Anasazi: My Daylilies in Ruins

Anasazi is a Navajo word meaning “enemy ancestors” – but today we equate the word with the Ancient Pueblo people of the Southwest.  This week, I talked about Chaco Canyon, which was the center of the population – like our New York.  If there was a pandemic, it would likely center at Chaco.  But, I have visited so many Ancient Pueblo ruins on my trips that it is mind boggling.  Here are some favorites:

Maybe we should start at the center: Chaco Canyon, NM – The Center of the Universe!


Chaco Canyon – 2014

Chaco Canyon has outlying ruins that are miles and miles away – We have visited the two directly to the north – Salmon and Aztec Ruins National Monument near Farmington, NM.


Salmon Ruins – 2016


Aztec Ruins – 2016

One of the most interesting of the Chacoan Outliers is Chimney Rock near Durango, CO.  My heavens, I had the worst vertigo when we camped there in 2009. This is the highest of all the Chacoan Ruins and they think it was used to send smoke signals to the other sites! It was beautiful and rainy on the day I visited.


Chimney Rock – 2009

Of course, not too far west of Chimney Rock is the famous Mesa Verde National Park. I started fostering my little disabled dog the same weekend we visited Mesa Verde.  She was Dotsie in her past life, and I was trying to think of a name that rhymed, so she is Sazi Ana.


Mesa Verde – 2017

Not to talk politics (save me from that during this pandemic!), but White House Ruins at Canyon de Chelly, AZ is also part of the the system.  I miss this canyon.


White House Ruins, Canyon de Chelly – 2018

Lowry Pueblo is a very interesting outlier not too far from my home.  I love this one because you have to drive through rural farm land to reach the site.  I love the figurines in the kiva – they represent summer and winter people.


Lowry Pueblo – 2019

Then, let’s zoom up to Utah to Edges of the Cedars State Park, where there is another Chacoan outlier.  They had a crazy large geographic area for that time in civilization.


Edges of the Cedars State Park, UT – 2019

There were other Ancestral Puebloan ruins that are not direct Chaco outliers, like the ruins at Petrified Forest National Park. I love the Agate House – a ruin made of petrified wood!


Agate House, Petrified Forest National Park – 2018

And, Navajo National Monument has Betatakin and other Ancient Pueblo ruins.


Navajo National Monument – 2016

My old favorite, Hovenweep National Monument, has awesome Ancient Pueblo castle ruins.


Hovenweep National Monument – 2019

Some lesser known Ancient Pueblo Ruins we have visited include Five Kiva Pueblo near Blanding, UT.


Five Kiva Pueblo, UT – 2019

And, Yucca House National Monument near Cortez, CO.


Yucca House National Monument – 2019

I think the furthest one from the Four Corners is at Anasazi State Park in Utah – way up in the mountains near Boulder, UT.


Anasazi State Park, UT – 2019

That is a lot of ruins for one daylily.  And, that Daylily is Anasazi.  How on earth could I resist a name like this one?  She was a bitty fan when I first got her – took her a few years to bloom.  But, the first year she bloomed, she threw a double.  It was memorizing.


Anasazi daylily double bloom – 2017

She usually blooms fairly early, but is a rebloomer.


Anasazi daylily – 2018

She looks a bit slow to take-off this spring.  I probably should refresh her soil – the ants like her pot so I probably should take a look at the roots.


Anasazi daylily – 2019

I have other cultivators that would fit with this blog, but I will wait because I am trying to savor the vicarious daylily road trip for a couple more weeks.





Today brought the solar eclipse . . . and the first ever Anasazi bloom in my yard!  There is a connection between the Anasazi (Ancient Pueblo Indians) and total solar eclipses.  The eclipse of 1097 likely mplayed a part in the Ancient Pueblos leaving the Four Corners area.  It was one of many celestial events that may have made this civilization decide that they were being given messages to leave.


