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:



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


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



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.

It is Better than Therapy!

Here I am, finishing up my doctorate and still waiting for the next door to open.  My knuckles get raw from knocking.  They said it would open doors, and I need to stay optimistic, positive.

The garden helps.  And, the blog is to be my happy place, so I won’t dwell on bloody knuckles here.  I will say that when I left my computer to go put compost and manure in my daylily pots (some needed to be replanted do to settling), my mood shifted.  I was focused in the moment.  Painting daylily tiles does the same thing. Flow.  Loss of time, self. So, hey, what a blessing these guys are to grow.  It is more than the blooms . . . it is the cycle of life.

Today was my last Pizza Crust for the year.  It is a lot prettier later in the day to me.  So, this was actually taken in the evening.  Have to savor the last one.



Pizza Crust – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And. Stella.  She seems to be taking a break before sending new scapes . . . and I have 3 of her.  So, I shall be patient.



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


I still have Frans Hals, Heirloom Heaven, and Red Hot Returns. And, a few new plantings on the way . . . big, classy spiders.  I just love them with the yucca.  As Tom Hanks said in Castaway – Let’s see what the tide brings in tomorrow.  A new bloom, an interview, a porta-potty?  Here is to optimism!


Daylily Blooms Last Forever!

Perhaps it is the blog.  Or, perhaps it is painting with my granddaughter a few days ago.  And, maybe it is because I want to keep peak season alive all year.  At any rate, I broke out the paintbrush in an attempt to keep my last Zuni Thunderbird alive forever.  It was fun.  And, it’s been 9 months since I painted one of my cultivators.  That’s too long.  So, I got my fix.



Zuni Thunderbird – Painting by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Frans Hals appeared for the first time since 2014.  I like this older daylily so much that I bought one online only to discover that I had one in my yard from the years when I wasn’t quite this addicted.  I like bi-tone daylilies – I think that they are stunning.



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


Other blooms today in my thinning garden included my last Marque Moon:



Marque Moon – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Pizza Crust:



Pizza Crust – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Apache Uprising among the Prickley Pear:



Apache Uprising with Prickley Pear Cactus – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, Orange Flurry:



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


My mind is shifting to fall.  I’ll be a doctor in a little over a month.  I hope that there is a bloom on the day I give my presentation.  That would rock.  If there isn’t, I will still wake up to my favorite blossoms.

Like a Box of Chocolates!

So, today I applied for two more jobs and tomorrow my family comes.  After that, it is some catch-up work with school.  I can’t believe I am done in 6 weeks – I’ll have my Doctorate in Nursing Practice!  It’s wonderful and frightening.  The downside of online school is that it can be isolating.  It seems especially pronounced now that we are almost done.

So, I promise myself one trip away from the dogs every couple of days.  It gets me out with real humans and no leashes.  Now, I love my dogs but I also enjoy feeling human.  So, today I visited a local nursery that is having a plant sale.  Four dollar daylilies – cool.  I’ve decided to put Stellas in a couple more of my containers so they have season long bloomers.  It may be good motivation to water them more – and get more blooms from the more specialty plants.

So, welcome to the yard Orange Flurry (in bloom today with scapes and buds):



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


And, another couple of Stellas.  I thought it might be interesting to show the ones I got over the weekend with the new one.  The new one is definitely more orange tone.

The other new ones have buds and scapes, but not in bloom today . . . so we wait.  And one is a mystery label one, so like Forest Gump said . . .

Other blooms are Pizza Crust:



Pizza Crust – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Lime Frost:



Lime Frost – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Marque Moon:



Marque Moon – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Prelude to Love:



Prelude to Love – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Orange Vols:



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


El Desperado:



El Desperado – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Royal Palace Prince:



Royal Palace Prince – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


With any luck, I’ll have blooms until Jack Frost shows.  Here is to hoping I have a job by then, too! And, by next spring there will be more flourishing at my home than ever!

Winding down . . . a little

The daylily peak has come, and gone, for another year.  With my intense focus on savoring it during this summer of my doctorate, I am almost glad.  Heavy on the almost.  As with all things, we assimilate over time.  If I did not get my daylily withdraw pains from November through March (yes, fans count!), I would not have time to think creatively about daylilies in a new way.  Last year, I made tile coasters, tiled tables, self-watering jars, and solar lit mason jars all with the images of my daylily heavy summer.



