My Colorado Kids

Faculty comes back to work tomorrow (except me – because the boss gets to work all summer ūüėČ ) Still, I had 40 cultivators in bloom today.¬† Last year at this time, I was having surgery in a week, in-process with interviewing for this job . . . and I had only a handful of daylilies.¬† There were none left to bloom.¬† And, mid-August, the blog dropped into nothingness until poinsettia time.¬† ¬†It is Jugust in my yard – my poinsettias look like it’s June and my daylilies think it is July . . . and faculty come back to work tomorrow.

Anyway – I still have 5ish that have scapes and have not bloomed yet and a lot with buds left – this blog season is not close to being over yet.¬† So, what to talk about today?¬† Well, I was going to talk about my daylilies with Colorado names.¬† A couple are in bloom today – but let’s look at the summer.

Cripple Creek is a golden Ned Roberts spider that I assume is named for the gold rush town of Cripple Creek in Colorado.  Ned, the hybridizer, lived fairly near Cripple Creek, CO.

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Cripple Creek – 2019

I believe Echo Canyon is named for a canyon near the Royal Gorge.  Ned Roberts lived closeby in Colorado Springs.

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Echo Canyon – 2019

Glen Eyrie IS a place in Colorado Springs Рno doubt about it!  It is an old castle and new conference center.  Another Ned Roberts spider.

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Glen Eyrie 2019

Hesperus is the name of a sacred (to the Navajo) mountain in the San Juan Mountain Range near my home.  I have no idea if the cultivator was named after the mountain, but I like the theory enough that I bought the daylily.

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Hesperus – 2019

Mount Echo Sunrise РI am guessing this is named after Echo Mountain that is the tallest mountain visible from Denver.  It is a guess because it is another Ned Roberts daylily.

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Mount Echo Sunrise – 2019

Rocky Mountain Pals was named for the folks at the University Cancer Center in Denver Рthere Ned Roberts went for treatment later in his life.  At least that is the story I was told.

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Rocky Mountain Pals – 2019

The Colorado Kid is named after the movie Рbut when I saw the name early in my place name and blue daylily addiction, she had to be mine.  She is the mascot of this blog!

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The Colorado Kid – 2019

 

A Little Piece of Heaven in my Yard

Today, Heirloom Heaven bloomed for the first time.  This little one was one of my first root plantings last year.

 

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Heirloom Heaven – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

It is a miniature, at least this first bloom cycle.  Here it is with my petite finger:

 

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Heirloom Heaven with my finger for proportion

 

Other blooms were my orange/yellow combos.  Frans Hals:

 

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Frans Hals – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

And, Orange Flurry:

 

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

 

Oh, and Stella, of course:

 

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

 

Today also brought the first of a couple fall plantings. ¬†I got one called Painted Petroglyph on fall sale at Shady Rest Gardens. ¬†It is not a Robert’s cultivator, but it still belongs in my Southwest garden. ¬†It is beautiful. ¬†Live long and prosper little one. ¬†I also replaced Navajo Rodeo – love the fall sales! ¬†I added a few more fans of Electric Lizard, as mine are still anemic.

I didn’t order much this fall, but the daylilies keep me going. ¬†I am getting two new Roberts blooms, too. ¬†Twirling Pinata and Glen Eyrie. ¬†My daughter lives in Colorado Springs, so I couldn’t resist the second one. (Many of the Roberts cultivators were hybridized right there!) ¬†I love fall plantings¬†because, by spring they act like they have been here forever! ¬†I think I will hit 80 cultivators that bloomed this summer. ¬†That’s just over 50%. ¬†Keep on mulching!

Oh, and keep on painting.  I finally finished Chief Four Fingers in the wee hours.

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