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.

Grief and the Lessons of Corona

Maybe a daylily blog is a weird place to talk about grief . . . but the daylilies are part of it. Friday the 13th of March was the day my life shifted. We put a traditional onground program online over the weekend. I had two enthusiastic brand new, full-time instructors to help me and I was super glad for years of online teaching experience.

Chaco Canyon 8.3, 20 (blooming since 6.25.20)

It was weird at first . . . we thought it would end in two weeks 😉 The days were long – 15 hours. I was exhausted – But I made progress without the distractions of the office. The students got a little crazy and that was hard . . . but we got through and got the nursing students graduated in late May.

Chorus Line 8.3.20

Once the warm weather came, I could eat lunch on my porch and enjoy my yard and daylilies. My pups got to be outside all day instead of cooped up in the house waiting for me to get home at 7 PM. We took evening walks and howled on the porch at 8 PM. I taught my disabled dog to use wheels and got my senior dog through two more treatments to finally clear her of infection. I got projects done around home – like painting murals and installing drip systems. Without the artificial need for an 8-6 with commute, my creativity came back. My energy got better.

El Desperado 8.3.20

Oh, there were the MA students who were in limbo with no clinical rotations who I had until the second week of July. But, I was surrounded by the other elements of my life throughout the journey. I guess I didn’t realize how much I missed them – how they fed my energy. Saturdays are not enough!

Heirloom Heaven 8.3.20

My camping trip came and went with only a few crisis – like one of my two full-time people resigning. Once I got home 3 weeks ago, I started feeling the grief. The daylilies would dwindle . . . and once school started, I would have no time for them. More than that, my life would dwindle back to a rut that is created by monotonous work in a small office with no windows and countless unforeseen issues to deal with, mostly alone. I am the only faculty with a doctorate in my institution – and 20 years teaching, 35 as a nurse – it is isolating to be so experientially separated from others. (The new college director is the second person with a doctorate.)

Navajo Grey Hills 8.3.20

Tomorrow is my last day at home until mid October. Until the leaves turn my pups will be in crates by day. My daylilies will wonder where the camera went. I will become enmeshed in the endless tasks of the day and be too tired to want to walk into the house of hungry dogs at 7 PM. My dogs will become a chore in an all too busy day, again.

Purple Thunderbird 8.3.20

What is wrong with me, I think to myself? I really wanted to get away from a stay at home job because of the isolation. And, there are good things about this job. But, I am more engaged with my pups than my career at the moment. It has been a time of a lot of change for my program the past two years . . . a lot of change. And, I am responsible for way more than I want to be at this point in my life.

Ruby Stella 8.3.20

An online job beckons, again – and/or retirement. Maybe at the end of this school year. I am writing this blog to remind myself of this moment . . . of all the horrible and tragic things Corona Virus has brought to the world, it has brought me insight into my grief. I could step out of my rut and now I am having a hard time finding a purpose in returning.

Shape Shifter 8.3.20

I hope I have a new direction or at least attitude by the times the greens of the next crop of daylilies is born through the earth. Please enjoy my bloomers on my next to last day of freedom.

Skinwalker 8.3.20

I will not forget the lessons of Corona. Perhaps the strangest part of all is that no one seems to see the struggle inside of me . . . . that makes the isolation 10 X worse. Thanks for letting me share with you.

Schools of Daylilies

The end of July lurks, school starts soon . . . why does summer break end halfway through summer? I mean, it has only been 6 weeks from Solstice. I had 18 in bloom this pre-fall day.

Heirloom Heaven 7.30.20

My daylilies follow the academic calendar, mostly. My students graduated the end of May and the blooms started 6/6. Now, I have Heirloom Heaven as a premier, a steady and late-blooming mini daylily. I only have a couple premiers left to bloom . . . 3 maybe. IDK, maybe the monsoons will bring some August scapes.

