The next two posts are a listing of the daylilies that have bloomed ANYTIME during July – even if they started in June. It is a large list but also a colorful one. I believe only 3 of my cultivators were totally done in June – Saratoga Springtime, Scorpio and yellow Stella de Oro.
If you like Ned Roberts cultivators, you have come to the right place because I have about 70 of them, and most (except Navajo Curls and Adios Albuquerque) that are going to bloom the year have bloomed sometime during July.
I went to the rodeo here last night, so I am all practiced-up and ready to go.
Well, here I am at 11 PM starting my blog. I had to go into work and trim my hedge . . . so, that’s life. Once again, I have over 60 in bloom including 5 premiers. IDK, I think we are still on the plateau bloom season.
Before I list the premiers, I want to point out something that I learned coincidentally. I have a three sided yard – one side is an outdoor porch between the house and the garage. Then the front and side lawns. Each gets varying amounts of sun and water. When dividing daylilies to fill spaces several years ago, I noted that the cultivators bloomed as slightly different times and even had a slightly different hue. So, blooms that I want to extend for more weeks, I put in two locations in my yard. Like a cultivator? – double it by giving it two different areas.
Canyon Colors first bloomed in my big pot on the NW corner of my home on 6.15 – almost exactly a month ago. Towards the end of that cycle of blooms, the Canyon Colors in the Southwest Garden started blooming. Today, she had her finale. And, the big pot started reblooming. I am going to have Canyon Colors all summer!
OK – Premiers:
There may be others that I missed so I should call these finales or near finales.
That’s all folks. Thinking a couple more are going to jump in tomorrow.
I spent some time today trying to re-orient myself to the new lot of daylilies that are in bloom since I got home from my road trip. I got the spent scapes cut off and tried to make a list of finales. I would like to make a list of all the ones with scapes not yet bloomed and all the ones that aren’t trying.
Anyway, I went back through the 7.8 and 7.16 photos and found more premiers. Plus, there were 5 premiers today (at least first bloom since I got home). The total is 114 that have bloomed. That’s a 67% bloom rate. To hit 80%, we will need 37 cultivators to bloom. Twenty-three more. That’s tight but we can hope. I’ll count unbloomed scapes tomorrow.
Here are the premiers from today:
And, to backtrack, here are the premiers from 7.16.20 that I finally had time to look at today. I always come home to rain – so these guys look like they just showered.
So, that is it . . . back to a normal pace except work starts Monday. However, I am suppose to have July off so I plan to work from home unless they demand otherwise. Plus, I am waiting out the two-week COVID risk.
I worked on transplanting succulent cuttings and transplanting a few succulents into larger pots. I don’t have tons of love left for my orchids . . . so I use those pots but fill the holes with moss. It takes a while but it is relaxing.
Just for the record, here is a list of all of the finales so far for 2020: Apache Uprising (I missed this one but it did bloom), Ruby Spider (today), Lime Frost, Return a Smile (unless she reblooms), Early Bird Cardinal, Prairie Wildfire, Catherine Irene, Thin Man, Comanche Princess, The Colorado Kid, Blue Beat, Mildred Mitchell, Mauna Loa, Mesa Verde, Heron’s Cove, Canyon Colors (today), Jungle Queen, Wineberry Candy, Just Plum Happy, Raspberry Propeller, Santa’s Pants, Red Mystery, Bella Boo, Nosferatwo, Coral Taco, Pink Enchalada, Pink Rain Dance, Zuni Eye (I missed this one but it did bloom), Papa Long Legs, Land of Enchantment, All American Chief, Purple Many Faces, Indian Love Call, Laughing Feather, Coyote Laughs, Kokopelli, Hopi Jewel, Mount Echo Sunrise, Holy Sombrero, Ojo De Dios, Rocky Mountain Pals, Kachina Firecracker, Kiva Dancer, Echo Canyon, Indian Giver, Funny Valentine, Wild Horses, Inwood, Primal Scream, Lacy Doily, Nurse’s Stethoscope, Canyon Colors (today), Kachina Dancer (today), Apache Bandana (today). Not bad for 6 weeks!
My new little 2 in 1 laptop showed-up. Same brand and size as my last one – different model. Five years since I updated. It is faster – and my last computer got glitchy and finally lost its wifi driver. Plus it moved miscellaneous files to my memory card with the last update. This model was less expensive – by a lot. But, sick dogs, car wrecks and travel meant a budget model.
I need to get on and save stuff other places. You know, like my daylily software. I hope this Windows S mode will allow me to do that. Honestly, I hate new technology like I hate new hiking shoes. You have to break them in before they are comfortable.
Autumn Jewels 8.21
So, back to daylily land . . . nearly 11 today. Photo editing is faster, but I am several days behind, again, due to no computer access
I teach all day tomorrow . . . until evening. So, for now, enjoy the photos.
Cripple Creek 8.21
Oh, PS – Blogging was a tad rough. I don’t like the way Microsoft Edge and WordPress are interacting. Maybe it is just my learning curve. I did name my new computer Zuni Thunderbird after my favorite daylily. I always name my computers . . . but never after a daylily.
The heat of July is upon us! I got stung by a wasp last night and I get a local, allergic reaction. So, my hand is red, swollen, blistered and itches horribly. Summer . . . one of my favorite seasons. Yet, those bugs . . .
So, to shift thoughts to times where wasps are non-existent, let me shift to our one and only Premier daylily bloom today. (I still had almost 60 in bloom). Her name is Candy Cane Dreams and I got her as a bonus with Santa’s Pants. I had no idea where to put her, so she is in the barrel planter with Black-Eyed Susan and Stella. She is kind of cool – she does look like Santa’s Pants!
