Folders of Flowers

I remember a presidential debate several years ago where one of the candidates said he had binders of women. Instantly, it was the twitter trend. Well, I am not sure my folders of flowers will rate that highly, but there are similarities.

Laughing Feather – premier bloom 6.17.20

This time of year, I organize my flower photos in folders labeled by cultivator name, date, and then which photo # it is that day for that flower. So, I might have stella6.17.1 for my first Stella de Oro shot today.

Mesa Verde premier bloom 6.17.20

I use Microsoft One Drive as my back-up for my camera photos. It always worked great until I switched computers . . . or maybe it’s the new camera . . . or some update. I have checked every setting and I can’t figure it out.

My yellow (vs golden) Stella de Oro and her premier bloom 6.17.20

It just isn’t backing up the photos I put on my computer. Now, I can upload the folder to One Drive – but I have to delete the one off my computer. And, then the one from One Drive shows up. It honestly took me hours to figure out a work-around. I think once a week is plenty for this little procedure.

Dream Keeper still livin’ the dream 6.17.20

So far, I have eleven folders of flowers for 2020. Last year, I had 161 total. I have more work ahead of me than what lays behind. And, I need to move my flower software to the new computer, too.

Funny Valentine 6.17.20

So, I had more premiers to add to my list of folders. Today, a couple of Southwestern named cultivators. Mesa Verde is one of my favorites – especially for a ruffly bloom.

Saratoga Springtime 6.17.20

And distinctive Laughing Feather has bloomed – one of my Robert’s spiders. It usually isn’t a particularly early bloomer . . . beat Kokopelli this year, though.

Golden Stella 6.17.20

Oh, and my yellow (vs golden) version of Stella put our a premier bloom today, too.

Yellow Punch 6.17.20

My other cultivators are pictured above between my writing. Tomorrow, I think I will be adding more folders. Maybe Kokopelli. I didn’t have time to make bud rounds today so I am not really sure. I guess I’ll find out tomorrow.

Canyon Colors of the Southwest

The red canyons of the Southwest warm my heart and soul in ways beyond words. My body instantly comes alive, my curiosity sparks, I feel like I am where I belong in the Universe. So, another blog in my series on my vicarious road trip through my Southwest named daylilies.

Canyon de Chelly – 2017

I think my favorite canyon is Canyon de Chelly, Arizona. The red is just deeper or richer than most of the sandstone of the Southwest.

Dominguez Canyon – Fall 2019

Dominguez Canyon, much closer to home, is my favorite day adventure.

McInnis Canyons National Recreation Area – Fall 2019

McInnis Canyons National Recreation Area is also pretty close to home. My first COVID plan was to hike here every weekend all spring, but it is more than 20 miles.

Canyonlands National Park – Spring 2020

Canyonlands National Park is fabulous on a grander scale, and we usually get her once a year in February. It is often snowy at Island in the Sky.

Chaco Canyon – 2014

Chaco Canyon is the most spiritual canyon I can think of – I hope to go back on one of my roadtrips soon.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park – 2019

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is in my own back yard – 10 miles or so away. It is a canyon of a different color.

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument – 2018

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is so cool – Hovenweep and all the surrounding areas filled with Ancient Pueblo Ruins.

Grand Canyon National Park – 2015

Of course, there is the Grand Canyon. And, that’s just to name a few.

Canyon Colors – 2019

In my yard, there is a daylily named Canyon Colors. When she blooms, she takes me to all the canyons that I love from my road trips. She was an early Southwest order, the name (of course) drew me in.

Canyon Colors – 2018

Being a semi-evergreen, she lives on my little back porch in winter but summers in her pot on the corner of my house. IDK – Which canyon do you think best reflects her color?

Dream Catcher – 2019

I didn’t look to see if she had scapes yet. Saratoga Springtime, Ojo de Dios, Dream Catcher and Kokopelli are the only ones I noticed – but I was busy grading so didn’t get outside much.

Canyon Colors – 2018

I did have a chance to hook-up my new solar drip pump. It is one of those you get off of Amazon. I have used them for the last decade – replaced them often at first but the last one lasted 3 years. They have made improvements – so I am hopeful for at least a couple with this one. Three days of 50 MPH winds, I think my driveway pots are ready for a little drip of water.

Canyon Colors – 2018

And, I am ready to see canyon colors.

Chaco Canyon

A daylily by any other name would smell as sweet . . . maybe, maybe not.  Chaco Canyon is a beautiful, spiritual place in New Mexico.  It is not easy to get there – the road is dirt, not improved – many ruts for miles and miles.  But, it is worth it because it was an empire of the Ancient Pueblo Indians.

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The road to Chaco Canyon before it turns to dirt

I have been there twice.  The first time, I had no idea what the road was like but I am persistent.  I was on my way home from a conference in Albuquerque and had seen the road signs on my way down.


Hungo Pavi – one of the many Chaco buildings

I was instantly taken by the place, but it was late so I didn’t get to see much.  I bought a book and loved looking at the pictures.


