Here Comes the Color

Yellow trumpet daylilies are like appetizers before a 6 course meal. They let you know that the season is coming but leave you wanting more. It always feels like I get 2 weeks of yellow trumpets, and then the action starts. Somehow, colorful spider Dream Keeper shows up with the yellow trumpets – ahead of her time.

Dream Keeper triplets 6.16.20

So, today I had some colorful premier blooms. First, Funny Valentine. She is an older daylily that I keep on my porch. She budded at the same time as Saratoga Springtime, so I have been waiting for her appearance on stage.

Funny Valentine’s Day 6.16.20

And, another Robert’s spider joins Dream Keeper as a premier today – Ojo de Dios. I love the stately color combo of this neatly curled spider.

Ojo de Dios premiers on 6.16.20

And, my first near-blue for 2020 gave a premier showing – Blue Beat!

Blue Beat 6.16.20

And, there are still yellow trumpets blaring out their tune – Stella de Oro – the most popular trumpet in town.

Stella de Oro 6.16.20

Happy Returns, who looks almost like a twin to Stella this year.

Happy Returns 6.16.20

And, Saratoga Springtime.

Saratoga Springtime 6.16.20

I think there will be more premiers tomorrow. Laughing Feather is close . . . so close. And, I am up to about 100 cultivators in scape. Hopefully, peak happens before my camping road trip next month. I just extended by a day.

Four for the Price of One

Wow – no blog since Thursday. Why? First – it is pretty much the same 4 bloomers off and on every day. Second – it is camping season and still busy at work. I blog about my travel on my on another blog – so I just didn’t have time for both last night.

Dream Keeper 6.15.20

Where are my other blooms? Well, last year, I was behind this year with bloom rate. But it was rainy and my overall bloom rate was the highest ever. But, the year before that was an exceptional drought and I already had several more cultivators in bloom, but a lower overall bloom rate for the season.

My only premier since last post: Happy Returns 6.15.20

My theory is easy – the rain is the stimulant to form scapes and decide to bloom for another year. It happens in March and April, the rain. I can water, but in a desert, I can’t keep up with mom nature. When it finally warms up, there are lots of scapes ready to ascend into full blooms.

Saratoga Springtime 6.15.20

Drought years tend to warm-up quickly. So, those daylilies that did form scapes because they did OK on less rain emerge earlier due to the daily temps. But, overall, there are fewer scapes that formed because of less moisture in March and April.

Stella de Oro 6.15.20

This year, we are somewhere in between. I have 85 in scape now – about half. I always start to worry if I don’t see scapes by late June – perhaps this cultivator needs a year off.

Yellow Punch 6.15.20

I have several that look ready to pop. Laughing Feather, Ojo de Dios, Mesa Verde, Funny Valentine to name a few. I guess I need to wait until tomorrow to see what opens up. For tonight, you get four nights of blog for the price of one read. Soon, I won’t be able to do that and stay caught-up.

It’s The Peak – Sunday Roll Call

Well, I tried to post on Friday night, but no internet.  Saturday, some internet, but my phone is crashing all of the apps since the last android update.  Yes, right in the middle of peak season.

So, here are the new faces from Friday

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Skinwalker 7.6.18

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Echo Canyon 7.6

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Iktomi 7.6

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Chorus Line

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Blue Beat 7.6

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Bella Lugosi 7.6

And here are Sunday’s additions:

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Lacy Doily 7.8

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Nosferatu 7.8

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Red Hot Returns 7.8

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South Seas 7.8

So, that is 10 new additions since my last post – and I missed a couple of new faces while camping yesterday, but they will have another chance.  For now, let me finish roll call.  All daylilies that bloomed between 7/2 and today – here we go.  Which is your favorite?

