Happy Birthday, Colorado!

Today is Colorado Day! My home state is 145 years old today! I remember when it was 100 and I was 21, but we won’t go there.

Today, before my one premier, I want to talk about my CO namesake daylilies. I am going to start with Cripple Creek, because she was in bloom today.

Cripple Creek on Colorado Day, 8.1.21
Echo Canyon – blooming earlier this year. There are several Echo Canyons in CO, so it is a guess that Ned Roberts named her with Colorado in mind.
Glen Eyrie in bloom last week. That name is Colorado through and through.
Mesa Verde – in bloom earlier this month and also 100% Colorado. We were there last weekend, actually.
Rocky Mountain Pals was named for a healthcare team in Colorado.
The Colorado Kid – our name sake. Definite Colorado ties here!

That’s a nice batch of daylilies to celebrate Colorado’s 145th BD.

Now, on to our (likely) next to last premier. I only have Adios Albuquerque left unless we get an August Surprise. I love Navajo Curls. She looks like melting butter to me. An awesome late bloomer with a ton of buds.

Navajo Curls premier 8.1.1

I’m blogged out for the moment but I will be back after a short break – later this week. Despite having over 2 dozen in bloom today, we have a lot of finales brewing.

July Daylily Roundup A-M

The next two posts are a listing of the daylilies that have bloomed ANYTIME during July – even if they started in June. It is a large list but also a colorful one. I believe only 3 of my cultivators were totally done in June – Saratoga Springtime, Scorpio and yellow Stella de Oro.

If you like Ned Roberts cultivators, you have come to the right place because I have about 70 of them, and most (except Navajo Curls and Adios Albuquerque) that are going to bloom the year have bloomed sometime during July.

I went to the rodeo here last night, so I am all practiced-up and ready to go.

Alabama Jubilee 6.26-7.10
All American Chief 6.22-7.9
Apache Bandana 6.30-7.10
Autumn Jewels 7.16-present
Aztec Firebird 7.8-7.31
Baby Blue Eyes 7.6-7.27
Baja 7.10-7.29
Bella Boo 7.2-7.16
Bela Lugosi 7.4-7.26
Big Red Rhyme (NOID) 6.22-7.11
Black Arrowhead 7.6-7.30
Blackthorne 7.6-7.13
Black Eyed Susan 7.4-7.19
Black Ice 7.4-7.18
Blue Beat 7.9-7.17
Buttered Popcorn 7.7-7-25
Candy Cane Dreams 7.1-7.19
Canyon Colors 6.15-present
Catherine Irene 6.24-7.13
Chaco 6.27-present
Cheddar Cheese 7.3-7.17
Cherokee Star 7.9-8.1
Cheyenne Eyes 7.6-7.19
Chief Four Fingers 6.12-7.15
Chokecherry Mountain 7.5-7.27
Chorus Line 7.6-presend
Classy Lady 7.6-7.29
Coburg Fright Wig 7.11-7.30
Comanche Princess 6.18-7.11
Coral Taco 7.2-7.16
Cricket Call 7.3-7.17
Cripple Creek 7.19-present
Dancing Maiden 7.16-present
Desert Icicle 7.26-present
Dr Doom 7.30-present
Dream Catcher 7.14-present
Dream Keeper 6.11-7.1
Early Bird Cardinal 6.27-7.13
Echo Canyon 6.21-7.10
El Desperado 7.17-present
Fairytale Pink 7.11-7.17
Feather Woman 7.5-7.9
Fine Time Lucille 7.10-7.17
Fol de Rol 7.4-7.17
Fooled Me 7.10-7.16
Frans Hals 7.15-present
“Fringe Benefit” 6.27-7.12 (mislabeled bonus)
Funny Valentine 6.20-7.8
Ghost Ranch 7.12-7.17
Glen Eyrie 7.25-7.30 (started while I was on vaca 7.19-24)

