Collections

I’ve been intrigued by the show Hoarders this year. IDK why, because I hate reality TV. Maybe it is because I have a 1st degree family member who struggles with this. Maybe because I needed to feel something with human emotions. Maybe my own home needed some cleaning and decluttering. Maybe just to kill time.

What is the difference between hoarding daylilies and collecting daylilies – that is my question. I guess that if your garden has labels, is watered and weeded, and you take photos everyday – that is probably a collection. Hoarding would probably be a back yard full of disorganized pots with some live and dead plants – and you can’t move anywhere because the pots are everywhere. Bugs . . . well, I have a few of those but my guess it isn’t like a hoard. Some of my daylilies are named after bugs, though. Is there such thing as a daylily hoard?

I have collections within my collection. My favorite collection is my Ned Roberts cultivators. I have ordered these from far and wide to form my collection. The other, overlapping, collection is my Southwest names collection. Some of these were bonuses sent with my Roberts collection because the names were Southwestern – so they go with my Ned Roberts collection. My original collection was those available at local nurseries. I have a collection with family names for my grandma, mom, dad, daughters and grandkids. The list goes on. If I kept adding, I think it could become a hoard. Daylilies are too much work to have too many!

I have had 94 bloom so far this year and 7 more premiers today. Here they are:

Baby Blue Eyes – 7.6- added to my near blues collection (yes, I have one of those, too) a couple years ago.
Black Arrowhead – 7.6 – A distinctive Ned Roberts Southwestern spider.
Blackthorne – 7.6 – This cultivator is from my original local nurseries collection and this is the first bloom in many years.
Cheyenne Eyes – 7.6 – A big, lanky Roberts spider.
Chorus Line – 7.6 – A pretty pastel from a local nursery.
Classy Lady – 7.6 – IDK, maybe she came from the auction?
Melon Balls – 7.6.1 – A sweet little bonus from my early collecting years.

Finales – Yesterday was the finale of Purple Moonrise.

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I counted about 50 with scapes that haven’t bloomed. I think we will hit at least 80% this year. I need to move my daylily software over to my other computer to be sure, though.

July’s Colorful Parade

Are you ready for a beautiful July parade? Here goes – a listing of all of my daylilies that had first blooms in July. I count 81. Enjoy!

Apache Bandana 7.6.20
Autumn Jewels 7.22.20
Aztec Firebird 7.22.20
Baja 7.18.20
Bela Lugosi 7.22.20
Bella Boo 7.6.20
Black Arrowhead 7.19.20
Black Eyed Susan 7.2.20
Black Ice 7.22.20
Bold Tiger 7.26.20
Carlotta 7,30.20
Cheddar Cheese 7.4.20
Cherokee Star 7.6.20
Chokecherry Mountain 7.20.20
Chorus Line 7.29.20
Classy Lady 7.29.20
Coyote Laughs 7.17.20
Cripple Creek 7.29.20
Dancing Maiden 7.20.20
Desert Icicle 7.30.20
Dream Catcher 7.28.20
El Desperado 7.30.20
Fairy Tale Pink 7.22.20
Fine Time Lucille 7.19.20
Fooled Me 7.6.20
Frans Hals 7.22.20
Fringe Benefit 7.21.10
Glen Eyrie 7.29.30
Golden Eclipse 7.30.20
Happy Hopi 7.3.20
Heirloom Heaven 7.30.20
Heron’s Cove 7.3.1
Hesperus 7.29.30
Holy Sombrero 7.3.20
Hopi Jewel 7.17.1
Iktomi 7.30.20
Indian Giver 7.2.20
Indian Sky 7.28.20
Just Plum Happy 7.16.1
Kachina Firecracker 7.30.20
Kiva Dancer 7.4.20
Lacy Doily 7.7.1
Lime Frost 7.16.20
Lobo Lucy 7.21.20
Longlesson Showoff 7.20.20
Mama Cuna 7.22.20
Marque Moon 7.21.20
Maya Cha Cha 7.22.20
Navajo Grey Hills 7.30.20
Nona’s Garnet Spider 7.28.20
Nosferatu 7.27.20
Orange Flurry 7.26.20
Orange Vols 7.28.20
Painted Petroglyph 7.21.20
Papa Longlegs 7.16.20
Pardon Me 7.17.20
Passionate Returns 7.17.20
Prairie Wildfire 7.2.20
Prelude to Love 7.27.20
Purple de Oro 7.4.20
Raspberry Propeller 7.17.20
Raven Woodsong 7.18.20
Red Hot Returns 7.17.20
Red Mystery 7.17.20
Route 66 7.5.20
Royal Palace Prince 7.30.20
Ruby Stella 7.30.20
Shape Shifter 7.22.20
Skinwalker 7.29.20
Soco Gap 7.5.20
South Seas 7.17.20
Spirit of the Morning 7.27.20
Moon over Chimayo 7.20.20
Stephanie Returns 7.19.20
Taco Twister 7.21.20
Talon 7.27.20
Thin Man 7.4.20
Treasure of the Southwest 7.30.20
Twirling Pinata 7.29.20
Winds of Love 7.19.20
Zuni Thunderbird 7.22.20