Royal Palace Prince 7.30.20

I had a second premier today – Royal Palace Prince. I really don’t remember that one being a late bloomer. But, this bonus daylily is definitely on the late side this year.

Skinwalker 7.30.20

What’s left? Some cool Roberts spiders – Purple Thunderbird, Navajo Curls and Purple Corn Dancer all have scapes.

I dread return to work. No windows in my office and a bleak brick building with gravel around it. I will miss my dogs and my yard. I finally decided to spend a few bucks on photo squares of a few of my Roberts daylilies for my office. I need to get some of my summer camping trips, too – next paycheck. It is the best I can do right now.

Chaos and Routine

The school year feels like it has started. The new faculty are awesome. Eventually, the routine will settle in, but the chaos takes time to run its course.

Indian Sky 8.19

And, as that happens, the daylilies thin. I have maybe 18 cultivators with buds. Probably about 100 buds. It’s hot, some of them are too thirsty. I lost a few this week.

Shape Shifter 8.19

I start to think about fall chores. Should I put a drip system in the front garden? I need to fix some things in the Southwest garden.

Purple Grasshopper 8.19

By the time the final grades come in, we will be talking about Santa Claus. And, my poor poinsettias. Why aren’t they growing faster. I usually start forcing the first ones about now. I have 2 of 6 that are blooming size. Maybe I need to up their water? Why did 2 grow big?

Frans Hals 8.19

And, my amaryllis have bloomed more this summer than last winter. I had 4 blooms this summer, though my seeds haven’t sprouted.

Navajo Curls 8.19

Fall and winter start to occupy my mind. Air plant decorating . . . They look cool in with cactus, which gives me all sorts of ideas.

Cripple Creek 8.19

For now, I need to focus on this week. Looks like I need a new computer. Sigh. I’m hoping Santa can still afford to bring me a new camera for Christmas.

Heirloom Heaven 8.19

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

Three Standard Deviations

What a strange week . . . 3 standard deviations from the mean.  So, I apologize for no blog since Sunday.  The reorganization has hit at work.  I worked 12 hour days on Monday and Thursday.  Tuesday, I had this skin cancer removed . . . long story short is that I hope like heck it stays healthy until the graft next Tuesday.  Wednesday was my eye exam – and I worked until 10 PM.  And, today – a steady 6 hours of work with everything in motion.  I will get even more new students, I got a new boss (3rd boss in as many weeks), I haven’t even gotten all the new students from the last batch re-settled.  And, then, I heard my calling. Doors may open.  Let’s leave it at that for now.

My yard has fallen way down on my priority list.  I have no idea if I can dig up any lilies this fall with all this noise in my life.  Really, my energy has changed this year and the noise is deafening.  Speaking of deaf . . . yea, that, too.  That said, things are beginning to move in new directions.  I let go and started living for a new vision.  This created some feng shi space, I guess.  Things are moving after a very long, stagnant period.  How long do we fertilize something that never blooms?

So, enough of my excuses – here are my flowers for the week:

Finales:

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Blue Beat 8.16

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Pink and Cream 8.17

Other bloomers:

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Purple Corn Dancer 8.13

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Indian Sky 8.16

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Heirloom Heaven 8.13

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Ruby Stella 8.13

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Dream Catcher 8.16

No August scapes – no returns, yet, from my “returns” daylilies.  No rainy season.  A quiet fall in the garden.  Which is probably good given everything else in my life.  It is a camping weekend and I am home.  Too much going on today . . . and this week.  I may try for a one-night wonder trip near home tomorrow if I feel up to it.  I need to focus on healing my life.

 

The Three Amigas

My dogs earned the reputation of being the Three Amigas last year at a dog Halloween party. They won a prize for the funniest dog costumes.  It was a good time.