Golden Eclipse 7.16-present

Happy Hopi 7.7-7.31
Happy Returns 6.27-7.12
Heavenly Curls 7.5-7.17
Heirloom Heaven 7.25-present
Hesperus 7.12-present
Holy Sombrero 7.7-7.25
Hopi Jewel 6.27-7.17
Iktomi 7.9-7.29
Indian Love Call 7.13-7.27
Indian Sky 7.13-present
Indian Giver 6.30-7.17
Inwood 6.22-7.12
Jungle Queen 7.1-7.19-24? Finished during vacation
Just Plumb Happy 7.4-7.15
Kachina Dancer 6.30-7.16
Kokopelli 6.25-7.19
Lacy Doily 7.3-7.16
Lady Fingers 6.23-7.19
Land of Enchantment 6.23-7.11
Lime Frost 7.11-7.16
Lobo Lucy 7.13-7.31
Longlesson Showoff 7.5.7.18
Lullaby Baby 7.7 to present
Mama Cuna 7.11-present
Marque Moon 7.13-7.19 (ended 7.19-7.24 during vaca)
Mauna Loa 6.27-7.10
Maya Cha Cha 7.4-7.19
Medicine Feather 7.5-7.18
Melon Balls 7.6-7.15
Mesa Verde 6.15-7.13
Mini Pearl 6.26-7.31
Mount Echo Sunrise 6.28-7.19

July Round-up N-Z – click here for more beautiful July blooms!

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The Last Shift

I’m a nurse and I have worked the last shift – in the old days that was 11 PM to 7 AM, although most places have gone to 12s, so it is 7 P to 7 A. When you show up for the last shift, there is still a lot that can happen. It is far from over. However, it tends to be quieter with administration and many of the departments (and physicians) asleep at home unless called. As a midwife, I generally preferred last shift births because it was less hectic.

I would say the same for daylilies – their cycle is more like the 8 hour day, but the first shift is slower than in nursing. These are the early bloomers, often yellow trumpets plus a few brave early bloomers. The second shift is crazy, especially this year. Many of the first shift stayed late and a few of the last shift showed up early. Hectic, yes. Now, it is clearly the late shift – time to gear down and savor the last few weeks of the season.

I am going to focus on premiers since 7.18, since I was on a camping road trip last week. I have had numerous finales during that time . . . too many. I plan to do a month wrap-up post at the end of the month with all the July bloomers and their bloom date range. It will take hours to put together.

Premiers (with date of premier bloom if known)

Cripple Creek – Premier 7.19
Skinwalker – Premier 7.19
Zuni Thunderbird – Premier 7.19
Royal Palace Prince – Premier 7.25 (actually, while I was on vacation)
Glen Eyrie – Premier 7.25 (actually, while I was on vacation)
Heirloom Heaven – Premier 7.25
Desert Icicle – Premier 7.26
Premier 7.26 (actually, while I was on vacation)
Purple Corn Dancer – Premier 7.27 (She usually closes out my blooms, but I have new scapes on Adios Albuquerque, Navajo Curls and Dr Doom. IDK who will clock-out last this year).
Orange Vols – Premier 7.27 (actually, while I was on vacation)
Pizza Crust – Premier 7.27 (actually, while I was on vacation)

I now count 151 +/- cultivators that have bloomed this year. I have 3 more premiers (with scapes) coming. Occasionally, someone will through a brand new (not re-bloom) scape in August. One time, Santa’s Pants threw one in October. But, we can count on 154 +/- for the season. That puts us at about 86% bloom rate – one of our highest years. I need to look back.

From here on, the focus will be finales. There are lots so maybe I’ll just wait until the end of the month and tie it up there. IDK.

Sixty-Six Spiderman Daylilies for 2020

Hi all – When it is Saturday and it hasn’t been the fun day that I planned. COVID had driven the world mad – and they seem to all be mad at me. So, how about a little Ned Robert’s daylily therapy? I fell in love with Ned’s southwestern named daylilies after finding Kokopelli on Lily Auction 5 years ago. I have a collection of 70 ish now. I am including a few from 2019 if they didn’t bloom this year. Comment with your favorite! Direct from Montrose, Colorado . . .

