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.



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.



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.



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.


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


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.


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.


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.