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

Anasazi7.13.1.jpg

Anasazi 7.13

AztecFirebird7.14.1.jpg

Aztec Firebird 7.14

Baja7.13.1.jpg

Baja 7.14

BelaLugosi7.9.3.jpg

Bela Lugosi 7.9

BlackArrowhead7.10.2.jpg

Black Arrowhead 7.10

BlackEyedSusan7.14.1.jpg

Black Eyed Susan 7.14

BlackIce7.10.2.jpg

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

ChacoCanyon7.12.1.jpg

Chaco Canyon 7.12

 

CheddarCheese7.12.2

Cheddar Cheese 7.12

CheyenneEyes7.8.1.jpg

Cheyenne Eyes 7.8

ChorusLine7.13.2.jpg

Chorus Line 7.13

ClassyLady7.14.1.jpg

Classy Lady 7.14

ComanchePrincess7.11.1.jpg

Comanche Princess 7.11

DarkMystery7.12.1.jpg

Dark Mystery 7.12

DesertIcicle7.15.1.jpg

Desert Icicle 7.15

DreamCatcher7.15.2.jpg

Dream Catcher 7.15

EarlyBirdCardinal7.10.2.jpg

Early Bird Cardinal 7.10

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El Desperado 7.13

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Fairytale Pink 7.14

FunnyValentine7.10.1

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

HolySombrero7.10.1.jpg

Holy Sombrero 7.10

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Indian Sky 7.15

Inwood7.12.1.jpg

Inwood 7.12

Isaac7.12.2.jpg

Isaac 7.12

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Just Plum Happy 7.10

KachinaFirecracker7.12.1.jpg

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

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Marque Moon 7.15

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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

PapaLonglegs7.15.2.jpg

Papa Longlegs 7.15

PassionateReturns7.10.1.jpg

Passionate Returns 7.10

PetitePetticoats7.10.1.jpg

Petite Petticoats 7.10

PickoftheLitter7.14.1.jpg

Pick of the Litter 7.14

PinkandCream7.11.2.jpg

Pink and Cream 7.11

PinkRainDance7.11.1

Pink Rain Dance 7.11

PrairieBlueEyes7.10.1.jpg

Prairie Blue Eyes 7.10

PrairieWildfire7.11.1.jpg

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

ReturnaSmile7.10.2.jpg

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

ShapeShifter7.13.1.jpg

Shape Shifter 7.13

Skinwalker7.10.3.jpg

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

TacoTwister7.11.1.jpg

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

WildHorses7.11.1.jpg

Wild Horses 7.11

Wineberry7.12.1.jpg

Wineberry Candy 7.12

YellowPunch7.13.1.jpg

Yellow Punch 7.13

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Zuni Thunderbird 7.13

It’s The Peak – Sunday Roll Call

Well, I tried to post on Friday night, but no internet.  Saturday, some internet, but my phone is crashing all of the apps since the last android update.  Yes, right in the middle of peak season.

So, here are the new faces from Friday

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Skinwalker 7.6.18

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Echo Canyon 7.6

Iktomi7.6.3.jpg

Iktomi 7.6

ChorusLine7.6.2.jpg

Chorus Line

BlueBeat7.6.3.jpg

Blue Beat 7.6

BellaLugosi7.6.2.jpg

Bella Lugosi 7.6

And here are Sunday’s additions:

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Lacy Doily 7.8

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Nosferatu 7.8

RedHotReturns7.8.1.jpg

Red Hot Returns 7.8

SouthSeas7.8.3

South Seas 7.8

So, that is 10 new additions since my last post – and I missed a couple of new faces while camping yesterday, but they will have another chance.  For now, let me finish roll call.  All daylilies that bloomed between 7/2 and today – here we go.  Which is your favorite?

