Back to the Drawing Board

Going back to the drawing board is both literal and figurative for me this day.  And, when you are a creative, drawing boards can help generate positive emotion.

When I buy daylilies with southwestern names, I usually am attracted to names like Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon – places where I have been. With Ghost Ranch, I put the cart before the horse.  Or, the daylily before the trip.

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Oh, the name sounded southwestern, and it is a Ned Roberts bloom, so I Googled it.  Much to my surprise, this place called Ghost Ranch was just over in my neighbor, New Mexico.  At first, I saw it said no dogs.  But, I did call the morning we were driving through that area on the road trip.  Dogs, sure!  Just bring a leash.

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This is a beautiful place that is the subject of Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings.  It is clearly on the Colorado Plateau – I knew as soon as  saw the rock structures.  The only downside was that we got there during the beginning of a good size windstorm, so hiking was not as fun and the light was rather muted.  At any rate, here is Ghost Ranch on Ghost Ranch . . . my drawing board.

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Ghost Ranch was the only new bloom today.  I had 10 different cultivators today.  Nice little smiles, each.  My last Blue Beat, though.  See you next year! No, wait.  See you when I break out the Christmas present paint.

 

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From R to L: Top Row – Classy Lady, Fine Time Lucille, Desert Icicle, Blue Beat, South Seas.  Row Two: Primal Scream, Lullaby Baby, Ghost Ranch, Marque Moon, Mini Pearl.

 

 

First Frost! (and 26 daylilies)

No, it’s really 88 degrees.  It would be warmer if the monsoon clouds weren’t providing some shade.  No real rain yet, but cooler than the last few weeks.  In fact, cool enough for frost.  Well, Lime Frost.

When I arranged daylilies last summer, I put plant labels and entered each location in my software.  However, it doesn’t really sink in what is where until they bloom and then you remember to color.  So, when I was checking for buds last night, I was surprised that Lime Frost looked full-term.  This is booked as a very  late season bloomer, but it is still mid-July.  Oh, well, we had Desert Icicles so welcome to our delusion of cold weather.

 

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

 

Another brand new face is Autumn Jewel.  This was a gift plant – this spring.  A later gift plant, even.  I love the bloom.  It is a relative of El Desperado. It’s slated as another late bloomer.  But, here it is anyway.

 

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

 

Fine Time Lucille is another brand new face today.  I ordered her last summer when I was first learning the online order thing.  The name sold this one . . . I have been humming the song all day.

 

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Fine Time Lucille (with Primal Scream) – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

And, Skinwalker showed up in my Southwestern garden today . . . these first blooms are sometimes a little rough looking.  Hoping for more soon from this one!

 

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Skinwalker – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Of mention is that Electric Lizard, having been fertilized, put in another pale bloom.  I now wonder if it has too much sun.  I am getting some more fans at a summer sale, as I think it would look better a little fuller.

 

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Electric Lizard – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

So, here is the collage with all 26 blooms.  I tried for rainbow order, as I had both a near-blue and a green in bloom today.

 

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From L to R: Top Row – Baja, Indian Love Call, Ruby Spider, Thin Man, Soco Gap.  Second Row – Orange Vols, Primal Scream, Aztec Firebird, South Seas.  Third Row – Mini Pearl, Mayan Poppy, Pick of the Litter.  Fourth Row – Skinwalker, Electric Lizard, Dream Catcher, Lullaby Baby.  Fifth Row – Lime Frost.  Sixth Row – Blue Beat. Seventh Row – Stephanie Returns, Prairie Blue Eyes, Return A Smile, Fine Time Lucille.  Eighth Row – Blackthorne, Zuni Thunderbird, Purple de Oro, Autumn Jewel.  

 

As peak lingers, I begin to think of next year.  I want to do more work with the Southwest garden.  Maybe some compost or manure around each plant.  Loosen the soil around the roots and add the amendments.  That area has been sterile of plants so long, it probably could use some bio additives.  Pots, yes, some need to be relocated.  Others need pebbles in the bottoms.  It will be fun moving them inside the porch this winter – the evergreens.  I have had 57 different cultivators bloom so far this year.  Next year, 100 by this time!  Let’s do it!