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!

 

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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.

 

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

 

Other visitors today are a soggy Kokopelli.

 

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Kokopelli – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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)

 

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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.

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

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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!

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Chief Four Fingers web photo

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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.

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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!

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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?