Desert Flame and Primal Scream (in that order).  What do you think?]

Primal ScreamDesertFlame



Interestingly enough, that same nursery had some unmarked daylilies.  I asked what they were.  They had no idea.  None of the tags matched.  They sold me one for half price . . . and I took their advise to pot it until it blooms.  So, it sits (unbloomed) on my front porch.  And, now I wonder if that will be the real Desert Flame.  (PS Primal Scream is more popular/expensive, so the daylily folks think I got a good deal). I guess it is good just to savor the beauty.


Primal Scream or Desert Flame??? – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Other blooms today:


Mesa Verde – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Mesa Verde is back


Chief Four (Three) Fingers – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

As is Chief Four (Three) Fingers


Hope Jewel – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

And, Hopi Jewel

Add old favorites, Ruby Spider


Ruby Spider – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Chama Valley


And, Early Bird Cardinal


Early Bird Cardinal – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

As we move into peak season, I may post photos of the new blooms as big photos.  And, make a collage or two with the others.  Maybe themes – like by color or garden.  I don’t know.  But it calls on my creativity strength.  So, it will be fun. Too bad I can’t count this toward my clinical hours.  It’s positive psychology related!


Southwest Spiders in the Garden

I find spider daylilies mesmerizing.  Something about the shape, the twists.  Each bloom is so unique.  Not that I don’t love the traditional shapes.  But, there is something about a spider in the garden.  And, I don’t mean the insect kind that live in my rock garden this time of year.

Today, another new Ned Roberts bloom: Winds of Love.  It was a bonus plant that came with some others that I bought from the Lily Auction from a seller named Floota. At first, I thought it didn’t belong with the Southwestern named ones.  But, then, I remembered those spring desert windstorms that blow the warmer weather in each year.  You know, the ones that formed the Grand Canyon?  Well, they can be serious show stoppers if you are on a road trip.  But, what about reframing them to mean something more positive?  Cognitive behavioral therapy for weather.  So, Winds of Love is in with the other Southwestern named blooms.


Winds of Love – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

I also played with the macros feature on my camera more today.  I got some cool close-ups of today’s blooms – all are Ned’s daylilies.  So, sit back, relax, and enjoy.  PS – I am writing this as I wait for a 5PM job interview.  It’s a bit too early to start preparing.  It’s weird to interview via the web, so I need to vacuum 🙂  Blogging about daylilies is the BEST way to stay focused in the moment. Well, next to taking photographs and painting them, that is.

Here are my three beautiful spiders of today up close and personal:


Winds of Love – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


 Kokopelli – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Black Ice – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

OK, and one more of Kokopelli from a little further back.  The first bloom had some issues with color, but this one is gorgeous!  So perfect.  Can’t wait to paint it.  I love the colors! It almost has a hint of blue between the yellow and pink . . . OK, light purple.


Anyway, about time to prep for that interview.  I need a job after graduation so I can pay for my daylily habit 🙂  Well, actually, it is a really cool job.

That’s all folks!

The Colorado Kid: Our Mascot in Bloom

It was odd how daylily fever gripped me last summer.  I was just coming off a rough spot in my career and headed back to school for my doctorate.   The more I figured out online ordering, the more I got into looking for specialty daylilies.  And, for a few weeks, the near blues intrigued me deeply.  I ordered a few . . . (3/5 I lost in the spring).  But, I had ordered a couple more later on, because I thought they had nice blue.  The Colorado Kid is in my yard both because of color and name.  I am infatuated by my first near blue bloom.  Do not ask how many photos I took of it this AM.  This is that one that is the mascot of this blog! Check out our logo.  The Colorado Kid is prettier than I imagined it.


The Colorado Kid in shade – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

The color is more purple in direct sunlight, but still an stunning color combination.


Colorado Kid in the sun – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Other bloomers today include Ruby Spider. I love those huge red peddles.  I have painted them on so many Christmas gifts!


Ruby Spider – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

And Hopi Jewel.


Hopi Jewel – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

And, last but not least, Early Bird Cardinal.  His eyes were not quite open yet when I snapped this before work.


Early Bird Cardinal just waking up – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Tomorrow, I am not sure.  I think Desert Flame.  I guess that gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning!

Mesa Verde

I love Mesa Verde.  It’s just a couple of hours south of where I live.  It’s made of the Colorado Plateau, just like my daylily garden.  I love the history and the culture.  I love the colors enough that I painted my kitchen in Southwestern colors.  And, so, when I found a daylily with that name, I knew it had to move to my garden.  Today, it bloomed for the first time, taking me back to the Anasazi ruins that I love to explore.  Check out the color change from sun (orange) to shade (pink) tones.


