Chaos and Routine

The school year feels like it has started. The new faculty are awesome. Eventually, the routine will settle in, but the chaos takes time to run its course.

Indian Sky 8.19

And, as that happens, the daylilies thin. I have maybe 18 cultivators with buds. Probably about 100 buds. It’s hot, some of them are too thirsty. I lost a few this week.

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I start to think about fall chores. Should I put a drip system in the front garden? I need to fix some things in the Southwest garden.

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By the time the final grades come in, we will be talking about Santa Claus. And, my poor poinsettias. Why aren’t they growing faster. I usually start forcing the first ones about now. I have 2 of 6 that are blooming size. Maybe I need to up their water? Why did 2 grow big?

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And, my amaryllis have bloomed more this summer than last winter. I had 4 blooms this summer, though my seeds haven’t sprouted.

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Fall and winter start to occupy my mind. Air plant decorating . . . They look cool in with cactus, which gives me all sorts of ideas.

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For now, I need to focus on this week. Looks like I need a new computer. Sigh. I’m hoping Santa can still afford to bring me a new camera for Christmas.

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Last Firsts

This weekend took us to the Colorado National Monument. It’s a beautiful place that has been close to my heart since college. I returned home to find my last, of final, first bloom of 2019.

Royal Palace Prince was another bonus. It’s a late bloom for him.

I swear I won’t let myself get so sleep deprived this week. And, then the wifi driver disappears from my laptop. Sigh – good thing for phones because I left my camera home this weekend, too.

Boil it Down!

Today, I feel the need to simplify life.  I worked from 8 to 7.  My orchids cry for water.  They aren’t doing well splitting time with the daylilies in summer.  I am ambivalent about losing some of them.  I need to pack for my camping trip. Laundry needs to be done.  I haven’t gotten 8 hours of sleep in nearly a week.

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Raven Woodsong 8.15

I got hobbies when I was trying to balance life and find purpose when working from home.  I took a more challenging away-from-home-job a year ago.  Now, the mania of the first of a term with nearly all new faculty, new programs, new campuses has hit.  I am attempting to shift the work culture, and it feels like my life balance is taking a hit.

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Cripple Creek 8.15

What could I eliminate? Not my dogs or my daylilies.  Not my camping or road trips.  Orchids can be thinned.  I want to get into air plants – why don’t I just leave it?  IDK.  I like plants.  And, I don’t want to give up my hobbies.  It took me years to finally get some because career was my life.  I think they are essential – but I need to boil them down to the essentials.

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Orange Vols 8.15

Best of Intentions

I had the best intentions of writing a blog about my New Mexico named daylilies tonight – it’s too late.  I had the best of intentions getting to bed on time last night – until the police scene unfolded outside my bedroom window at 10PM (right next to my Southwest daylily garden . . . was that really a SWAT truck?)  I had so many good intentions about a smooth start to the semester and some of those have been overruled by life.

Tonight, I must get to bed.  Another very full day tomorrow.  I had intentions of slowing down . . . yea, right.  I work in rural America.  Someday, I’ll get ‘er done.  I’ll retire and play with daylilies between road trips.

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Adios Albuquerque 8/14

So, tonight I leave you with my favorite picture of Adios Albuquerque – the sun was perfect for the 7 PM shot.  The 7 AM shot missed the mark.  The lead photo is Treasure of the Southwest with a nice sun angle, too.  Now, I intend to sleep.  Wish me luck.

The Amazingly Huge Spiders of August

Oh, my – school starts tomorrow.  I worked early and late.  My daylilies had 12 hours between my first round of photos and my second.

I am not sure what to say tonight – my brain is mush and I crave ice cream.  But, I do want to highlight three big, colorfast Ned Roberts spiders that are late bloomers.  Colorfast becomes obvious when we photograph at 7 AM and 7 PM.  And, my photos of these three look good both times – wide awake all day.

Purple Corn Dancer steals my heart with every bloom.  I have her in two locations so I may get 3-4 weeks of blooms.

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Purple Corn Dancer 8/13/1

Mama Cuna is a HUGE spider.  She, also, wears make-up that lasts all day – she adds an amazing highlight to the Southwest garden late season.

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Mama Cuna 8/13

Purple Thunderbird is CRAZY HUGE – and also looks great all day.  Very colorfast.

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Purple Tunderbird 8/12

I am guessing they are related because they all make me smile.

PS – My orchid cactus did not bloom last night – this waiting is the stuff of my midwifery days!  I even got up briefly at 3 AM to check.

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Orchid Cactus bud 8/12

Cowboys and Indians

I’m not sure if I have ever mentioned that my grandfather knew Butch Cassidy.  My grandfather was a cowboy – well, a sheepman.  He hired Butch’s men when they weren’t out being desperados in the wild west of Wyoming and Colorado.

Fast forward to my yard today – there was my Premier El Desperado bloom.  My big old plant died from the hard spring so I bought a new one.  It isn’t getting quite enough light in its new location so the blooms are a little small.  I will move her this fall.

