Pizza Crust for Lunch

Pizza crust is what I had for lunch.  I shared a bite with my doggies . . . and then I found my daylily, Pizza Crust, in bloom.  This is a brand new baby to my yard.  I really love the mottling.  The colors are neat – and it is tall enough to go perfect in a back space in my flower garden.  You see, I planted the daylilies in that garden last summer, then dug out the old red concrete bed in the fall.  The bed is bigger than I thought, but the grass had grown over the edge.  I added bricks to the outside of the bed so that should not happen, again.



Pizza Crust – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Another new bloom today is Royal Palace Prince.  It is a nice one that was a gift plant last summer.  I have found that my gift plants have had a higher rate of bloom this year (in my main garden) than the ones I picked.  I am guessing the hardy ones are generally the ones the sellers use as bonuses.



Royal Palace Prince – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Here are the other bloomers – the two small orange gals, Mini Pearl and Mellon Balls:

Lime Frost – I wish it was a lime Frosty:



Lime Frost – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Primal Scream:



Primal Scream – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


El Desperado:



El Desperado – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Ghost Ranch:



Ghost Ranch – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Marque Moon:



Marque Moon – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Soco Gap:



Soco Gap – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, by golly, Miss Stella.  I am still chuckling at the poor nursery person who was trying to be nice and explain daylilies to me.  I said, “Yea, they are cool.  I have 130 varieties in my yard.”  Oh, the look on his face.  He went immediately back to watering.  Here is Stella:



Stella de Oro – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, my mind is now thinking of where to put the gift plants that I put in pots and they didn’t bloom.  I have ideas . . . now, wait for September.

I caved and got a Stella

I am a creative . . . so, I always have to do things in a new and different way.  I have nothing against Stella de Oro, except that everyone has one if they own daylilies.  Stellas are pretty generic daylilies.  Simple, yellow trumpets.  But, they bloom and bloom and bloom.  So, I decided to add one to my collection.  Mind you, I put one in several years ago before I was this into daylilies, and it disappeared.  I killed a Stella!!!


The blooms are down in number, so I will go back to posting individual photos.  Return A Smile was back with her small scape of reblooms.


Marque Moon was smiling down from the heavens.   I love the detail in the edges.


South Seas was still rocking the blooms!  (Mine looked better than the nursery ones I saw today.)


Pretty little Autumn Jewels was back.  She did not produce a big scape this year, so this may be its last bloom.  But, given she was a spring joiner and a root, it’s pretty good!


And, hallelujah my Skinwalker finally put out a decent bloom.  Hoping it settles in and does better in the future.


Baja is such a sweet and velvet looking bloom.  It reminds me of red velvet dresses that my girls wore for a photo shoot when they were little.


I will close by saying that this is the time of year that I get scape fever.  I go to the nursery and find ones with lots of scapes left.  The advantage of nursery bought plants is they are ready to go.  I added South Seas, El Desperado, and Marque Moon at about this time last year.  They are some of my most thriving cultivators this year.  The downside is less variety and cost.

No matter, there is a smile for every bloom.  This keeps my spirits up (and keeps me in broaden and build) as I look for my next career opportunity.


Return a Smile :-)

Today, no new blooms.  I am impressed, however, that Return a Smile returned.  It’s the one I divided into the front garden last year.  It has never rebloomed in the container.  That is cool.  The old gal has grit.



Return a Smile: Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


In my positive psychology course, we are talking about how we tend to mimic the faces of those who we make eye-to-eye contact with.  Smiling does usually get returned.  And, they are calling this a form of love.  So, I will credit my daylily for reminding me of that lesson today.

I decided to update my collage of Roberts daylilies that bloomed this year, as I think Ghost Ranch may be the last.  I am still hopeful for late bloomers, but no scapes yet.  This can always be updated. If I get 80% next year, It will be 40 or so cultivators.


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Ned Roberts Spiders as of 7/29/2016 L to R: Top Row – Winds of Love, Black Ice, Aztec Firebird, Chief Four Fingers, Desert Icicle. Center: Skinwalker.  Bottom Row: Ghost Ranch, Kokopelli, Dream Catcher, Zuni Thunderbird, Dream Keeper.


