Staying engaged after the peak

I’m back, but only to catch up on finales since Sunday. Once school starts next week, it seems like the daylilies fade in my mind a little. But, this year I am semi-retired so hoping to stay a bit engaged. Last year, I did that huge 70+ buried pot repotting. That was 4 weekends of work and nearly ran into freeze. So, I suppose you could call that engaged.

This year’s project is to re-organize some of my less favorite/poor bloomers with some new cultivators. I just purchased Singing in the Sunshine, Irish Handshake, Ghost Ranch (more fans because I only have one), Off to See the Wizard, Memories of Oz, Sea Panther, Ruby Slippers, Blue Flirt, Wildwood Flower (mine died a couple years ago), and (maybe) another fan of Coyote Laughs (I am not sure the one I have is actually Coyote Laughs). That is 9 or 10 more, but I will be selling some of mine that I am eliminating. I also may do a big pot of leftovers – I have one that does great! I am amazed because it is soooo crowded.

Chaco Canyon – Finale 8.4. Bloomed from 6.27 to today – good year for this one!
Pizza Crust Finale 8.3
Taco Twister finale 8.4 (today).
Treasure of the Southwest finale 8.3
Dancing Maiden finale 8.2
El Desperado finale 8.2
Indian Sky finale 8.2

I have several with only a few (if that) buds left. I think the closing daylilies this year will be Purple Corn Dancer, Navajo Curls, Purple Thunderbird and Adios Albuquerque. Will they last until September? Will there be an August surprise scape on a non-bloomer?

Sixty-Six Spiderman Daylilies for 2020

Hi all – When it is Saturday and it hasn’t been the fun day that I planned. COVID had driven the world mad – and they seem to all be mad at me. So, how about a little Ned Robert’s daylily therapy? I fell in love with Ned’s southwestern named daylilies after finding Kokopelli on Lily Auction 5 years ago. I have a collection of 70 ish now. I am including a few from 2019 if they didn’t bloom this year. Comment with your favorite! Direct from Montrose, Colorado . . .

Adios Albuquerque 2019
Apache Bandana 2019
Apache Beacon (w Dream Catcher) 2019
Aztec Firebird 7.19.20
BlackArrowhead 7.19.20
Black Ice 7.21.20
Chaco Canyon 7.29.20
Cheyenne Eyes 6.30.20
Chief Four Fingers 2019
Chokecherry Mountain 7.20.20
Comanche Princess 6.26.20
Coral Taco 6.30.20
Cricket Call 2019
Coyote Laughs 7.20.20
Cripple Creek 7.21.20
Dancing Maiden 7.20.1
Desert Icicle 8.8.20
Dream Catcher 7.28.20
Dream Keeper 6.6.20
Feather Woman 2019
Fox Ears 2019
Ghost Ranch 2019
Echo Canyon 6.25.20
Glen Eyrie 7.21.20
Golden Eclipse 7.30.20
Happy Hopi 7.3.20
Iktomi 7.21.20
Kachina Firecracker 7.30.20
Kachina Dancer 7.20.20
Kiva Dancer 7.1.20
Kokopelli 7.20.20
Land of Enchantment 6.20.20
Laughing Feather 6.26.20
Lobo Lucy 7.19.20
Mama Cuna 8.4.20
Mauna Loa 6.26.20
Maya Cha Cha 7.17.20
Medicine Feather 2019
Moon over Chimayo 8.8.20
Mount Echo Sunrise 6.23.20
Navajo Curls 8.4.20
Navajo Grey Hills 7.23.20
Navajo Rodeo 2019
Ojo De Dios 6.23.20
Papa Longlegs 7.18.20
Pink Enchilada 7.5.20
Pink Rain Dance 7.2.20
Purple Corn Dancer 8.5.20
Purple Grasshopper 2019
Purple Many Faces 6.24.20
Purple Thunderbird 8.5.20
Raspberry Propeller 7.17.20
Raven Woodsong 8.8.20
Rocky Mountain Pals 7.17.20
Santa Fe Christmas
Shape Shifter 7.27.20
Skinwalker 7.29.20
Spirit of the Morning 7.23.20
Star Over Milagro
Taco Twister 7.20.20
Talon 7.27.20
Twirling Pinata 7.27.20
Wild Rose Fandango 2019
Winds of Love 7.22.20
Zuni Eye 2019
Zuni Thunderbird 7.22.20

