Show Me Your Stethoscope!

I am a nurse and a midwife.  Remember the “show me your stethoscope” incident on The View a few years back?  It took over my Facebook feed for a few weeks – nurses united!  During that time, I was pretty active on the American Daylily Society Facebook page.  I had an idea – they should name a daylily Nurse’s Stethoscope.  Well, one of the hybridizers who was also in healthcare picked-up on the suggestion and registered a daylily with that name.

It was a pretty daylily – beautiful, I thought.  Except it was new on the market so out of my price range.  Summer before last, I finally caved and bought it.  It thrived last summer and gave me quite a show of blooms.  But, she was one of the ones who struggled because of the cold, wet spring.  Her scapes died back after sprouting.  I put her in a smaller pot and moved her to the front yard for the summer.   I crossed my fingers.  She is coming back enough to have a couple buds.  Once she blooms, I will fertilize.  Glad to have her as one of my premiers today!  My little daylily legacy!


Nurse’s Stethoscope 7/27

Another Premier was Kachina Firecracker, another Ned Roberts spider.  I was putting her in my new daylily garden three years ago when I adopted my rescue dog, Kachina.  There were two daylilies – Kachina Firecracker and Kachina Dancer.  Kachina was a stray before going to the sanctuary, so they gave her the name Tina due to her small size (7 pounds of anxiety!)  I was trying to think of a name for her that rhymed with Tina.  It was the daylilies named Kachina that synapsed my choice of names for my mutt.


Kachina Firecracker 7/27

Last Premier is Baja – an old favorite.  One of my early daylilies that just keeps coming back every summer.


Baja 7/27

I do find the taking photos of 70+ flowers every day for a few weeks is exhausting on top of the blogging.  I start to dream of fall hikes in the canyon and watching Call the Midwife.  For now, we will see what tomorrow brings.  We had another gusher monsoon today, so I will see what is up when I awaken from much-needed sleep.

And, Yellow Spiders Everywhere!

It may sound like Alfred Hitchcock movie, but it is actually much better.  Spider daylilies – Heavenly Curls, Desert Icicle, and Lady Fingers were all in bloom today and are featured in today’s collage (below).

The new bloom today is Marque Moon.  I ended up accidentally buying two Marques last summer.  I found the second one on super sale without a tag, and I thought it was a different flower.  So, when I created my family section, I moved both Marques to a different part of the garden together.  I used to think this was the most ruffled daylily ever!  That was before I adopted Mesa Verde.



Marque Moon – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, I am mentioning the one I called Montrose Sunset again because I found out its real name (I think).  I posted it to the American Hemerocallis Society Facebook page, and after some discussion, there was pretty good consensus that it is Orange Vols.  And, once I heard the name, it sounded familiar.  No more fugue state for you, little one.  We figured out your real identity.



Orange Vols – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


So, the collage is below.  Twelve blooms.  Actually, it’s a nice number.  Variety, but not so many that I can’t savor each one.


Collage 2016-07-21 14_26_16

From L to R: Top Row – South Seas, Orange Vols, Soco Gap.  Row Two – Marque Moon, Heavenly Curls, Desert Icicle, Lady Fingers, Zuni Thunderbird. Bottom Row – Purple De Oro, Blue Beat, Happy Returns, Razzamattaz


And, so I shift back to homework.  Still waiting.  Staying in positive emotion as much as possible in order to broaden and build my resources.  Thanks, daylilies.

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Colorado Daylily Bed

It’s July, and it is cool and rainy.  My hosta may appreciate that more than my daylilies.  I remember years of drought and fires tearing through my state.  Instead, today seems like a good day for a nap with my puppies.

So, given the unusual rain, I went a bit overboard on the photos.  I did two rounds.  And, I had to go through all of them to edit.  I don’t edit much.  I go up a little with contrast and saturation, but not much.  Mostly cropping.   Still, takes time.

The two that caught my eye the most today were The Colorado Kid and Mesa Verde.  I have a story about The Colorado Kid in my yard.   It seems that its colors are more vibrant than a lot of growers (down south) can produce.  How do I know?  I posted a picture to the American Hemerocallis Facebook page.   What is it?   Lack of humidity, altitude, sprinkler water every two days, partial shade, temperature?  I don’t know, but this blog’s mascot is eye catching.  I hope my other near blues turn out this awesome!



