And, Yellow Spiders Everywhere!

It may sound like Alfred Hitchcock movie, but it is actually much better.  Spider daylilies – Heavenly Curls, Desert Icicle, and Lady Fingers were all in bloom today and are featured in today’s collage (below).

The new bloom today is Marque Moon.  I ended up accidentally buying two Marques last summer.  I found the second one on super sale without a tag, and I thought it was a different flower.  So, when I created my family section, I moved both Marques to a different part of the garden together.  I used to think this was the most ruffled daylily ever!  That was before I adopted Mesa Verde.

 

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

 

And, I am mentioning the one I called Montrose Sunset again because I found out its real name (I think).  I posted it to the American Hemerocallis Society Facebook page, and after some discussion, there was pretty good consensus that it is Orange Vols.  And, once I heard the name, it sounded familiar.  No more fugue state for you, little one.  We figured out your real identity.

 

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Orange Vols – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

So, the collage is below.  Twelve blooms.  Actually, it’s a nice number.  Variety, but not so many that I can’t savor each one.

 

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From L to R: Top Row – South Seas, Orange Vols, Soco Gap.  Row Two – Marque Moon, Heavenly Curls, Desert Icicle, Lady Fingers, Zuni Thunderbird. Bottom Row – Purple De Oro, Blue Beat, Happy Returns, Razzamattaz

 

And, so I shift back to homework.  Still waiting.  Staying in positive emotion as much as possible in order to broaden and build my resources.  Thanks, daylilies.

The Monarch Has Landed!

Today, I continue the wait for news.  I worry some, and know that my daylilies will pull me back into the moment. I step outside, with camera in hand (and a queezy stomach) to admire my days blooms.  I work it from the porch to the west edge of the walkway garden.  Then out to check some of my pots and the xeriscaped area before going out to check on my Southwest named Ned Roberts garden.  I am almost done, but decide to stop for one more shot of South Seas next to Primal Scream.  Routine.

And, then, I spot it . . . a large Monarch butterfly on Thin Man.  I quickly take my PowerShot out of close-up mode and attempt to focus on the distant flower.  The Monarch was flower-hopping.  From one to the next.  I got a few good shots . . .  in others, she seemed intent in hiding from me.  Here are my favorites.

 

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Monarch on an old Orange Vols bloom – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

 

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Monarch in the South Seas – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

 

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Monarch on the Orange Vols – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

The only new bloom for 2016 today is Baja.  For some reason, this is one of my favorites each year.

 

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Baja – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C  Hartt

 

Of note, my other Primal Scream bloomed.  The one that was labeled Primal Scream (and not Desert Flame).  This was one of my <$5 fall sale daylilies.  It struggled with insects when I planted it.  I was unsure if it would come back in the spring, let alone bloom.  But, her it is.  The bloom is smaller than on the new nursery-bought plant that I thought was Desert Flame.  But it is a different location and year one for a smaller fan.  What do you think, same flower?  (Today’s bloom is on the left.)

Today’s collage is by garden area.  The top blooms are in my walkway garden.  The middle ones are in the xeriscaped area of my front lawn.  And, the last ones are in my Southwest named daylily (mostly Ned Roberts) to the West of my house.  Sadly, I believe we have seen the last Ruby Spider for the year 😦

 

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From L to R: Top Row: Mini Pearl, Chorus Line,  Prelude to Love, Primal Scream.  Second Row – Baja, South Seas, Thin Man.  Third Row – Indian Love Call, Lady Fingers, Fooled Me.  Bottom Row – Dream Catcher, Zuni Thunderbird, Aztec Firebird.

 

I wonder what blooms today’s monsoon will bring tomorrow?  Hopefully blooms of news!

The Rainy Season (Monsoons!)

Yesterday, I believe we got our first monsoon of the year.  They are a couple weeks late – and I have missed the cooling off effect that they bring to the evening.  I am curious to see how the this impacts the blooming.

Today brought 19 cultivators.  Two are new – and I mean new, new.  They have not bloomed here before; both were added last fall.  The first one represents my granddaughter, Maia, in the family section.  Her name is Mayan Poppy.  I love the pastel colors.

 

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Mayan Poppy – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

The other one was a small one fan gift plant that I wasn’t sure would make it.  And, if it did, I did not anticipate blooms this year.  This is Heavenly Curls.  As a nurse-midwife, I look at some of these and wonder how they ever bloom without a c-section.

 

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Heavenly Curles – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

The collage today was kind of fun.  I paired like-looking flowers.  Some were closer matches than others.  Gives it a different look.