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Alabama Jubilee 7.3

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Aztec Firebird 7.8

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Black Arrowhead 7.2

BlackEyedSusan7.6.1.jpg

Black Eyed Susan 7.6

BlackIce7.5.3.jpg

Black Ice 7.5

Bluegrass7.3.1.jpg

Bluegrass Music 7.3

CanyonColors7.5.1.jpg

Canyon Colors 7.5

CatherineIrene7.6.1.jpg

Catherine Irene 7.6

ChacoCanyon7.5.2.jpg

Chaco Canyon 7.5

CheyenneEyes7.6.1.jpg

Cheyenne Eyes 7.6

Chokecherry7.3.1.jpg

Chokecherry Mountain 7.3

ComanchePrincess7.6.1.jpg

Comanche Princess 7.6

DarkMystery7.5.1.jpg

Dark Mystery 7.5

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Dream Catcher 7.5

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Early Bird Cardinal 7.3

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Electric Lizard 7.6

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Funny Valentine 7.8

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Happy Hopi 7.6

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Happy Returns 7.3

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Heron’s Cove 7.5

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Holy Sombrero 7.5

HopiJewel7.3.2.jpg

Hopi Jewel 7.3

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Indian Giver 7.3

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Inwood 7.6

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Isaac 7.5

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Jungle Queen 7.8

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Just Plum Happy 7.3

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Lady Fingers 7.5

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Laughing Feather 7.2

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Longlesson Show-off 7.6

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Lullaby Baby 7.8

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Mellon Balls 7.5

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Mesa Verde 7.4

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Mildred Mitchell 7.5

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Mini Pearl 7.5

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Navajo Rodeo 7.8

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Nurse’s Stethoscope 7.8

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PaPa Longlegs 7.6

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Passionate Returns 7.6

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Petite Petticoats 7.3

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Pick of the Litter 7.5

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Pink and Cream 7.6

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Pink Raindance 7.4

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Prairie Blue Eyes 7.5

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Prairie Wildfire 7.6

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Prelude to Love 7.5

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Primal Scream 7.4

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Purple de Oro 7.6

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Purple Grasshopper 7.4

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Purple Many Faces 7.5

PurpleMystic7.5.1.jpg

Purple Mystique 7.5

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Raven Woodsong 7.4

RedRiddle7.5.1.jpg

Red Riddle 7.5

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Return a Smile 7.6

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Route 66 7.4

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Ruby Spider 7.8

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Ruby Stella 7.5

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Shape Shifter 7.6

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Soco Gap 7.5

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Stella 7.5

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Stephanie Returns 7.5

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Strutter’s Ball 7.5

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Taco Twister 7.6

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Talon 7.8

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The Colorado Kid 7.6

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Thin Man 7.5

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Treasure of the Southwest 7.4

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Wild Horses 7.5

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Wild Rose Fandango 7.4

Wineberry7.4.1.jpg

Wineberry Candy 7.4

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Yellow Punch 7.6

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Zuni Thunderbird 7.4

July 1: Daylily Roll Call!

It is Sunday and the peak is starting.  It will probably take me an hour to get this bog with all the photos for the week published.  I am doing it this way so that each daylily comes up on a couple searches of the blog.  My job entails creating about 20 template emails a day for the following day – it is a lot of looking up progress and pasting from my last note.  Not a creative’s dream.  So, when I save my drafts for the day, I have a blank email to note that it is a new day – and that email is always named after a daylily.  The most creative 5 minutes/day of my job is picking this daylily.  The collages just don’t work.

So – We will start with the newbies.  Primal Scream is in bloom for the 3rd year.  Last year, the blooms were small and anemic.  She is now in an above ground put inside the Walkway Garden.  I hoped for more scapes, but 2 is OK for this year, gives the fall transplant.  Nothing beats her vibrant color.

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Primal Scream 7/1

Indian Giver was a newbie in the Southwest Garden.  She is a small daylily and was a bonus plant 3 years ago.  She only gets a couple buds every year.  She needs to be dug up and put in a buried pot, but the yucca is close, so not sure how I will get this done.  I would like to have more blooms.  She is adorable.

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Indian Giver 7/1

Last but not least, from my Family Garden is Stephanie Returns.  This flower makes my heart sad.  Losing a family member who is still alive is horrid.  Losing several is bitter and cruel.  Please don’t tell people you understand or offer advise while you are surrounded with family.  Please don’t tell people God is giving you this lesson for some reason or other.  Do bookmark this page and come back here and look at this flower and help send positive vibes to anyone in the universe who had ever known the heartbreak such a loss can bring.

