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

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Alabama Jubilee 7.11

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Anasazi 7.13

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Aztec Firebird 7.14

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Baja 7.14

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Bela Lugosi 7.9

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Black Arrowhead 7.10

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Black Eyed Susan 7.14

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Black Ice 7.10

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Blue Beat 7.11

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Bluegrass Music 7.11

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Canyon Colors 7.15

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Catherine Irene 7.15

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Chaco Canyon 7.12

 

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Cheddar Cheese 7.12

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Cheyenne Eyes 7.8

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Chorus Line 7.13

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Classy Lady 7.14

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Comanche Princess 7.11

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Dark Mystery 7.12

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Desert Icicle 7.15

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Dream Catcher 7.15

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Early Bird Cardinal 7.10

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El Desperado 7.13

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Fairytale Pink 7.14

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Funny Valentine 7.10

 

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Heavenly Curls 7.12

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Heron’s Cove 7.13

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Hesperus 7.15

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Holy Sombrero 7.10

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Indian Sky 7.15

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Inwood 7.12

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Isaac 7.12

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Just Plum Happy 7.10

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Kachina Firecracker 7.12

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Lacy Doily 7.10

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Lady Fingers 7.12

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Laughing Feather 7.9

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Lime Frost 7.15

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Longlesson Showoff 7.13

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Lullabye Baby 7.14

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Mama Cuna 7.13

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Marque Moon 7.15

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Mellon Balls 7.11

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Mesa Verde 7.13

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Mildred Mitchell 7.15

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Mini Pearl 7.15

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Navajo Rodeo 7.13

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Nosferatu 7.15

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Nurse’s Stethoscope 7.11

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Papa Longlegs 7.15

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Passionate Returns 7.10

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Petite Petticoats 7.10

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Pick of the Litter 7.14

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Pink and Cream 7.11

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Pink Rain Dance 7.11

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Prairie Blue Eyes 7.10

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Prairie Wildfire 7.11

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Prelude to Love 7.15

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Purple de Oro 7.14

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Purple Grasshopper 7.11

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Purple Mystic 7.11

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Raspberry Propeller 7.14

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Red Hot Returns 7.15

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Red Riddle 7.10

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Return a Smile 7.10

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Route 66 7.13

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Ruby Spider 7.14

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Ruby Stella 7.15

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Shape Shifter 7.13

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Skinwalker 7.10

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Soco Gap 7.14

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South Seas 7.14

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Stella de Oro 7.13

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Stephanie Returns 7.14

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Strutter’s Ball 7.11

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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

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Wild Horses 7.11

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Wineberry Candy 7.12

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Yellow Punch 7.13

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Zuni Thunderbird 7.13

Friday the 13th!

The last time we had a Friday the 13th was in April – the day I left for my annual Southwest Road Trip down the Devil’s Highway all the way to the border of Mexico.  I had 2 sick dogs with me . . . well, not sick, sick – post-op and injured.  It was a good trip even though I named it Southwest Superstitions.  I love my annual road trip just like I love my daylilies.

So, today was a good day in the Garden.  Fifty-four bloomers, so one of our top days so far.  Mother Earth even managed a couple of new blooms.

Classy Lady is one I got on the auction a few years ago.  She is doing better in a pot this year.  I usually only get one or two blooms out of her all year.  Today, it was a trifecta.  She looked so pretty!

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Classy Lady 7.13

The other one is another Ned Roberts spider . . . but without a Southwestern name.  I ordered a bunch of Southwest named daylilies from a small grower and there was an issue with one I ordered, so I picked another one.  However, there were no more spiders to pick from.  This is Raspberry Propeller.

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Raspberry Propeller 7.13

It is sort of interesting that Raspberry Propeller is a sib (from the same pod) as one of my Southwest spiders – Twirling Pinata.  It is interesting that these guys had the same parents but are two different blooms.  Like paternal twins, I guess.  Clearly related, though!

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Twirling Pinata 2017

Tomorrow, I need to move a couple daylilies out of the Walkway Garden into the Border Garden or the Rainbarrel Garden.  The problem with pots is the plants get so much bigger here, so I have an over-crowding (blocks the sun) and so I don’t have many scapes in that area.  I think I will move Blackthorne and Autumn Jewels.  Maybe  I can still coax a bloom out of them . . . not great odds, but not 0, either.

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Walkway Garden 7.13

OK – here goes the list of today’s Friday the 13th bloomers: Comanche Princess, Skinwalker, Navajo Rodeo, Black Ice, Dream Catcher, Aztec Firebird, Zuni Thunderbird, Iktomi, Treasure of the Southwest, Happy Hopi, Shape Shifter, Nosferatu, Cheddar Cheese, Dark Mystery, Red Riddle, Prairie Blue Eyes, Wineberry Candy, Mesa Verde, Heron’s Cove Purple de Oro, The Colorado Kid, Mildred Mitchell, Blue Beat, Thin Man, Passionate Returns, South Seas, Longlesson Show-off, Return a Smile Chorus Line, Early Bird Cardinal, Lacy Doily, Ruby Spider, Stephanie Returns, Catherine Irene, Mini Pearl, Prairie Wildfire, Pick of the Litter, Bela Lugosi, Baja, Pink and Cream, Yellow Punch, Stella de Oro, Black-eyed Susan, Red Hot Returns, Hesperus, Route 66, Ruby Stella, Strutter’s Ball – I think that is it.  I am pretty sure we will have 1 or 2 more new blooms tomorrow.