Adios Albuquerque 2019
Apache Bandana 2019
Apache Beacon (w Dream Catcher) 2019
Aztec Firebird 7.19.20
BlackArrowhead 7.19.20
Black Ice 7.21.20
Chaco Canyon 7.29.20
Cheyenne Eyes 6.30.20
Chief Four Fingers 2019
Chokecherry Mountain 7.20.20
Comanche Princess 6.26.20
Coral Taco 6.30.20
Cricket Call 2019
Coyote Laughs 7.20.20
Cripple Creek 7.21.20
Dancing Maiden 7.20.1
Desert Icicle 8.8.20
Dream Catcher 7.28.20
Dream Keeper 6.6.20
Feather Woman 2019
Fox Ears 2019
Ghost Ranch 2019
Echo Canyon 6.25.20
Glen Eyrie 7.21.20
Golden Eclipse 7.30.20
Happy Hopi 7.3.20
Iktomi 7.21.20
Kachina Firecracker 7.30.20
Kachina Dancer 7.20.20
Kiva Dancer 7.1.20
Kokopelli 7.20.20
Land of Enchantment 6.20.20
Laughing Feather 6.26.20
Lobo Lucy 7.19.20
Mama Cuna 8.4.20
Mauna Loa 6.26.20
Maya Cha Cha 7.17.20
Medicine Feather 2019
Moon over Chimayo 8.8.20
Mount Echo Sunrise 6.23.20
Navajo Curls 8.4.20
Navajo Grey Hills 7.23.20
Navajo Rodeo 2019
Ojo De Dios 6.23.20
Papa Longlegs 7.18.20
Pink Enchilada 7.5.20
Pink Rain Dance 7.2.20
Purple Corn Dancer 8.5.20
Purple Grasshopper 2019
Purple Many Faces 6.24.20
Purple Thunderbird 8.5.20
Raspberry Propeller 7.17.20
Raven Woodsong 8.8.20
Rocky Mountain Pals 7.17.20
Santa Fe Christmas
Shape Shifter 7.27.20
Skinwalker 7.29.20
Spirit of the Morning 7.23.20
Star Over Milagro
Taco Twister 7.20.20
Talon 7.27.20
Twirling Pinata 7.27.20
Wild Rose Fandango 2019
Winds of Love 7.22.20
Zuni Eye 2019
Zuni Thunderbird 7.22.20

July’s Colorful Parade

Are you ready for a beautiful July parade? Here goes – a listing of all of my daylilies that had first blooms in July. I count 81. Enjoy!

Apache Bandana 7.6.20
Autumn Jewels 7.22.20
Aztec Firebird 7.22.20
Baja 7.18.20
Bela Lugosi 7.22.20
Bella Boo 7.6.20
Black Arrowhead 7.19.20
Black Eyed Susan 7.2.20
Black Ice 7.22.20
Bold Tiger 7.26.20
Carlotta 7,30.20
Cheddar Cheese 7.4.20
Cherokee Star 7.6.20
Chokecherry Mountain 7.20.20
Chorus Line 7.29.20
Classy Lady 7.29.20
Coyote Laughs 7.17.20
Cripple Creek 7.29.20
Dancing Maiden 7.20.20
Desert Icicle 7.30.20
Dream Catcher 7.28.20
El Desperado 7.30.20
Fairy Tale Pink 7.22.20
Fine Time Lucille 7.19.20
Fooled Me 7.6.20
Frans Hals 7.22.20
Fringe Benefit 7.21.10
Glen Eyrie 7.29.30
Golden Eclipse 7.30.20
Happy Hopi 7.3.20
Heirloom Heaven 7.30.20
Heron’s Cove 7.3.1
Hesperus 7.29.30
Holy Sombrero 7.3.20
Hopi Jewel 7.17.1
Iktomi 7.30.20
Indian Giver 7.2.20
Indian Sky 7.28.20
Just Plum Happy 7.16.1
Kachina Firecracker 7.30.20
Kiva Dancer 7.4.20
Lacy Doily 7.7.1
Lime Frost 7.16.20
Lobo Lucy 7.21.20
Longlesson Showoff 7.20.20
Mama Cuna 7.22.20
Marque Moon 7.21.20
Maya Cha Cha 7.22.20
Navajo Grey Hills 7.30.20
Nona’s Garnet Spider 7.28.20
Nosferatu 7.27.20
Orange Flurry 7.26.20
Orange Vols 7.28.20
Painted Petroglyph 7.21.20
Papa Longlegs 7.16.20
Pardon Me 7.17.20
Passionate Returns 7.17.20
Prairie Wildfire 7.2.20
Prelude to Love 7.27.20
Purple de Oro 7.4.20
Raspberry Propeller 7.17.20
Raven Woodsong 7.18.20
Red Hot Returns 7.17.20
Red Mystery 7.17.20
Route 66 7.5.20
Royal Palace Prince 7.30.20
Ruby Stella 7.30.20
Shape Shifter 7.22.20
Skinwalker 7.29.20
Soco Gap 7.5.20
South Seas 7.17.20
Spirit of the Morning 7.27.20
Moon over Chimayo 7.20.20
Stephanie Returns 7.19.20
Taco Twister 7.21.20
Talon 7.27.20
Thin Man 7.4.20
Treasure of the Southwest 7.30.20
Twirling Pinata 7.29.20
Winds of Love 7.19.20
Zuni Thunderbird 7.22.20

