The Shrunken Days of August

My eyes are so tired that they drip with tears.  I woke up before dawn, but dawn is getting later.  And, my sprinklers now go off after dark in the evening even though I have not reset the time.  Work starts earlier and ends later.  Things always seem chaotic at the start of a school year.  I am tireder than is healthy – it impacts my wellbeing.  I can’t push the envelope the way I use to.  Neither can the sun — it begins its rest cycle.  I feel a bit sad because I don’t like the cold, dark side of the year.  Mostly, though, I feel tired.

So, I had two Premiers today that I want to talk about before sleep.  Frans Hals is one of my early mail order daylilies.  It has been moved around the yard a few times.  I thought this was the most beautiful daylily I had ever seen – this and Best Seller.  I believe they were in my first batch of roots.  Now, it looks kind of ordinary.  Still, a nice late bloomer.

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Frans Hals 8/9

And, my apologies to Chaco Canyon and Kachina Dancer.  I got them mixed up.  The one that bloomed earlier is Kachina Dancer.  Chaco Canyon was divided and I thought her division had put out some small flowers – but it was Kachina Dancer.  My main Chaco lost a scape to a storm in the spring – but managed to send out a re-bloom spike that opened today.  Clearly, a different flower.

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Chaco Canyon 8/9

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Kachina Dancer – July, 2019

Thirty-two today.  I have broken records nearly every day for a month.  As the days shrink, so will the daylilies.  Perhaps we all need a rest.

Oh – and my Apple Blossom Amaryllis baby bulbs (mom was pregnant about 3 years ago) finally bloomed! Merry Christmas – Winter Solstice is coming.

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Apple Blossom Amaryllis 8/9

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Oh, perhaps more like aye yi yi. I woke up to 70 cultivars in bloom today. Let’s see, I had 13 the day I left on vacation on 7/5. I’ve slept in my own bed 5 going on 6 nights since then.

Thirteen is a good number of blooms. Interesting but not overwhelming. But now, just 5 days at home later, I’m at 118/180 daylilies that have bloomed. We went from 7% to 66%.

The problem is that I had trips and conferences to prepare for along with two sick dogs . . . And, work. So, I’ve been using my cellphone for daily shots. I use my Powershot, too, but haven’t edited or organized anything since June 25 or something.

Today, I got 2 days organized and played a bit with my daylily software. Here it is midnight thirty but I am more caught up. I just know that I’ve been so distracted this year that the blog in mediocre because my passion is not here yet.

Next weekend, I stay home. Hopefully, I can keep catching up. Aye yi yi, I need to stay on the Interstate of progress after I get some sleep. The daylilies are already blooming. Can you hear them?

Fine Time Lucille 7/21

Heron’s Cove 7/21

Truchas Sunrise 7/21

Best Seller 7/21

Taco Twister 7/21

Fox Ears 7/21

We will see what the dawn brings.

Sleeping In

The season winds down, and I find myself hitting my snooze a couple extra times.  The work of the daylilies has gotten to be a lot less intensive. It has positives and negatives.  Here are today’s bloomers:

Finales:

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Nearly Wild 8.9

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Pizza Crust 8.9

The rest from 8.9:

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Purple Corn Dancer

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Pink and Cream

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Dream Catcher 8.9

For fun, let’s look at the Walkway Garden cultivators that bloomed last year, but didn’t bloom this year.  I wonder why? Drought? Adapting to pots? Neighboring plants got bigger and blocked sunlight?

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Little Cadet 2017

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Best Seller 2017

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Chama Valley 

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Fine Time Lucille 8.9

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Fol de Rol 2017

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Pardon Me 2017

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Western Sandstone 2017

Tis the season to check these pots and see if they need dividing.  Then, there are the ones that have never bloomed in my yard – ever.  I think 1 more year and some may get recycled.  It seems only fair to give them another year in the pots to see.  They are Happy Happy, Scorpio, Coberg Fright Wig, Navajo Blanket, Sanctuary in the Sky, Fringe Benefit, Carlotta, and Quilt Patch.

