Look What the Rain Brought With It!

Hey, Guys, I’m super tired after a long day. Want to share my newbies from today.

Spirit of the Morning is a unique cultivator. I absolutely adore her. She earns her name. These blooms are wasted by noon.

Spirit of the Morning 7.25

Raven Woodsong is a gorgeous near black. It is such a stunning color and form. (That makes 57 Ned Roberts spiders so far this summer).

Raven Woodsong 7.25

El Desperado is actually the first daylily I put in the Southwest Visions garden area a few years before I put in the garden. Wasn’t well planned out for irrigation and he moved back closer to the house. Then, I lost him a few years later and immediately replaced him. Definitely, a late bloomer.

El Desperado 7.25

Bloom rate headed for high 80s, but the Southwest Visions garden is nearly 100%. Except Truchas Sunrise, Navajo Gray Hills, the other 70 something have bloomed or have scapes.

Stay Tuned For The Late Show

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in 4-5 days. I’m revamping my old porch that’s 80 years old with a 50 year old extention. And, part of it was DIY to begin with. It’s been an adventure.

My old porch stripped of paint that covered the previous owner’s names. I’ve owned my home for 25 years.

Meanwhile, the daylilies keep blooming. I’m even starting to get late bloomers. My daily count has dropped from 70 to 40. It’s slowing down but definitely not done.

7.21 saw Golden Eclipse, Shape Shifter, and Purple Grasshopper. All Ned Roberts spiders.

Golden Eclipse 7.21
Shape Shifter 7.21
Purple Grasshopper 7.21

7.22 saw Zuni Eye, Coyote Laughs (which I think is a different Roberts spider but was sold to me as CL), Pizza Crust and Memories of OZ.

Zuni Eye 7.22
Coyote Laughs 7.22
Pizza Crust 7.22
Memories of Oz 7.22

7.23 saw Dancing Maiden. My 55th Ned Roberts spider. I have 8 more with unbloomed scapes. Still hoping Navajo Gray Hills will throw a scape.

Dancing Maiden 7.23

And, today, two bloomers that signal that the season is winding down: Royal Palace Prince and Heirloom Heaven.

Royal Palace Prince 7.24
Heirloom Heaven

I’m still working on the porch but hopefully done in a couple of days. I had no idea what I was getting into.

The Heat is On

It’s just too hot to enjoy my harden after 11 AM. And my daylilys often look like melted wax by then, anyway. What happened to our cooling monsoons?

The flow of new daylilies begins to drop. It won’t be long until I’m counting non-blooming pots instead of blooms. I think I only have 4 left to bloom in front (unless I get a late scape). I have one on the porch and several in the Southwest Visions garden. It’s like late afternoon on Christmas Day when you realize that the day won’t last forever but there is still dessert to eat.

So, my premiers for yesterday and today included three Ned Roberts spiders and a beautiful bonus cultivator. I think I’m up to 48 Ned Spiders now. I think I have at least 10 more with scapes and there could still be surprise late scapes. So, 140 total cultivators have bloomed so far. 75% bloom rate. Hoping to get to mid 80s if more buds don’t dry up.

So, here we go.

Desert Icicle 7.19
Moon Over Chimayo 7.20
Iktomi 7.20
Carlotta 7.20

More Spiders in My Bed

Spider daylilies in my flower bed, that is.

I had 3 new Roberts spiders today. That makes 45 Cultivators from Ned Roberts so far.

Dream Keeper was one of my first 3 Roberts spiders when I started the Southwest Visions garden 6 years ago. Love the whispy shape and colors.

Dream Keeper 7.18

Mama Cuna reminds me of the painting I did last fall. She is planted right next to my huge banana yucca and looks like a weird bloom from the succulent. Mama Cuna is a signal that the season is moving on. She is mid-late.

Mama Cuna 7.18

Santa Fe Christmas was my favorite today for some reason. The colors are shape are unique and caught my eye. Not many buds this year, so savor every one of them.

Santa Fe Christmas 7.18
Tiger Kitten 7.18

Also, little Tiger Kitten (funny, I sell begonias with that name) opened one of its few buds for the first time today.

134 have bloomed so far. So, bloom rate in the 70s with lots left to go. Purple Corn Dancer is starting to put out scapes. She is always the last one.

The Summit is Just the Halfway Point

The thought that half or more of my scapes are still unbloomed is staggering. Especially days when there are a dozen premiers in one day. And, I’ve ordered 3 new daylilies plus replacements for 2 of mine that died last winter. It’s like raising the altitude of Everest a thousand feet when you are struggling to reach the summit. I’ll need to add on to my drip system.

