The Loneliest Number

One. That is the number of Premiers today. Just Bold Tiger – a fun, traditional bloom in the yard.

Bold Tiger 7.20.20

If feels good to slow down . . . only 16 or so premiers all season. I love the blooms. But it feels overwhelming on top of a busy job because I am a perfectionist with the photos and it takes hours at peak to water, take photos, blog.

Happy Returns 7.20.20

I had an Encore today – the first of the season. Happy Returns returned . . . oh, those yellow trumpets!

Passionate Returns 7.19.20

I am not doing great keeping up with Finales but I did have final blooms on Passionate Returns and Cherokee Star today. So, today the finales outnumber the premiers for the first time this season, I believe.

Cherokee Star 7.19.20

Soon enough, the blog will be less often and I will pick up other pieces of my life, again. It will be cold and dark – my daylilies will live on my memory card until next spring.

Last Sunday in July

Wow – It will be August next weekend.  The daylily peak has come and gone.  The cultivators were in the teens today . . . a massive drop off from 2-3 weeks ago.  It is funny how the first 3 weeks of June are slow progress, then it explodes, then it goes to just a few here and there for months.

Today, we had one new cultivator.  Heirloom Heaven bloomed for the first time in 2018.  She is an adorable late-blooming mini.  She is my last unbloomed scape on a cultivator that hasn’t bloomed yet.  This could be it.  It seems like I usually get some August scapes . . . not many, but a handful.  I don’t know with this drought, though.

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Heirloom Heaven 7.29

And, I had a rude awakening last night – because Mount Echo Sunrise doesn’t look anything like Mount Echo Sunrise.  I looked at her tag, and she has two.  The other one says Moon over Chimayo . . . and she looks like that one.  So, I assume . . .

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Moon over Chimayo 7.27

Finales:

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Lullabye Baby 7.29

Roll Call 7/23-29:

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Adios Albuquerque 7.26

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Anasazi 7.27

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Apache Uprising 7.25

AztecFirebird7.27.1.jpg

Aztec Firebird 7.27

Baja7.25.1.jpg

Baja 7.25

BelaLugosi7.24.1.jpg

Bela Lugosi 7.24

BlueBeat7.25.1.jpg

Blue Beat 7.25

Bluegrass7.24.1.jpg

Bluegrass Music 7.24

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Bold Tiger 7.23

CheddarCheese7.24.1.jpg

Cheddar Cheese 7.24

CherokeeStar7.28.2.jpg

Cherokee Star 7.28

ChorusLine7.26.1.jpg

Chorus Line 7.26

ClassyLady7.27.1.jpg

Classy Lady 7.27

ComanchePrincess7.28.1.jpg

Comanche Princess 7.28

DreamCatcher7.27.2wNavajoCurls.jpg

Dream Catcher (with Navajo Curls) 7.27

ElDesperado7.24.1.jpg

El Desperado 7.24

FoxEars7.25.1.jpg

Fox Ears 7.25

HeronsCove7.27.1.jpg

Heron’s Cove 7.27

Hesperus7.25.1.jpg

Hesperus 7.25

IndianLoveCall7.24.1.jpg

Indian Love Call 7.24

IndianSky7.24.1.jpg

Indian Sky 7.24

LadyFingers7.25.1.jpg

Lady Fingers 7.25

LimeFrost7.26.2.jpg

Lime Frost 7.26

Longlesson7.23.1.jpg

Longlesson Show-off 7.23

MarqueMoon7.24.1.jpg

Marque Moon 7.24

MildredMitchell7.23.1.jpg

Mildred Mitchell 7.23

MiniPearl7.29.1.jpg

Mini Pearl 7.29

NavajoCurls7.24.1.jpg

Navajo Curls 7.24

NavajoRodeo7.23.1.jpg

Navajo Rodeo 7.23

NearlyWild7.28.1.jpg

Nearly Wild 7.28

Nosferatu7.26.1.jpg

Nosferatu 7.26

OrangeVols7.24.1.jpg

Orange Vols 7.24

PassionateReturns7.29.1.jpg

Passionate Returns 7.29

PickoftheLitter7.23.1.jpg

Pick of the Litter 7.23

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Pink and Cream 7.29

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Pizza Crust 7.28

PrairieBlueEyes7.28.1.jpg

Prairie Blue Eyes 7.28

PreludetoLove7.25.1.jpg

Prelude to Love 7.25

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Purple Corn Dancer 7.26

PurpledeOro7.24.1.jpg

Purple de Oro 7.24

PurpleMoonrise7.27.2.jpg

Purple Moonrise 7.27

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Purple Thunderbird 7.26

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Raspberry Propeller 7.28

RosiesRed7.23.1.jpg

Rosie’s Red 7.23

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Route 66 7.26

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Royal Palace Prince 7.27

RubyStella7.28.1.jpg

Ruby Stella 7.28

SouthSeas7.27.1.jpg

South Seas 7.27

StephanieReturns7.23.2.jpg

Stephanie Returns 7.23

TigerKitten7.27.1.jpg

Tiger Kitten 7.27

TwirlingPinata7.24.2.jpg

Twirling Pinata 7.24

YellowPunch7.26.1.jpg

Yellow Punch 7.26

56 for the week . . . that is all!  I bet we are down to half of that by next week.