 

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From L to R: Top Row – Zuni Thunderbird, Ruby Spider, Aztec Firebird, Dream Catcher, Pick of the Litter, Mayan Poppy.  Second Row – Return A Smile, Stephanie Returns, Lullaby Baby, Isaac, Mildred Mitchell, Purple De Oro, “Montrose Sunset” (unknown), South Seas. Bottom Row – Inwood, Blackthorne, Heavenly Curls, Indian Love Call, Soco Gap.

 

Still no news.  Thank heaven for my garden.  I believe that brings me to 53 blooms for the year.  I may just make that mid-60s (50%) goal.  Some of my later bloomers are getting scapes!  Yea!!!

The Long and the Short of it

Today, when I walked outside for the first time, my garden smiled at me.  At first, I thought I wouldn’t have many blooms.  But, 15 or so cultivators is good.  I’m a bit on-edge today, waiting for some news.  I love the garden because it causes me to live in the moment.

So, some new faces today.  One of the new Ned Roberts spiders that I put in last fall joined the others that have bloomed in the new garden.  This is Dream Catcher – a sibling to Dream Keeper, which was one of my earliest bloomers.

 

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

 

And a much more traditional bloom reappeared for the first time in 2016 – Fooled Me.

 

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Fooled Me – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Both are gorgeous orange colors, but the shapes are so different.  Daylilies are like dogs . . . there are long ones and short ones.  But, a dog is always a dog.

Another one I am highlighting today is Inwood.  Her first bloom was so misshapen that it was almost unrecognizable.  She only put out one scape, so savor and move her to more light.  Today’s blossom was perfect!

 

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Inwood – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Oh, and I wanted to feature a couple of triplets: Blue Beat and South Seas.  I have mixed opinion on seeing more than one bud get used up in a day, but they are pretty in the moment.

 

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Blue Beat – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

 

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

 

And, the collage for today features the spiders at the top.  Just look at all the variety of shape and color.  Cheaper than therapy, and they smell good!

 

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From L to R: Top Row – Aztec Firebird, Dream Catcher, Ruby Spider, Lady Fingeres.  Middle Row – Blue Beat, Early Bird Cardinal, Indian Love Call, Inwood, Mesa Verde.  Bottom Row – Prairie Blue Eyes, Soco Gap, Mini Pearl, South Seas.

 

 

 

 

And, the Peak Goes On! (In Colorado)

I walked out the door to over twice as many blooms as yesterday.  Twenty-one!  So, we are continuing to climb to the apex of the season.  Interesting that in this bouquet that there are no new cultivators.  So, what to talk about?  Perhaps what the sun does to color in daylilies.  I am no hybridizer, but I was a printer at one point much earlier in my life.  I learned about color then . . . additive and subtractive.  

It is my understanding that daylilies don’t have genes to make blue.  So, the near blue flowers are a mosaic.  Additive color is what I use when I paint my blooms.  It is easy compared to subtractive color . . . which is done with light and filters.  If I was issuing a somewhat educated guess, I would say this must be a subtractive process.  

So, here is my stunning Blue Beat before the rays of sun hit it directly: 

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Blue Beat – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

And here it is just 5-10 minutes later, as the first rays of sun found its pedals: ( It shifts from blue, green, and light pink to peach, yellow, and purple).  I would love to hear a hybridizer’s take on this!

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Blue Beat – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

I had a lot of cool spiders today – Ruby Spider, Thin Man, Aztec Firebird, Zuni Thunderbird, and Desert Icicle.  Here is one with Ruby and the Thin Man.

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Ruby Spider with Thin Man in the distance – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Also, three out of five in my family garden are blooming today: Here are all three: Isaac (grandson), Mini Pearl (Minnie Pearl – grandma), and Stephanie (daughter).  The colors are nice together.  Maya Poppy (for granddaughter, Maia) is going to blend right in.  Hopefully, soon.  Catherine Irene, momma’s namesake, looks like it is waiting for now.

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All in the Family from L to R: Isaac, Mini Pearl, and Stephanie Returns – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

So, here are today’s 21.  Busiest day of 2016 so far.  At least until I start trying to paint all of these for Christmas presents!  Oh, help!

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In alphabetical order from L to R: Top Row – Aztec Firebird, Blue Beat, Desert Icicle, Early Bird Cardinal, Isaac.  Row Two – Lady Fingers, Mesa Verde, Mini Pearl, Pick of the Litter, Prelude to Love, Purple de Oro. Row Three – Razzamatazz, Return a Smile, Route 66, Ruby Spider, Soco Gap, South Seas.  Bottom Row – Stephanie Returns, Thin Man, VooDoo Dancer and Zuni Thunderbird.

 

So, I am ready for a nap!

