Last Sunday in July

Wow – It will be August next weekend.  The daylily peak has come and gone.  The cultivators were in the teens today . . . a massive drop off from 2-3 weeks ago.  It is funny how the first 3 weeks of June are slow progress, then it explodes, then it goes to just a few here and there for months.

Today, we had one new cultivator.  Heirloom Heaven bloomed for the first time in 2018.  She is an adorable late-blooming mini.  She is my last unbloomed scape on a cultivator that hasn’t bloomed yet.  This could be it.  It seems like I usually get some August scapes . . . not many, but a handful.  I don’t know with this drought, though.

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Heirloom Heaven 7.29

And, I had a rude awakening last night – because Mount Echo Sunrise doesn’t look anything like Mount Echo Sunrise.  I looked at her tag, and she has two.  The other one says Moon over Chimayo . . . and she looks like that one.  So, I assume . . .

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Moon over Chimayo 7.27

Finales:

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Lullabye Baby 7.29

Roll Call 7/23-29:

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Adios Albuquerque 7.26

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Anasazi 7.27

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Apache Uprising 7.25

AztecFirebird7.27.1.jpg

Aztec Firebird 7.27

Baja7.25.1.jpg

Baja 7.25

BelaLugosi7.24.1.jpg

Bela Lugosi 7.24

BlueBeat7.25.1.jpg

Blue Beat 7.25

Bluegrass7.24.1.jpg

Bluegrass Music 7.24

BoldTiger7.23.1.jpg

Bold Tiger 7.23

CheddarCheese7.24.1.jpg

Cheddar Cheese 7.24

CherokeeStar7.28.2.jpg

Cherokee Star 7.28

ChorusLine7.26.1.jpg

Chorus Line 7.26

ClassyLady7.27.1.jpg

Classy Lady 7.27

ComanchePrincess7.28.1.jpg

Comanche Princess 7.28

DreamCatcher7.27.2wNavajoCurls.jpg

Dream Catcher (with Navajo Curls) 7.27

ElDesperado7.24.1.jpg

El Desperado 7.24

FoxEars7.25.1.jpg

Fox Ears 7.25

HeronsCove7.27.1.jpg

Heron’s Cove 7.27

Hesperus7.25.1.jpg

Hesperus 7.25

IndianLoveCall7.24.1.jpg

Indian Love Call 7.24

IndianSky7.24.1.jpg

Indian Sky 7.24

LadyFingers7.25.1.jpg

Lady Fingers 7.25

LimeFrost7.26.2.jpg

Lime Frost 7.26

Longlesson7.23.1.jpg

Longlesson Show-off 7.23

MarqueMoon7.24.1.jpg

Marque Moon 7.24

MildredMitchell7.23.1.jpg

Mildred Mitchell 7.23

MiniPearl7.29.1.jpg

Mini Pearl 7.29

NavajoCurls7.24.1.jpg

Navajo Curls 7.24

NavajoRodeo7.23.1.jpg

Navajo Rodeo 7.23

NearlyWild7.28.1.jpg

Nearly Wild 7.28

Nosferatu7.26.1.jpg

Nosferatu 7.26

OrangeVols7.24.1.jpg

Orange Vols 7.24

PassionateReturns7.29.1.jpg

Passionate Returns 7.29

PickoftheLitter7.23.1.jpg

Pick of the Litter 7.23

PinkandCream7.29.1.jpg

Pink and Cream 7.29

PizzaCrust7.28.1.jpg

Pizza Crust 7.28

PrairieBlueEyes7.28.1.jpg

Prairie Blue Eyes 7.28

PreludetoLove7.25.1.jpg

Prelude to Love 7.25

PurpleCornDancer7.26.2.jpg

Purple Corn Dancer 7.26

PurpledeOro7.24.1.jpg

Purple de Oro 7.24

PurpleMoonrise7.27.2.jpg

Purple Moonrise 7.27

PurpleThunderbird7.26.1.jpg

Purple Thunderbird 7.26

RaspberryPropeller7.28.2.jpg

Raspberry Propeller 7.28

RosiesRed7.23.1.jpg

Rosie’s Red 7.23

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Route 66 7.26

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Royal Palace Prince 7.27

RubyStella7.28.1.jpg

Ruby Stella 7.28

SouthSeas7.27.1.jpg

South Seas 7.27

StephanieReturns7.23.2.jpg

Stephanie Returns 7.23

TigerKitten7.27.1.jpg

Tiger Kitten 7.27

TwirlingPinata7.24.2.jpg

Twirling Pinata 7.24

YellowPunch7.26.1.jpg

Yellow Punch 7.26

56 for the week . . . that is all!  I bet we are down to half of that by next week.

