Drizzle and Dragons

Sunday. I decided not to work on work until later or tomorrow because my energy is feeling all the change. I slept in and woke up to delightful drizzle in my garden. I had 18 bloomers and one Premier – Heirloom Heaven. She was a bonus and she is supermini. Also, one of my most reliable fall bloomers. I know the season is starting to close-up for another year when I see her.

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Heirloom Heaven – 8.11

That said, I still have well over 100 buds – maybe close to 200. Last year, I had 18. So, the blog will continue.

I also had another one of my amaryllis bloom today – Double Dragon. Pretty color and shape. It makes me wonder about the real triggers for blooming because my bloom rate is better in the summer. I am considering leaving these guys out and just cutting water this year. Or, maybe leave them in the cellar until spring. I would have more room for other plants with plan B, but my bloom rate might be better with plan A.

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Double Dragon Amaryllis 8.11

I have also come to terms with the fact that I am burned out with my orchids. Oh, I still love them but work is requiring more energy than anticipated and I have come to dread orchid chores. So, if a few die off, that is OK. I decided to try air plants because they are more resilient to drought but still look good in glass, like my water culture orchids. I purchased a few to fill dead orchid areas. That should help my winter pass. It feels like fall today!

Air plants in glass

Air plant in macrame hanger

There Goes The Sun

Tonight will be my last nightly blog.  Maybe weekly from here out.  It struck me how dark it was by the time I got off work.  Like, WTH?  The change always seems so quick to me in fall and so slow in the spring.  And, then we set the clocks to make it worse.

 

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Anasazi

 

Today, though, brought another double Anasazi bloom.  These are such cool flowers!!!  I have wondered if there was a mix-up when they shipped it . . . early/mid bloomer and not a double.  But, it is a rebloomer, so maybe that is why is showed up so late.  I did find a post in the Lily Auction today that said that it can double.  Perhaps it knows it is stealing the show right now with so little competition.

 

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Azalea

 

It reminds me a bit of my new Azalea, actually.  Pink frilly blossoms.  Make blooms while the sun shines. Tomorrow starts the 4th month of blooms.  I can’t wait for May!

Speaking of Anasazi, this weekend, I am off to the 4-Corners!

 

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Yellow Punch

 

Before the Last Bloom?

Today seemed a bit cooler in my garden.  We are decidedly on the downside of summer.  My friend Frans Hals showed up, again.  I put this guy in a few years ago and forgot about it . . . I was later surprised to find it blooming in September.

 

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

 

 

Pizza Crust was back today, as well.  It has about 3 more buds.

 

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

 

Orange Flurry is a cool little bloom.  Always a joy to have the late bloomers.  Each bloom can be savored.  And, this one is growing on me.

 

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

 

And, my Stellas showed up again.  I have a feeling I will be giving these away right and left as they are very fast growers. And, easy care.

 

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

 

 

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

 

That is it for this day . . . about 2 months out from freezing.  About time to get the couple of fall plants that I ordered online in the mail.  Probably next week.  I am considering one more . . . and I hope for a new job that brings me half the joy that growing these bright blooms does.  Soon.  Before the last bloom?

 

Savoring the Four Seasons with Daylilies

Savoring is the art of being in the moment and totally immersing ourselves into an experience.  It means no multi-tasking or thinking about chores.  It also includes planning for experiences, as well as reminiscing about the past good times.

So, today my yard takes on all of the above.  Here are my in the moment blooms:

Apache Uprising:

 

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Apache Unrising – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Royal Palace Prince:

 

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

 

Fairy Tale Pink:

 

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Fairy Tale Pink – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Marque Moon:

 

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

 

Orange Flurry:

 

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

 

Stella do Oro:

 

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

 

In savoring the 2016 daylily season, I write this blog.  Last night, I actually looked through every post I made this summer.  It will be so cool to read back on things this winter, while I am painting these beauties.  I have tile paintings of Inwood, Cheddar Cheese and Route 66 in my room.  I said I didn’t want to ever have a day of the year where I didn’t wake up to daylily blooms.  And, so it is.  I cannot wait to add a few paintings of my new Ned Roberts Spiders.

And, that is a perfect segway into savoring through planning.  I have a few interventions for my Ned Roberts garden to start this month.  Things to empower more blooms next year.  Last night, I also found a Ned Roberts spider that is pretty rare on the auction, and put in a bid (it’s under $10).  I got my potted ones planted yesterday . . . the ones that were only temporarily in pots.  And, I fertilized.  It’s all part of beginning to savor next season.

The seasons of savoring daylilies:

Spring: Looking for the baby fans, cleaning out beds, watering on nice days, fertilize a little, early bloomers show-up!

Summer: Bloom fest! Photography and active blogging. Savor each colorful bloom.  Also, water, weeds, insects, and dead-heading.

Fall: Savor the late bloomers. Take time to smell each one.  Begin preparing beds for fall.  Fall planting.  Begin to consider which cultivators will make the best paintings.

Winter: Break out the paints!  Be creative – what new ways can daylilies be painted objects that I see every day during the cold, bleak months?  Paint daylilies on pumpkins.  Hey, what about daylily ornaments?  (I just thought of that one and need to consider how I might accomplish that before Christmas.) I love the daylily solar lights in my garden.  More for this winter, too.  Oh, the list goes on.  And, hey, what about searching for a few rare daylilies to add to my garden in the spring?  Look, winter is the busiest season of savoring of all!