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Kachina, Maizzy, and Sazi

So, today when I had only three blooms, I thought about my dogs.  I think Blue Beat is my oldest dog, Maizzy.  She is mellow (blue) and has a heart condition (Beat).  So, it fits her.  Indian Sky is my youngest dog, Kachina.  Not only do the names work together, but Kachina is the red-orange sky color.  Then comes little goofy Sazi, my newest addition (although she is middle-aged).  Heirloom Heaven fits her because she is a small late bloomer.  Who else has canine garden helpers?

Today’s Blooms (no finales):

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Blue Beat 8.10 – Maizzy’s bloom

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Maizzy

 

 

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Indian Sky 8.10 – Kachina’s bloom

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Kachina

 

 

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Heirloom Heaven 8.10 – Sazi’s bloom

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Sazi

 

The Last Dozen Daylilies

Today, we got a late burst of activity in the daylily garden.  A nice dozen showed up today.  Given I only have 11 with buds left, I believe it is the last dozen.  And, we had several finales.  Now comes the time that I contemplate what to do with the ones that have never bloomed.  Do I toss them and put divisions of some of my more reliable ones in their place?  Or give them another year?  Or a little of both?

Finales:

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El Desperado 8.8 – blooming since 7.10

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Cherokee Star 8.8 – blooming since 7.16

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Orange Vols 8.8 – blooming since 7.23

Other bloomers today:

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Pink and Cream 8.8

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Mini Pearl 8.8

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Indian Sky 8.8

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Heirloom Heaven 8.8

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Blue Beat 8.8

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Dream Catcher 8.8

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Navajo Curls 8.8

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Purple Corn Dancer 8.8

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Royal Palace Prince 8.8

The next dozen will be next June.  I start to plan poinsettia and amaryllis forcing . . . oh, one of my amaryllises is putting up a scape right now.  The ugly daylily.

The First Sunday of August

It was camping weekend, which is good because I need the stress relief.  Work is too busy and I am too exhausted.  So, I returned to an encore – Stella de Oro has been out of bloom for 3 weeks and she is back.  I will just leave her in the roll call.  Our last roll call of 2018. We had 37 in bloom this week.  We had 56 last week and I predicted half as many this week.  Actually – more like 2/3rds.  When you look at all the finales this week (see photos below), I will make the same prediction for next week.  That’s about 18 for the week.  We don’t have many scapes yet, and the ones mostly only have a bloom or two left. Heirloom Heaven, Indian Sky, Pink and Cream, Dream Catcher, and Purple Corn Dancer have some life left in them. I am hoping Passionate Returns, Stephanie Returns, Ruby Stella and Red Hot Returns all return.

Here Goes Roll Call 7/31-8/5:

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Anasazi 7.30 – has had finale bloom

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Apache Uprising 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Baja 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Blue Beat 8.2

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Cherokee Star 8.2

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Chorus Line 8.5

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Classy Lady 7.31 – Has had finale bloom

 

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Comanche Princess 8.2

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Dream Catcher 7.30

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El Desperado 8.5

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Fox Ears 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Heirloom Heaven 8.2

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Heron’s Cove 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Hesperus 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Indian Love Call 8.2 – Has had finale bloom

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Indian Sky 8.5

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Lady Fingers 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Marque Moon 8.1 – Has had finale bloom

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Mini Pearl 8.3

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Moon Over Chimayo 8.1 – Has had finale bloom

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Navajo Curls 8.1

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Nearly Wild 7.31

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Orange Vols 8.3

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Passionate Returns 7.31 – Has had finale bloom

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Pink and Cream 8.1

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Pizza Crust 7.30 

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Prairie Blue Eyes 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Purple Corn Dancer 8.5

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Purple Thunderbird 8.1 – Has had finale bloom

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Rosie’s Red 8.3

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Royal Palace Prince 7.30

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Ruby Stella 8.3

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South Seas 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Stella 8.5 – Encore bloom today

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Tiger Kitten 8.3

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Twirling Pinata 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Yellow Punch 7.31 – Has had finale bloom