Mesa Verde in the sun – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Mesa Verde in the shade – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

The other blooms today were all repeats.  Chief Four Fingers (the one I thought was mislabled) is looking more and more like it should, less one finger.  I asked on the American Hemerocallis Society Facebook page today and it blooms with four “fingers” 80% of the time.  It is probably still settling into my garden, they said.  Conserving energy for new roots, I would guess.  Below are today’s bloom compared with the internet photo.  Yes, it is looking closer this time!

Chief Four Fingers

Chief Four Fingers web photo


Chief Four (or Three) Fingers in my yard – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Hopi Jewel was in flower, again.  I really like the color combo in this one.


Hopi Jewel – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

And, Early Bird Cardinal is flying high today with two pretty blooms. I got the cardinal flag in the background this time!


Early Bird Cardinal – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

So, I am taking about 50 photos a day now.  What will happen when I have a dozen in bloom?  I am also looking at buying a book on flower photography . . . although I am not sure that will decrease the number of photos that I am snapping.  Thank heaven for memory cards . . . remember film and developing?


Kokopelli: Changing Winter to Spring

I have always found the legend of the kokopelli inspirational.  Flute players who bring bags of seeds to change winter to spring.  I think one of the most inspiring depictions of kokopelli are the benches in the kivas at Lowry Anasazi Ruins just south of where I live in Colorado.  The ruins are always stunning because of these kokopelli benches.


Kokopelli – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

So, is it any wonder that on one of my first trips to the Lily Auction last fall that a bloomer named Kokopelli caught my eye.  I blogged a couple weeks ago about my first auction experience . . .  and my goal was to bring Kokopelli to my yard.  Another bonus was that the grower was in Santa Barbara, my mom’s adulthood hometown.  It seemed right.  So right, as a matter of fact, that I began collecting the Ned Roberts southwestern named daylilies with that purchase.  And, today, my first Kokopelli bloom arrives.

Another bloom that drew me in last fall, as I began to hone in on my southwest themed daylilies, was Wild Horses.  This bloom just kept drawing me back, over and over.  In the end, I purchased this one at an end of the year sale (from a San Francisco area grower – my dad’s childhood home region).  There is something about the shapes and colors that makes me want to visit the wild mustangs.


Wild Horses – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Today’s other blooms include Black Ice, Chama Valley (named for a place in New Mexico), and little Happy Returns.  So from here out sit back and relax.  The daylily popcorn is popping.  There should be more new ones tomorrow.  I am hoping for Mesa Verde!


Black Ice – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Chama Valley – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Happy Returns – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Ta ta until tomorrow!

Black Ice on a Summer Day

Black ice reminds me of winter roads in Colorado.  I live rural and often have had a hefty commute to work.  Black ice is why I prefer to be off those roads by sundown.  And, it has caused me to fall on my face walking the dogs a few times, too.

Today, though, Black Ice brings positive emotion.  I love this new addition to my garden!  First bloom today.  It looks like black velvet to me.  And, it spilled pollen down it’s front peddle.  This is another Ned Roberts creation that is in my new Southwestern garden.  Black Ice may not remind everyone of the Southwest.  It does me.  I live here.


Black Ice – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Other blooms are Early Bird Cardinal (That yard flag in the background has a red cardinal on it and next shot, I will untangle it for the photo.  Those colors are very close!)


Early Bird Cardinal – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

And, huge old Ruby Spider!


Ruby Spider – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Lastly, poor frail Electric Lizard’s last bud (for now).  I am cutting off its fans to see if it will thicken up.  I am hopeful for a couple more blooms this year.


Electric Lizard –  Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

I have a bunch of buds that look nearly ready to bust.  Wild Horses, Mesa Verde and Saratoga Springtime look the closest.  It looks like more Black Ice is on the weather report for tomorrow (or soon), too.  I can’t wait.  It’s better than an Easter Egg hunt every morning!


I had a chameleon when I was  a kid.  It is a curious thing how they can change color based on their surroundings.  Funny little lizards.

Speaking of lizards that change colors, I posted a week or two ago about my first Electric Lizard bloom.  It was early, and pretty anemic looking.  I asked the daylily growers and was advised to fertilize.  And, so I did.  It lost some of its buds, but today it did send out another bloom.  And, the colors have changed to deeper tones with more variation.

So, for review, here is what the photos on the web look like:

Electric Lizard

And, here was my first (very pale) bloom:



Electric Lizard – Early June 2016 – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies


And, here is today’s blossom:



So, it looks pretty frail but the color is definitely darkening.  The frailty may be partial because it was just after sunrise (5:30 AM) and it had barely opened.  I don’t get up anywhere near that early usually, but today I had an out of town conference for my doctorate clinical hours.  By the time I got home, it had poured rain, and the blossom was withered.  I think I will have another bloom from this one tomorrow.