Twin Firebirds

Today was much less overwhelming than peak day yesterday.  Every bloom was a return.  However, the bloom(s) that caught my eye were twin Aztec Firebirds. There is something about two blooms together, facing the same direction.  They look like dancers.

 

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Aztec Firebird – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

The name brings to mind Aztec Ruins, an Anasazi site close by in the Four Corners.  I need to superimpose these blooms on the ruins picture from my spring Southwest road trip this spring.  They are awesome ruins, just like the blooms.

 

 

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Aztec Ruins National Monument – Photo by C. Hartt

 

Since I have no new blooms, I will highlight a couple of other Ned Roberts spiders in bloom today.  Desert Icicle is a beautiful bloom.

 

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Desert Icicle – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

And, poor Zuni Thunderbird was invaded by thrips and looks like it has reverse measles.  I did some photo touching with it to make it presentable.  One thing about having over a hundred cultivators – you begin to learn the work of farming daylilies.

 

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

 

So, here is the collage for today.  Some really nice blooms, all in all.

 

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Left to Right: Top Row – Just Plum Happy, South Seas, Desert Icicle, Lady Fingers. Row Two: Chorus Line, Ruby Spider, Soco Gap, Lullaby Baby.  Bottom Row: Purple de Oro, Aztec Firebird, Zuni Thunderbird.

 

 

Climbing to the Peak of Daylily Color

If yesterday was a little quiet (for July) in my garden, today was a bit overwhelming.  There were several new faces.

Thin Man bloomed for the first time ever – the biggest bloom (12 inches) in my garden.

 

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Thin Man – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

One of my Ned Roberts Southwest spiders also showed his colors for the first time ever in my yard.  Meet Aztec Firebird.

 

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Aztec Firebird – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

And, a nice little addition called Pick of the Litter was also a first-time in my yard bloomer today.  Funny, this was a gift plant and I don’t remember the plant it came with – or if that plant has bloomed.

 

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Pick of the Litter – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

First blooms for 2016 in my existing daylilies included one that I don’t have a name for – so I decided to call it Montrose Sunset.  I picked this up when I xeriscaped a few years ago . . . before I was a true hobbiest.  And, I cannot find the name but I like the bloom a lot.

 

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??? “Montrose Sunset” – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Prelude to Love is a pretty dark red/purple bloom that reappears each year, as well.

 

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Prelude to Love – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Strutter’s Ball is one I added last year and (like its neighbors, Inwood and Funny Valentine) it is astruggling to produce blooms this year.  I decided today that when my blues finish blooming in a week or two, I will switch their locations and see what happens.  The issue, I believe, is figuring out which pots the sprinkler system over-waters, and which it under-waters.  And, then, balancing that.

 

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Strutter’s Ball – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Cheddar Cheese, aptly, lives near my outdoor grill and is back to top-off our hamburgers.

 

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Cheddar Cheese – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Blackthorn is one I put in last year – I really like this bloom!

 

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Blackthorne – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

And, here is today’s collage.  I tried to put this is semi-rainbow order.  It is a lot of color, for sure.  The peak has come to this yard on the Colorado Plateau.

 

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From L to R: Top Row: Route 66, ? “Montrose Sunset”, Isaac, Mildred Mitchell, Razzamatazz, Prelude to Love. Row Two: Indian Love Call, Soco Gap, Aztec Firebird, Lady Fingers, Purple De Oro, Strutters Ball.  Row Three: Early Bird Cardinal, Thin Man, Cheddar Cheese, (Lady Fingers), Blackthorn, VooDoo Dancer.  Bottom Row: Stephanie Returns, Pick of the Litter and Return a Smile.

 

Hey, folks, that is eight new blooms in the yard today.  That puts me at circa 45 different blooms this year. (That means about 90 have not bloomed – but many are year ones or small year twos.)   I only need 20+ more to hit 50%.  I have a lot of scapes – so maybe . . . stay tuned.

 

Singing the Blues

Today, all three of my near blues (with scapes) were in bloom; Blue Beat, Mildred Mitchell, and The Colorado Kid. (Sounds like a rock band.) They have all bloomed before this year, so I highlighted them in todays garden collage.  I did want to share a large view of Blue Beat before the first rays of sun hit her.  Very blue-looking!

 

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Blue Beat – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

The other photo I really like from today is Jungle Queen.  I caught the first rays of light on her pedals.

 

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Jungle Queen – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

I had two new blooms and neither looked as healthy as I would like.  Bugs, heat, water issues, etc.  Who knows?  They are pretty flowers and hopefully they will have their true colors shining through very soon.

Zuni Thunderbird – a neat Ned Roberts spider that I put in the new garden last fall.