Freedoms

Today, I woke-up late because I worked until midnight on a supply list for one of our new programs. It is busy on top of COVID-19 – the world of nursing academics is and will stay upside-down.

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I was foggy . . . but when consciousness returned, I realized it was Juneteenth. I knew nothing about Juneteenth until I lived in Galveston and read a book by the same name. It is a day worth remembering.

Dream Keeper 6.19.20

We live in a world that seems shaken by so much right now. But, I am free to go out in my yard and take photos of the 13 bloomers of the day. All are different colors, and I treat each the same. I am free to write the blog. I can put just about anything I want in this blog – that is freedom. I can be a crazy daylily lady – that is freedom.

Funny Valentine 6.19.20

The other cool thing about today is that my Nurse’s Stethoscope daylily bloomed her premier bloom. She is the one I suggested the name for through the Daylily Society. She is named for the Show Me Your Stethoscope episode of the View. Maybe COVID-19 has helped the world understand all of the capabilities of my profession.

Nurse’s Stethoscope 6.19.20

I had a few other premiers – I do believe the peak is beginning to build. Canyon Colors had a premier bloom today. There is so much grass in her put that she didn’t put out many scapes. I was going to replant her in March, but couldn’t get out to buy the soil before she got too big.

Canyon Colors 6.19.20

Indian Love Call had a nice first bloom. She is loaded with buds.

Indian Love Call 6.19.20

Land of Enchantment had a premier bloom that looks almost as beat-up as Kokopelli did yesterday. I think it is bud damage from the big windstorm a couple weeks ago.

Land of Enchantment 6.19.20

It is Friday, summer solstice is tomorrow. It just feels like a significant day.

Happy Returns 6.19.20

My flowers today are dedicated to those who don’t know the same freedoms that I have known. And, they are dedicated to the frontline workers during COVID-19 – my Nurse’s Stethoscope seems to say “thanks” to my colleagues.

Laughing Feather 6.19.20

It’s my home weekend tomorrow. A few things planned around the yard. Solstice . . . Summer Solstice. And, I get a little sad knowing that the days will start shrinking, again.

Mesa Verde 6.19.20

Enjoy the show below . . . almost time to limit to just premier blooms in the daily blog.

Saratoga Springtime 6.19.20
Stella 6.19.20
Yellow Punch 6.19.20

Where Have All the Daylilies Gone???

It is January.  Cold, black and white, slippery January.  Christmas is done and work starts Monday.  And, for some reason, my mind craves the color of my daylily garden.  So, I went through and made a video (pardon the length) with all nearly 200 of my cultivators from 2019.  It was a crazy summer in the garden – even though I had to work most of it, I still saw a lot of blooms.

 

I am jazzed to see how my new camera does next summer.  Come on June!!!

Feng Shui

I had a peer who was into feng shui when I lived in Boulder, CO.  I actually did my house in a feng shui color pattern for awhile.  I don’t claim to know much about it, but it was a creative project.  Cleaning closets, etc, to make room for more good energy is also part of it.