Change of Shift

Change of shift is obviously when one group goes home and another one takes over. Well, since I left on vacation last Wednesday, I have had a lot of premiers and finales. I am not sure how many of each – but I do know that I have 44 in bloom today and 21 are new since I pulled out on my trip.

Rifle Falls State Park, CO

I had about 400 trip photos to go through, so I haven’t had time much time to count finales. I do know I missed at least one and others I only saw one bloom.

Wild Mustang in the Sand Wash Basin, CO

Was it worth it? Oh, yea – Colorado is beautiful and it is good to get out of town. Of course, the downside is that I now worry about COVID. Oh, I masked and carried hand sanitizer everywhere – around my neck. That said, there are a lot of people wondering around Colorado and our cases are on the rise.

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
State Forest State Park, CO

I’ve now had about 104 bloom (+/-) so we are at a 61% bloom rate. I’d like to get to 80%, but we will see. I am just going to list the 21 new bloomers (Premiers) in alphabetic order:

Black Arrowhead 7.17.20
Cripple Creek 7.17.20
Dancing Maiden 7.17.20
Dream Catcher 7.17.20
Fine Time Lucille 7.17.20
Glen Eyrie 7.17.20
Hesperus 7.17.20
Longlesson Show-off 7.17.20
Mama Cuna 7.17.20
Marque Moon 7.17.20
Painted Petroglyph and her sad, bug eaten bloom 7.17.20
Prelude to Love 7.17.20
Raspberry Propeller 7.17.20
Red Hot Returns 7.17.20
Red Mystery 7.17.20
Ruby Stella 7.17.20
Shape Shifter 7.17.20
South Seas 7.17.20
Spirit of the Morning 7.17.20
Taco Twister 7.17.20
Zuni Thunderbird 7.17.20

With 44 in bloom, I am still at peak. We will see what tomorrow brings . . .

My Colorado Kids

Faculty comes back to work tomorrow (except me – because the boss gets to work all summer ūüėČ ) Still, I had 40 cultivators in bloom today.¬† Last year at this time, I was having surgery in a week, in-process with interviewing for this job . . . and I had only a handful of daylilies.¬† There were none left to bloom.¬† And, mid-August, the blog dropped into nothingness until poinsettia time.¬† ¬†It is Jugust in my yard – my poinsettias look like it’s June and my daylilies think it is July . . . and faculty come back to work tomorrow.

Anyway – I still have 5ish that have scapes and have not bloomed yet and a lot with buds left – this blog season is not close to being over yet.¬† So, what to talk about today?¬† Well, I was going to talk about my daylilies with Colorado names.¬† A couple are in bloom today – but let’s look at the summer.

Cripple Creek is a golden Ned Roberts spider that I assume is named for the gold rush town of Cripple Creek in Colorado.  Ned, the hybridizer, lived fairly near Cripple Creek, CO.

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Cripple Creek – 2019

I believe Echo Canyon is named for a canyon near the Royal Gorge.  Ned Roberts lived closeby in Colorado Springs.

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Echo Canyon – 2019

Glen Eyrie IS a place in Colorado Springs Рno doubt about it!  It is an old castle and new conference center.  Another Ned Roberts spider.

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Glen Eyrie 2019

Hesperus is the name of a sacred (to the Navajo) mountain in the San Juan Mountain Range near my home.  I have no idea if the cultivator was named after the mountain, but I like the theory enough that I bought the daylily.