Candy Cane Dreams 7/29
OK – So that always gets me thinking of the winter named daylilies. Here is Santa’s Pants from a few days ago:
Santa’s Pants – July 2019
What others that bring to mind winter . . . surely Lime Frost (in bloom today)
Lime Frost 7/29
And, Black Ice (from a few days ago):
Black Ice – July, 2019
What about Desert Icicle? – here she is from this weekend:
Desert Icicle – July, 2019
Santa Fe Christmas, of course, blooming today:
Santa Fe Christmas 7/29
Oh, and Funny Valentine from a couple weeks ago:
Funny Valentine – July, 2019
Orange Flurry from today sounds like snow:
Orange Flurry 7/29
What about Autumn Jewels from today to start to cool off?
Autumn Jewels 7/29
I’m feeling cooler already – now for the antihistamine and hopefully some sleep.
The peak lives on with 72 blooms today. One of the things about photographing so many daylilies before I have to leave for work is that I get in a rush. I focus on the flower and hit the shutter button. Sometimes, when I am editing later, I find stuff that I didn’t notice at the time.
My favorite photobombs have other daylilies that I didn’t notice in the background – like Happy Hopi today:
Happy Hopi with friends Laughing Feather and Zuni Thunderbird 7/26
And, the most common photobombs are when I cut off a petal in the shot by a lot. Why am I struggling to get photos of Navajo Grey Hills?
Navajo Grey Hills 7/26
Of course, there are occasionally cat photobombs:
Skinwalker and my cat, Sokasbai – 7/25
Or, dog photobombs:
Blue Beat and my dog, Maizzy – 7/25
The most embarrassing, though, are the foot photobombs. The flower is at a weird angle, so you try to bend over so you can get a front shot. What was I thinking?
Black Ice and my feet – 7/26
OK – so what about Premiers. Only three today. The pace slows a bit, although I saw my neighbors at dinner and the first thing they talked about was my giant daylilies. So, it isn’t over yet!
Nona’s Garnet Spider was a bonus. She hasn’t been a consistent bloomer but is putting on a good show of buds this year.
Nona’s Garnet Spider – 7/26
Autumn Jewels . . . I think this was a bonus, too. She is related to El Desperado. I had a huge El Desperado for years but lost it to the weird, cold, wet spring. I lost a couple and several had setbacks . . . but so many are blooming this year that haven’t before or the regulars have a higher bud count than usual. It’s interesting the yin and yang of this year. Anyway – I got a new El Desperado and it is just putting up scapes now. I like both of these cultivators.
Autumn Jewels – 7/26
And, Nearly Wild is another bonus plant – she looks like her ancestor, the ditch lily or Fulva. I am sure that is where she gets her name.
Nearly Wild – 7/26
It is raining, again. We will see what that brings.
I am a creative . . . so, I always have to do things in a new and different way. I have nothing against Stella de Oro, except that everyone has one if they own daylilies. Stellas are pretty generic daylilies. Simple, yellow trumpets. But, they bloom and bloom and bloom. So, I decided to add one to my collection. Mind you, I put one in several years ago before I was this into daylilies, and it disappeared. I killed a Stella!!!
The blooms are down in number, so I will go back to posting individual photos. Return A Smile was back with her small scape of reblooms.
Marque Moon was smiling down from the heavens. I love the detail in the edges.
South Seas was still rocking the blooms! (Mine looked better than the nursery ones I saw today.)
Pretty little Autumn Jewels was back. She did not produce a big scape this year, so this may be its last bloom. But, given she was a spring joiner and a root, it’s pretty good!
And, hallelujah my Skinwalker finally put out a decent bloom. Hoping it settles in and does better in the future.
Baja is such a sweet and velvet looking bloom. It reminds me of red velvet dresses that my girls wore for a photo shoot when they were little.
I will close by saying that this is the time of year that I get scape fever. I go to the nursery and find ones with lots of scapes left. The advantage of nursery bought plants is they are ready to go. I added South Seas, El Desperado, and Marque Moon at about this time last year. They are some of my most thriving cultivators this year. The downside is less variety and cost.
No matter, there is a smile for every bloom. This keeps my spirits up (and keeps me in broaden and build) as I look for my next career opportunity.
Today, I got the coolest bouquet from Mother Nature. And, while I am a little sorry to be cutting so many finished scapes, I welcome some great fall bloomers. Today, a favorite that joined my yard last year – El Desperado.
I bought this one last year because it still had unbloomed scapes when I walked through the nursery one Sunday. I wasn’t sure where to put it, so I potted it and put it in the center of the yucca garden. That was the beginning of my idea to make a southwestern garden out of that space. I love the yucca, but the space needed more color, more inspiration. And, from there I got into Ned Robert’s blooms.
El Desperado – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt
I obviously love daylilies. But, I don’t know if I could ever be a hybridizer. I do, however, sometimes looking at the genetic similarities of the blooms. And, El Desperado is the parent to another bloom that showed up today, Autumn Jewels.
Autumn Jewels – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt
It doesn’t take much imagination to see the genetics at work. So, for fun, I looked up the other parent, Calico Jack, and found this picture. What do you think, does baby look like its parents?
Calico Jack – Google Image
The other eye-catching blooms in my yard today where Primal Scream (amidst the Potentilla).
Primal Scream – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt
And, Zuni Thunderbird. Break out the paint brush. The buds are getting used up . . . one left?
Zuni Thunderbird – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt
So, here is the collage. I’m at 13 today. Without the additions of last fall and this spring, I believe I would be at two. I can live with that. Viva La Daylilies!
L to R: Top Row – Marque Moon, Soco Gap, Isaac. Second Row – Prelude to Love, El Desperado, Primal Scream, Autumn Jewels, Zuni Thunderbird. Bottom Row – Skinwalker, Mini Pearl, Orange Vols, Melon Balls, Lime Frost.