Twin Firebirds

Today was much less overwhelming than peak day yesterday.  Every bloom was a return.  However, the bloom(s) that caught my eye were twin Aztec Firebirds. There is something about two blooms together, facing the same direction.  They look like dancers.



Aztec Firebird – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

The name brings to mind Aztec Ruins, an Anasazi site close by in the Four Corners.  I need to superimpose these blooms on the ruins picture from my spring Southwest road trip this spring.  They are awesome ruins, just like the blooms.




Aztec Ruins National Monument – Photo by C. Hartt


Since I have no new blooms, I will highlight a couple of other Ned Roberts spiders in bloom today.  Desert Icicle is a beautiful bloom.



Desert Icicle – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, poor Zuni Thunderbird was invaded by thrips and looks like it has reverse measles.  I did some photo touching with it to make it presentable.  One thing about having over a hundred cultivators – you begin to learn the work of farming daylilies.



Zuni Thunderbird in enamel – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


So, here is the collage for today.  Some really nice blooms, all in all.


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Left to Right: Top Row – Just Plum Happy, South Seas, Desert Icicle, Lady Fingers. Row Two: Chorus Line, Ruby Spider, Soco Gap, Lullaby Baby.  Bottom Row: Purple de Oro, Aztec Firebird, Zuni Thunderbird.



Daylilies @ Dusk

I made it home to find 11 different daylily cultivators in bloom.  Thing is, though, it was dusk.  And, it had been a very warm day.  In the 90s.  So, my little friends were too burned to take good flash photography.  So, I went with grainy natural lighting with some photo-fix to help.

New bloom in my Ned Roberts garden is Desert Icicle.  I am hoping for a fresh one very soon!  Pretty thing.  Prarie Blue Eyes is on oldie but goodie in my yard.  Great older daylily.  And, what I think is Just Plum Happy.  I hope it is in bloom tomorrow with Return a Smile so I can confirm identity.  Other than that, I believe they are all returns this year.  Can’t wait to see what the daylight brings.


Collage 2016-07-10 Daylilies@Dusk

Top row: Just Plum Happy, Canyon Colors, Margaret Mitchell, and Return a Smile. Second row: Lady Fingers, Purple De Oro, Desert Icicle, Early Bird Cardinal, Ruby Spider. Bottom row: Soco Gap and Prairie Blue Eyes.


After the Rain

Rain is not a common thing on the Colorado Plateau.  But, early this morning, the rain came.  I could smell it from my bedroom window.  It always looks like pearls on the petals to me.

It’s also interesting how much the backdrop for photos can change its emotional tone.  When I got Ruby Spider a few years ago, it was to hide the timer for the drip system.  And, I have always thought it looked majestic with the rock masonry from my house in the background.  Last fall, I divided it into three Rubys because it had outgrown the planter that it shares with Return a Smile and Just Plum Happy.  So, the two extra Rubys were relocated to my front walkway garden (which I converted to more of a daylily theme last summer).



Ruby Spider – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Today, I had the first Ruby bloom in the new setting.  I was taken back by the contrast with the clematis in the background.  It looks a little like Christmas.  I also like the one with the bluebells.



Ruby and Friends – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


No new faces today, but another mystery.  When I divided up Ruby and her planter-mates last fall, the tags for Return a Smile and Just Plum Happy got (perhaps) mixed up.  These two look just enough alike, that I decided I would have to wait for blooms this year to decide which was which.  So, I think the photo taken today (below) is Return a Smile (although, I have changed my mind a few times).



Return a Smile – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Here are web photos of Just Plum Happy . . .

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And, Return a Smile.

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Any votes?

Other visitors today are Chief Four (Three) Fingers,



Chief Four (Three) Fingers – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Hopi Jewel,



Hopi Jewel – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


and Wild Horses.



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

I also went out and snapped a couple more of Chama Valley last night, in less intense sun.  Much better.




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


Enjoy your pictorial visit to my Colorado Western Slope garden.  I think we will see peak bloom in a week or so.  Hopefully, I won’t miss too much when I am at the National Nurse Practitioner Symposium next week.  I wish my cats could take pictures.