Momma’s Bouquet

My mom would be 102 years old this day.  That makes me sound older than I am.  Mom waited to have kids.  It is also the anniversary of the job offer for my current job.  This job is a great match for my strengths, but not for my senior energy.  I am likely too liberal minded to be an early morning person – my coworkers do much better.  Yes, circadian rhythm does relate to our liberal vs conservative brain.  I am middle-of-the-road, slightly liberal.  And, yea, political views are only one small part of how this part of our brain impacts our work.  Liberals do better starting and ending their days later than conservatives.

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Frans Hals 8.24

At any rate, I didn’t celebrate today – other than a few more air plants.  My yard looks neglected.  I worked all summer and camped every other weekend.  I have been keeping up with daylily photos (sort of), but not much else.

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Purple Corn Dancer 8.24

Today’s chore was installing a drip system in the front garden.  Daylilies, squash, poinsettias – they get too dry.  When I worked from home, I could run out and water.  Don’t get me wrong – I am glad to be less isolated.  But, my yard suffers especially when summer isn’t a pause.

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Carlotta 8.24

I went to the nursery for a plant for a coworker – a surprise.  I grabbed a couple of air plants – my new addiction.  I like them because they are small and less needy than my orchids.  I was into water culture orchids – but with not being home, it is hard to keep up with all the water changes.  The air plants are small – and I plan to get more into succulents as my current plants thin.

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Purple Thunderbird 8.24

So, the coleus were half price – I have some in with my daylilies that are on the side of the driveway but not in all the pots.  So, I grabbed 3 of those.  They are actually nice companion plants for daylilies.  I got some fall colors.  Then, of course, I have to decide if I bring them in when it gets cold. Probably – one big pot.  I can take cuttings and replant outside next spring.  Sure . . . if I have time.

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Navajo Curls 8.24

Putting in the drip system meant giving the daylilies a haircut.  I cut a lot of stuff back – like those blue bells.  I have about 27 drippers in and 17 to go.  For now, I need to this sleep, precious sleep.  Goodnight, momma.  I lost you too young and miss you every day.

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Purple Grasshopper 8.24

Oh, BTW – I tried the block editor for WordPress on Internet Explorer – It was awful! A few more days of testing S mode before I likely go to regular Windows 10.

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Ruby Stella 8.24

One last note – the featured photo is from earlier this year.  Catherine Irene – the same name as my mom.

Land of Enchantment

I love New Mexico.  It is, indeed, lives up to its motto of being the Land of Enchantment.  I have a fair number of daylilies named after New Mexico places.  More than any other State with the exception of Colorado.  Probably largely because Spiderman, Ned Roberts, (my favorite hybridizer) lived in Albuquerque for several years.

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Land of Enchantment 2019

We traveled through New Mexico on our April Southwest road trip this year.  We saw badlands, flea markets, monuments, ruins, and white sands.  It was awesome . . . at least until norovirus hit and wrecked havoc on the last 4 days of a 9 day trip.  But, I was well until we were in Arizona and headed back toward the 4-corners.

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Chaco Canyon 2019

We will be down in the 4-corners area for Labor Day.  I am looking forward to it . . . I should say we were also near there on our summer road trip, but not in New Mexico.

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Chama Valley 2019

I have actually visited places in New Mexico because I have daylilies with that name.  Like Ghost Ranch – totally put it on the map because of my daylily.

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Ghost Ranch 2019

Chaco Canyon I visited long before my daylily collection – It is such a sacred place with the roughest 20 something mile road in the world.  But worth it.

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Santa Fe Christmas 2019

Santa Fe is a pretty yuppie town (is that still a word?)  Artists abound and it is kind of pricy, but we were near there a few years ago passing through New Mexico.

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Truchas Sunrise – 2019

Truchas, New Mexico is about halfway between Santa Fe and Taos.  I actually contemplated driving there just because of my daylily, but didn’t like the traffic of Santa Fe.

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Star over Milagro 2019

I’ve never been to Milagro – but it isn’t too far from the Salinas Pueblo Mission Ruins south of Albuquerque that we have visited a couple of times.  Next time, maybe I will plan to go watch stars over Milagro.

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Moon over Chimayo

Chimayo, New Mexico is east of Espanola, where my favorite Aunt Pearl once lived.  The road trips have taken us close to Chimayo . . . maybe next time.

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Navajo Grey Hills 2019

Navajo Grey Hills is likely named after Two Grey Hills Trading Post.  This is a place I have driven through between Shiprock and Window Rock on the Navajo reservation.  Honestly, it must have been before one of my daylilies was named after the place because I had to look up where the name came from.  Again . . . future destination.

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Adios Albuquerque 2019

I have been to Albuquerque many times.  I don’t like cities – but there are also some cool smaller towns and attractions near Albuquerque. I like Petroglyph National Monument!  US Highway 550 starts in my hometown of Montrose, CO and ends just north of Albuquerque – 305 miles from my door (+/-).  Chaco Canyon is along that route.  I often take the backroads, though.

So, tonight I am using internet explorer to blog.  Still glitchy (my photos keep disappearing) but faster than Edge.  Ugh . . . I may just have to switch out of S Mode and go back to Chrome.  This would be murder during peak season.