Dream Catcher – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


If I have any regrets about this year, it is not the yard improvements that I have made.  It is that some of my regulars did not bloom . . . or had much-reduced bloom.  I am not sure why . . . well, probably water and sunshine.   I am sure I played into it by putting pots in places that were too shady or not pre-watering enough in the spring.  But, there is something bigger, because two of my three clumps of flamingo grass also did not bloom.  Strange.



El Desperado – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


I’ve already made changes in the last couple of weeks.  Amended soils, moved pots, changed watering systems.  It’s a long quality improvement cycle until next spring.  Oh, how I wish daylilies could talk.  That said, I have a few sending up scapes for later blooms – one that last bloomed 2 years ago.  At any rate, last count I have had 64 of 135 bloom this year.  That’s 47%.  I have 4 more with scapes that have not bloomed yet.  If they all survive, I will hit 50.  That’s good, but leaves room for some quality improvement to make sure all my new additions this year can flourish.  Look out, 2017!


Collage 2016-07-28 13_31_06

From L to R: Top Row – El Desperado, Dream Catcher.  Second Row – Marque Moon, Lime Frost, South Seas.  Third Row – Primal Scream, Soco Gap, Melon Balls.


All in the Family

As I typed in this title, I actually Googled to see if there is an Archie Bunker daylily. Fortunately, my search didn’t find any such flower.  The title of this blog is because I want to talk about a section of my daylily garden with names from my family. Because today Stephanie Returns returned for 2016.  My oldest daughter is a Stephanie, too. And, she returned to Colorado the year that I came across this cultivator at the local nursery.


Stephanie Returns – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Following after mom, my Isaac daylily is close to a first ever bloom in my yard.  Definitely tomorrow.  Isaac is also my 3-year-old grandson’s name.


Isaac bud – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Mini Pearl was my grandma’s name, and I have a daylily by the same name with scapes, also added last year.  Interestingly enough, there is a daylily named Catherine Irene which is also my mom’s first and middle name.  I am still waiting on that one to send scapes.  I have Mayan Poppy for my granddaughter, Maia.  It also has scapes.  I have a couple more to add in that section – I am waiting to see what space looks like after the first year.  But, it is already a very special section of my garden.  Right by my front door.

Other new faces for today are Razzamatazz, a pretty little purple bloom that I have had for a couple of years.


Razzamatazz – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

All-in-all, I have 12 full blooms and a very ready-to-bloom bud of Isaac.  Today, I mixed-it-up and made the collage in alphabetical order.  Lots of yellows and purples today.

Collage 2016-07-12 15_08_58

From L to R. Top Row: Canyon Colors, Indian Love Call, Isaac, Lady Fingers. Row Two: Mesa Verde, Mildred Mitchell, Purple De Oro, Razzamatazz, Return A Smile. Bottom Row: Ruby Spider, Soco Gap, South Seas, and Stephanie Returns.

I have had 32 different cultivators bloom so far in 2016.  That is somewhere around 25% of my daylily collection.  I am hoping for 50% this year, because so many are new.  And, the ones for $2 often take a couple years to bloom.  My long-term goal is 80% per year.  Time to quite, though, cause I am thinking like a doctor.  And this is my get-away time.



Not Southwestern, but Native American

I sit in a hotel so that I can attend a clinical conference the next few days. It’s going to be good, I think.  Still, I hate missing daylily blooms.

Today’s featured bloom is Soco Gap.  It was sent as a gift plant last fall.  I had no clue what the name meant so I Googled it and found out that it does link to Native Americans. Soco Gap was a place in North Carolina where the Shawnee were defeated by the Cherokee.   Therefore, it is in my Southwestern (mostly) Ned Roberts garden.  It is a pretty bloom amongst the yucca plants.  I like the red-orange color.



Soco Gap – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


The other new face today is Mildred Mitchell.  The name reminds me a bit of Watergate, but it is really named for the hybridizers family member.  It is a near blue, which was clear to my eye.  It was too bright by the time I got out and it does not look blue to the camera under the sun.  It is a pretty flower, just the same.



Mildred Mitchell – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


The other bloom that I will mention in the text is Return A Smile.  She had blooms in her container on the porch and in the front garden.  It is a division of the same plant.  I am amazed by the difference that the sun exposure makes to color.  It makes identification much more interesting because these guys are not color stable in bright sun.

And, my collage for today.  Best day yet – that is nine blooms if you count both Return a Smile blooms. (Flowers moving clockwise from top left – Mesa Verde, Early Bird Cardinal, Primal Scream, Ruby Spider, and Lady Fingers (center).