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Oh, and one of my favorite late-season Ned Roberts spiders was a premier – Navajo Curls.  I have so much heart for the Native Americans that my garden is full of blooms to honor their culture.  The Navajo are my neighbors here and I learn so much from my visits to their lands.  It was nice to have them in my yard.

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I only got a few hours of sleep last night . . . and what happens?  Well, I go out in my outside back porch after a long day of work to find a bottle to use with my auto-watering spike and what do I see????  My orchid cactus blooming.  Like, people host all-night watch parties for this.  I have been out a few times for pictures.  I don’t know how long I will stay up.  Why can’t this be Friday or Saturday night?  These plants are spring bloomers, after all.

Still 28 in bloom today.  That’s crazy.  Almost out of premiers for 2019, though.  Not out of buds.

Drizzle and Dragons

Sunday. I decided not to work on work until later or tomorrow because my energy is feeling all the change. I slept in and woke up to delightful drizzle in my garden. I had 18 bloomers and one Premier – Heirloom Heaven. She was a bonus and she is supermini. Also, one of my most reliable fall bloomers. I know the season is starting to close-up for another year when I see her.

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Heirloom Heaven – 8.11

That said, I still have well over 100 buds – maybe close to 200. Last year, I had 18. So, the blog will continue.

I also had another one of my amaryllis bloom today – Double Dragon. Pretty color and shape. It makes me wonder about the real triggers for blooming because my bloom rate is better in the summer. I am considering leaving these guys out and just cutting water this year. Or, maybe leave them in the cellar until spring. I would have more room for other plants with plan B, but my bloom rate might be better with plan A.

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Double Dragon Amaryllis 8.11

I have also come to terms with the fact that I am burned out with my orchids. Oh, I still love them but work is requiring more energy than anticipated and I have come to dread orchid chores. So, if a few die off, that is OK. I decided to try air plants because they are more resilient to drought but still look good in glass, like my water culture orchids. I purchased a few to fill dead orchid areas. That should help my winter pass. It feels like fall today!

Air plants in glass

Air plant in macrame hanger

Worth the Wait!

Today. Two dozen still bloom.  One Premier – Carlotta.  She has a story.  She was a bonus plant early in my daylily root days.  She was planted in our adobe dirt overwhelmed with the bluebells.  When I transplanted to pots, she was seedling size.  Today comes her first bloom.  Much better than the pictures.  She is lacy and flowing.  I like her.

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Chaco Canyon – who did not bloom in 2019 until yesterday – threw an extra petal today.  I’ve not seen her do that before.  Also, worth the wait.

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And, here it is, bedtime, again.

The Shrunken Days of August

My eyes are so tired that they drip with tears.  I woke up before dawn, but dawn is getting later.  And, my sprinklers now go off after dark in the evening even though I have not reset the time.  Work starts earlier and ends later.  Things always seem chaotic at the start of a school year.  I am tireder than is healthy – it impacts my wellbeing.  I can’t push the envelope the way I use to.  Neither can the sun — it begins its rest cycle.  I feel a bit sad because I don’t like the cold, dark side of the year.  Mostly, though, I feel tired.

So, I had two Premiers today that I want to talk about before sleep.  Frans Hals is one of my early mail order daylilies.  It has been moved around the yard a few times.  I thought this was the most beautiful daylily I had ever seen – this and Best Seller.  I believe they were in my first batch of roots.  Now, it looks kind of ordinary.  Still, a nice late bloomer.

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Frans Hals 8/9

And, my apologies to Chaco Canyon and Kachina Dancer.  I got them mixed up.  The one that bloomed earlier is Kachina Dancer.  Chaco Canyon was divided and I thought her division had put out some small flowers – but it was Kachina Dancer.  My main Chaco lost a scape to a storm in the spring – but managed to send out a re-bloom spike that opened today.  Clearly, a different flower.

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Chaco Canyon 8/9

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Kachina Dancer – July, 2019

Thirty-two today.  I have broken records nearly every day for a month.  As the days shrink, so will the daylilies.  Perhaps we all need a rest.

Oh – and my Apple Blossom Amaryllis baby bulbs (mom was pregnant about 3 years ago) finally bloomed! Merry Christmas – Winter Solstice is coming.

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Apple Blossom Amaryllis 8/9

My Favorite!

This day started before the sun.  Trying to photograph daylilies right after the sun rises is futile – or at least not productive.  I had 30 in bloom on this first day of faculty meetings.  I had to finish photos this evening because daylilies look sad when the bud is only a little open.

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Anyway – This is a short blog because I am tired and tomorrow is another 5:30 wake-up.  I am a late bloomer, so my bud is only half-open when I get to work.  But . . . I have to blog because my favorite daylily showed-up today!  Purple Corn Dancer was my premier today.  I don’t know why I like that bloom so much, but I do.  So, tonight let the Corn Dancer enjoy center stage.  I’ll see you tomorrow!