Worth the Wait!

Today. Two dozen still bloom.  One Premier – Carlotta.  She has a story.  She was a bonus plant early in my daylily root days.  She was planted in our adobe dirt overwhelmed with the bluebells.  When I transplanted to pots, she was seedling size.  Today comes her first bloom.  Much better than the pictures.  She is lacy and flowing.  I like her.

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Chaco Canyon – who did not bloom in 2019 until yesterday – threw an extra petal today.  I’ve not seen her do that before.  Also, worth the wait.

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And, here it is, bedtime, again.

Fall Blooms and Roots

Time flies . . . it has been a couple of weeks since I posted.  A lot has happened. I am less than two weeks away from my doctorate.  And, I believe I have a full-time job in my future. A couple cultivators are still in bloom, and I have new roots in the ground.  Perhaps returning to school is like planting new roots.  You give them water, soil, sunshine, and fertilizer.  Then, in time they bloom.  Blooms are like jobs – the reward for the TLC given to the roots.

Today’s blooms were Heirloom Heaven:

 

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

 

And, Red Hot Returns (with less thrip damage than before):

 

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Red Hot Returns – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

As promised, here are the Painted Petroglyph roots from a couple weeks ago next to the photo from a few days ago:

Progress toward that 2017 bloom.  Like submitting an assignment . . .  it takes time.

Fall is here and my attention is turning to my winter indoor blooms.  My amaryllis bulbs and poinsettia need to go dark soon.  I got a new mum, Thanksgiving cactus, and designer begonia.  My Gerber Daisy is in bloom, as is my azalea. Oh, and those geraniums.  They tend to be my winter bloomers.   I will probably blog about those some over the winter.

I’m also working on my fall daylily fertilizing program.  My re-bloomers ran out of steam this year, so that is a sign that they need more nutrients.   I have added some great Ned Roberts roots to my Southwest daylily patch – Glen Eyrie, Adios Albuquerque, Twirling Pinata, and Truchas Sunrise.  I got extra fans (as bonuses) of Echo Canyon and Desert Icicle that will thicken up my existing plants.  My Navajo Rodeo roots are booming this time.  And, I think I am already getting my spring daylily order planned.  That paycheck will be great to feed my daylily habit.

Live Life Like a Daylily, One Day at a Time

One of the things that I like best about daylilies is that they are in the moment.  And, when the moment is over, they move on.  They don’t hold on to the past, like we humans do.  So, today they are my mentors.

Today I had four bloomers.  Perhaps this is a sign of optimism from my little friends.  I had little Heirloom Heaven:

 

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

 

And, Frans Hals:

 

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

 

Orange Flurry:

 

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

 

Finally, Stella de Oro:

 

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Stella de Oro – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

I love the late fall-colored blooms, but I have got to tell you that I find new roots almost equal in their awesomeness.  I mean, you get some stuff in the mail that looks like wilted root veggies and you trim them back and plant them.  And, within days, they start becoming daylilies.  They are so optimistic about the future!

These are the Painted Petroglyph roots that I planted on Tuesday and they already have new green growth.  I’ll try to take another photo next week for comparison.  Next to the roots is a web photo of the cultivator in bloom.  I cannot wait for spring.