After that, I am cutting the foliage to the ground to see if I can thicken it up a bit because even the fans look anemic and undersized.  I did use slow release fertilizer plus a slow infusion of high-bloom Miracle Grow.  It is obviously perking up some but has a ways to go before it looks like photo #1.  I like the blooms that are picture perfect.  But, I also like the feeling of being a farmer.  I like experimenting to see what helps the flowers to flourish here in the high desert of the Colorado Plateau.  I think of the Anasazi and wonder how on earth they grew corn and squash in this hard clay soil with so little rain.  No garden soil, no water crystals, no hose.  If they can do it, so can I.

Tomorrow, in addition to another Electric Lizard, I think I will have a Ned Roberts Black Ice bloom.  I want to send a photo to the grower because she sent an awesome bonus plant despite my small order. I believe I may have a couple other new faces tomorrow.  Before they open their buds, I must close my eyes.  What a very long day.

Jewels of the Garden

With the light of day, two jewels glimmered in my garden.  One is my old favorite, Ruby Spider.  Ruby is one of the oldest of my daylily collection.  I have had her close to a decade. She was added to fill a planter box that hides my drip system controls.  I used ornamental grass the first couple years, but it always died over the winter.  So, why not daylilies?  This one is still in the same planter (although divisions are now in the main garden) with Return a Smile and Just Plum Happy.  Ruby’s bloom is so big and bright that it almost looks fake to me.  I know daylily season has started when this one opens its first bloom.


Ruby Spider – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies (C. Hartt)

The other jewel in bloom today is a new daylily called Hopi Jewel.  My thanks to Blue Ridge Daylilies for picking up my Southwest name theme and sending this as a gift plant.  It’s in with my new Ned Roberts garden, as are a select few other aptly named non-Neds.

Hopi Jewel 7

Hopi Jewel – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies (C. Hartt)

I must be taken with Hopi Jewel, because I took a lot of photos of her.  It is a nice shape and color combination.  And, maybe it is just fun to see another new face in my new garden.  It took me days to clear the rocks, dig out some of the hard clay desert soil (we call it adobe soil), and fill it in with topsoil and compost. And, now it is home to over 50 new daylilies, mostly my Southwest named Neds.  It is nice, though, to have a few with rounder shapes.

Hopi Jewel 5

Hopi Jewel – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies (C. Hartt)

I keep wondering if the daylilies will spread to take over or if they will stay in their current space.  The desert has the sun these guys love, but the soil is hard clay and the rain virtually non-existent.  It’s not Asia.  It’s not even Georgia, where many of these plants came from.  According to, Georgia gets about 5 times as much precipitation.  That’s about 25 more gallons per square foot.  One good thing about my Neds is that they were hybridized in New Mexico and Colorado.  Still, they do so much better in bagged soil and added water crystals.

I am at a clinical conference out-of-town during the day tomorrow.  I am unsure if anything else is on the verge of a bloom, but I am going to do my best to go out and check before I leave . . . sometime between 5 and 6 AM.  Unlike my lilies, I do not bloom that early!


Mystery in the Daylily Garden

So, the first blooms are appearing in my brand new Ned Roberts (mostly) daylily garden.  And, today a plant clearly labeled as Chief Four Fingers bloomed.  Beautiful bloom . . . but it doesn’t look like Chief Four Fingers.  The label is from the grower, so I am guessing they were busy.  I don’t care too much other than hoping it is in the right row for its height.  So, here is the bloom from today:


And here is what Chief Four Fingers photo looks like (note the petal count discrepancy):

Chief Four Fingers

And here are the other ones ordered from that grower with that order:


Mount Echo Sunrise

Mount Echo Sunrise




Purple many faces

Purple Many Faces










Aztec Firebird

Aztec Firebird


So, any guesses?  My own thought is Purple Many Faces.   I guess we will see what the one labeled as such looks like when it blooms.  And, PS, I mean nothing negative against the grower.  These are the probably the best blooming sized plants that I get from any grower.  It is just sort of funny and hopefully the Chief shows up this summer.


Also making an appearance in the front garden is Early Bird Cardinal.  This one blooms early and is a repeat bloomer.  The show has just begun.  I think Ruby Spider is getting ready to hatch!  Those are the biggest, most colorful blooms in my garden . . .  and I divided my main plant into three last fall.  So, I should have plenty of color soon!  I also think Hopi Jewel is due soon.  And, if Electric Lizard is strong enough now, I think there will be a new bloom there soon.  She dropped her last buds so fingers crossed that she is growing stronger.  Ta Ta Til Blooms.