Alabama7.3.1

Alabama Jubilee 7.3

AztecFirebird7.8.1.jpg

Aztec Firebird 7.8

BlackArrowhead7.2.2.jpg

Black Arrowhead 7.2

BlackEyedSusan7.6.1.jpg

Black Eyed Susan 7.6

BlackIce7.5.3.jpg

Black Ice 7.5

Bluegrass7.3.1.jpg

Bluegrass Music 7.3

CanyonColors7.5.1.jpg

Canyon Colors 7.5

CatherineIrene7.6.1.jpg

Catherine Irene 7.6

ChacoCanyon7.5.2.jpg

Chaco Canyon 7.5

CheyenneEyes7.6.1.jpg

Cheyenne Eyes 7.6

Chokecherry7.3.1.jpg

Chokecherry Mountain 7.3

ComanchePrincess7.6.1.jpg

Comanche Princess 7.6

DarkMystery7.5.1.jpg

Dark Mystery 7.5

DreamCatcher7.5.1.jpg

Dream Catcher 7.5

EarlyBirdCardinal7.1.1.jpg

Early Bird Cardinal 7.3

ElectricLizard7.6.4.jpg

Electric Lizard 7.6

FunnyValentine7.8.1.jpg

Funny Valentine 7.8

HappyHopi7.6.2.jpg

Happy Hopi 7.6

HappyReturns7.3.1.jpg

Happy Returns 7.3

HeronsCove7.5.5.jpg

Heron’s Cove 7.5

HolySombrero7.5.3.jpg

Holy Sombrero 7.5

HopiJewel7.3.2.jpg

Hopi Jewel 7.3

IndianGiver7.3.2.jpg

Indian Giver 7.3

Inwood7.6.1.jpg

Inwood 7.6

Isaac7.5.1.jpg

Isaac 7.5

JungleQueen7.8.1.jpg

Jungle Queen 7.8

JustPlumHappy7.3.1.jpg

Just Plum Happy 7.3

LadyFingers7.5.1.jpg

Lady Fingers 7.5

LaughingFeather7.2.1.jpg

Laughing Feather 7.2

Longlesson7.6.1.jpg

Longlesson Show-off 7.6

LullabyeBaby7.8.1.jpg

Lullaby Baby 7.8

MellonBalls7.5.2.jpg

Mellon Balls 7.5

MesaVerde7.4.1.jpg

Mesa Verde 7.4

MildredMitchell7.5.1.jpg

Mildred Mitchell 7.5

MiniPearl7.5.1.jpg

Mini Pearl 7.5

NavajoRodeo7.8.1.jpg

Navajo Rodeo 7.8

NursesStethoscope7.8.3.jpg

Nurse’s Stethoscope 7.8

PapaLongLegs7.6.1.jpg

PaPa Longlegs 7.6

PassionateReturns7.6.1.jpg

Passionate Returns 7.6

PetitePetticoats7.3.1.jpg

Petite Petticoats 7.3

PickoftheLitter7.5.1.jpg

Pick of the Litter 7.5

PinkandCream7.6.1.jpg

Pink and Cream 7.6

PinkRainDance7.4.1.jpg

Pink Raindance 7.4

PrairieBlueEyes7.5.2.jpg

Prairie Blue Eyes 7.5

PrairieWildfire7.6.1.jpg

Prairie Wildfire 7.6

PreludetoLove7.5.1.jpg

Prelude to Love 7.5

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Primal Scream 7.4

PurpledeOro7.6.1.jpg

Purple de Oro 7.6

PurpleGrasshopper7.4.2.jpg

Purple Grasshopper 7.4

PurpleManyFaces7.5.1.jpg

Purple Many Faces 7.5

PurpleMystic7.5.1.jpg

Purple Mystique 7.5

Raven7.4.3.jpg

Raven Woodsong 7.4

RedRiddle7.5.1.jpg

Red Riddle 7.5

ReturnaSmile7.6.2.jpg

Return a Smile 7.6

Route66.7.4.1.jpg

Route 66 7.4

RubySpider7.8.1.jpg

Ruby Spider 7.8

RubyStella7.5.1.jpg

Ruby Stella 7.5

ShapeShifter7.6.1.jpg

Shape Shifter 7.6

SocoGap7.5.1.jpg

Soco Gap 7.5

Stella7.5.1.jpg

Stella 7.5

StephanieReturns7.4.1.jpg

Stephanie Returns 7.5

StruttersBall7.5.1.jpg

