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.

 

Christmas in August: The Ugly Daylily

The blooms thin out way too rapidly this time of the season.  Every day brings another finale or three.  I hung the black-out curtains on the poinsettia bloom closet so I can start forcing them in a couple of weeks.  It’s 90 degrees outside so it doesn’t feel right.  The amaryllis will come in soon, too.  Speaking of amaryllis, Ambience bloomed this weekend.  Well, more like she is blooming.  Unlike daylilies, she takes her time.  She blooms every summer at this time.  I call her the ugly daylily.  Unfortunately, the bugs love her thin blossoms.  But, her color is stunning just the same. She looks like Christmas in August.

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Amaryllis Ambience 8.11

Now, back to the real daylilies for the past two days.  I took last night off of the blog . . . needed a break.

Finales:

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Mini Pearl 8.11

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Royal Palace Prince 8.11

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Tiger Kitten 8.11

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Navajo Curls 8.12

Other Saturday and Sunday blooms:

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Pink and Cream 8.12

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Blue Beat 8.11

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Stella de Oro 8.11

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Ruby Stella 8.12

PurpleCornDancer8.12.1.jpg

Purple Corn Dancer 8.11

DreamCatcher8.11.1.jpg

Dream Catcher 8.11

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Indian Sky 8.11

That’s all folks.  We are headed into the quiet of late August.  No new scapes at this point.  I think we needed monsoon rain for that to happen.

 

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

 

Last Sunday in July

Wow – It will be August next weekend.  The daylily peak has come and gone.  The cultivators were in the teens today . . . a massive drop off from 2-3 weeks ago.  It is funny how the first 3 weeks of June are slow progress, then it explodes, then it goes to just a few here and there for months.

Today, we had one new cultivator.  Heirloom Heaven bloomed for the first time in 2018.  She is an adorable late-blooming mini.  She is my last unbloomed scape on a cultivator that hasn’t bloomed yet.  This could be it.  It seems like I usually get some August scapes . . . not many, but a handful.  I don’t know with this drought, though.

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Heirloom Heaven 7.29

And, I had a rude awakening last night – because Mount Echo Sunrise doesn’t look anything like Mount Echo Sunrise.  I looked at her tag, and she has two.  The other one says Moon over Chimayo . . . and she looks like that one.  So, I assume . . .

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Moon over Chimayo 7.27

Finales:

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Lullabye Baby 7.29

Roll Call 7/23-29:

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Adios Albuquerque 7.26

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Anasazi 7.27

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Apache Uprising 7.25

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Aztec Firebird 7.27

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Baja 7.25

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Bela Lugosi 7.24

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Blue Beat 7.25

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Bluegrass Music 7.24

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Bold Tiger 7.23

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Cheddar Cheese 7.24

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Cherokee Star 7.28

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Chorus Line 7.26

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Classy Lady 7.27

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Comanche Princess 7.28

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Dream Catcher (with Navajo Curls) 7.27

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El Desperado 7.24

FoxEars7.25.1.jpg

Fox Ears 7.25

HeronsCove7.27.1.jpg

Heron’s Cove 7.27

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Hesperus 7.25

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Indian Love Call 7.24

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Indian Sky 7.24

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Lady Fingers 7.25

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Lime Frost 7.26

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Longlesson Show-off 7.23

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Marque Moon 7.24

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Mildred Mitchell 7.23

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Mini Pearl 7.29

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Navajo Curls 7.24

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Navajo Rodeo 7.23

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Nearly Wild 7.28

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Nosferatu 7.26

OrangeVols7.24.1.jpg

Orange Vols 7.24

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Passionate Returns 7.29

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Pick of the Litter 7.23

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Pink and Cream 7.29

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Pizza Crust 7.28

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Prairie Blue Eyes 7.28

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Prelude to Love 7.25

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Purple Corn Dancer 7.26

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Purple de Oro 7.24

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Purple Moonrise 7.27

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Purple Thunderbird 7.26

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Raspberry Propeller 7.28

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Rosie’s Red 7.23

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Route 66 7.26

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Royal Palace Prince 7.27

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Ruby Stella 7.28

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South Seas 7.27

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Stephanie Returns 7.23

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Tiger Kitten 7.27

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Twirling Pinata 7.24

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Yellow Punch 7.26

56 for the week . . . that is all!  I bet we are down to half of that by next week.

 

 

New Faces, Finales, and Roll Call

It is time for Sunday roll call.  But first, a couple cool new Roberts Spiders.  Meet Mount Echo Sunrise – She is a big spider that reminds me of Dream Catcher.  This is her first-ever bloom in my yard – I put her in a couple years ago.