Collage 2016-07-06

Mesa Verde, Early Bird Cardinal, Primal Scream, Ruby Spider, and Lady Fingers – Photos by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt



Can’t wait to see what is up next when I return home!  I am considering finding high country flowers as I walk around this area and blogging a bit about those.  I am at 9,000+ feet above sea level.  And, I have empty nest for my own garden already. 🙂

Red, White, and Blue

Today is Independence Day, and my dad’s birthday.  He is gone now, but the day is always a memory of him.  It is also the first day of my last term at school.  In 11 weeks, I am a doctor!  I hope my daylily blooms have peaked by then.

I am so glad I have Ruby Spider in the front garden now, with separating my original plant last year.  Why?  Because it is peak bluebell and daisy season.  Makes for a great red, white and blue photo.


Ruby Spider with daisies and blue bells – photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Other than a hint of patriotic hues in the garden, it was another slow day.  At first I thought I had no blooms in my Ned Roberts southwestern spider garden.  It wasn’t until we got home from the downtown events that I noticed Winds of Love.  It was pretty burned out by the time I got the photo.


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

What is cool, though, is that to the yucca in that garden are in love with more water . . . and one I have never seen blooming is doing so now.  It was a much smaller yucca garden for several years.  One put in to hide the blemish of a tree removed to replace the sewer line.  It got it got ignored more than not.  But the yucca grew, so I figure there would be enough sun for daylilies.  I can’t wait until the space has matured a bit, because I think the yuccas and daylilies will look fabulous together.


Yucca Bloom – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

All of that said, I would give the prize for best flower to The Colorado Kid.  Once again, fabulous vibrant color.


The Colorado Kid – photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Wild Horses came to march in the parade of color today.  Always a favorite.


Wild Horses – photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

And, Early Bird Cardinal tried to look patriotic, as well.


Early Bird Cardinal – photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

And, hey, one of my favorite daylily companions, Flamingo Grass, is blooming.  Come on daylilies, lets roll!


So, that is it for the Fourth of July.  I think we may see Canyon Colors tomorrow.  Slo-mo daylily season.


The Colorado Kid: Our Mascot in Bloom

It was odd how daylily fever gripped me last summer.  I was just coming off a rough spot in my career and headed back to school for my doctorate.   The more I figured out online ordering, the more I got into looking for specialty daylilies.  And, for a few weeks, the near blues intrigued me deeply.  I ordered a few . . . (3/5 I lost in the spring).  But, I had ordered a couple more later on, because I thought they had nice blue.  The Colorado Kid is in my yard both because of color and name.  I am infatuated by my first near blue bloom.  Do not ask how many photos I took of it this AM.  This is that one that is the mascot of this blog! Check out our logo.  The Colorado Kid is prettier than I imagined it.


The Colorado Kid in shade – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

The color is more purple in direct sunlight, but still an stunning color combination.


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

Other bloomers today include Ruby Spider. I love those huge red peddles.  I have painted them on so many Christmas gifts!


Ruby Spider – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

And Hopi Jewel.


Hopi Jewel – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

And, last but not least, Early Bird Cardinal.  His eyes were not quite open yet when I snapped this before work.


Early Bird Cardinal just waking up – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Tomorrow, I am not sure.  I think Desert Flame.  I guess that gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning!

Focus on Daylilies

I went camping this weekend.  It’s my semester break from my doctoral program.  However, I am teaching a class and implementing my project.  So, it was a quick get away.  I came home to find that I had missed Chief Four Fingers and Early Bird Cardinal’s first blooms.  However, Happy Returns had two blossoms to greet me.

As always, I ran out with my Canon Powershot and my Kindle to get a shot.  After that, I went in to download my vacation pictures.  On the same card are my first camera versions of the photos that I have shared here.  I thought  would do a couple of comparisons.

Below is my first bloom, Electric Lizard. The first one is by Kindle, the second with the Powershot.



Electric Lizard Daylily taken with Amazon Kindle




Electric Lizard taken with Canon Powershot


Below is Dream Keeper, first by Kindle and then by Powershot:



Dream Keeper taken with Amazon Kindle



Dream Keeper 6

Dream Keeper taken with Canon Powershot


I paint my Christmas gifts from the photos, so detail and color are important.  Still, I am on a student budget until I return to work.  So these are my options.  The Kindle does a decent job for something that I can post immediately.  However, the Canon sure has crisper detail.

I welcome any thoughts experiences readers have had with photographing these beauties.  I am hopeful for another bloom or two very soon.