Strutter’s Ball 7.5

TacoTwister7.6.1.jpg

Taco Twister 7.6

Talon7.8.1.jpg

Talon 7.8

ColoradoKid7.6.1.jpg

The Colorado Kid 7.6

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Thin Man 7.5

TreasureofSW7.4.1.jpg

Treasure of the Southwest 7.4

WildHorses7.5.1.jpg

Wild Horses 7.5

WildRose7.4.2.jpg

Wild Rose Fandango 7.4

Wineberry7.4.1.jpg

Wineberry Candy 7.4

YellowPunch7.6.1.jpg

Yellow Punch 7.6

ZuniThunderbird7.1.2.jpg

Zuni Thunderbird 7.4

July 1: Daylily Roll Call!

It is Sunday and the peak is starting.  It will probably take me an hour to get this bog with all the photos for the week published.  I am doing it this way so that each daylily comes up on a couple searches of the blog.  My job entails creating about 20 template emails a day for the following day – it is a lot of looking up progress and pasting from my last note.  Not a creative’s dream.  So, when I save my drafts for the day, I have a blank email to note that it is a new day – and that email is always named after a daylily.  The most creative 5 minutes/day of my job is picking this daylily.  The collages just don’t work.

So – We will start with the newbies.  Primal Scream is in bloom for the 3rd year.  Last year, the blooms were small and anemic.  She is now in an above ground put inside the Walkway Garden.  I hoped for more scapes, but 2 is OK for this year, gives the fall transplant.  Nothing beats her vibrant color.

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Primal Scream 7/1

Indian Giver was a newbie in the Southwest Garden.  She is a small daylily and was a bonus plant 3 years ago.  She only gets a couple buds every year.  She needs to be dug up and put in a buried pot, but the yucca is close, so not sure how I will get this done.  I would like to have more blooms.  She is adorable.

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Indian Giver 7/1

Last but not least, from my Family Garden is Stephanie Returns.  This flower makes my heart sad.  Losing a family member who is still alive is horrid.  Losing several is bitter and cruel.  Please don’t tell people you understand or offer advise while you are surrounded with family.  Please don’t tell people God is giving you this lesson for some reason or other.  Do bookmark this page and come back here and look at this flower and help send positive vibes to anyone in the universe who had ever known the heartbreak such a loss can bring.

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Stephanie Returns 7/1

OK – Enough heavy stuff.  Onward to the roll call.  Here go the A-Z blooms from 6/25 through today.  Enjoy.