I wish I had the energy that I did last year because time is getting shorter.  Sometimes I wish camping season and daylily season did not run concurrently.  I read my blog from last year, and I was burying pots every spare second.  Now, it feels like too much to add dirt to the bottoms of the pots that have settled.  And, I do need to dig up a couple in the Southwest garden and put in pots.  Dividing is easier in pots, though.  I guess it is my year not to bloom.  Droughts happen, and sometimes it isn’t about water.

Indian Sky

Indian skies remind me of camping trips to the Southwest.  And, today, my Indian Sky bloomed for the first time.  Well, second time.  But the first time it was still on the back porch for the winter and it was April.  It only had 2 buds then, and the blooms lasted 2-3 days on the cool porch.  They were faded, but I could see the shadow of what they would be someday.

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Today’s bloom was so much more colorful than that poor anemic bloom.

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But, still some difference from the more colorful (with yellow) web images.  See below.

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I loved the colors enough to superimpose Indian Sky a sunset from last summer near Monument Valley, UT/AZ.  I think it turned out cool.

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Other first blooms (I don’t want to use them all up at once, but I had 3 today) included Best Seller.  I am so jazzed that this one finally bloomed . . . a gift plant the summer of 2014, I believe.  I like the purple hue and ruffles! I was so impressed with this one when it arrived – it’s been a long wait.

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Lastly, an inexpensive late bloomer that I got to put in last year, Little Cadet.  It is the first bloom in my yard.  It is a cute little thing, and the scapes are too short this year.  But, it is here.

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Honorable mention to my best (and last) Zuni Thunderbird for the season.

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After work, I ventured to Home Depot for supplies to start my daylily buried pot project.  I figured out that I have lost 1.5 daylilies in the front part of the walkway garden to competition.  So, tomorrow, I move the ones who have virtually no chance of blooming this year into pots – then back in that garden.  I feel overwhelmed – I have around 20-30 in the front area that may benefit from a pot.  I need to plug away at it, because I need to be done in about 6 weeks so they can resettle before freeze.

I have decided that I need to learn how to get daylilies to flourish in the desert before I get too many more new ones . . . and that means trying different things. I read somewhere recently that you should put your daylily where it can grow huge before putting it in less desirable places.  My potted daylilies are so much happier than my in-grounds for the most part.  I am curious to see what happens.  Oh, and then there are those who need to be divided.  Some, I’ll keep.  Others will need to find new homes.

Fruits and Veggies: Health Blooms Day!

I went on a short overnight camping trip last night.  It was mid-afternoon before I pulled in the driveway.  I enjoyed the night in nature, but was curious to see what was in bloom in the yard.

Rasberry Propeller is one of my Ned Roberts daylilies.  No, not a Southwestern name.  A hybridizer was out of what I wanted, so it was a replacement.  It is in a pot in the front yard.  I think it will go in the ground next year.  Or, a bigger pot.  I think I’ll only get two blooms.  Despite the heat and high UV, it is still a cool bloom.

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The second bloom that is new for the year is Blue Beat.  This is a favorite near blue – up there with The Colorado Kid and Blue Grass Music.  Ths sun scorch turns it to purple – so hoping for an early morning picture tomorrow.  Mildred Mitchell did not bloom this year – I think she needs to be divided.  I can’t wait to get an early morning shot.

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Tomorrow will be my last day in the garden for a few days.  This is like leaving a good movie in the middle to go to the restroom and wondering what you missed.  I am hoping to see a couple new ones tomorrow . . . Maybe Best Seller.  There is also a tiger named one that is close.  Some are late this year, too dry, I think.  Rain has just not happened this summer.  I need to get soak hoses for those gardens, too.

I bought pots this weekend, as my next project is to dig up the daylilies in the front garden that haven’t bloomed and do partial buried pots for them.  Too much competition, so the pots give them their own space.  Always something .  .  . Daylily therapy!  Thank goodness for daylilies and camping trips right now.