 

 

Attachment, Separation, and Loss

Today, it is just finales.  Worked today . . . big reorg at work.  Like starting over.  I imagine a lot of chaos before it settles into anything with a rhythm, again.  I’ll lose most the students I have worked with for two years.  Finales remind me of something one of my instructors in midwifery school taught me once – Life is like a placenta: It is all about attachment, separation, and loss.  I am attached to my blooms . . . and then they go away.  Sometimes they are back in a year, and sometimes they don’t bloom every year.  Life is unpredictable.  But, there is a cycle to it.  Can you believe that my poinsettias and amaryllis come in next month to start their rest cycle?  Heavens, time to gear up my bloom closet for the <12 hours of light per day for the poinsettias soon.  They have loved summer in the yard. Hope for a colorful Christmas while the daylilies sleep.

Finales:

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Adios Albuquerque 7.26

 

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Cheddar Cheese 7.26

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Mildred Mitchell 7.26

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Bold Tiger 7.26

Desperado

It is roll-call day!  But, first, a dedication.  It is camping weekend and I was listening to a song “Desperado” on my ipod.  I have always identified with the song.  So, I will put El Desperado as our lead photo today.

Desperado – The Eagles

Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
You been out ridin’ fences for so long now
Oh, you’re a hard one
I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin’ you
Can hurt you somehow

Don’t you draw the queen of diamonds, boy
She’ll beat you if she’s able
You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet

Now it seems to me, some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones that you can’t get

Desperado, oh, you ain’t gettin’ no younger
Your pain and your hunger, they’re drivin’ you home
And freedom, oh freedom well, that’s just some people talkin’
Your prison is walking through this world all alone

Don’t your feet get cold in the winter time?
The sky won’t snow and the sun won’t shine
It’s hard to tell the night time from the day
You’re losin’ all your highs and lows
Ain’t it funny how the feeling goes away?

Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences, open the gate
It may be rainin’, but there’s a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you (let somebody love you)
You better let somebody love you before it’s too late

OK – so new to the garden for the first time in 2018 today is Pizza Crust.  I get a little hungry looking at her because I am stuck with low cholesterol pizza that doesn’t have much crust.
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Pizza Crust 7.22

Finales:
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Thin Man 7.22

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Route 66 7.18

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Fairytale Pink 7.22

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Nurse’s Stethoscope 7.18

Here goes Roll-Call for the week of 7/16-7/22:

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Adios Albuquerque 7.19

 

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Anasazi 7.17

AztecFirebird7.17.1.jpg

Aztec Firebird 7.17

Baja7.18.1.jpg

Baja 7.18

BelaLugosi7.19.1.jpg

Bela Lugosi 7.19

BlackEyedSusan7.16.1.jpg

Black-Eyed Susan 7.16

BlueBeat7.20.1.jpg

Blue Beat 7.20

Bluegrass7.16.1

Bluegrass Music 7.16

BoldTiger7.17.1.jpg

Bold Tiger 7.17

CanyonColors7.15.1.jpg

Canyon Colors 7.15

CatherineIrene7.16.1.jpg

Catherine Irene 7.16

CheddarCheese7.22.1.jpg

Cheddar Cheese 7.22

CherokeeStar7.17.3.jpg

Cherokee Star 7.17

ChorusLine7.18.1.jpg

Chorus Line 7.18

ClassyLady7.18.1.jpg

Classy Lady 7.18

ComanchePrincess7.18.1

Comanche Princess 7.17

DreamCatcher7.18.1.jpg

Dream Catcher 7.18

ElDesperado7.19.1.jpg

El Desperado 7.19

FoxEars7.19.1.jpg

Fox Ears 7.19

HappyHopi7.17.1.jpg

Happy Hopi 7.17

HeavenlyCurls7.17.1.jpg

Heavenly Curls 7.17

HeronsCove7.17.2.jpg

Heron’s Cove 7.17

Hesperus7.17.2.jpg

Hesperus 7.17

IndianSky7.16.1.jpg

Indian Sky 7.16

Isaac7.16.1.jpg

Isaac 7.16

JungleQueen7.15.1.jpg

Jungle Queen 7.16

JustPlumHappy7.17.1.jpg

Just Plum Happy 7.17

 