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Alabama Jubilee 6/27

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Apache Bandana 6/29

AztecFirebird7.1.1.jpg

Aztec Firebird 7/1

BlackArrowhead6.30.2.jpg

Black Arrowhead 6/30

BlackIce6.27.2.jpg

Black Ice 6/27

Bluegrass6.27.1.jpg

Bluegrass Music 6/27

CanyonColors6.30.1.jpg

Canyon Colors 6/30

CatherineIrene6.30.3.jpg

Catherine Irene 6/30

ChacoCanyon6.30.3.jpg

Chaco Canyon 6/30

CheyenneEyes6.29.2.jpg

Cheyenne Eyes 6/29

chokecherry6.26.3.jpg

Chokecherry Mountain 6/26

ComanchePrincess6.26.3.jpg

Comanche Princess 6/26

DarkMystery6.29.1

Dark Mystery (noid) 6/29

DreamKeeper6.25.2.jpg

Dream Keeper 6/25

EarlyBirdCardinal7.1.1.jpg

Early Bird Cardinal 7/1

ElectricLizard6.30.2.jpg

Electric Lizard 6/30

FunnyValentine6.30.1.jpg

Funny Valentine 6/30

HappyHopi6.30.1.jpg

Happy Hopi 6/30

HappyReturns6.29.1.jpg

Happy Returns 6/29

HolySombrero6.28.1.jpg

Holy Sombrero 6/28

HopiJewel6.27.1.jpg

Hopi Jewel 6/27

IndianLoveCall6.28.2.jpg

Indian Love Call 6/28

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Inwood 6/30

JungleQueen6.29.1.jpg

Jungle Queen 6/29

LadyFingers7.1.1.jpg

Lady Fingers 7/1

LaughingFeather6.27.1.jpg

Laughing Feather 6/27

MesaVerde6.29.1.jpg

Mesa Verde 6/29

MiniPearl6.30.1.jpg

Mini Pearl 6/30

NavajoRodeo7.1.1.jpg

Navajo Rodeo 7/1

NursesStethoscope7.1.2.jpg

Nurse’s Stethoscope 7/1

PapaLongLegs6.30.1.jpg

Papa Longlegs 6/30

PassionateReturns6.29.1.jpg

Passionate Returns 6/29

PetitePetticoats6.29.1.jpg

Petite Petticoats 6/29

PinkandCream6.26.2.jpg

Pink and Cream 6/26

PinkRainDance6.26.2.jpg

Pink Rain Dance 6/26

PrairieBlueEyesEnigma6.25.2.jpg

Prairie Blue Eyes 6/25

PuebloDancer6.30.1.jpg

Pueblo Dancer 6/30

PurpleManyFaces6.29.1.jpg

Purple Many Faces 6/29

PurpleMystic6.30.1.jpg

Purple Mystique 6/30

REdRiddle6.30.1.jpg

Red Riddle 6/30

ReturnaSmile7.1.1.jpg

Return a Smile 7/1

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Rocky Mountain Pals 6/29

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Route 66 6/27

RubySpider6.29.1.jpg

Ruby Spider 6/29

RubyStella6.30.1.jpg

Ruby Stella 6/30

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Saratoga Springtime 6/28

SocoGap7.1.1.jpg

Soco Gap 7/1

Stella6.26.1.jpg

Stella de Oro 6/26

StruttersBall6.30.2.jpg

Strutter’s Ball 6/29

Talon6.29.3.jpg

Talon 6/29

ColoradoKid6.29.2.jpg

The Colorado Kid 6/29

ThinMan7.1.1.jpg

Thin Man 7/1

TreasureofSW7.1.1.jpg

Treasure of the Southwest 7/1

WildHorses6.29.1.jpg

Wild Horses 6/29

Wineberry6.26.2.jpg

Wineberry Candy 6/26

YellowPunch6.26.1.jpg

Yellow Punch 6/26

ZuniEye6.26.1.jpg

Zuni Eye 6/26

ZuniThunderbird6.30.2.jpg

Zuni Thunderbird 6/30

Watch Your Step

My day starts a little early this time of year.  My camera says I was out shooting photos before 7 AM.  Not all of the lilies open early, so some are in the process of blooming, so I usually go for a short run and come back to finish.  Today, in my clumsiness, I managed to step on my only Orchid Moonrise scape.  It broke off the scape and two leaves.  That poor plant nearly died last summer and has done better in the buried pot.  I was surprised it put out a scape.  I felt sick that I broke it . . . I am trying it in a vase with water, but the buds and young so I don’t think I will get a bloom.

I felt sad about that off and on all morning.  Then, I began to think of my successes this year.  Last year I had 16 or 72 (ish) cultivators bloom out there.  That is 22%.  This year, I have had 21 so far – and probably at least 30 more in scape (well, 29 now that big-foot visited).  That is 30% so far.  If I get 50 to bloom, it will be 70%.  I still have some water issues in one area of the back row.  And, I have a few that really died back in the year or so with no buried pot, so they need to grow this year.  I will take that, and fall will bring a few more improvements (but nothing like burying 60 pots in clay mud and tree roots).

So, speaking of the Southwest Garden, today Black Ice bloomed.  She has not bloomed since her very first year.  She died back, but not as bad as some of the others.  She has a fair number of bulbs.  I love her dark bloom.  So cool.

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The other newbie in the Southwest Garden was Papa LongLegs.  I added him last spring and got a bloom.  I find the first blooms on the spiders are sometimes kind of deformed, and such is the case with this first bloom.  I will share a better shot (hopefully) with the weekend listing.

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And, another yellow spider, Lady Fingers, bloomed for the first time in 2018.  She is one I got when I xeriscaped my front yard during the last drought – maybe 6 years ago.  I divided her and so this one is growing in the Border Garden with the new drip system.