 

 

Attachment, Separation, and Loss

Today, it is just finales.  Worked today . . . big reorg at work.  Like starting over.  I imagine a lot of chaos before it settles into anything with a rhythm, again.  I’ll lose most the students I have worked with for two years.  Finales remind me of something one of my instructors in midwifery school taught me once – Life is like a placenta: It is all about attachment, separation, and loss.  I am attached to my blooms . . . and then they go away.  Sometimes they are back in a year, and sometimes they don’t bloom every year.  Life is unpredictable.  But, there is a cycle to it.  Can you believe that my poinsettias and amaryllis come in next month to start their rest cycle?  Heavens, time to gear up my bloom closet for the <12 hours of light per day for the poinsettias soon.  They have loved summer in the yard. Hope for a colorful Christmas while the daylilies sleep.

Finales:

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Adios Albuquerque 7.26

 

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Cheddar Cheese 7.26

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Mildred Mitchell 7.26

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Bold Tiger 7.26

Desperado

It is roll-call day!  But, first, a dedication.  It is camping weekend and I was listening to a song “Desperado” on my ipod.  I have always identified with the song.  So, I will put El Desperado as our lead photo today.

Desperado – The Eagles

Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
You been out ridin’ fences for so long now
Oh, you’re a hard one
I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin’ you
Can hurt you somehow

Don’t you draw the queen of diamonds, boy
She’ll beat you if she’s able
You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet

Now it seems to me, some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones that you can’t get

Desperado, oh, you ain’t gettin’ no younger
Your pain and your hunger, they’re drivin’ you home
And freedom, oh freedom well, that’s just some people talkin’
Your prison is walking through this world all alone

Don’t your feet get cold in the winter time?
The sky won’t snow and the sun won’t shine
It’s hard to tell the night time from the day
You’re losin’ all your highs and lows
Ain’t it funny how the feeling goes away?

Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences, open the gate
It may be rainin’, but there’s a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you (let somebody love you)
You better let somebody love you before it’s too late

OK – so new to the garden for the first time in 2018 today is Pizza Crust.  I get a little hungry looking at her because I am stuck with low cholesterol pizza that doesn’t have much crust.

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Pizza Crust 7.22

Finales:

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Thin Man 7.22

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Route 66 7.18

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Fairytale Pink 7.22

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Nurse’s Stethoscope 7.18

Here goes Roll-Call for the week of 7/16-7/22:

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Adios Albuquerque 7.19

 

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Anasazi 7.17

AztecFirebird7.17.1.jpg

Aztec Firebird 7.17

Baja7.18.1.jpg

Baja 7.18

BelaLugosi7.19.1.jpg

Bela Lugosi 7.19

BlackEyedSusan7.16.1.jpg

Black-Eyed Susan 7.16

BlueBeat7.20.1.jpg

Blue Beat 7.20

Bluegrass7.16.1

Bluegrass Music 7.16

BoldTiger7.17.1.jpg

Bold Tiger 7.17

CanyonColors7.15.1.jpg

Canyon Colors 7.15

CatherineIrene7.16.1.jpg

Catherine Irene 7.16

CheddarCheese7.22.1.jpg

Cheddar Cheese 7.22

CherokeeStar7.17.3.jpg

Cherokee Star 7.17

ChorusLine7.18.1.jpg

Chorus Line 7.18

ClassyLady7.18.1.jpg

Classy Lady 7.18

ComanchePrincess7.18.1

Comanche Princess 7.17

DreamCatcher7.18.1.jpg

Dream Catcher 7.18

ElDesperado7.19.1.jpg

El Desperado 7.19

FoxEars7.19.1.jpg

Fox Ears 7.19

HappyHopi7.17.1.jpg

Happy Hopi 7.17

HeavenlyCurls7.17.1.jpg

Heavenly Curls 7.17

HeronsCove7.17.2.jpg

Heron’s Cove 7.17

Hesperus7.17.2.jpg

Hesperus 7.17

IndianSky7.16.1.jpg

Indian Sky 7.16

Isaac7.16.1.jpg

Isaac 7.16

JungleQueen7.15.1.jpg

Jungle Queen 7.16

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Just Plum Happy 7.17

 

LacyDoily7.20.1.jpg

Lacy Doily 7.20

LadyFingers7.18.1.jpg

Lady Fingers 7.18

LimeFrost7.15.1.jpg

Lime Frost 7.15

Longlesson7.18.1.jpg

Longlesson Showoff 7.18

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Lullabye Baby 7.22

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Mama Cuna 7.17

MarqueMoon7.20.1.jpg

Marque Moon 7.20

 

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Mellon Balls 7.17

 

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Mildred Mitchell 7.18

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Mini Pearl 7.19

 

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Mount Echo Sunrise 7.16

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Navajo Rodeo 7.16

 

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Nearly Wild 7.18

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Nosferatu 7.18

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Papa Longlegs 7.17

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Passionate Returns 7.20

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Pick of the Litter 7.17

 

