Hi all – When it is Saturday and it hasn’t been the fun day that I planned. COVID had driven the world mad – and they seem to all be mad at me. So, how about a little Ned Robert’s daylily therapy? I fell in love with Ned’s southwestern named daylilies after finding Kokopelli on Lily Auction 5 years ago. I have a collection of 70 ish now. I am including a few from 2019 if they didn’t bloom this year. Comment with your favorite! Direct from Montrose, Colorado . . .
Are you ready for a beautiful July parade? Here goes – a listing of all of my daylilies that had first blooms in July. I count 81. Enjoy!
I had three charming premiers today, including one of my all-time favorite Ned Roberts spiders – Winds of Love. She always looks like she if floating on the breeze – probably influenced her name.
Kachina Firecracker also gave a first bloom of the year – She looks like Kachina Dancer to me. Cousins, no doubt
And, Nona’s Garnet Spider gave us a hello bloom today.
I did the counts of unbloomed with and without scapes. I believe we are at 117 cultivators that have bloomed now. I have a list of 16 more with unbloomed scapes – so that would come to a total of 133 or 78% bloom rate. That works for me – but it always bugs me why some don’t bloom (41 was my count). Navajo Rodeo, Cricket Call and Purple Grasshopper were big bloomers the last couple of years. Maybe I need to fertilize a bit more and refresh dirt if it has settled. The front garden had several that no-showed this year, but I just put the sprinkler in a few weeks ago, so maybe the drought was the issue. Maybe I will get some late scapes, too.
Last year this day I had 70+ in bloom. But, last spring was so cold that my earlier bloomers didn’t show until early to mid July – and the mid bloomers were going by then, too. 70+ is insane. I prefer the more gradual peak.
August 1st brought a cool day with rain. School starts next week, work is buzzing. But, I tell myself, we are still 6 weeks from fall and the short day, cool seasons. August 1st is also Colorado Day. Colorado means red. So, since I have no new cultivators today (but still 50+ in bloom), I thought I would share my top 10 red daylilies. Here they are in no particular order:
What’s your favorite?
Only 40 something daylilies today and no Premiers. So, it leaves time to talk about some of my daylily categories. I have talked a lot about my Ned Roberts spiders. I originally started collecting them after seeing Kokopelli on the Lily Auction – I love the Southwest and had to have her (I got the bid)! From there, I added more = lots more. At first, it was all fully Southwest names. Then, I gathered some animal and insect names to my Ned collection. And, some stellar names. IDK, is Dancing Maiden a name from the Southwest?
So, tonight, I will show you my purely Southwest named daylilies – the obvious names from the Southwest. But, first, Mildred Mitchell had an extra petal today – a genetic flaw that made her look pretty cool.
OK – Here are my Southwest Ned Roberts spiders. (These are the ones that have bloomed the last two years. Mostly this year, except Kokopelli did not bloom this year – which is unusual).
I am a nurse and a midwife. Remember the “show me your stethoscope” incident on The View a few years back? It took over my Facebook feed for a few weeks – nurses united! During that time, I was pretty active on the American Daylily Society Facebook page. I had an idea – they should name a daylily Nurse’s Stethoscope. Well, one of the hybridizers who was also in healthcare picked-up on the suggestion and registered a daylily with that name.
It was a pretty daylily – beautiful, I thought. Except it was new on the market so out of my price range. Summer before last, I finally caved and bought it. It thrived last summer and gave me quite a show of blooms. But, she was one of the ones who struggled because of the cold, wet spring. Her scapes died back after sprouting. I put her in a smaller pot and moved her to the front yard for the summer. I crossed my fingers. She is coming back enough to have a couple buds. Once she blooms, I will fertilize. Glad to have her as one of my premiers today! My little daylily legacy!
Another Premier was Kachina Firecracker, another Ned Roberts spider. I was putting her in my new daylily garden three years ago when I adopted my rescue dog, Kachina. There were two daylilies – Kachina Firecracker and Kachina Dancer. Kachina was a stray before going to the sanctuary, so they gave her the name Tina due to her small size (7 pounds of anxiety!) I was trying to think of a name for her that rhymed with Tina. It was the daylilies named Kachina that synapsed my choice of names for my mutt.
Last Premier is Baja – an old favorite. One of my early daylilies that just keeps coming back every summer.
I do find the taking photos of 70+ flowers every day for a few weeks is exhausting on top of the blogging. I start to dream of fall hikes in the canyon and watching Call the Midwife. For now, we will see what tomorrow brings. We had another gusher monsoon today, so I will see what is up when I awaken from much-needed sleep.
The days grow August-quiet. It seems a dream that I had nearly 60 blooms per day just a month ago. So, today, we will do finales. And, then, a roll-call of my Ned Roberts spiders.
So, maybe if I do the Ned Roberts spider roll-call it will entice one more into bloom this year. My Ghost Ranch is a fall bloom, but I am having a rough time getting her to thrive here. Maybe some fish fertilizer? Our temps are still above average with little rain.
Ned Roberts Spiders for 2018 Season:
Out of interest, here are my Ned Roberts spiders that bloomed last year but did not bloom this year:
And, we had a few in 2016 that have not bloomed again:
I have around 64 of Ned’s spiders in my garden. I had 42 bloom this year or about 65%. Last year, I had 13 (about 20%) bloom. Marked improvement. All total, to date, I have had 48 (or 75%) bloom. That is a long way from 100%. But, marked improvement. I think some of the ones that bloomed in 2016 were put in that year (still flourishing from the nursery), struggled last year in the clay soil, and are recovering (growing new roots) this year in their pots. I am sure that the drought had an impact, as well.
