Raindrops Keep Falling on My Colorado Daylily Bed

It’s July, and it is cool and rainy.  My hosta may appreciate that more than my daylilies.  I remember years of drought and fires tearing through my state.  Instead, today seems like a good day for a nap with my puppies.

So, given the unusual rain, I went a bit overboard on the photos.  I did two rounds.  And, I had to go through all of them to edit.  I don’t edit much.  I go up a little with contrast and saturation, but not much.  Mostly cropping.   Still, takes time.

The two that caught my eye the most today were The Colorado Kid and Mesa Verde.  I have a story about The Colorado Kid in my yard.   It seems that its colors are more vibrant than a lot of growers (down south) can produce.  How do I know?  I posted a picture to the American Hemerocallis Facebook page.   What is it?   Lack of humidity, altitude, sprinkler water every two days, partial shade, temperature?  I don’t know, but this blog’s mascot is eye catching.  I hope my other near blues turn out this awesome!



The Colorado Kid – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Mesa Verde is one of those flowers that could use a midwife to help its buds to open.  It is so ruffled that it is obviously working very hard the day before a new bloom.  I love the ruffles in the rain.



Mesa Verde – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Other visitors today are a soggy Kokopelli.



Kokopelli – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And his Ned Roberts “sibling,” Winds of Love.



Winds of Love – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Hopi Jewel is back and, I love the colors in the rain.



Hopi Jewel – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Last, but not least, Early Bird Cardinal – who rates the most photos to date.  (Proficient bloomer)



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


I’m not sure what the next blooms will be.  It’s interesting that Lady Fingers is not blooming . . .  definitely behind previous years.  Maybe it is the cooler summer?   Who knows?  Being postdates is not the worst fate in the world.

Mesa Verde

I love Mesa Verde.  It’s just a couple of hours south of where I live.  It’s made of the Colorado Plateau, just like my daylily garden.  I love the history and the culture.  I love the colors enough that I painted my kitchen in Southwestern colors.  And, so, when I found a daylily with that name, I knew it had to move to my garden.  Today, it bloomed for the first time, taking me back to the Anasazi ruins that I love to explore.  Check out the color change from sun (orange) to shade (pink) tones.


Mesa Verde in the sun – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Mesa Verde in the shade – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

The other blooms today were all repeats.  Chief Four Fingers (the one I thought was mislabled) is looking more and more like it should, less one finger.  I asked on the American Hemerocallis Society Facebook page today and it blooms with four “fingers” 80% of the time.  It is probably still settling into my garden, they said.  Conserving energy for new roots, I would guess.  Below are today’s bloom compared with the internet photo.  Yes, it is looking closer this time!

Chief Four Fingers

Chief Four Fingers web photo


Chief Four (or Three) Fingers in my yard – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Hopi Jewel was in flower, again.  I really like the color combo in this one.


Hopi Jewel – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

And, Early Bird Cardinal is flying high today with two pretty blooms. I got the cardinal flag in the background this time!


Early Bird Cardinal – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

So, I am taking about 50 photos a day now.  What will happen when I have a dozen in bloom?  I am also looking at buying a book on flower photography . . . although I am not sure that will decrease the number of photos that I am snapping.  Thank heaven for memory cards . . . remember film and developing?