No blog about Southwest (and West) daylily names would be complete without a blog about our namesake, The Colorado Kid.
So, what say we take a ride down the Colorado River for a spell. It is only an hour from my house and runs through some of my favorite camping and hiking spots.
The mighty Colorado starts in Rocky Mountain National Park, not too far from where I grew up (in Estes Park). Born in the Colorado snowpack, it (like me) heads straight the desert.
The Colorado runs through Grand Junction – I love camping at Colorado River State Park and exploring the Colorado National Monument. It is amazing the force of wind and water on sandstone.
So, on my February trip, we took the back road (Utah 128) that runs by the Colorado River.
The river then runs through Dead Horse Point – a favorite, dog-friendly hiking spot.
From there, it heads down through Lake Powell.
And on to the Grand Canyon.
The Colorado Kid daylily was a must-have daylily when I first started collecting daylilies for their place names.
The other reason I picked her is that she is near blue. I was absolutely infatuated with near-blues when I first discovered that daylilies didn’t come in blue. I guess we want what we can’t have. At any rate, her color is best before the sun hits her – she is on the north side of the house. Once the light hits, her blue is decidedly purple.
She is one of my favorite near-blues in my near-blue pot section of the yard. And, she is the namesake of this blog. And, another reason to go road trippin’ vicariously through my daylilies during the COVID pandemic.