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.

The Company They Keep!

Sorting photos of daylilies . . .  People ask me how I keep them straight.  Well, I don’t always but I generally do OK because I have some systems to help.  First, I have a garden map that I created a couple years ago.  It is awesome, it has circles for each daylily in my Southwest Garden with the color of each daylily.  And, they have letters/numbers.  You can look up the letter/number and see the daylily name with a photo.

The other system is metal markers that have paint pen on them.  Want to know a little secret – if you spray them with engine spray after you paint the name on it stays on for years!!!

So, if one system fails, I have the other.  As I go through old photos, though, there is a system that works even if it has been a while since you took the photo.  Well, look at the company it keeps.  I look for landscaping or other plants.  I look for other daylilies – what is the backdrop.  Usually, I can figure it out.  I did make a couple mistakes on Treasure of the Southwest (confused with Soco Gap) that I need to go back and fix.

It feels good to be sort of caught up.  But, I realize how different this year is as far as photography.  Previous years, I took my phone photos to post on Facebook or if I didn’t have time to download from the camera.  I used the camera to get multiple shots of each bloom – especially new blooms and last blooms.  This year, both the cell and camera only have one photo of each cultivator/day except in a few cases.  That means if the daylily was blooming during my trip, I may only have a photo or two of it for the whole year – half a dozen max.

Perhaps I can enjoy snapping a few more photos now that the trips are done and I have my photosystem for the year up and running.  I had 65 total, today.  The peak is still with us.  Anyway – not quite so many Premiers today.  Here they are:

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Apache Uprising 7/22

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Marque Moon

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Red Hot Returns 7/22

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Zuni Eye 7/22

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Oh, and my amazing Easter Lily Cactus bloomed today.  Like daylilies, the blooms only last one day.  Enjoy each moment for it will never return.