Dog Day Afternoon

Warm afternoons working from home. I use portable AC, so it gets warm enough to make me sleepy. It was hard to focus on the last of the training I was doing because I wanted to doze. A dog day afternoon. More on that in a minute.

Golden Eclipse 7.27.20

I had two premiers today. The first one I will talk about is Golden Eclipse, a Ned Roberts cultivator. When I ordered her, the seller (Doris) told me I might not like the color – it was a muddy brown. Heck, you know me, I like the name, I buy the daylily. And, actually, I think she is a pretty rusty-red color with the gold outline. Maybe our soil or conditions bring out a better color in my yard.

Chorus Line 7.27.20

The second premier is an older daylily – Chorus Line. She has been here several years and is a dependable bloomer. One of my favorite pale pastels.

Sazi with both hind legs in the air.

OK, back to dogs. I am working long hours, again. Still from home for another week, I had enough of my computer about 3:30 and went out to sit on the patio with my dogs for a break. My little dog, Sazi, was sitting with both hind legs stuck flexed up towards her body. She was barking and distressed, but not crying in pain. She would scoot on her butt to move anywhere. So, sit. on the floor and raise your legs as high as you can off the ground toward your face. Scoot around or whatever – but hold that for an hour.

Pup, Sazi, after a trip to the urgent care vet.

My pup has inter-vertebral disc disease and has had episodes for about 2.5 years. I rescued her to hike with my other dog because my senior was getting old. Then, her little body started to have problems. She is partially paralyzed but dogs can still walk with no feeling in their legs. Now, it is another 8 weeks of meds and absolute crate rest. And, school starting next week. Ugh, some dog day afternoon. I hope I have time to stay engaged with the daylilies until the end. So often, there are too many distractions.

Dog Day Bouquet

It’s National Dog Day!!!  Dogs and daylilies are my two most expensive hobbies.  LOL.  Well, my dogs help me garden to earn their keep.  They take naps in the sun for me and chase off every other dog who dares walk past my daylily garden.  My dogs have been sick a lot this summer, unfortunately.  Maizzy, the larger, short-haired chi, is just senior and Sazi, the small long-haired chi, has disc disease and was paralysed in June.  She slowly regains function – she is walking and running but lost a lot of feeling in her back legs.  I do blame that for part of the fact that my yard is not at its best. Of course, they are a happy part of my camping travels and the best companions ever!  Happy Dog Day pups!

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Kachina, Sazi, and Maizzy at Monument Valley last month.

What bloomed for them today?

Purple Corn Dancer is doing yoga around her bud.  I have a few more blooms to look forward to from her.

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Purple Corn Dancer doing yoga 8.26

Royal Palace Prince is on the new drip line and opened his last bud today. Hoping for more blooms next year.

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Royal Palace Prince 8.26

Mama Cuna also opened her last bud.  She is so big and showy – I may see if I can divide her and put a couple fans up in the front yard.

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Mama Cuna 8.26

Indian Sky – and I am not sure if she has buds left.  Maybe.  But, not many.

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Indian Sky 8.26

Purple Grasshopper – this would be Kachina’s favorite.  She loves to chase those things!  (Kachina is the Terrier).

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Purple Grasshopper 8.26

Ruby Stella – she is a champion bud maker this year and I have a few left to bloom.

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Ruby Stella 8.26

And, as the blooms fade away, the weeds seem more noticeable.  My front yard looks as gross as ever.  Don’t plant grass on a hill in the desert.  And, the daylilies can disrupt the sprinkler flow . . . which doesn’t help.  I am thinking of thyme or sedum for part of it – and maybe ornamental grass.  Thrilling to dig in this mud.  Can’t wait.  LOL.