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Stephanie Returns 7/1

OK – Enough heavy stuff.  Onward to the roll call.  Here go the A-Z blooms from 6/25 through today.  Enjoy.

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Alabama Jubilee 6/27

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Apache Bandana 6/29

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Aztec Firebird 7/1

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Black Arrowhead 6/30

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Black Ice 6/27

Bluegrass6.27.1.jpg

Bluegrass Music 6/27

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Canyon Colors 6/30

CatherineIrene6.30.3.jpg

Catherine Irene 6/30

ChacoCanyon6.30.3.jpg

Chaco Canyon 6/30

CheyenneEyes6.29.2.jpg

Cheyenne Eyes 6/29

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Chokecherry Mountain 6/26

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Comanche Princess 6/26

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Dark Mystery (noid) 6/29

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Dream Keeper 6/25

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Early Bird Cardinal 7/1

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Electric Lizard 6/30

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Funny Valentine 6/30

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Happy Hopi 6/30

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Happy Returns 6/29

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Holy Sombrero 6/28

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Hopi Jewel 6/27

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Indian Love Call 6/28

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Inwood 6/30

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Jungle Queen 6/29

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Lady Fingers 7/1

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Laughing Feather 6/27

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Mesa Verde 6/29

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Mini Pearl 6/30

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Navajo Rodeo 7/1

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Nurse’s Stethoscope 7/1

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Papa Longlegs 6/30

PassionateReturns6.29.1.jpg

Passionate Returns 6/29

PetitePetticoats6.29.1.jpg

Petite Petticoats 6/29

PinkandCream6.26.2.jpg

Pink and Cream 6/26

PinkRainDance6.26.2.jpg

Pink Rain Dance 6/26

PrairieBlueEyesEnigma6.25.2.jpg

Prairie Blue Eyes 6/25

PuebloDancer6.30.1.jpg

Pueblo Dancer 6/30

PurpleManyFaces6.29.1.jpg

Purple Many Faces 6/29

PurpleMystic6.30.1.jpg

Purple Mystique 6/30

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Red Riddle 6/30

ReturnaSmile7.1.1.jpg

Return a Smile 7/1

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Rocky Mountain Pals 6/29

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Route 66 6/27

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Ruby Spider 6/29

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Ruby Stella 6/30

SaratogaSpringtime6.28.1.jpg

Saratoga Springtime 6/28

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Soco Gap 7/1

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Stella de Oro 6/26

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Strutter’s Ball 6/29

Talon6.29.3.jpg

Talon 6/29

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The Colorado Kid 6/29

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Thin Man 7/1

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Treasure of the Southwest 7/1

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Wild Horses 6/29

Wineberry6.26.2.jpg

Wineberry Candy 6/26

YellowPunch6.26.1.jpg

Yellow Punch 6/26

ZuniEye6.26.1.jpg

Zuni Eye 6/26

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Zuni Thunderbird 6/30

Horses, Canyons, Rodeos, and Our Blooms for the Week!

Summer is here! I got home from camping 6 hours ago and am still trying to get everything done for the weekend!  When I don’t take photos in the morning, the blooms are pretty sunburned by noon.  And we had wind today.   And single digit humidity.  So, for today there were 5 new blooms.

Wild Horses is a favorite, dependable bloomer.  I have had her 3 years and she puts on quite a show.  Can you see the wild horses in her pattern?

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Wild Horses 6/24

So, Chaco Canyon bloomed when we returned from this same camping adventure last year.  I love her stripes!

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Chaco Canyon 6/24

A brand new face for this year is Navajo Rodeo.  Waiting 3 years to see some of these has taken patience.  She reminds me of Talon, but redder.  I am sure they are related.

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Navajo Rodeo 6/24

Ruby Spider is one of my oldest blooms, and always a favorite.  She is huge, and oh so red!

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Ruby Spider 6/24

And little Happy Returns is back.  She is such a delicate little yellow trumpet.