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Hesperus – 2019

Mount Echo Sunrise РI am guessing this is named after Echo Mountain that is the tallest mountain visible from Denver.  It is a guess because it is another Ned Roberts daylily.

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Mount Echo Sunrise – 2019

Rocky Mountain Pals was named for the folks at the University Cancer Center in Denver Рthere Ned Roberts went for treatment later in his life.  At least that is the story I was told.

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Rocky Mountain Pals – 2019

The Colorado Kid is named after the movie Рbut when I saw the name early in my place name and blue daylily addiction, she had to be mine.  She is the mascot of this blog!

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The Colorado Kid – 2019

 

50 Startling Southwest Spider Daylilies!

Only 40 something daylilies today and no Premiers.  So, it leaves time to talk about some of my daylily categories.  I have talked a lot about my Ned Roberts spiders.  I originally started collecting them after seeing Kokopelli on the Lily Auction РI love the Southwest and had to have her (I got the bid)!  From there, I added more = lots more.  At first, it was all fully Southwest names.  Then, I gathered some animal and insect names to my Ned collection.  And, some stellar names.  IDK, is Dancing Maiden a name from the Southwest?

So, tonight, I will show you my purely Southwest named daylilies Рthe obvious names from the Southwest.  But, first, Mildred Mitchell had an extra petal today Рa genetic flaw that made her look pretty cool.

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OK РHere are my Southwest Ned Roberts spiders. (These are the ones that have bloomed the last two years.  Mostly this year, except Kokopelli did not bloom this year Рwhich is unusual).

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Adios Albuquerque – 2019

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Apache Bandana – 2019

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Apache Beacon – 2019

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Aztec Firebirds – 2019

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Black Arrowhead – 2019

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Chaco Canyon – 2019

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Cheyenne Eyes – 2019

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Chief Four Fingers – 2019

ChokecherryMountain7.28.1

Chokecherry Mountain – 2019

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Comanche Princess – 2019

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Coral Taco – 2019

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Desert Icicle

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Dream Catcher

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Echo Canyon – 2019

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Feather Woman – 2019

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Ghost Ranch – 2019

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Glen Eyrie – 2019

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Happy Hopi – 2019

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Iktomi – 2019

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Kachina Firecracker – 2019

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Kokopelli – 2018

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Land of Enchantment – 2019

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Laughing Feather – 2019

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Mama Cuna – 2019

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Maya Cha Cha – 2019

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Medicine Feather – 2019

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Mount Echo Sunrise – 2019

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Navajo Curls – 2018

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Navajo Grey Hills – 2019

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Navajo Rodeo – 2019

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Ojo de Dios – 2019

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Pink Enchalada – 2019

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Pink Rain Dance – 2019

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Purple Corndancer – 2018

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Purple Many Faces – 2019

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Purple Thunderbird – 2019

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Santa Fe Christmas

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Shape Shifter – 2019

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Skinwalker – 2019

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Spirit of the Morning – 2019

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Star Over Milagro – 2019

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Taco Twister – 2019

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Talon – 2019

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Truchas Sunrise – 2019

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Twirling Pinata – 2018

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Wild Rose Fandango – 2019

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Zuni Eye – 2019

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Zuni Thunderbird – 2019

 

A Celebration of Spiders! (Ned Roberts)

The days grow August-quiet.  It seems a dream that I had nearly 60 blooms per day just a month ago.  So, today, we will do finales.  And, then, a roll-call of my Ned Roberts spiders.

Finales:

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Chorus Line 8.5

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Rosie’s Red 8.6

So, maybe if I do the Ned Roberts spider roll-call it will entice one more into bloom this year.  My Ghost Ranch is a fall bloom, but I am having a rough time getting her to thrive here.  Maybe some fish fertilizer?  Our temps are still above average with little rain.