LacyDoily7.20.1.jpg

Lacy Doily 7.20

LadyFingers7.18.1.jpg

Lady Fingers 7.18

LimeFrost7.15.1.jpg

Lime Frost 7.15

Longlesson7.18.1.jpg

Longlesson Showoff 7.18

LullabyeBaby7.22.1.jpg

Lullabye Baby 7.22

MamaCuna7.17.1.jpg

Mama Cuna 7.17

MarqueMoon7.20.1.jpg

Marque Moon 7.20

 

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Mellon Balls 7.17

 

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Mildred Mitchell 7.18

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Mini Pearl 7.19

 

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Mount Echo Sunrise 7.16

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Navajo Rodeo 7.16

 

NearlyWild7.18.5

Nearly Wild 7.18

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Nosferatu 7.18

PapaLonglegs7.16.1.jpg

Papa Longlegs 7.17

PassionateReturns7.20.1.jpg

Passionate Returns 7.20

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Pick of the Litter 7.17

 

PinkandCream7.18.1

Pink and Cream 7.18

 

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Prairie Blue Eyes 7.17

PrairieWildfire7.16.1.jpg

Prairie Wildfire 7.16

PreludetoLove7.18.1.jpg

Prelude to Love 7.18

 

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Purple Corn Dancer 7.20

 

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Purple de Oro 7.17

PurpleGrasshopper7.17.1.jpg

Purple Grasshopper 7.17

 

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Purple Moonrise 7.17

PurpleThunderbird7.19.6.jpg

Purple Thunderbird 7.18

RaspberryPropeller7.20.1.jpg

Raspberry Propeller 7.20

RedHotReturns7.17.1.jpg

Red Hot Returns 7.17

RedRiddle7.18.1.jpg

Red Riddle 7.18

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Return a Smile 7.16

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Rosie’s Red 7.20

 

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Route 66 7.18

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Royal Palace Prince 7.20

RubySpider7.17.1.jpg

Ruby Spider 7.17

RubyStella7.22.1.jpg

Ruby Stella 7.22

Skinwalker7.19.2.jpg

Skinwalker 7.19

 

SocoGap7.16.1.jpg

Soco Gap 7.16

SouthSeas7.22.1.jpg

South Seas 7.22

StephanieReturns7.17.1.jpg

Stephanie Returns 7.17

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Strutter’s Ball 7.18

TacoTwister7.16.1.jpg

Taco Twister 7.19

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Colorado Kid 7.22

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Tiger Kitten 7.20

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Treasure of the Southwest 7.20

 

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Twirling Pinata 7.20

Wineberry7.15.1.jpg

Wineberry Candy 7.16

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Yellow Punch 7.22

 

 

 

New Faces, Finales, and Roll Call

It is time for Sunday roll call.  But first, a couple cool new Roberts Spiders.  Meet Mount Echo Sunrise – She is a big spider that reminds me of Dream Catcher.  This is her first-ever bloom in my yard – I put her in a couple years ago.

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Then there is Sante Fe Christmas – And she looks like a Christmas bow.  Red, green with curly petals.  I really love her – too bad she lost her other buds.  Despite the improved bloom rate, the drought has taken a toll.

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Next up – Finales.  Of course, Santa Fe Christmas is a finale today 😦

Primal Scream is another finale.

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Primal Scream 7.10 

Jungle Queen had finale blooms on both pots I have of her.

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Jungle Queen 7.12

Iktomi is another finale.  I have enjoyed seeing the patterns in her offspring.

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Iktomi 7.9

Happy Hopi gave a finale bloom today.  I really enjoyed her big, bold, blonde blooms.

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Happy Hopi 7.12

Now, on to our roll call.  These are the blooms from 7/9 through today.  But, first, we have about 12 with unbloomed scapes remaining and mid-50s with no bloom/no scape.  We are at 107 cultivators (+/-).  Add 12, and we get close to 120.  I am still hoping for 130 total this year.