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Then there is Sante Fe Christmas – And she looks like a Christmas bow.  Red, green with curly petals.  I really love her – too bad she lost her other buds.  Despite the improved bloom rate, the drought has taken a toll.

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Next up – Finales.  Of course, Santa Fe Christmas is a finale today 😦

Primal Scream is another finale.

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Primal Scream 7.10 

Jungle Queen had finale blooms on both pots I have of her.

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Jungle Queen 7.12

Iktomi is another finale.  I have enjoyed seeing the patterns in her offspring.

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Iktomi 7.9

Happy Hopi gave a finale bloom today.  I really enjoyed her big, bold, blonde blooms.

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Happy Hopi 7.12

Now, on to our roll call.  These are the blooms from 7/9 through today.  But, first, we have about 12 with unbloomed scapes remaining and mid-50s with no bloom/no scape.  We are at 107 cultivators (+/-).  Add 12, and we get close to 120.  I am still hoping for 130 total this year.

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Adios Albuquerque 7.10

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Alabama Jubilee 7.11

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Anasazi 7.13

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Aztec Firebird 7.14

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Baja 7.14

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Bela Lugosi 7.9

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Black Arrowhead 7.10

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Black Eyed Susan 7.14

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Black Ice 7.10

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Blue Beat 7.11

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Bluegrass Music 7.11

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Canyon Colors 7.15

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Catherine Irene 7.15

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Chaco Canyon 7.12

 

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Cheddar Cheese 7.12

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Cheyenne Eyes 7.8

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Chorus Line 7.13

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Classy Lady 7.14

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Comanche Princess 7.11

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Dark Mystery 7.12

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Desert Icicle 7.15

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Dream Catcher 7.15

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Early Bird Cardinal 7.10

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El Desperado 7.13

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Fairytale Pink 7.14

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Funny Valentine 7.10

 

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Heavenly Curls 7.12

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Heron’s Cove 7.13

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Hesperus 7.15

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Holy Sombrero 7.10

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Indian Sky 7.15

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Inwood 7.12

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Isaac 7.12

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Just Plum Happy 7.10

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Kachina Firecracker 7.12

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Lacy Doily 7.10

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Lady Fingers 7.12

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Laughing Feather 7.9

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Lime Frost 7.15

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Longlesson Showoff 7.13

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Lullabye Baby 7.14

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Mama Cuna 7.13

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Marque Moon 7.15

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Mellon Balls 7.11

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Mesa Verde 7.13

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Mildred Mitchell 7.15

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Mini Pearl 7.15

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Navajo Rodeo 7.13

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Nosferatu 7.15

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Nurse’s Stethoscope 7.11

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Papa Longlegs 7.15

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Passionate Returns 7.10

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Petite Petticoats 7.10

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Pick of the Litter 7.14

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Pink and Cream 7.11

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Pink Rain Dance 7.11

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Prairie Blue Eyes 7.10

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Prairie Wildfire 7.11

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Prelude to Love 7.15

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Purple de Oro 7.14

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Purple Grasshopper 7.11

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Purple Mystic 7.11

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Raspberry Propeller 7.14

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Red Hot Returns 7.15

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Red Riddle 7.10

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Return a Smile 7.10

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Route 66 7.13

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Ruby Spider 7.14

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Ruby Stella 7.15

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Shape Shifter 7.13

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Skinwalker 7.10

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Soco Gap 7.14

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South Seas 7.14

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Stella de Oro 7.13

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Stephanie Returns 7.14

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Strutter’s Ball 7.11

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Taco Twister 7.11

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Talon 7.11

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The  Colorado Kid 7.10

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Thin Man 7.15

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Treasure of the Southwest 7.13

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Wild Horses 7.11

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Wineberry Candy 7.12

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Yellow Punch 7.13

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Zuni Thunderbird 7.13

When it Doesn’t Rain, It Pours!

The drought is still on.  We have had hints of monsoons, but no real rain.  I think there are close to a dozen wildfires in Western Colorado now.  My water bill is awful and my lawn is still brown.  But, somehow, the daylilies keep pouring.  I wonder what my bloom rate would be WITH rain?  It won’t be perfect this year but improved already.  We will return to that in a minute.

New flowers today – Let’s start with the surprise!  So, when I planted the Southwest Garden, I ended up with lots of bonus plants that were the same plants that I had ordered from someone else.  So, I combined them.  I had Fox Ears next to Happy Hopi – and I had 2 Happy Hopis.  I thought.  So, last fall when I did the containers, I thought I had put one of the Happy Hopis in a pot in the mural garden.  Joke is on me . . . this is Fox Ears.  I love that she seems to be in love with the solar light.  Like a cartoon where a person falls in love with a robot.  This is obviously a first-ever bloom.