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Cripple Creek 8.29

Currently, I am doing houseplant feng shui.  I spend all winter counting the days until the plants go outside and I can have more space.  And, there are some plants I am bonded with and some that I am just tired of looking at.  Not that many, maybe half dozen.

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Purple Corn Dancer 8.29

I found homes for them with friends on Facebook.  It is kind of hard – but I still have more than I need.  My problem is that new plants help me pass the winter doldrums.  But, as I have said before, the orchids are kind of high needs – and they always seem fragile – ready to rot or have the leaves drop off from dryness.

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Indian Sky 8.29

I’m not giving my orchids away – but there will be natural attrition and I just won’t keep buying them.  The rex begonias, African violets, calathea are all staying put, too.

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Frans Hals 8.29

My new theme is cool succulents and air plants.  I have a good bunch of Southwest plants from my road trips – but you can always find a fun new species.  And, air plants are fun to decorate with!  I got my first batch of mail order ones today – all 6 in a box that is maybe 5 inches square.  They are space efficient and fairly resilient to a bit of neglect if the summer gets busy. Also, pretty cost effective except the big, fancy ones.

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Purple Grasshopper 8.29

I had five in bloom today – daylilies, that is.  That’s a good number for the last Thursday in August.  It won’t last long, though. They have been in bloom for nearly 90 days.  So, I am happy for the little air plants today.  Gives me something to look forward to this winter.

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My mail order air plants 8.29

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

My Colorado Kids

Faculty comes back to work tomorrow (except me – because the boss gets to work all summer 😉 ) Still, I had 40 cultivators in bloom today.  Last year at this time, I was having surgery in a week, in-process with interviewing for this job . . . and I had only a handful of daylilies.  There were none left to bloom.  And, mid-August, the blog dropped into nothingness until poinsettia time.   It is Jugust in my yard – my poinsettias look like it’s June and my daylilies think it is July . . . and faculty come back to work tomorrow.

Anyway – I still have 5ish that have scapes and have not bloomed yet and a lot with buds left – this blog season is not close to being over yet.  So, what to talk about today?  Well, I was going to talk about my daylilies with Colorado names.  A couple are in bloom today – but let’s look at the summer.

Cripple Creek is a golden Ned Roberts spider that I assume is named for the gold rush town of Cripple Creek in Colorado.  Ned, the hybridizer, lived fairly near Cripple Creek, CO.

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Cripple Creek – 2019

I believe Echo Canyon is named for a canyon near the Royal Gorge.  Ned Roberts lived closeby in Colorado Springs.

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Echo Canyon – 2019

Glen Eyrie IS a place in Colorado Springs – no doubt about it!  It is an old castle and new conference center.  Another Ned Roberts spider.

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Glen Eyrie 2019

Hesperus is the name of a sacred (to the Navajo) mountain in the San Juan Mountain Range near my home.  I have no idea if the cultivator was named after the mountain, but I like the theory enough that I bought the daylily.

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Hesperus – 2019

Mount Echo Sunrise – I am guessing this is named after Echo Mountain that is the tallest mountain visible from Denver.  It is a guess because it is another Ned Roberts daylily.

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Mount Echo Sunrise – 2019

Rocky Mountain Pals was named for the folks at the University Cancer Center in Denver – there Ned Roberts went for treatment later in his life.  At least that is the story I was told.

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Rocky Mountain Pals – 2019

The Colorado Kid is named after the movie – but when I saw the name early in my place name and blue daylily addiction, she had to be mine.  She is the mascot of this blog!

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The Colorado Kid – 2019

 

A Watched Pot

So, this was my camping weekend. And, I’ve had 5 Premiere blooms since my last post. I want to say something before I share them. I had over 30 still in bloom. I have 5 or 6 with scapes that have not bloomed yet. I could possibly get late scapes. I’m at 85% bloom rate – anticipate low 90’s. This week, my regular hours start. It’s going to get crazy. I hope to photograph those that are open before I leave but many don’t open until 9 or 10 AM. They are pretty cooked by 2 PM, so we will see how this goes. Crazy late cycle.