Ned Roberts Spiders for 2018 Season:

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Adios Albuquerque

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Apache Bandana

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Aztec Firebird

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Black Arrowhead

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Black Ice

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Chaco Canyon

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Cheyenne Eyes

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Chokecherry Mountain

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Comanche Princess

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Desert Icicle

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Dream Catcher

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Dream Keeper

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Fox Ears

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Happy Hopi

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Iktomi

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Kachina Firecracker

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Kokopelli

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Laughing Feather

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Mama Cuna

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Moon Over Chimayo

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Navajo Curls

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Navajo Rodeo

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Papa Longlegs

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Pink Rain Dance

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Pueblo Dancer is her label, but she doesn’t look like that one.¬† So???

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Purple Corn Dancer

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Purple Grasshopper

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Purple Many Faces

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Purple Moonrise

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Purple Thunderbird

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Raspberry Propeller

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Raven Woodsong

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Rocky Mountain Pals

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Santa Fe Christmas

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Shape Shifter

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Skinwalker

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Taco Twister

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Talon

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Twirling Pinata

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Wild Rose Fandango

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Zuni Eye

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Zuni Thunderbird

Out of interest, here are my Ned Roberts spiders that bloomed last year but did not bloom this year:

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Coral Taco 2017

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Glen Eyrie

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Pink Enchilada 2017

And, we had a few in 2016 that have not bloomed again:

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Chief Four Fingers 2016

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Ghost Ranch

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Winds of Love 2016

I have around 64 of Ned’s spiders in my garden. I had 42 bloom this year or about 65%.¬† Last year, I had 13 (about 20%) bloom.¬† Marked improvement.¬† All total, to date, I have had 48 (or 75%) bloom.¬† That is a long way from 100%.¬† But, marked improvement.¬† I think some of the ones that bloomed in 2016 were put in that year (still flourishing from the nursery), struggled last year in the clay soil, and are recovering (growing new roots) this year in their pots.¬† I am sure that the drought had an impact, as well.

So, for fun, here are the ones I have that have never bloomed (photos from the web):

Apache Beacon

Apache Beacon

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Coyote Laughs

Cricket Call

Cricket Call

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Cripple Creek

Dancing Maiden

Dancing Maiden

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Echo Canyon

Feather Woman

Feather Woman

Golden Eclipse

Golden Eclipse

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Kachina Dancer

Kiva Dancer

Kiva Dancer

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Land of Enchantment

Maya Cha Cha

Maya Cha Cha

Medicine Feather

Medicine Feather

Mount Echo Sunrise

Mount Echo Sunrise

Navajo Grey Hills

Navajo Grey Hills

Ojo de Dios

Ojo de Dios

 

Orchid Moonrise

Orchid Moonrise

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The Real Pueblo Dancer

Spirit of the Morning

Spirit of the Morning

Star over Milagro

Star over Milagro

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Truchas Sunrise

Wildwood Flower

Wildwood Flower

We made improvements, but we have aways to go.¬† That’s life

 

 

 

Grit

Today was split shift . . . a day of grit to get more daylilies protected from the soil and roots in my home ground.  I gotta tell you, I am ready to be done.  And, yet, I have barely started in the Southwest garden.  Ugh, that clay soil is definitely part of the problem in the area where the daylilies are not thriving as much.  I put my first two full pots out there, buried.  The challenge is to make sure the sprinkler hose hits them.  Some others are in bottomless pots, and some in the black nursery containers, mostly without bottoms.  We will see what works.  It is possible that what works is just digging deeper in that clay and replacing it with real soil.  But, the pots keep the unwanted roots out.  Grit.

So, I had no new blooms.  Decided to play with my photo editor.  So, here is Indian Sky from today in colored chalk.

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Also, I am resharing my Ned Roberts spider collage because I forgot Glen Eyrie.  I guess 19 out of 69 could be worse. Almost 30%.  But, that clay has to get split up to improve things.  Next year, I would like to hit 40.  Keep on digging.  Grit! Except, this weekend I have a date with my tent.

 

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Left to Right: Top Row РAdios Albuquerque, Aztec Firebird, Black Ice, Chaco Canyon, Chief Four Fingers, Coral Taco.  Middle Row: Desert Icicle, Dream Catcher, Dream Keeper, Ghost Ranch, Glen Eyrie, Kokopelli, Papa Longlegs. Bottom Row РPink Enchilada, Pueblo Dancer, Rasberry Propeller, Skinwalker, Twirling Pinata, Zuni Thunderbird