A little help from my friends

Daylilies bring positive emotion to most folks.  The bright colors are engaging and awe inspiring.  This year, I gave daylilies away to friends and coworkers.  I gave them away at some cost to myself.  Next year, I think I may try to sell some of my daylily offspring to offset the costs of my hobby.

 

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Passionate Returns

 

This year, though, I chose to give them.  At first, I was just wanting to thin mine so they would do better in the pots.  So, I found takers.  The very cool side effect was seeing friends I had not seen for a while.  One coworker even came to Montrose to pick hers up (well, amongst other errands here).  Wow, makes me wish I lived closer to Colorado Springs where the Daylily Society meetings are.  Life can be isolated in rural America.

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Broadening and building resources means keeping our ratios of positivity high.  That helps us reach out to others, thus forming networks of resilience.  I need to be working on that ratio right now.  My job requires an attitude of positivity, always.  It is business, 100%.  That means I need to surround myself in a garden of supportive friends.  The daylilies are a start.

PS – I loved the red yucca pods (above).  They add a fall touch to the yard as the daylilies dwindle,

Upward Spirals

The daylily garden is my happy place.  Gardening brings a feeling of flow – or a loss of self.  And, with daylilies, my optimism, curiosity, creativity, and appreciation of nature strengths kick in, bringing a sense of joy.

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And, today must have been extra nice because I managed to take 30 pictures with only 4 cultivators in bloom.  Well, and I snuck in a couple shots of my mini sunflowers, Mexican daylilies (shellflowers), and my confused amaryllis (yes, it is about to bloom in my yard).

It was a nice daylily day, though, despite the small number in bloom.  First of all, Western Sandstone bloomed for the first time ever in my yard.  This one was ordered the first year I was doing roots . . . 2014?  And, so it is a gardener’s triumph!  A pretty one, too.  (pictured below)

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So, back to the happy place.  There is some good science that says we need 3 positives for every negative (emotion/event) to flourish.  Or, somewhere around that number. When we flourish, we broaden and build resources.  A month or two ago, I was feeling weighed down in some stuff that was creating an amazing negative spiral out of life.  Having the daylilies to focus on is hugely therapeutic.  No wonder the longest lived populations all garden!!! No wonder we call it “flourishing.”

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Tomorrow, maybe Pizza Crust will bring a smile.  Or, my silly amaryllis 🙂

Sweet the Rains New Fall

Cool, rainy weather is welcome after a month of pretty warm weather.  Still, I dread the end of daylily season.  Summer is the time when I live outdoors.  My daylilies get love and attention at some cost to my routine housekeeping duties.  And, when it is not daylilies, it is hedge, lawn, veggie garden, or weeds.  And, then there is school and the job search.  However, arranging my day to increase positive emotion means time with the daylilies . . . broaden and build.

So, today is a low-census day in the daylily garden.  The blooms rest as the rain falls.  Still, I have baby scapes starting on some . . . like the May ones on most of my plants.  Can I extend my bloom for two more months?  Until first freeze?  We will see . . . always a stretch goal.  When it comes to goals, I am a maximizer.  Or so say my Gallup strengths.

So, for today, there is Fine Time Lucille:

 

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Fine Time Lucille – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt.

 

Fairy Tale Pink:

 

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Fairy Tale Pink – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Royal Palace Prince:

 

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Royal Palace Prince – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Orange Flurry:

 

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Orange Flurry – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Both yellow and orange Stella de Oros:

 

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Yellow Stella de Oro – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

 

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Orange Stella – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

And, little Purple de Oro:

 

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Purple de Oro – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Tomorrow is another day . . . and my focus may just turn to transplanting some of my potted daylilies into the garden.  If the rain stops.