And, here is the collage of today’s blooms.  Gratitude . . .  Love, joy, and gratitude.  A garden of positive emotion.


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7/29/16 L to R: Top Row: Fine Time Lucille, Lullaby Baby, Dream Catcher, Baja, Return a Smile.  Bottom Row: Orange Vols, El Desperado, Ghost Ranch, Marque Moon, Prelude to Love.


Winding down . . . a little

The daylily peak has come, and gone, for another year.  With my intense focus on savoring it during this summer of my doctorate, I am almost glad.  Heavy on the almost.  As with all things, we assimilate over time.  If I did not get my daylily withdraw pains from November through March (yes, fans count!), I would not have time to think creatively about daylilies in a new way.  Last year, I made tile coasters, tiled tables, self-watering jars, and solar lit mason jars all with the images of my daylily heavy summer.



Dream Catcher – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


If I have any regrets about this year, it is not the yard improvements that I have made.  It is that some of my regulars did not bloom . . . or had much-reduced bloom.  I am not sure why . . . well, probably water and sunshine.   I am sure I played into it by putting pots in places that were too shady or not pre-watering enough in the spring.  But, there is something bigger, because two of my three clumps of flamingo grass also did not bloom.  Strange.



El Desperado – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


I’ve already made changes in the last couple of weeks.  Amended soils, moved pots, changed watering systems.  It’s a long quality improvement cycle until next spring.  Oh, how I wish daylilies could talk.  That said, I have a few sending up scapes for later blooms – one that last bloomed 2 years ago.  At any rate, last count I have had 64 of 135 bloom this year.  That’s 47%.  I have 4 more with scapes that have not bloomed yet.  If they all survive, I will hit 50.  That’s good, but leaves room for some quality improvement to make sure all my new additions this year can flourish.  Look out, 2017!


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From L to R: Top Row – El Desperado, Dream Catcher.  Second Row – Marque Moon, Lime Frost, South Seas.  Third Row – Primal Scream, Soco Gap, Melon Balls.


Back to the Drawing Board

Going back to the drawing board is both literal and figurative for me this day.  And, when you are a creative, drawing boards can help generate positive emotion.

When I buy daylilies with southwestern names, I usually am attracted to names like Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon – places where I have been. With Ghost Ranch, I put the cart before the horse.  Or, the daylily before the trip.


Oh, the name sounded southwestern, and it is a Ned Roberts bloom, so I Googled it.  Much to my surprise, this place called Ghost Ranch was just over in my neighbor, New Mexico.  At first, I saw it said no dogs.  But, I did call the morning we were driving through that area on the road trip.  Dogs, sure!  Just bring a leash.


This is a beautiful place that is the subject of Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings.  It is clearly on the Colorado Plateau – I knew as soon as  saw the rock structures.  The only downside was that we got there during the beginning of a good size windstorm, so hiking was not as fun and the light was rather muted.  At any rate, here is Ghost Ranch on Ghost Ranch . . . my drawing board.


Ghost Ranch was the only new bloom today.  I had 10 different cultivators today.  Nice little smiles, each.  My last Blue Beat, though.  See you next year! No, wait.  See you when I break out the Christmas present paint.


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From R to L: Top Row – Classy Lady, Fine Time Lucille, Desert Icicle, Blue Beat, South Seas.  Row Two: Primal Scream, Lullaby Baby, Ghost Ranch, Marque Moon, Mini Pearl.



The Fruit Doesn’t Fall that Far from the Daylily

Today, I got the coolest bouquet from Mother Nature.  And, while I am a little sorry to be cutting so many finished scapes, I welcome some great fall bloomers.  Today, a favorite that joined my yard last year – El Desperado.

I bought this one last year because it still had unbloomed scapes when I walked through the nursery one Sunday.  I wasn’t sure where to put it, so I potted it and put it in the center of the yucca garden.  That was the beginning of my idea to make a southwestern garden out of that space.  I love the yucca, but the space needed more color, more inspiration.  And, from there I got into Ned Robert’s blooms.