I saw a video this AM of a Navajo talking about how the eclipse is seen as spiritual by their tribe.  They see it as a time of new beginnings . . . a time to make resolutions.  Like New Year, he said.  My resolution is a big long pause on some things in my life that were not good for my spirit.  I love them too much to ever do harm to them . . . or to ignore harm being done.  That is a BIG resolution for me.  I am glad I won’t have to do that for another 100 years 🙂


I wish I had realized how the sun reflects in the drops on the petals of the daylilies.  I missed my 100-year chance to capture the eclipse within one of the daylilies in my yard. This photo was taken several minutes before the peak.  If you look closely in the background, you can see some crescents in the shadows of the tree leaves.   It was weirdly dark . . . but I never thought of focusing on the drops.  Dang!


I nursed Anasazi from a 3.50 cent fan to a blooming size pot . . . it took 2 years.  She is in a pot, of course.  I smile for my progress.  I had Heirloom Heaven and Cherokee Star also today.  Somewhat sad to say this will be my last new bloom for the year . . . unless I get a surprise.



After the Rain

The rain came and brought a new bloom – Classy Lady.  She is another one I got to get a better rate on postage.   I believe she was an early Lily Auction purchase.  Two years in a row, she has been a one-bud-wonder.  It is a great flower, though.


The peak will soon drop to a handful of blooms a day.  Last year, they went into November.  That’s right . . . November.  My bud count has just not been predictive of rebloomers this year.  I do have 5 late bloomers with scapes, some are new scapes.  But, that is about it for predicted new faces.

So, I got 3 different delivery carriers bringing me pots from Amazon today.  It was actually a decent deal and I could do some chosen colors in numbers to make it kind of cool.  On split shift, I got 9 more plants moved to pots.  They were in the most troubled spot in the yard.  Of the 9, five bloomed a couple of times.  The rest were quiet.

The pots will be easier to keep moist and fertilize, etc.  The only problem is that I now have mixed pots with ones in the soil that have scapes.  I need to keep the bloomers watered, but not over water the pots.  This should be interesting 🙂

Speaking of pots, I decided that I would grow my garlic for next year in 6-inch pots.  Those, too, have not thrived in my root-laden soil like they should.  So my pot color scheme is turquoise and purple mostly.  Some earth colors and maroon.  The garlic will be similar.  My veggie garden was a little of everything – I thought that would be fun with lots of different colors.

The whole thing makes me amazed that the Anasazi could grow corn and stuff here.  Like, I have sprinklers and I still have issues.

I think the next new bloom will be tiger kitten.  Tomorrow? Who knows?


I had a chameleon when I was  a kid.  It is a curious thing how they can change color based on their surroundings.  Funny little lizards.

Speaking of lizards that change colors, I posted a week or two ago about my first Electric Lizard bloom.  It was early, and pretty anemic looking.  I asked the daylily growers and was advised to fertilize.  And, so I did.  It lost some of its buds, but today it did send out another bloom.  And, the colors have changed to deeper tones with more variation.

So, for review, here is what the photos on the web look like:

Electric Lizard

And, here was my first (very pale) bloom:



Electric Lizard – Early June 2016 – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies


And, here is today’s blossom:



So, it looks pretty frail but the color is definitely darkening.  The frailty may be partial because it was just after sunrise (5:30 AM) and it had barely opened.  I don’t get up anywhere near that early usually, but today I had an out of town conference for my doctorate clinical hours.  By the time I got home, it had poured rain, and the blossom was withered.  I think I will have another bloom from this one tomorrow.

After that, I am cutting the foliage to the ground to see if I can thicken it up a bit because even the fans look anemic and undersized.  I did use slow release fertilizer plus a slow infusion of high-bloom Miracle Grow.  It is obviously perking up some but has a ways to go before it looks like photo #1.  I like the blooms that are picture perfect.  But, I also like the feeling of being a farmer.  I like experimenting to see what helps the flowers to flourish here in the high desert of the Colorado Plateau.  I think of the Anasazi and wonder how on earth they grew corn and squash in this hard clay soil with so little rain.  No garden soil, no water crystals, no hose.  If they can do it, so can I.

Tomorrow, in addition to another Electric Lizard, I think I will have a Ned Roberts Black Ice bloom.  I want to send a photo to the grower because she sent an awesome bonus plant despite my small order. I believe I may have a couple other new faces tomorrow.  Before they open their buds, I must close my eyes.  What a very long day.