July’s Colorful Parade

Are you ready for a beautiful July parade? Here goes – a listing of all of my daylilies that had first blooms in July. I count 81. Enjoy!

Apache Bandana 7.6.20
Autumn Jewels 7.22.20
Aztec Firebird 7.22.20
Baja 7.18.20
Bela Lugosi 7.22.20
Bella Boo 7.6.20
Black Arrowhead 7.19.20
Black Eyed Susan 7.2.20
Black Ice 7.22.20
Bold Tiger 7.26.20
Carlotta 7,30.20
Cheddar Cheese 7.4.20
Cherokee Star 7.6.20
Chokecherry Mountain 7.20.20
Chorus Line 7.29.20
Classy Lady 7.29.20
Coyote Laughs 7.17.20
Cripple Creek 7.29.20
Dancing Maiden 7.20.20
Desert Icicle 7.30.20
Dream Catcher 7.28.20
El Desperado 7.30.20
Fairy Tale Pink 7.22.20
Fine Time Lucille 7.19.20
Fooled Me 7.6.20
Frans Hals 7.22.20
Fringe Benefit 7.21.10
Glen Eyrie 7.29.30
Golden Eclipse 7.30.20
Happy Hopi 7.3.20
Heirloom Heaven 7.30.20
Heron’s Cove 7.3.1
Hesperus 7.29.30
Holy Sombrero 7.3.20
Hopi Jewel 7.17.1
Iktomi 7.30.20
Indian Giver 7.2.20
Indian Sky 7.28.20
Just Plum Happy 7.16.1
Kachina Firecracker 7.30.20
Kiva Dancer 7.4.20
Lacy Doily 7.7.1
Lime Frost 7.16.20
Lobo Lucy 7.21.20
Longlesson Showoff 7.20.20
Mama Cuna 7.22.20
Marque Moon 7.21.20
Maya Cha Cha 7.22.20
Navajo Grey Hills 7.30.20
Nona’s Garnet Spider 7.28.20
Nosferatu 7.27.20
Orange Flurry 7.26.20
Orange Vols 7.28.20
Painted Petroglyph 7.21.20
Papa Longlegs 7.16.20
Pardon Me 7.17.20
Passionate Returns 7.17.20
Prairie Wildfire 7.2.20
Prelude to Love 7.27.20
Purple de Oro 7.4.20
Raspberry Propeller 7.17.20
Raven Woodsong 7.18.20
Red Hot Returns 7.17.20
Red Mystery 7.17.20
Route 66 7.5.20
Royal Palace Prince 7.30.20
Ruby Stella 7.30.20
Shape Shifter 7.22.20
Skinwalker 7.29.20
Soco Gap 7.5.20
South Seas 7.17.20
Spirit of the Morning 7.27.20
Moon over Chimayo 7.20.20
Stephanie Returns 7.19.20
Taco Twister 7.21.20
Talon 7.27.20
Thin Man 7.4.20
Treasure of the Southwest 7.30.20
Twirling Pinata 7.29.20
Winds of Love 7.19.20
Zuni Thunderbird 7.22.20

The Pale Ones are Laughing

I had no premiers today. It is the time of summer where I am kind of burned out on blogging but there is enough still happening (26 cultivators today) that I am not quite ready to space to biweekly.

Coyote Laughs 7.17.20

I am starting to think about moving the daylilies to better buried pots – thinking I need to purchase the pots soon. Somewhat dreading the work – but know it will be an improvement. That’s fall thinking.

