Mapping Daylilies

Perhaps it is a bit premature to start my “between the seasons” chores. However, the best time to update my garden map was with several of the cultivators in bloom. It is funny what I forget when they aren’t blooming and look like a cross between grass and a spider plant. So, I printed off the old map and thought it would be a few adjustments. However, the garden grew and changed over the years and the numbering system was confusing – so I started from scratch.

Garden maps are great, though. You know what you have and what you don’t have. You know approximately where your cultivators are – so when that bloom you don’t remember pops up, you can figure out what it is (esp if you lost the label.

Anyway, back to the blooms – I had 3 very different premiers today.

El Desperado 7.17 – This was actually the first cultivator I had in the Southwest Garden (that was much smaller and just had yucca. I put it in a pot and set it out there with no water system other than my watering can. Suffice it to say, she didn’t flourish. I moved her and she did fine but up and died a couple years ago, so this is a replacement. She taught me that I needed irrigation out there before I tried daylilies in that spot, again. Now, there are 79.
Oh Erica 7.17 – This is a new addition to the family garden this year. I found the daylily by searching the family member’s name but couldn’t find it for sale. I found the hybridizer and he sold me the fans. I hope she does OK – she looks a little but eaten.
Purple Many Faces 7.17 – Pretty late for a premier bloom from this Roberts spider. It usually blooms early July. IDK – moving to the pot – also the drought – she was very slot to start this spring due to looking very dry.

Finales included a lot of big yellow-white flowers today. Sad to see them go.

Heavenly Curls finale 7.17 – She had her best bloom year ever, though!
Ghost Ranch finale 7.17 – She only had 2 buds so one premier and one finale. Glad I ordered more.
Papa Longlegs finale 7.17 – He also had a good bloom year.
Hopi Jewel finale 7.17 – I think of her as an earlier bloomer so it is unusual to still have her blooming.
Coral Taco finale 7.16 – I missed her yesterday
Prelude to Love finale 7.17

Only about 36 hours until I head for New Mexico for a few days – to see a Truchas sunrise and visit Ghost Ranch – Oh, and drive the Enchanted Circle in the land of enchantment.

Daylily Who’s Who????

Another amazing day with over 60 cultivators in bloom.  I blogged the other day about knowing my flowers by name tags, mapping, and photographic surroundings.  Well, I blew it on one of my Roberts spiders.  It all feels so rushed with being at work most of the day – I have been home with my daylilies for the last 4 summers.  That is when my collection grew.  Now, I rush around in the morning to get pictures and that is really the only time I see these beauties.  Hopefully, in a couple years, I can reduce my summer hours.

Until then, my flub was stellar.  That is, both daylilies referred to the sky.  Seriously, looking at them, they totally look like their names.  I don’t know how I got them mixed up other than taking 80-100 photos off my camera, editing and organizing in the evening . . . and travel, and two special needs dogs, and work.  Well, stellar flubs happen.  Here they are both in bloom the same day (today), which helped.

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Star over Milagro 7/24

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Truchas Sunrise 7/24

So, now that I have confessed, here are today’s Premiers:

Mama Cuna is another Roberts daylily – it is good to see her, again! She resembles Star over Milagro – I need to look up and see if they share genes in common.

Indian Sky is probably not the real Indian Sky, although it was sold as such.  It was one of my early online purchases – it fit my Southwest theme. I think it is still really pretty.

Rosie’s Red was another bonus daylily – and one I really like.  The deep red color is beautiful and I like the shape.

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Mama Cuna 7/24

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Indian Sky 7/24

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Rosie’s Red