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Adios Albuquerque 7.10

Alabama7.11.1.jpg

Alabama Jubilee 7.11

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Anasazi 7.13

AztecFirebird7.14.1.jpg

Aztec Firebird 7.14

Baja7.13.1.jpg

Baja 7.14

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Bela Lugosi 7.9

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Black Arrowhead 7.10

BlackEyedSusan7.14.1.jpg

Black Eyed Susan 7.14

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Black Ice 7.10

BlueBeat7.11.1.jpg

Blue Beat 7.11

Bluegrass7.11.1.jpg

Bluegrass Music 7.11

CanyonColors7.15.1.jpg

Canyon Colors 7.15

CatherineIrene7.15.1.jpg

Catherine Irene 7.15

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Chaco Canyon 7.12

 

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Cheddar Cheese 7.12

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Cheyenne Eyes 7.8

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Chorus Line 7.13

ClassyLady7.14.1.jpg

Classy Lady 7.14

ComanchePrincess7.11.1.jpg

Comanche Princess 7.11

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Dark Mystery 7.12

DesertIcicle7.15.1.jpg

Desert Icicle 7.15

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Dream Catcher 7.15

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Early Bird Cardinal 7.10

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El Desperado 7.13

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Fairytale Pink 7.14

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Funny Valentine 7.10

 

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Heavenly Curls 7.12

HeronsCove7.13.1.jpg

Heron’s Cove 7.13

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Hesperus 7.15

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Holy Sombrero 7.10

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Indian Sky 7.15

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Inwood 7.12

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Isaac 7.12

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Just Plum Happy 7.10

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Kachina Firecracker 7.12

LacyDoily7.10.1.jpg

Lacy Doily 7.10

LadyFingers7.12.1.jpg

Lady Fingers 7.12

LaughingFeather7.9.1

Laughing Feather 7.9

LimeFrost7.15.1.jpg

Lime Frost 7.15

Longlesson7.13.1.jpg

Longlesson Showoff 7.13

LullabyeBaby7.14.1.jpg

Lullabye Baby 7.14

ManaCuna7.13.1.jpg

Mama Cuna 7.13

MarqueMoon7.15.1.jpg

Marque Moon 7.15

MellonBalls7.11.1.jpg

Mellon Balls 7.11

MesaVerde7.13.2.jpg

Mesa Verde 7.13

MildredMitchell7.15.1.jpg

Mildred Mitchell 7.15

MiniPearl7.15.1.jpg

Mini Pearl 7.15

NavajoRodeo7.12.1.jpg

Navajo Rodeo 7.13

Nosferatu7.15.1.jpg

Nosferatu 7.15

NursesStethoscope7.11.1.jpg

Nurse’s Stethoscope 7.11

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Papa Longlegs 7.15

PassionateReturns7.10.1.jpg

Passionate Returns 7.10

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Petite Petticoats 7.10

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Pick of the Litter 7.14

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Pink and Cream 7.11

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Pink Rain Dance 7.11

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Prairie Blue Eyes 7.10

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Prairie Wildfire 7.11

PreludetoLove7.15.1.jpg

Prelude to Love 7.15

PurpledeOro7.14.1.jpg

Purple de Oro 7.14

PurpleGrasshopper7.11.1.jpg

Purple Grasshopper 7.11

PurpleMystic7.11.1.jpg

Purple Mystic 7.11

RaspberryPropeller7.14.2.jpg

Raspberry Propeller 7.14

RedHotReturns7.15.1.jpg

Red Hot Returns 7.15

RedRiddle7.10.2.jpg

Red Riddle 7.10

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Return a Smile 7.10

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Route 66 7.13

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Ruby Spider 7.14

RubyStella7.15.1.jpg

Ruby Stella 7.15

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Shape Shifter 7.13

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Skinwalker 7.10

SocoGap7.14.1.jpg

Soco Gap 7.14

SouthSeas7.14.2.jpg

South Seas 7.14

Stella7.13.2.jpg

Stella de Oro 7.13

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Stephanie Returns 7.14

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Strutter’s Ball 7.11

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Taco Twister 7.11

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Talon 7.11

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The  Colorado Kid 7.10

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Thin Man 7.15

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Treasure of the Southwest 7.13

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Wild Horses 7.11

Wineberry7.12.1.jpg

Wineberry Candy 7.12

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Yellow Punch 7.13

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Zuni Thunderbird 7.13

Quick and Dirty

Today has been a little crazy and I had business stuff to work on after I got off at 8 PM.  Oh, and then I go to download photos and I got 80 something today.  Overkill because Zuni Thunderbird looked so good.  Tomorrow, i have a morning doctor’s appointment in the city, so tonight is quick and dirty.