After the Rain

The rain came and brought a new bloom – Classy Lady.  She is another one I got to get a better rate on postage.   I believe she was an early Lily Auction purchase.  Two years in a row, she has been a one-bud-wonder.  It is a great flower, though.

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The peak will soon drop to a handful of blooms a day.  Last year, they went into November.  That’s right . . . November.  My bud count has just not been predictive of rebloomers this year.  I do have 5 late bloomers with scapes, some are new scapes.  But, that is about it for predicted new faces.

So, I got 3 different delivery carriers bringing me pots from Amazon today.  It was actually a decent deal and I could do some chosen colors in numbers to make it kind of cool.  On split shift, I got 9 more plants moved to pots.  They were in the most troubled spot in the yard.  Of the 9, five bloomed a couple of times.  The rest were quiet.

The pots will be easier to keep moist and fertilize, etc.  The only problem is that I now have mixed pots with ones in the soil that have scapes.  I need to keep the bloomers watered, but not over water the pots.  This should be interesting 🙂

Speaking of pots, I decided that I would grow my garlic for next year in 6-inch pots.  Those, too, have not thrived in my root-laden soil like they should.  So my pot color scheme is turquoise and purple mostly.  Some earth colors and maroon.  The garlic will be similar.  My veggie garden was a little of everything – I thought that would be fun with lots of different colors.

The whole thing makes me amazed that the Anasazi could grow corn and stuff here.  Like, I have sprinklers and I still have issues.

I think the next new bloom will be tiger kitten.  Tomorrow? Who knows?

Back to the Drawing Board

Going back to the drawing board is both literal and figurative for me this day.  And, when you are a creative, drawing boards can help generate positive emotion.

When I buy daylilies with southwestern names, I usually am attracted to names like Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon – places where I have been. With Ghost Ranch, I put the cart before the horse.  Or, the daylily before the trip.

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Oh, the name sounded southwestern, and it is a Ned Roberts bloom, so I Googled it.  Much to my surprise, this place called Ghost Ranch was just over in my neighbor, New Mexico.  At first, I saw it said no dogs.  But, I did call the morning we were driving through that area on the road trip.  Dogs, sure!  Just bring a leash.

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This is a beautiful place that is the subject of Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings.  It is clearly on the Colorado Plateau – I knew as soon as  saw the rock structures.  The only downside was that we got there during the beginning of a good size windstorm, so hiking was not as fun and the light was rather muted.  At any rate, here is Ghost Ranch on Ghost Ranch . . . my drawing board.

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Ghost Ranch was the only new bloom today.  I had 10 different cultivators today.  Nice little smiles, each.  My last Blue Beat, though.  See you next year! No, wait.  See you when I break out the Christmas present paint.

 

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From R to L: Top Row – Classy Lady, Fine Time Lucille, Desert Icicle, Blue Beat, South Seas.  Row Two: Primal Scream, Lullaby Baby, Ghost Ranch, Marque Moon, Mini Pearl.

 

 

A Classy Lady Comes to Town!

Ah, now I think, perhaps, the season of blooms is slowing down a bit.  At least as far as having a new cultivator every day or so.  But, hey, today I had several plants with three or four blooms at once.

But, hold on!  I did have a new girl today.  Her name is Classy Lady.  She was one of my fall auction purchases, along with Electric Lizard, Kokopelli, and Quilt Patch.  It looks like Quilt Patch will be my only non-bloomer this year.  I like this bloom – it has a shape like a gymnast.  And, a nice color to match.

 

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Classy Lady – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Now, for my multiples – Marque Moon, Zuni Thunderbird, and South Seas.  The only down side is they burn buds fast this way.

 

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Marque Moon – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

 

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Zuni Thunderbird – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

 

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

 

And, today brought another visit from the monarch butterfly.  This time, she chose the Mexican Daylily (Shellflower).  I got several photos – the center of the collage is my favorite.

 

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From L to R: Top Row – Chorus Line, Lullaby Baby, Pick of the Litter, Lime Frost. Row Two: Classy Lady, Mexican Daylily with Monarch Butterfly, Thin Man.  Bottom Row: South Seas, Marque Moon, Stephanie Returns, Zuni Thunderbird.

 

Thank you, garden, for the therapy.  Great positive emotion to get me through a Monday. Only 5 months until Christmas.  I have a ton of painting to do this year 😉