 

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

 

And, Inwood – a beautiful flower with a frompy first bloom.

 

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Inwood – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Below are the bloomers for today.

 

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Left to Right: Top row – South Seas, The Colorado Kid, Blue Beat, Mildred Mitchell, Soco Gap. Second Row: Inwood, Jungle Queen, Mini Pearl, Purple de Oro, Early Bird Cardinal. Bottom: Zuni Thunderbird.

 

Before I sign off, let me just say that I am writing this blog to share my experiences being a daylily hobbiest in the desert of Western Colorado.  The soil is clay, so I have learned to amend it with good soil and water crystals.  They help hold the moisture in – and I had my best garlic harvest ever after adding them to the mix.  However, there can always be too much of a good thing and the crystals can harbor root rot is the drainage isn’t good,  The last week, Colorado Kid has been fading.  Today, I threw out the rotten dirt and cleaned up the roots.  Hopefully, I didn’t over correct.  It’s hard for humans to get the right balance of moisture in a place where mother nature falls short.  And, that is the adventure.  (RIP Navajo Rodeo – I am not sure what got you but something did 😦  )

Welcome, Pastels!

When I think of daylilies, I often think of the huge, bright blossoms that I love.  This morning, though, I found a stunning bouquet of smaller pastel blooms.  They provide a nice contrast in the garden, for sure.

The lightest one is Lullaby Baby.  I almost miss it every year.

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Lullaby Baby – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Mini Pearl – the one named for my grandma! She is new to my yard this year.

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Mini Pearl – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Then Chorus Line – an old favorite.

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Chorus Line – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

And, this sweet Ned Robert’s bloom – Desert Icicle.  Man, I could use an icicle in this Colorado desert today!

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Desert Icicle – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Isaac may be a little brighter yellow than pastel, but nice small, simple blossom.

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Isaac – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

And, Blue Beat came into the world of the Colorado Plateau today.  This is a very nice near blue color – I am really pleased at the color it produced.  It is a first year for this one.  I would call it pastel tones, too.

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Blue Beat – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

The collage today has one of the pastel/small blooms next to the traditional blooms.  It creates a bit of a stiped appearance.

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From L to R. Top Row: Blue Beat, Jungle Queen, Chorus Line, Lady Fingers. Row Two: Lullaby Baby, Return A Smile, Desert Icicle, Ruby Spider. Bottom Row: Mini Pearl, Mildred Mitchell, Isaac, Prairie Blue Eyes.

I believe that is 37 different cultivators that have bloomed so far this year.  I have 20-30 different ones with scapes right now.  It looks like I may go over my 50% goal. (I have 130 +/- in my yard. I’m addicted!) I have not given up on the ones without scapes yet.  I love the late bloomers!

All in the Family

As I typed in this title, I actually Googled to see if there is an Archie Bunker daylily. Fortunately, my search didn’t find any such flower.  The title of this blog is because I want to talk about a section of my daylily garden with names from my family. Because today Stephanie Returns returned for 2016.  My oldest daughter is a Stephanie, too. And, she returned to Colorado the year that I came across this cultivator at the local nursery.

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

Following after mom, my Isaac daylily is close to a first ever bloom in my yard.  Definitely tomorrow.  Isaac is also my 3-year-old grandson’s name.

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Isaac bud – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Mini Pearl was my grandma’s name, and I have a daylily by the same name with scapes, also added last year.  Interestingly enough, there is a daylily named Catherine Irene which is also my mom’s first and middle name.  I am still waiting on that one to send scapes.  I have Mayan Poppy for my granddaughter, Maia.  It also has scapes.  I have a couple more to add in that section – I am waiting to see what space looks like after the first year.  But, it is already a very special section of my garden.  Right by my front door.

Other new faces for today are Razzamatazz, a pretty little purple bloom that I have had for a couple of years.

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Razzamatazz – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

All-in-all, I have 12 full blooms and a very ready-to-bloom bud of Isaac.  Today, I mixed-it-up and made the collage in alphabetical order.  Lots of yellows and purples today.

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From L to R. Top Row: Canyon Colors, Indian Love Call, Isaac, Lady Fingers. Row Two: Mesa Verde, Mildred Mitchell, Purple De Oro, Razzamatazz, Return A Smile. Bottom Row: Ruby Spider, Soco Gap, South Seas, and Stephanie Returns.

I have had 32 different cultivators bloom so far in 2016.  That is somewhere around 25% of my daylily collection.  I am hoping for 50% this year, because so many are new.  And, the ones for $2 often take a couple years to bloom.  My long-term goal is 80% per year.  Time to quite, though, cause I am thinking like a doctor.  And this is my get-away time.