El Desperado – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


I obviously love daylilies.  But, I don’t know if I could ever be a hybridizer.  I do, however, sometimes looking at the genetic similarities of the blooms. And, El Desperado is the parent to another bloom that showed up today, Autumn Jewels.



Autumn Jewels – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


It doesn’t take much imagination to see the genetics at work.  So, for fun, I looked up the other parent,  Calico Jack, and found this picture.  What do you think, does baby look like its parents?


Calico Jack – Google Image


The other eye-catching blooms in my yard today where Primal Scream (amidst the Potentilla).



Primal Scream – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, Zuni Thunderbird.  Break out the paint brush.  The buds are getting used up . . . one left?



Zuni Thunderbird – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


So, here is the collage.  I’m at 13 today.  Without the additions of last fall and this spring, I believe I would be at two.  I can live with that.  Viva La Daylilies!


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L to R: Top Row – Marque Moon, Soco Gap, Isaac.  Second Row – Prelude to Love, El Desperado, Primal Scream, Autumn Jewels, Zuni Thunderbird.  Bottom Row – Skinwalker, Mini Pearl, Orange Vols, Melon Balls, Lime Frost.


A Classy Lady Comes to Town!

Ah, now I think, perhaps, the season of blooms is slowing down a bit.  At least as far as having a new cultivator every day or so.  But, hey, today I had several plants with three or four blooms at once.

But, hold on!  I did have a new girl today.  Her name is Classy Lady.  She was one of my fall auction purchases, along with Electric Lizard, Kokopelli, and Quilt Patch.  It looks like Quilt Patch will be my only non-bloomer this year.  I like this bloom – it has a shape like a gymnast.  And, a nice color to match.



Classy Lady – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Now, for my multiples – Marque Moon, Zuni Thunderbird, and South Seas.  The only down side is they burn buds fast this way.



Marque Moon – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt




Zuni Thunderbird – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt




South Seas – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, today brought another visit from the monarch butterfly.  This time, she chose the Mexican Daylily (Shellflower).  I got several photos – the center of the collage is my favorite.


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From L to R: Top Row – Chorus Line, Lullaby Baby, Pick of the Litter, Lime Frost. Row Two: Classy Lady, Mexican Daylily with Monarch Butterfly, Thin Man.  Bottom Row: South Seas, Marque Moon, Stephanie Returns, Zuni Thunderbird.


Thank you, garden, for the therapy.  Great positive emotion to get me through a Monday. Only 5 months until Christmas.  I have a ton of painting to do this year 😉

Put the Lime in the Coconut!

My computer just blitzed my first post – all but the last caption done.  I think I could use a little lime in the coconut right now.  At any rate, that song was going through my head this AM when I started looking at my garden.  I think it was the sight of Lime Frost surrounded by two near-white daylilies, Marque Moon and Lullaby Baby.  I guess the song was about a cure for morning sickness???  (Well, that is not my problem, although I treated it a lot during my midwifery practice years.)  The new bloom, Melon Balls, sort of added to the fruity theme.  This was a gift plant – and it looks like melon balls floating in my drink!



Melon Balls – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


That was the only new bloom today.  The other one of that I am highlighting today is Mesa Verde.  This cultivator has been blooming for a full month – and I have over 80 pictures of these gorgeous blooms.  Unfortunately, today is the last bud unless she gets new life later in the summer.  Every time I snap the shutter, I wonder how I will ever paint this on a Christmas present?  Oh, I will.  And, it will be a challenge to capture the full aura of this blossom.



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


The other highlight today is Zuni Thunderbird, one of my Ned Roberts babies.  This one started with insect damaged blooms and I was less than impressed.  But, the blooms have straightened out and the spots are mostly gone.  I love the curls!  This will be on a present, too, me thinks.  (PS – Sounds like my tropical drink is up on the Colorado Plateau somewhere today!)



Zuni Thunderbird – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


So, for the collage today, I tried to get similar poses where the flower anatomy would allow me.  Lucky 13 today.  Now, off to do the work of a farmer and work on flower pot drainage.


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L to R: Top Row – Lady Fingers, Zuni Thunderbird, Baja, Aztec Firebird, Dream Catcher. Second Row – Fooled Me, Lime Frost, Lullaby Baby, Marque Moon, South Seas.  Bottom Row – Return a Smile, Mesa Verde, Melon Balls.