So, for fun, here are the ones I have that have never bloomed (photos from the web):
We made improvements, but we have aways to go. That’s life
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.
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.
Next up – Finales. Of course, Santa Fe Christmas is a finale today 😦
Primal Scream is another finale.
Jungle Queen had finale blooms on both pots I have of her.
Iktomi is another finale. I have enjoyed seeing the patterns in her offspring.
Happy Hopi gave a finale bloom today. I really enjoyed her big, bold, blonde blooms.
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.
Heavenly Curls 7.12
The summer wears on, the peak starts to decline a little (only 40 some daylilies today). It was scape cutting day. It is always a little sad to me to cut off a scape – like cleaning up wrapping paper after Christmas. Less flowers mean more are having finales than births. I think of fireworks . . . that last big blast. Now that we are down to way less new blooms every day (we have had 108 so far – 62% bloom rate), I thought I might feature some finale blooms from around the yard, too. One last chance to savor the colors until winter washes into summer, again.
So, let’s start with the new one. Lime Frost bloomed. She is a fairly large flower with the pretty green/yellow tint. She was one of my early online nursery purchases. I remember wanting a green one.
OK – and finales go to Mesa Verde (she may have one bud left). She has been an excellent performer, starting on 6/16. She is one of my favorite ruffly ones . . . and one that lives in my back porch in the winter. A couple years ago, my cat dug up her roots in the winter and I feared she was a gonner. I guess not. Now, I have chicken wire covers for the porch daylilies.
The other finale is Kachina Firecracker. This was the one I thought was Echo Canyon when I first posted about her. The year I put her (and Kachina Dancer) in the garden, I adopted a dog. It was just a day or two after putting in the lilies. The rescue pup’s name was Tina, so I renamed her Kachina because the name seemed to fit.
Today, I moved Blackthorne and Autumn Jewels to the Border Garden. I hooked them up to the drip system that I have out there. I put a tad of fertilizer on them and the SW garden. I hope the monsoons come soon – it almost sprinkled twice today, so maybe soon. Oh, and sweet news – it looks like Indian Love Call is sending up a re-bloom spike!!!
OK – Other bloomers today were Comanche Princess, Papa Longlegs, Taco Twister, Dream Catcher, Soco Gap, Purple Grasshopper, Aztec Firebird, Adios Albuquerque, Nosferatu, Red Riddle, Cheddar Cheese, Heron’s Cove, Purple de Oro, Bluegrass Music, Mildred Mitchell, South Seas, Classy Lady, Mellon Balls, Lullabye Baby, Ruby Spider, Return a Smile, Bela Lugosi, Pick of the Litter, Raspberry Propeller, Lady Fingers, Black-Eyed Susan, Indian Sky, Stephanie Returns, Mini Pearl, Pink and Cream, Prelude to Love, Hesperus, Ruby Stella, Nurse’s Stethoscope, and Fox Ears.
PS – I will keep better track of finales starting tomorrow. 🙂
Whew – the peak slowed just a bit today. No new blooms tonight. That is not to say that I didn’t have 50 blooms in my yard today . . . and we will have some new faces tomorrow. Today, I traveled out of town to meet my surgeon for a consult, so it was good to have less photo pressure!
So, a bit of a side trip tonight – let’s look at some genetics for my Ned Roberts spiders.
According to the Lakota, Iktomi is a spider trickster spirit and hero. I liked the name, so had to have the cultivator in my Southwest Garden. Iktomi is the parent of several of my other daylilies. Let’s see if we can see the family resemblance.
Here is Iktomi:
Apache Bandana is a child of Iktomi:
Chaco Canyon is another kid:
Dream Keeper has Iktomi and Dream Catcher as parents:
Black Arrowhead is another offspring:
Laughing Feather is also in the sibling mix:
I think the resemblance is kind of cool – they all have the midrib strips, although Dream Keeper looks more like Dream Catcher than Iktomi to me. What do you think?
OK – Here is another one. Remember our Chokecherry Mountain?
Well, she is the offspring of Talon . . . do you see it?
Sort of interesting to see side-by-side. Of course, I am a midwife. I don’t think I would ever want to try to hybridize, though. Never say never. I really like the look of all my Ned Roberts spiders . . . I wish I had his creativity.
Oh, and I have a confession. I got confused on labels – the photos I posted of Echo Canyon are really Kachina Firecracker. So sorry! She has the stripes but is not a child of Iktomi.
OK – so bloomers today were: South Seas, Papa Longlegs, Comanche Princess, Navajo Rodeo, Taco Twister, Desert Icicle, Aztec Firebird, Purple Grasshopper, Pink Rain Dance, Soco Gap, Cheyenne Eyes, Talon, Mesa Verde, Canyon Colors, Heron’s Cove, Purple de Oro, Cheddar Cheese, Nosferatu, Purple Mystique, Prairie Blue Eyes, Wineberry Candy, Bluegrass Music, Blue Beat, The Colorado Kid, Mildred Mitchell, Mellow Balls, Chorus Line, Return a Smile, Longlesson Show-off, Passionate Returns, Anasazi, Indian Sky, Lady Fingers, Black Eyed Susan, Pick of the Litter, Prairie Wildfire, Stephanie Returns, Yellow Punch, Pink and Cream, Ruby Stella, Nurse’s Stethoscope, Strutter’s Ball, Wild Horses. I think that is it . . . tomorrow, more new faces!