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Last, but not least, is Alabama Jubilee.  I ordered her my first year of roots specifically because my daughter lived in Alabama at the time.  She had my granddaughter while living there – and I called myself the Bama Grandma.  Those years were both special and troubling.  Sometimes things happen that we would never dream would happen a few years earlier.  Such is life.  This bright orange bloom reminds me of hope and the beauty of the relationship I had with my granddaughter when she was little.  This one is for you, Maia!

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Ok, man, it is 11 PM and I am beat.  I need to put a wrap on this.  Quickly, other blooms today were Treasure of the Southwest, Zuni Eye, Apache Bandana, Comanche Princess, Hopi Jewell, Laughing Feather, Soco Gap, Holy Sombrero, Funny Valentine, Return a Smile, Nurse’s Stethoscope, Route 66, Ruby Spider, Jungle Queen, Stella, Happy Returns, Bluegrass Music, Canyon Colors, Prairie Blue Eyes, Purple Mystique, Red Riddle, Yellow Punch, and Wineberry Candy.  Phew – and it isn’t peak yet.  Tomorrow starts early.

PS – I have had 50 different blooms so far this year, so we are at about 29% total bloom rate – and it isn’t peak yet . . . then come the later bloomers.  Last year, we had 83 total bloomers all season.  That is a total bloom rate of 47% bloom rate.  Any guesses when we will surpass that?  My guess is that we will pull ahead by July 4th.

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.

Return a Smile :-)

Today, no new blooms.  I am impressed, however, that Return a Smile returned.  It’s the one I divided into the front garden last year.  It has never rebloomed in the container.  That is cool.  The old gal has grit.

 

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Return a Smile: Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

In my positive psychology course, we are talking about how we tend to mimic the faces of those who we make eye-to-eye contact with.  Smiling does usually get returned.  And, they are calling this a form of love.  So, I will credit my daylily for reminding me of that lesson today.

I decided to update my collage of Roberts daylilies that bloomed this year, as I think Ghost Ranch may be the last.  I am still hopeful for late bloomers, but no scapes yet.  This can always be updated. If I get 80% next year, It will be 40 or so cultivators.

 

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Ned Roberts Spiders as of 7/29/2016 L to R: Top Row – Winds of Love, Black Ice, Aztec Firebird, Chief Four Fingers, Desert Icicle. Center: Skinwalker.  Bottom Row: Ghost Ranch, Kokopelli, Dream Catcher, Zuni Thunderbird, Dream Keeper.

 

And, here is the collage of today’s blooms.  Gratitude . . .  Love, joy, and gratitude.  A garden of positive emotion.

 

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7/29/16 L to R: Top Row: Fine Time Lucille, Lullaby Baby, Dream Catcher, Baja, Return a Smile.  Bottom Row: Orange Vols, El Desperado, Ghost Ranch, Marque Moon, Prelude to Love.

 

The Daylily Dozen (plus one)

Today, I finally had a dozen different daylilies in bloom in my yard.  I limited photos, but it still took forever to go through them 😉  I decided to put today’s collage in some sort of order by color from purple to yellow.

I want to keep this short, but also share some new faces.  First is a brand new face, Indian Love Call.  It is a pretty dark bloom with thin peddles.  Nice addition to the front yard.

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Indian Love Call – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

The next one is “almost” brand new.  I got South Seas toward the end of last season and I only got one bloom.  I love the bright colors and large bloom size.

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South Seas – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Then an old favorite, Route 66.  I found this one the year that Route 66 was the epicenter of my Southwest road trip. The hybridizer created this one back when Route 66 was still more of an American dream trip.  The colors are spot-on.

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Route 66 – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Another new face today is my first “Mexican Daylily” that is really called a Shell Flower.  These blooms got their nickname because each bloom only lasts one day.  I love the beautiful pattern on the bottom.  These are bulbs that I got for $1 at the grocery store in February (all 12 of them).

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“Mexican Daylily” – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

And, finally, below is my Daylily Dozen. It is of note that Colorado Kid almost looks like a different flower now that it is hot.  It is up with the dark reds but was a pink in earlier blossoms.