Peaks and Troughs

In medicine, we draw peak and trough levels after giving some meds.  It tells us where the medication reaches its highest and lowest levels.  So, yesterday, I got my daylily peak with 26 cultivators in bloom.  It’s a high therapeutic level.  For me, anyway.

Today, the level dropped off a bit.  Only 9.  So, I am highlighting my Mexican Daylily (Shell Flower) in the background.  Those bulb blooms look like blown glass.  Really nice complementary flowers in my yard.


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From L to R: Top Row – Aztec Firebird, Soco Gap, Dream Catcher.  Row Two – Purple De Oro, Prelude to Love, South Seas, Orange Vols.  Bottom Row – Blue Beat, Chorusline.


So, some statistics – I have 135 cultivators living in my yard.  Fifty-seven of those have bloomed this year, 78 wait in the wings.  Most of the new garden will wait until next year, although I am approaching a bloom rate of 20% out there.  Who knows what will happen when you turn a rock pile into a garden?

I have some in pots that did less well – much less well – than average.  I am not sure what happened to Cheddar Cheese, but all it’s buds fell off.  Nosferatu did not bloom, nor did Funny Valentine.  Inwood put forth 3 blooms and Strutter’s Ball, only one.  Next spring, more water earlier in the season.  Because, next year, my goal is 80% bloom rate. Or, bust!

First Frost! (and 26 daylilies)

No, it’s really 88 degrees.  It would be warmer if the monsoon clouds weren’t providing some shade.  No real rain yet, but cooler than the last few weeks.  In fact, cool enough for frost.  Well, Lime Frost.

When I arranged daylilies last summer, I put plant labels and entered each location in my software.  However, it doesn’t really sink in what is where until they bloom and then you remember to color.  So, when I was checking for buds last night, I was surprised that Lime Frost looked full-term.  This is booked as a very  late season bloomer, but it is still mid-July.  Oh, well, we had Desert Icicles so welcome to our delusion of cold weather.



Lime Frost – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Another brand new face is Autumn Jewel.  This was a gift plant – this spring.  A later gift plant, even.  I love the bloom.  It is a relative of El Desperado. It’s slated as another late bloomer.  But, here it is anyway.



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


Fine Time Lucille is another brand new face today.  I ordered her last summer when I was first learning the online order thing.  The name sold this one . . . I have been humming the song all day.



Fine Time Lucille (with Primal Scream) – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, Skinwalker showed up in my Southwestern garden today . . . these first blooms are sometimes a little rough looking.  Hoping for more soon from this one!



Skinwalker – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Of mention is that Electric Lizard, having been fertilized, put in another pale bloom.  I now wonder if it has too much sun.  I am getting some more fans at a summer sale, as I think it would look better a little fuller.



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


So, here is the collage with all 26 blooms.  I tried for rainbow order, as I had both a near-blue and a green in bloom today.


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From L to R: Top Row – Baja, Indian Love Call, Ruby Spider, Thin Man, Soco Gap.  Second Row – Orange Vols, Primal Scream, Aztec Firebird, South Seas.  Third Row – Mini Pearl, Mayan Poppy, Pick of the Litter.  Fourth Row – Skinwalker, Electric Lizard, Dream Catcher, Lullaby Baby.  Fifth Row – Lime Frost.  Sixth Row – Blue Beat. Seventh Row – Stephanie Returns, Prairie Blue Eyes, Return A Smile, Fine Time Lucille.  Eighth Row – Blackthorne, Zuni Thunderbird, Purple de Oro, Autumn Jewel.  


As peak lingers, I begin to think of next year.  I want to do more work with the Southwest garden.  Maybe some compost or manure around each plant.  Loosen the soil around the roots and add the amendments.  That area has been sterile of plants so long, it probably could use some bio additives.  Pots, yes, some need to be relocated.  Others need pebbles in the bottoms.  It will be fun moving them inside the porch this winter – the evergreens.  I have had 57 different cultivators bloom so far this year.  Next year, 100 by this time!  Let’s do it!