I had some cool Ned Roberts spiders blooming for the first time today. 73 total in bloom and 67% of all my cultivators have bloomed so far.

Here we go!

We will see what tomorrow brings.

All Hell Broke Loose While I Was Camping

I have no idea where to even start with premiers. I’m buried in catching up with daylily photos. I’ll give it a shot. Thank heaven I post to Facebook every day. Sometimes I do miss things, though.

7.11: Lobo Lucy, Laughing Feather, Happy Hopi, Chokecherry Mountain, Apache Uprising, and Soco Gap

7.14: Ruby Stella, Hesperus, Orange Flurry, Purple Many Faces, Kachina Dancer, Kiva Dancer, Cherokee Star, Papa Long Legs, Western Sandstone, Classy Lady, One of my new OZ daylilies that need labels (I believe).

7.15: Glen Eyrie, Scorpio, Route 66, Fooled Me, Echo Canyon, Twirling Pinata, Medicine Feather, Star Over Milgro, Black Ice, Winds of Love, Nearly Wild, Rosie’s Red, Mildred Mitchell, Fairytale Pink, and Navajo Rodeo

And, whatever I missed. And, my one bud on Lacy Doily bloomed when I was gone. So, if lighting strikes but no one is in earshot, is there thunder? Yes. To the bees and butterflies.

I need a stiff drink before I finish. Lol. That’s 31 new faces since I posted on Sunday. Sometimes, I wish we could flatten the curve of peak a little. Gonna be crazy for a bit.

Sunday Morning Creeping Like a Nun

I guess even #daylilygardens need a #dayofrest – less than half of yesterday’s number but so many still unbloomed. Only 3 premiers. I’ll probably have hell to pay tomorrow. And, I’m leaving to go camping for a couple days.

Mini Pearl 7.10 (grandma’s flower)
Blue Heron 7.10
Bold Tiger 7.10

I spent my afternoon wrapping houseplants for my Etsy shop so was glad for the break.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

The last week has been grunge work of stripping Porch Restore off my old cement steps and porch for repainting. You have to pour boiling water on Porch Restore to remove it. It’s grueling work. And, I don’t start until I’m done with the daylilies.

I finally put everything away for the night and was getting ready to walk the dogs when a little rain cell blew in. It brought a full rainbow over my Southwest Visions garden. Nice end to the day.

I had some nice premiers today. Let’s take a peek:

Chief Four Fingers with three fingers-7.9 (Ned Roberts spider #20)
Talon – 7/9 (Ned Roberts #21)

There are lots of Neds left. I think all but 2 or 3 plants in the Southwest Visions garden will bloom. Some have tons of scapes, others only 1 scrawny scape. It’s just slow this year.

Baby Blue Eyes 7.9
Black Eyed Susan – 7/9

We will see what pots of hold at the end of the rainbow bloom tomorrow.

Colorado Foothills

Gradual increases in elevation as we climb to the peak. Today, it felt like the peak was not too much more of a climb. Grab your oxygen, here are the new blooms for today:

Cricket Call 7.7 (Ned Roberts spider #15)
Maya Cha Cha 7.7 (Ned Roberts spider #16)
Mayan Poppy 7.7
Nona’s Garnet Spider 7.7
Prairie Blue Eyes 7.7
Prelude to Love 7.7
Quilt Patch 7.7
Return a Smile 7.7
Rocky Mountain Pals 7.7 (Ned Roberts spider #17)

That’s 9 new, 44 in bloom today, and 70 total that have bloomed this year. That’s a 40% bloom rate and we are headed for around 90%. 70 down, almost 100 to go to reach that goal. Makes me tired but tomorrow, we climb, again. Good thing for our Rocky Mountain Pals.

Que sera, sera

Whatever will be, will be. Such is the lesson of the daylily garden.

Look, I’m exhausted today so quick run down on my premiers today. Then, zzzzz!

I will say a word about my garden’s family section. I have Stephanie Returns, Oh Erica, Isaac, Mayan Poppy (for Maia), Mini Pearl (actually, my grandmother’s name), Catherine Irene (mom’s name), and Santa’s Pants (dad played Santa for years in Estes Park). So, today, Isaac bloomed. It’s a sweet, simple bloom. A bit of a unique shape for a daylily. Kind of like a tulip. I love the green eye. Just right for my grandson.

Isaac 7.6

The other newbies were all reds with yellow eyes 👀.

As for tomorrow, Que sera, sera