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Pink and Cream 7.18

 

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Prairie Blue Eyes 7.17

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Prairie Wildfire 7.16

PreludetoLove7.18.1.jpg

Prelude to Love 7.18

 

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Purple Corn Dancer 7.20

 

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Purple de Oro 7.17

PurpleGrasshopper7.17.1.jpg

Purple Grasshopper 7.17

 

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Purple Moonrise 7.17

PurpleThunderbird7.19.6.jpg

Purple Thunderbird 7.18

RaspberryPropeller7.20.1.jpg

Raspberry Propeller 7.20

RedHotReturns7.17.1.jpg

Red Hot Returns 7.17

RedRiddle7.18.1.jpg

Red Riddle 7.18

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Return a Smile 7.16

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Rosie’s Red 7.20

 

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Route 66 7.18

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Royal Palace Prince 7.20

RubySpider7.17.1.jpg

Ruby Spider 7.17

RubyStella7.22.1.jpg

Ruby Stella 7.22

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Skinwalker 7.19

 

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Soco Gap 7.16

SouthSeas7.22.1.jpg

South Seas 7.22

StephanieReturns7.17.1.jpg

Stephanie Returns 7.17

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Strutter’s Ball 7.18

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Taco Twister 7.19

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Colorado Kid 7.22

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Tiger Kitten 7.20

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Treasure of the Southwest 7.20

 

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Twirling Pinata 7.20

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Wineberry Candy 7.16

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Yellow Punch 7.22

 

 

 

The Mamas and the Papas

This morning, I got that song from the Mamas and Papas “Monday, Monday” stuck in my head.  Maybe it is because I had Mama Cuna and Papa Longlegs blooming next to each other. I had 51 today! Monday mornin’ you gave me no warnin’ of what was to be . . .

So, for fun, here are the Mamas (Mama Cuna – L) and the Papas (Papa Long Legs – R):

 

So, we had 2 new faces today.  The first one is such a pretty flower.  Up until this year, when I started running out of blooms, I would go look for later bloomers.  Anyway, I almost decided to not bring one home from the nursery . . . until I saw the name.  Seriously, I squeezed her into one of the last Southwest Garden spaces.  She looks like velvet to me.

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Cherokee Star 7.16

The second new face is Bold Tiger.  Well, I think that is her name.  I got her on discount because they lost the tags and didn’t know what she was.  I did a search and she looks most like Bold Tiger.  So, we will go with that.  I believe that makes 112 so far this year.  We are at 64% bloom rate.  Can we get to 75%?

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Bold Tiger 7.16

Finales (last blooms unless they send reblooms) today:

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Isaac 7.16

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Catherine Irene 7.16

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Taco Twister 7.16

 

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Soco Gap

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The Colorado Kid 7.16

Oh, and Papa Long Legs – but he has a photo at the top of the page.  And, Desert Icicle retired yesterday, not Happy Hopi – I have one more Happy Hopi left.  I will miss these blooms, especially The Colorado Kid.  She had a great season this year – bloomed for a month!  So, our numbers will drop off pretty rapidly by August.  Still hoping for a few late scapes!

Other blooms today: Aztec Firebird, Mount Echo Sunrise, Dream Catcher, Skinwalker, Comanche Princess, Navajo Rodeo, Mama Cuna, Cheddar Cheese, Nosferatu, Heron’s Cove, Canyon Colors, El Desperado, Purple de Oro, Bluegrass Music, Mildred Mitchell, Blue Beat, Ruby Spider, Return a Smile, Longlesson Show-off, Passionate Returns, Lullaby Baby, Chorus line, Mellow Balls, Lacy Doily, South Seas, Marque Moon, Stephanie Returns, Mini Pearl, Prairie Wildfire, Prelude to Love, Bela Lugosi, Pick of the Litter, Raspberry Propeller, Black Eyed Susan, Baja, Prairie Blue Eyes, Hesperus, Indian Sky, Just Plum Happy, Pink and Cream, Ruby Stella, Strutters Ball and Nurse’s Stethoscope.

 

 

Drizzle

It’s Friday!  So, after work, I dashed out to continue the daylily potting project.  Ran out of potting soil after the first two, so ran to Home Depot.  Came home and was working on another two when the rain started.  It is a nice rain . . . drizzle, but enough to cool things off and wet the garden.

No new faces today.  Tiger Kitten lost his only bud  😦   For tomorrow, I think maybe Nearly Wild might bloom.  At any rate, I decided to make a collage like I did every day last year during the peak.  I don’t have enough time do to that this year, but wanted something to show for the last of the big bloom days of July.

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The rain on Wednesday bought mushrooms to my Southwest garden . . . guessing the mushroom compost come to life.  Weird, in the desert.

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Tomorrow, the journey continues.  I wanted to be camping, but decided to plan 3 camping trips for August this weekend AND STICK TO IT!!!!  But, for now, I am making good progress on the daylily potting. And, not camping in the rain. I have so much to do before freeze and Amazon is slow with my second order of pots.  Oh, well, like the daylily, all we really have is this moment.