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Happy Returns 6/24

And there is the long roster (with photos) of all or our blooms from 6/18 through today:

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Bluegrass Music 6/21

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Canyon Colors 6/21

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Comanche Princess 6/22

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Dark Mystery 6/20

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Dream Keeper 6/22

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Funny Valentine 6/19

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Holy Sombrero 6/22

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Hopi Jewel 6/20

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Indian Love Call 6/20

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Jungle Queen 6/20

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Kokopelli 6/19

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Laughing Feather 6/19

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Mesa Verde 6/22

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Nurse’s Stethoscope 6/21

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Painted Petroglyph 6.21

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Pink Rain Dance 6/22

 

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Platinum Palate Pink Whispers 6/22

PrairieBlueEyesEnigma6.19.1.jpg

Prairie Blue Eyes 6/19

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Pueblo Dancer 6/22

PurpleManyFaces6.22.2.jpg

Purple Many Faces 6/22

PurpleMystic6.20.1.jpg

Purple Mystic 6/20

RedRiddle6.21.2.jpg

Red Riddle 6/21

ReturnaSmile6.19.2.jpg

Return a Smile 6/19

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Saratoga Springtime 6/21

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Stella de Oro 6/19

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Talon 6/21

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The Colorado Kid 6/22

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Treasure of the Southwest 6/21

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Wineberry Candy 6/24

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Yellow Punch 6/22

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Zuni Eye 6/20

So far, that makes 36 that have bloomed in the yard.  Of 170-something.  21% or so of my cultivators have bloomed so far.  Tomorrow, it looks like more new faces will join the count!

Estimated Day of First Daylily: Tomorrow

Stella in half bloomed, so I think it’s safe to say my first daylily of the year shows up tomorrow. I have to give up AM news for camera time in the garden. It’s better, the garden.

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I killed my very first Stella a few years back. Then, I got into daylilies, and Stella seemed too common. But they bloom all season. So, last year, I hit the sales and got a few.

I have a growing number of scapes popping up. It’s like watching popcorn start to pop. Kokopelli, Soco Gap, Papa Long legs,  Hopi Jewel, Happy Returns, Ruby Spider, Chama Valley, Strutters Ball,  Wild Horses, Ghost Ranch, Funny Valentine,  Inwood, Jungle Queen, Return A Smile. All have scapes. And, it’s just the beginning.  I guessed Juneteenth (16th) for bloom 1. Off by 9 days. I’m good with it.

I have a lot of friends who think I’m a Lily expert. Daylilies are not really lilies. They are more closely related to Olathe Sweet Corn. And, I hope they do as well in my high desert garden.

Kokopelli: Changing Winter to Spring

I have always found the legend of the kokopelli inspirational.  Flute players who bring bags of seeds to change winter to spring.  I think one of the most inspiring depictions of kokopelli are the benches in the kivas at Lowry Anasazi Ruins just south of where I live in Colorado.  The ruins are always stunning because of these kokopelli benches.

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Kokopelli – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

So, is it any wonder that on one of my first trips to the Lily Auction last fall that a bloomer named Kokopelli caught my eye.  I blogged a couple weeks ago about my first auction experience . . .  and my goal was to bring Kokopelli to my yard.  Another bonus was that the grower was in Santa Barbara, my mom’s adulthood hometown.  It seemed right.  So right, as a matter of fact, that I began collecting the Ned Roberts southwestern named daylilies with that purchase.  And, today, my first Kokopelli bloom arrives.

Another bloom that drew me in last fall, as I began to hone in on my southwest themed daylilies, was Wild Horses.  This bloom just kept drawing me back, over and over.  In the end, I purchased this one at an end of the year sale (from a San Francisco area grower – my dad’s childhood home region).  There is something about the shapes and colors that makes me want to visit the wild mustangs.

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

Today’s other blooms include Black Ice, Chama Valley (named for a place in New Mexico), and little Happy Returns.  So from here out sit back and relax.  The daylily popcorn is popping.  There should be more new ones tomorrow.  I am hoping for Mesa Verde!