New blooms – Mama Cuna is a Ned Roberts spider that I added in the last couple years.  First bloom today.  She is big and purple.  Looks like Purple Many Faces!

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Mama Cuna 7.10

Adios Albuquerque was another of Ned’s blooms – this is a second year for her here.  Need more water for more buds in the Southwest Garden.  Come on, Monsoons.

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Adios Albuquerque 7.10

Hesperus is a first-ever bloom.  I got her a few years ago, but she didn’t bloom until I moved her to the Rain Barrel Garden this year.

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Hesperus 7.10

El Desperado is an old favorite.  She lights up Pooh Corner with Heron’s Cove, Canyon Colors and Mesa Verde.  Quite a show!

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El Desperado 7.10

Tomorrow maybe no new bloomers.  I can rest.  Oh, we will have blooms.  I think it was 54 today.  I am not listing them because tonight is quick and dirty.

Grit

Today was split shift . . . a day of grit to get more daylilies protected from the soil and roots in my home ground.  I gotta tell you, I am ready to be done.  And, yet, I have barely started in the Southwest garden.  Ugh, that clay soil is definitely part of the problem in the area where the daylilies are not thriving as much.  I put my first two full pots out there, buried.  The challenge is to make sure the sprinkler hose hits them.  Some others are in bottomless pots, and some in the black nursery containers, mostly without bottoms.  We will see what works.  It is possible that what works is just digging deeper in that clay and replacing it with real soil.  But, the pots keep the unwanted roots out.  Grit.

So, I had no new blooms.  Decided to play with my photo editor.  So, here is Indian Sky from today in colored chalk.

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Also, I am resharing my Ned Roberts spider collage because I forgot Glen Eyrie.  I guess 19 out of 69 could be worse. Almost 30%.  But, that clay has to get split up to improve things.  Next year, I would like to hit 40.  Keep on digging.  Grit! Except, this weekend I have a date with my tent.

 

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Left to Right: Top Row – Adios Albuquerque, Aztec Firebird, Black Ice, Chaco Canyon, Chief Four Fingers, Coral Taco.  Middle Row: Desert Icicle, Dream Catcher, Dream Keeper, Ghost Ranch, Glen Eyrie, Kokopelli, Papa Longlegs. Bottom Row – Pink Enchilada, Pueblo Dancer, Rasberry Propeller, Skinwalker, Twirling Pinata, Zuni Thunderbird

 

Web of Spiders

Today, I think I got my last NEW Ned Roberts bloom for the year.  The new one is Coral Taco.  The challenge is taking a photo of a flower doing yoga.  Yes, both me and the flower!

I started collecting Ned’s spiders a couple years ago when I saw one named Kokopelli on the auction.  I cannot believe how little I knew about daylilies then!!!  Anyway, once I figured out they were hybridized close to home and there were lots of Southwestern and Colorado names, I had to have more.  And, most have not ever bloomed yet, although this year most of them grew big and healthy.

 

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From L to R: Top Row: Adios Albuquerque, Aztec Firebird, Black Ice, Chaco Canyon, Chief Four Fingers.  Middle Row: Coral Taco, Desert Icicle, Dream Catcher, Dream Keeper, Ghost Ranch, Kokopelli. Bottom Row: Papa Longlegs, Pink Enchilada, Pueblo Dancer, Skinwalker, Raspberry Propeller (not a Southwestern name), Twirling Pinata, Zuni Thunderbird.

 

 

It is sort of disappointing that several that bloomed last year did not bloom this year.  My Southwest garden was where a pine was planted until they uprooted it for a new sewer a decade or more ago.  A pine in the middle of a rock garden.  So, I work on water and soil.  There is clearly a part of the patch with bigger plants and a part with strugglers. And, so I am working on that, too.   Maybe a tree trim???

Despite the disappointment of wanting more bloom, I was impressed when I put these all together in one collage.  I cannot wait to see them all!!!  I think I have around 50 total.