Winds of Love 7.22.20

I also decided to get some photo tiles of my favorite daylilies for the office. I think it with be my Ned Roberts spiders – but which ones? I decided I like the light ones that seem to be dancing or laughing – Winds of Love, Skinwalker, and Coyote Laughs come to mind. Darker ones – definitely Zuni Thunderbird. Aztec Firebird and Kokopelli would be high on the list. There are so many I love . . . I will have to see what the pricing is before I decide how many. But, for tonight – enjoy the pale ones who seem to be laughing . . . at me.

Skinwalker 7.22.20

Coyotes and Timber Wolves in my Daylilies!

What a long day . . . meetings, packing, daylilies. The day before a roadtrip making I have insurance and AAA cards, etc. And, the first time I went into work since March 13! How crazy is that?. Gosh, I don’t miss spending 4-5 hours/week on the road.

Talon threw a double today 7.7.20

Anyway – let’s get today tied up since it is already tomorrow – which means I’m on vacation. Except I have to do some work before I leave tomorrow. But, well, who cares.

Coyote Laughs 7.7.20

Premiers – a huge event in the Southwest Garden – Coyote Laughs bloomed! After 4 years in my garden – she bloomed for the very first time. She looks like Winds of Love.

Lobo Lucy 7.7.20

And, speaking of 4-legged dog-type wild beasts – Lobo Lucy also premiered for 2020 today.

Nosferatu 7.7.20

The REAL Nosferatu also premiered – the Nosferatwo mystery is similar, but redder.

Lacy Doily 7.7.20

Lacy Doily is the cutest little mini double bloom. She also premiered.

Just Plum Happy photo from 2018

I am going to mention the elusive Just Plum Happy here because she is growing sort of under a shrub in the border garden and I missed her premier yesterday. This is the first time ever for her to bloom in the border garden (I have another one potted) – thank you drip system.

Ojo de Dios 7.7.20

Now, some finales 😦 Two Roberts Spiders – Ojo de Dios has been an amazing bloomer this summer.

Purple Many Faces 7.7.20

Purple Many Faces is also calling it a year.

Primal Scream 7.7.20

And, Primal Scream is going quiet until 2021.

Nurse’s Stethoscope 7.7.20

Last but not least – my Nurse’s Stethoscope is off-shift until next year.

It will be weird to miss nearly a week of bloomers – I hope I don’t miss any few-buds wonders all together. I will blog tomorrow, then break-time while I blog about my trip for my grands and anyone else who likes SW travel on my other blog.

PS – We have hit 80 cultivators for 2020. Fourty-seven percent. Seems like more when I am going through all the photos.

A Celebration of Spiders! (Ned Roberts)

The days grow August-quiet.  It seems a dream that I had nearly 60 blooms per day just a month ago.  So, today, we will do finales.  And, then, a roll-call of my Ned Roberts spiders.

Finales:

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Chorus Line 8.5

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Rosie’s Red 8.6

So, maybe if I do the Ned Roberts spider roll-call it will entice one more into bloom this year.  My Ghost Ranch is a fall bloom, but I am having a rough time getting her to thrive here.  Maybe some fish fertilizer?  Our temps are still above average with little rain.

Ned Roberts Spiders for 2018 Season:

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Adios Albuquerque

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Apache Bandana

AztecFirebird7.8.1.jpg

Aztec Firebird

BlackArrowhead7.2.4.jpg

Black Arrowhead

BlackIce6.28.3.jpg

Black Ice

ChacoCanyon7.5.1.jpg

Chaco Canyon

CheyenneEyes6.25.1.jpg

Cheyenne Eyes

ChokeCherry7.6.1.jpg

Chokecherry Mountain

ComanchePrincess6.17.1

Comanche Princess

DesertIcicle7.15.1.jpg

Desert Icicle

DreamCatcher7.13.2.jpg

Dream Catcher

DreamKeeper6.6.2.JPG

Dream Keeper

FoxEars7.12.2.jpg

Fox Ears

HappyHopi7.13.1.jpg

Happy Hopi

Iktomi7.6.3.jpg

Iktomi

KachinaFirecracker7.6.2.jpg

Kachina Firecracker

Kokopelli6.3.1.JPG

Kokopelli

LaughingFeather6.19.3.jpg

Laughing Feather

ManaCuna7.13.1

Mama Cuna

MoonOverChimayo7.16.1.jpg

Moon Over Chimayo

NavajoCurls7.23.6.jpg

Navajo Curls

NavajoRodeo7.15.1.jpg

Navajo Rodeo

PapaLongLegs6.30.3.jpg

Papa Longlegs

PinkRainDance6.25.1

Pink Rain Dance

PuebloDancer6.26.1.jpg

Pueblo Dancer is her label, but she doesn’t look like that one.  So???

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Purple Corn Dancer

PurpleGrasshopper7.12.1.jpg

Purple Grasshopper

PurpleManyFaces6.20.2.jpg

Purple Many Faces

PurpleMoonrise7.27.3.jpg

Purple Moonrise

PurpleThunderbird7.19.11.jpg

Purple Thunderbird

RaspberryPropeller7.28.2.jpg

Raspberry Propeller

Raven7.4.3.jpg

Raven Woodsong

RockyMountainPals6.29.1.jpg

Rocky Mountain Pals

SanteFeChristmas7.15.1.jpg

Santa Fe Christmas

ShapeShifter7.6.1.jpg

Shape Shifter

Skinwalker7.19.1.jpg

Skinwalker

TacoTwister7.11.1.jpg

Taco Twister

Talon6.29.3.jpg

Talon

TwirlingPinata7.28.1.jpg

Twirling Pinata

WildRose7.4.2.jpg

Wild Rose Fandango

ZuniEye6.18.1.jpg

Zuni Eye

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Zuni Thunderbird

Out of interest, here are my Ned Roberts spiders that bloomed last year but did not bloom this year:

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Coral Taco 2017

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Glen Eyrie

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Pink Enchilada 2017

And, we had a few in 2016 that have not bloomed again:

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Chief Four Fingers 2016

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Ghost Ranch

WindsofLove6.6.28.jpg

Winds of Love 2016

I have around 64 of Ned’s spiders in my garden. I had 42 bloom this year or about 65%.  Last year, I had 13 (about 20%) bloom.  Marked improvement.  All total, to date, I have had 48 (or 75%) bloom.  That is a long way from 100%.  But, marked improvement.  I think some of the ones that bloomed in 2016 were put in that year (still flourishing from the nursery), struggled last year in the clay soil, and are recovering (growing new roots) this year in their pots.  I am sure that the drought had an impact, as well.

So, for fun, here are the ones I have that have never bloomed (photos from the web):

Apache Beacon

Apache Beacon

coyote laughs

Coyote Laughs

Cricket Call

Cricket Call

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Cripple Creek

Dancing Maiden

Dancing Maiden

Echo Canyon_jpg

Echo Canyon

Feather Woman

Feather Woman

Golden Eclipse

Golden Eclipse

Kachina Firecracker.jpg

Kachina Dancer

Kiva Dancer

Kiva Dancer

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Land of Enchantment

Maya Cha Cha

Maya Cha Cha

Medicine Feather

Medicine Feather

Mount Echo Sunrise

Mount Echo Sunrise

Navajo Grey Hills

Navajo Grey Hills

Ojo de Dios

Ojo de Dios

 

Orchid Moonrise

Orchid Moonrise

PuebloDancer.JPG

The Real Pueblo Dancer

Spirit of the Morning

Spirit of the Morning

Star over Milagro

Star over Milagro

Truchas Sunrise.JPG

Truchas Sunrise

Wildwood Flower

Wildwood Flower

We made improvements, but we have aways to go.  That’s life