Two brand new blooms on Friday. Cripple Creek – a golden flower that I assume Ned Roberts named after the Colorado gold rush town. Coberg Fright Wig – from back when I bought crazy names. Tried to die, but I finally got it thriving 4 years later.

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Coberg Fright Wig 8/2

And, today some new blooms for 2019 on old favorites. Western Sandstone and Pizza Crust. They look and act enough alike that I looked up parentage a couple years ago and they are kin.

Pizza Crust 8/4

Western Sandstone 8/4

Orange Vols is probably my favorite orange.

Orange Vols 8/4

Colorado Day: My Top 10 Red Daylilies

August 1st brought a cool day with rain.  School starts next week, work is buzzing.  But, I tell myself, we are still 6 weeks from fall and the short day, cool seasons. August 1st is also Colorado Day.  Colorado means red.  So, since I have no new cultivators today (but still 50+ in bloom), I thought I would share my top 10 red daylilies.  Here they are in no particular order:

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Ruby Spider – one of my oldest daylilies – 2019

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Baja – another oldy but goodie (looks like velvet) – 2019

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Route 66 – nice colors (she brings to mind my spring road trip) – 2019

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Maya Cha Cha – This is for my Granddaughter, Maia! – 2019

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Apache Bandana – an eye-catching flower – 2019

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Santa’s Pants – a jolly old soul – 2019

 

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Fox Ears – I simply love the shape! – 2019

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Nurse’s Stethoscope – I helped name this one (my legacy) – 2019

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Navajo Rodeo – I like the distinctive shape and the name – 2019

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Kachina Firecracker – looks like red ribbons – 2019

What’s your favorite?

50 Startling Southwest Spider Daylilies!

Only 40 something daylilies today and no Premiers.  So, it leaves time to talk about some of my daylily categories.  I have talked a lot about my Ned Roberts spiders.  I originally started collecting them after seeing Kokopelli on the Lily Auction – I love the Southwest and had to have her (I got the bid)!  From there, I added more = lots more.  At first, it was all fully Southwest names.  Then, I gathered some animal and insect names to my Ned collection.  And, some stellar names.  IDK, is Dancing Maiden a name from the Southwest?

So, tonight, I will show you my purely Southwest named daylilies – the obvious names from the Southwest.  But, first, Mildred Mitchell had an extra petal today – a genetic flaw that made her look pretty cool.

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OK – Here are my Southwest Ned Roberts spiders. (These are the ones that have bloomed the last two years.  Mostly this year, except Kokopelli did not bloom this year – which is unusual).

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Adios Albuquerque – 2019

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Apache Bandana – 2019

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Apache Beacon – 2019

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Aztec Firebirds – 2019

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Black Arrowhead – 2019

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Chaco Canyon – 2019

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Cheyenne Eyes – 2019

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Chief Four Fingers – 2019

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Chokecherry Mountain – 2019

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Comanche Princess – 2019

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Coral Taco – 2019

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Desert Icicle

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Dream Catcher

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Echo Canyon – 2019

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Feather Woman – 2019

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Ghost Ranch – 2019

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Glen Eyrie – 2019

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Happy Hopi – 2019

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Iktomi – 2019

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Kachina Firecracker – 2019

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Kokopelli – 2018

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Land of Enchantment – 2019

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Laughing Feather – 2019

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Mama Cuna – 2019

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Maya Cha Cha – 2019

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Medicine Feather – 2019

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Mount Echo Sunrise – 2019

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Navajo Curls – 2018

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Navajo Grey Hills – 2019

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Navajo Rodeo – 2019

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Ojo de Dios – 2019

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Pink Enchalada – 2019

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Pink Rain Dance – 2019

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Purple Corndancer – 2018

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Purple Many Faces – 2019

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Purple Thunderbird – 2019

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Santa Fe Christmas

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Shape Shifter – 2019

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Skinwalker – 2019

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Spirit of the Morning – 2019

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Star Over Milagro – 2019

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Taco Twister – 2019

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Talon – 2019

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Truchas Sunrise – 2019

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Twirling Pinata – 2018

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Wild Rose Fandango – 2019

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Zuni Eye – 2019

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Zuni Thunderbird – 2019