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Black Ice – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

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Chama Valley – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

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

Ta ta until tomorrow!

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.

 

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Electric Lizard Daylily taken with Amazon Kindle

 

 

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Electric Lizard taken with Canon Powershot

 

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

 

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Dream Keeper taken with Amazon Kindle

 

 

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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.

First bloom

Today came the first bloom.  Electric Lizard opened it’s bud as the first daylily for the season, 2016.  It is a pale and anemic bloom . . . just like Indian Sky was when it bloomed in March.  For some reason, both evergreens bloomed early despite scraggly foliage.  It is still pretty, it just looks very different from its online photo.

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I could be upset of disappointed.  Mostly, though, I am curious about how to be a successful daylily gardener.  It fascinates me how the color can be so off.  So, I asked the American Hemerocallis Association Facebook page.  One of the nice hybridizers inquired about fertilizer and gave me suggestions.  He also said this one is a hybrid from Ohio, even though it is evergreen, so it could probably be left outside in the winter.

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OK, so I am curious about differences in climate between Western Colorado and Ohio.  I found a website where I can compare Denver to Dayton.  The main thing I see there is that Ohio gets more moisture and isn’t quite as cold, on average.  Oh course, Denver is on the other side of the Rockies, so I am unsure how true the comparison is to my garden.  More than those items, I wonder about how our crazy Rocky Mountain springs impact the more delicate daylilies.  It will be 75 one day and 25 the next, over and over.  I am sure that is what got two of my evergreens this spring.  That is what makes this Western Slope gardening so interesting.  (I bet the soil is way different, too!)

So, of course, the dilemma is to leave it out or not leave it out next winter?  First, though, I have got to treat the anemia.  If I can get it to flourish (I adopted it in the fall last year so it is still a baby), then I would consider leaving it out.  At any rate, tomorrow I will get some slow release fertilizer for the two spindly ones and watch for the next bloom.

What is next?  I am not sure but Happy Returns is an early bird.  Mesa Verde, Dream Keeper, Kokopelli (and a couple of others in the new garden), Early Bird Cardinal, etc. all have some decent sized buds forming.  Lots of scapes out there.  Oh, and The Colorado Kid!  I can’t wait to see how close the colors on that are to the logo on this blog.  I don’t think any will open tomorrow . . . but soon, very soon.

 

Leaping Lizards!

One of the interesting things about adopting some evergreens this year is watching them adapt to life outside of the winter porch, again.  I had one premature bloom on Indian Sky in March and had to cut the fans back because they were a little anemic looking after that.  It seems to be recovering.

The other one that I have been keeping an eye on because it looks a little scraggly is Electric Lizard.  This guy is special to me because he was one of my very first Lily Auction buys.  I remember that day so well.  I was editing a final paper for one of my first term courses while I waited to participate in the bidding on a couple of daylilies that I really wanted for my Southwestern garden.  Well, the first one came and went with me totally losing out to a flurry of bidding. Total neophyte at online auctions, I was.  And, I really wanted the other one that was up for bid later.

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It became obvious that I needed to find some affordable lilies that were up for bid between now and the time of the second Southwest bloom.  Why?  So I could figure out the system.  I ended up winning three before that second lily came up on the clock.  And, I figured it out.  First, on a slow item . . . then I slowly turned up the volume.

Electric Lizard was my first fast bidding experience.  And, I obviously won the iridescent bloom.  Won, of course, is a misnomer because you pay more when you battle the competition.  And it’s addicting.  I have never done a full-day like that since.

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So, now this somewhat skinny-leafed friend has a scape with a bud that looks ready to open soon.  Very soon.  Maybe tomorrow.  It has to think spring started in February on my porch to be the first bloomer of 2016, because it is supposed to wait until mid-season.  Happy Returns is always the first, but it looks like it will get beaten this year.  And, once the daylily popcorn starts to pop, it’s just going to keep going.  Can’t wait . . . time to charge the camera battery because this blurry cell phone shot does not do it justice.

(PS the Electric Lizard bloom photo is from the Lily Auction).