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From L to R. Top Row: Kokopelli, Purple de Oro, Black Ice, The Colorado Kid. Row two: Indian Love Call, Route 66, Ruby Spider, Early Bird Cardinal. Bottom Row: Mesa Verde, South Seas, Primal Scream, Lady Fingers.

What’s up for tomorrow?  Lucky 13.

Jungle Queens and Voodoo Dancers, Oh My

The storm is passing, slowly but surely.  It should start warming up by the end of the week. However, it wasn’t a bad daylily day.  A Jungle Queen and a Voo Dancer showed up!  Now, that is something to blog about.

Jungle Queen was amongst my first Lily Auction purchases.  It was the day I needed to figure out how to win stuff so that I would get Kokopelli when the bidding closed.  After losing on an earlier Ned Roberts daylily, I was determined to figure out the system.  Jungle Queen caught my eye . . . and now she lives in my garden.

 

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Jungle Queen – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

VooDoo dancer is one I purchased locally this year to go in a beautiful Mexican pot that my daughter bought me when they came to visit for Memorial Day.  It should be a double bloom, so still adapting to its new surroundings.  I’m hoping to see doubles soon!  It is really pretty in the picture . . . more purple, too.  I’ll put the web picture below. Hopefully, it wasn’t mislabeled 😦

Two of my Ned Roberts spiders are in bloom today.  For fun, I put together a collage of all the blooms I have had from his creations to date.  Five so far. I have 40+ Neds in my yard – so 10%.  The larger ones (Chief FOUR Fingers and Kokopelli) are from today.  This is the first FOUR finger bloom on the Chief! The smaller ones are Black Ice, Dream Keeper, and Winds of Love.

 

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Ned Roberts collection to date – Photos by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Other bloomers were Ruby Spider, who adds visual splendor to both the front and side garden today.  In front, it was a little red, white, and blue.  And, on the porch garden, it was a pose with a friend (Return a Smile – I think).

Early Bird Cardinal landed again, too.

 

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

 

I have had 18 different blooms so far this year.  It is a start!  Tomorrow, I am betting on Canyon Colors.  Can’t wait to see it!

 

Where have all my daylilies gone?

Hey, it is the 4th of July weekend.  Normal daylily peak bloom in my yard is the next couple of weeks.  I look at my posts to Facebook the past two years, and those blooms are behind. After cool, rainy weather for the last couple of days, I only had three blooms today.  Look, I’ve got over 100 varieties in my yard . . . so three?  Really?

What can you do but sit and wait?  And, take photos of your new hostas. Yes, that is how I decided to balance my yard a little . . . with shade foliage plants.  My yard has sunny spots where the daylilies flourish.  It also had a lot of established trees and, therefore, shade. Those areas just aren’t good for daylily blooms.  So, this year I have found some great online hosta sites and I am trying a few out to see how they do.  I love that the color is permanent, whereas the daylilies bloom for one day.  It seems like yin and yang.  The hot colors of the sun-loving daylilies and the cool colors of the shade-loving hosta.

Before I share my (still very much) baby hosta photos, let’s visit the daylilies.  Since it is red, white, and blue weekend, let’s start with Ruby Spider.  As always, stunning.

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Then that mystery daylily that is, most likely Primal Scream and not Desert Flame.  Very eye-catching, even in the muted light.

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Lastly, poor little Black Ice who did not want to bloom in the rain.  I had to go out after lunchtime to finally find it fully open for the day.  With a name like Black Ice, you would think it would appreciate the cooler weather.  No, wait, it’s a daylily.

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OK, so here are my baby hosta plants.  I love the blues, yellows and variegated ones.  The adult plants are much showier.  I can’t wait to see them in a year!  But, starting with roots is economical beyond belief.  And, they can grow into their space in a few years.  Like daylily roots, buying this way means you wait a bit longer.  And, it’s usually worth the wait.

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Tomorrow, it looks like there is a possibility of more blossoms. Maybe even some new faces. And, more sun.  I sure hope so.  My dogs are in hoodies and I want to crawl under my blanket.  Happy 4th of July weekend from the Colorado Plateau.