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Fox Ears 7.9

My other new (for 2018) Ned Roberts spider is Desert Icicle.  Man, I could use an icicle about now.  And, some rain!

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Desert Icicle 7.9

Indian Sky had a first bloom for 2018 – she bloomed later last year, I believe.

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Indian Sky 7.9

Speaking of later, Anasazi showed up early this year.  She is an early re-bloomer, but did not bloom until August last year – and gave pretty double blooms.  It will be interesting to see if she returns with those in the fall.

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Anasazi 7.9

Fairytale Pink is such a pretty little bloom.  I nearly lost her last year before I put them in pots. She had a few scrawny fans and put out only two buds last year.  I think this year will be better.

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Fairytale Pink 7.9

Last, but never least, is Cheddar Cheese.  She has not bloomed since 2016!  She is one of my older daylilies and bloomed reliably for a few years.  Same pot, same place – stopped blooming.  Now, she has a new pot and is in the Border Garden (a change) this year.

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Cheddar Cheese 7.9

OK – so last night, I was counting daylilies to put myself to sleep.  As of today, we are up to 98 cultivators for the year that have bloomed.  Remember less than a week ago when we were trying to get to 69?  Man, I am a little burned out with all the photos!  That means, for this year so far we have a 56% bloom rate.  Last year, we only made it to 48%.  I count 25-30 scapes on daylilies that have yet to bloom.  I figure we might see 5 late scapes (hopefully more, but I will stick with this for now).  So, if I add 32 blooms to out 98, that brings us to 130.  That’s about 75%.  Not bad for the first year of a new pot system . . . in a horrific drought.  The new faces should be slowing down shortly.  I’m ready.

Other blooms today were Navajo Rodeo. Black Ice, Comanche Princess, Soco Gap, Happy Hopi, Iktomi, Laughing Feather, Dream Catcher, Aztec Firebird, Nosferatu, Dark Mystery, Red Riddle, Lady Fingers, Red Hot Returns, Jungle Queen, Prairie Wildfire, Prairie Blue Eyes, Blue Beat, The Colorado Kid, Mildred Mitchell, Mesa Verde, Heron’s Cove, Purple de Oro, South Seas, Passionate Returns, Stephanie Returns, Alabama Jubilee, Longlesson Showoff, Nurse’s Stethoscope, Petite Petticoats, Funny Valentine, Ruby Spider.  I think that is all . . . I am too tired to think about it any more 🙂

It’s Late

Camping weekend, but still time for an afternoon of fun putting daylilies in underground pots.  My carpal tunnel is acting up from the trowel, my back hurts from the shovel.  So, I switch back and forth.  Five more moved.  I have 7 more pots – so that is all I am doing this fall.  I should be done by next weekend.  In fact, the whole fall daylily thing should be wrapping up soon.  I prefer the blooms to the digging.  And, having more time to savor camping.  🙂

Here are a few from the last few days.

Coral Taco, Heirloom Heaven, Pink and Cream, Passionate Returns, Indian Sky

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HeirloomHeaven1.8.20

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And – Three weeks after I discovered the scape, Anasazi is looking ready to bloom.  Now, how cool if a flower with that name blooms on the eclipse day?  I need to sleep first!

Under the Surface

Today brought a good variety of color.  From the yellow-pink blooms of Pizza Crust and Pink & Cream to the deep red of Cherokee Star and Heirloom Heaven.  In the middle was pretty Indian Sky.

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I am keeping a close eye on the Southwest garden since the replantings.  Some yellow leaves here and there.  Overall, they are in much better shape despite looking a bit frazzled.

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It makes me think of our humanity.  Sometimes everything can look pretty perfect on the surface.  The garden had mulch and few weeds.  The sprinkler ran regularly.  And, the lilies looked pretty much OK.  But, several were too small and one died.  The bloom rate was poor and the blooms looked stunted.  I wondered about the sunlight, mostly. Something was off, but the thought of fixing what lay under the surface was something I wanted to deny.

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It was odd to deny it . . . I knew what was underneath.  Somehow, I hoped top soil would be enough to get the lilies started.  I mean, maybe they could do OK in the clay . . . that is what it says on the internet.  Seriously, this Colorado Plateau clay is like an abusive, addictive relationship. Not only does it not provide nutrition, it is like cement.  I have never seen it get damp more than a couple inches below the surface.  The roots that do penetrate are stuck forever, unable to move yet starving for a better existence.

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Diving under the surface and fixing the real problem is hard, hard work.  And, I am sure there is more of it ahead in this adventure.  I could continue to ignore it . . . normalize it. You know, just keep watering harder and hope somehow it corrects itself.  But, then it comes time to stop the cycle and do something different.  I hope it will pay off and that everything flourishes and blooms.  Then, it will be worth it for daylily generations to come.

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