The Colorado Kid – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Mesa Verde is one of those flowers that could use a midwife to help its buds to open.  It is so ruffled that it is obviously working very hard the day before a new bloom.  I love the ruffles in the rain.



Mesa Verde – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Other visitors today are a soggy Kokopelli.



Kokopelli – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And his Ned Roberts “sibling,” Winds of Love.



Winds of Love – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Hopi Jewel is back and, I love the colors in the rain.



Hopi Jewel – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Last, but not least, Early Bird Cardinal – who rates the most photos to date.  (Proficient bloomer)



Early Bird Cardinal – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


I’m not sure what the next blooms will be.  It’s interesting that Lady Fingers is not blooming . . .  definitely behind previous years.  Maybe it is the cooler summer?   Who knows?  Being postdates is not the worst fate in the world.

There is a fire in the garden! No, scream!

The Southwest (mostly) Ned Roberts spider garden has had a new kid in bloom almost every day.  As I toured my gardens last evening, I noted that one labeled Desert Flame was obviously about to bloom.  So, this morning, I headed out to see if it had given birth.  And, there was a gorgeous orange bloom.  Breath taking.


Primal Scream or Desert Flame? – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

So, I scurried in to attend a webinar after getting some photos.  When the webinar was cancelled, I played with the photos a bit and posted the beauty to the American Hemerocallis Society page.  And, immediately several posted that my bloom was no Desert Flame . . . it looks like Primal Scream.  It’s one I bought locally to fill in some left over space in the new Southwestern garden.  I have another new Primal Scream in the main garden.  Maybe I should move them together once its blooms are done.  [The ones below are web photos of Desert Flame and Primal Scream (in that order).  What do you think?]

Primal ScreamDesertFlame



Interestingly enough, that same nursery had some unmarked daylilies.  I asked what they were.  They had no idea.  None of the tags matched.  They sold me one for half price . . . and I took their advise to pot it until it blooms.  So, it sits (unbloomed) on my front porch.  And, now I wonder if that will be the real Desert Flame.  (PS Primal Scream is more popular/expensive, so the daylily folks think I got a good deal). I guess it is good just to savor the beauty.


Primal Scream or Desert Flame??? – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Other blooms today:


Mesa Verde – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Mesa Verde is back


Chief Four (Three) Fingers – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

As is Chief Four (Three) Fingers


Hope Jewel – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

And, Hopi Jewel

Add old favorites, Ruby Spider


Ruby Spider – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Chama Valley


And, Early Bird Cardinal


Early Bird Cardinal – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

As we move into peak season, I may post photos of the new blooms as big photos.  And, make a collage or two with the others.  Maybe themes – like by color or garden.  I don’t know.  But it calls on my creativity strength.  So, it will be fun. Too bad I can’t count this toward my clinical hours.  It’s positive psychology related!


Mesa Verde

I love Mesa Verde.  It’s just a couple of hours south of where I live.  It’s made of the Colorado Plateau, just like my daylily garden.  I love the history and the culture.  I love the colors enough that I painted my kitchen in Southwestern colors.  And, so, when I found a daylily with that name, I knew it had to move to my garden.  Today, it bloomed for the first time, taking me back to the Anasazi ruins that I love to explore.  Check out the color change from sun (orange) to shade (pink) tones.


Mesa Verde in the sun – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Mesa Verde in the shade – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

The other blooms today were all repeats.  Chief Four Fingers (the one I thought was mislabled) is looking more and more like it should, less one finger.  I asked on the American Hemerocallis Society Facebook page today and it blooms with four “fingers” 80% of the time.  It is probably still settling into my garden, they said.  Conserving energy for new roots, I would guess.  Below are today’s bloom compared with the internet photo.  Yes, it is looking closer this time!

Chief Four Fingers

Chief Four Fingers web photo


Chief Four (or Three) Fingers in my yard – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Hopi Jewel was in flower, again.  I really like the color combo in this one.


Hopi Jewel – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

And, Early Bird Cardinal is flying high today with two pretty blooms. I got the cardinal flag in the background this time!


Early Bird Cardinal – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

So, I am taking about 50 photos a day now.  What will happen when I have a dozen in bloom?  I am also looking at buying a book on flower photography . . . although I am not sure that will decrease the number of photos that I am snapping.  Thank heaven for memory cards . . . remember film and developing?