I think there will be a break for several days before any more new blooms.  So, like these cool spiders, I will be thinking of themes to highlight certain daylilies.

Free Lily!

Remember the movie “Free Willy” about the orcha whale who was trapped in a theme park?  Well, today I played the part of the person who had a plan to free Willy.  I freed another 8 daylilies from the fray of my garden soil.  “Be above it,” I tell them.  And, hopefully having an individual ecosystem will help them to thrive with a soil line a couple inches above the garden.  It is amazing just how much stuff is growing out of their roots underneath.

You won’t believe this, but I had a new bloom today.  Adios Albuquerque had its first bloom ever here, out in my Southwestern Garden.  It does not have a high bud count this year, but the plant is huge.  I live is some fear that I may be doing the container trick in that garden next year if it works.  Sigh.

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Oh, and I think I figured out the little, unnamed flower from yesterday is Pardon Me.  I recall buying one by that name for one of the little gardens a few years back.  And, this one looks like it could be a match.  Check out yesterday’s bloom (first) and the bloom from the internet.

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Pardon Me

It feels like the work of preparing for fall has already started.  But, next weekend I hope to be camping.  Really, want to do most the transplanting at least 6 weeks before freeze.  Plus, I have to divide up some of the existing pots, as the most common reason for no bloom is crowding by new daylily fans.  I guess some of my friends will be getting free lilies 🙂 PS, I sincerely hope that next year is not as much work once the pots are in . . .

Roadtrip!

Today’s new blooms remind me of my annual road trip to the southwest.  First, an old friend that is ailing a little this year, Route 66.  I am hoping my driveway drip system kicks this one back in because I think I will only get 2 blooms this year, and this one is very undersized.

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The second one is absolutely gorgeous: Dream Catcher.  It bloomed last year, but this year the blooms seem bigger and more iridescent.  It totally looks like the dream catchers that the Navajo sell at the roadside stands along the highway.   And, if this is in the middle of my Southwest Garden, then there is hope for more blooms next year.  In fact, Adios Albuquerque is sending up a scape!!!

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My garden has been my road trip this week.  I am so grateful for a hobby with so much positive emotion.  Gardens are a great place to heal and escape the obsessions that create imbalance all around me now.  I am obsessed with my blooms.

I had 23 in bloom today.  So, the peak is close.   I am a little bummed to have to leave for a business trip in the middle of it.  I hope I don’t miss too much.  I wish I could have a webcam on each of my daylilies.

Tomorrow – pretty sure there will be new faces.  Who knows?  That is the joy of daylily season.

Fall Blooms and Roots

Time flies . . . it has been a couple of weeks since I posted.  A lot has happened. I am less than two weeks away from my doctorate.  And, I believe I have a full-time job in my future. A couple cultivators are still in bloom, and I have new roots in the ground.  Perhaps returning to school is like planting new roots.  You give them water, soil, sunshine, and fertilizer.  Then, in time they bloom.  Blooms are like jobs – the reward for the TLC given to the roots.

Today’s blooms were Heirloom Heaven:

 

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Heirloom Heaven – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

And, Red Hot Returns (with less thrip damage than before):

 

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Red Hot Returns – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

As promised, here are the Painted Petroglyph roots from a couple weeks ago next to the photo from a few days ago:

Progress toward that 2017 bloom.  Like submitting an assignment . . .  it takes time.

Fall is here and my attention is turning to my winter indoor blooms.  My amaryllis bulbs and poinsettia need to go dark soon.  I got a new mum, Thanksgiving cactus, and designer begonia.  My Gerber Daisy is in bloom, as is my azalea. Oh, and those geraniums.  They tend to be my winter bloomers.   I will probably blog about those some over the winter.

I’m also working on my fall daylily fertilizing program.  My re-bloomers ran out of steam this year, so that is a sign that they need more nutrients.   I have added some great Ned Roberts roots to my Southwest daylily patch – Glen Eyrie, Adios Albuquerque, Twirling Pinata, and Truchas Sunrise.  I got extra fans (as bonuses) of Echo Canyon and Desert Icicle that will thicken up my existing plants.  My Navajo Rodeo roots are booming this time.  And, I think I am already getting my spring daylily order planned.  That paycheck will be great to feed my daylily habit.