The walls of the Chaco ruins blend into the background of the canyon walls


So, six years ago when I had decided to travel for my spring road trip and got me a fine dog (Maizzy) to accompany me . . . we headed back to Chaco.  This time, we met an old friend of mine.  We hiked and caught-up with each other after several years.


The canyon walls tower above the ancient ruins

Chaco Canyon was a huge trade center that is linked to the stellar world in crazy and mysterious ways.  I am no expert, but many of the buildings are aligned perfectly north/south – and you can follow the north line miles to the next building.  The buildings are aligned to both sun and moon cycles.  There are petroglyphs that light up like Las Vegas on Solstice and Equinox each year.


The round petroglyph on the right reminds me of my daylily bloom

My trips to the Ancient Pueblo ruins remind me how humanity has lost touch with our connection to nature. We drive in cars, leave the lights on 24/7, and argue with strangers about wearing masks.  We have become so disconnected from the messages from our planet and solar system – it makes me sad for all of our advancement some days.  The message of Chaco is sacred and special to me.



Petroglyphs and wasp nests cohabitate on the walls of Chaco Canyon

So, when I happened to see a daylily named Chaco Canyon – just after I discovered one named Kokopelli (and by the same hybridizer, Ned Roberts), I ordered it instantly.  Not only did I like the name – It is a striking daylily.   I wonder what about this daylily reminded Ned of Chaco Canyon – maybe the red color?  Maybe because it blooms around summer solstice?  Maybe because it looks like the sun or the stars?


Chaco Canyon daylily soaking up the sun – 2019

My Chaco Canyon grows in a big pot on my back porch.  I moved a couple fans to the Southwest garden last year to extend the bloom season (the two gardens have slightly different peak bloom times).  It is getting big and I am watching for scapes now because it blooms on the early side.  I can’t wait to be stunned by the first flower!


Chaco Canyon daylily shines in the sun – 2018

I thought I had lost the photos of my trip to Chaco  – but silly me, I uploaded them to Facebook 6 years ago.  Taking a road trip vicariously through my daylilies makes me want to go back to this place, again, when COVID-19 clears.  It isn’t all that far away.  In the meantime, I wait for it to bloom in my yard.


Two Chacos dancing in the breeze

50 Startling Southwest Spider Daylilies!

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).


Adios Albuquerque – 2019


Apache Bandana – 2019


Apache Beacon – 2019


Aztec Firebirds – 2019


Black Arrowhead – 2019


Chaco Canyon – 2019


Cheyenne Eyes – 2019


Chief Four Fingers – 2019


Chokecherry Mountain – 2019


Comanche Princess – 2019


Coral Taco – 2019


Desert Icicle


Dream Catcher


Echo Canyon – 2019


Feather Woman – 2019


Ghost Ranch – 2019


Glen Eyrie – 2019


Happy Hopi – 2019


Iktomi – 2019


Kachina Firecracker – 2019


Kokopelli – 2018


Land of Enchantment – 2019


Laughing Feather – 2019


Mama Cuna – 2019


Maya Cha Cha – 2019


Medicine Feather – 2019


Mount Echo Sunrise – 2019


Navajo Curls – 2018


Navajo Grey Hills – 2019


Navajo Rodeo – 2019


Ojo de Dios – 2019



Pink Enchalada – 2019


Pink Rain Dance – 2019


Purple Corndancer – 2018


Purple Many Faces – 2019


Purple Thunderbird – 2019


Santa Fe Christmas


Shape Shifter – 2019


Skinwalker – 2019


Spirit of the Morning – 2019


Star Over Milagro – 2019


Taco Twister – 2019


Talon – 2019


Truchas Sunrise – 2019


Twirling Pinata – 2018


Wild Rose Fandango – 2019


Zuni Eye – 2019


Zuni Thunderbird – 2019


A Celebration of Spiders! (Ned Roberts)

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.



Chorus Line 8.5


Rosie’s Red 8.6

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:


Adios Albuquerque


Apache Bandana


Aztec Firebird


Black Arrowhead


Black Ice


Chaco Canyon


Cheyenne Eyes


Chokecherry Mountain


Comanche Princess


Desert Icicle


Dream Catcher


Dream Keeper


Fox Ears


Happy Hopi




Kachina Firecracker




Laughing Feather


Mama Cuna


Moon Over Chimayo


Navajo Curls


Navajo Rodeo


Papa Longlegs


Pink Rain Dance


Pueblo Dancer is her label, but she doesn’t look like that one.  So???


Purple Corn Dancer


Purple Grasshopper


Purple Many Faces


Purple Moonrise


Purple Thunderbird


Raspberry Propeller


Raven Woodsong


Rocky Mountain Pals


Santa Fe Christmas


Shape Shifter




Taco Twister




Twirling Pinata


Wild Rose Fandango


Zuni Eye


Zuni Thunderbird

Out of interest, here are my Ned Roberts spiders that bloomed last year but did not bloom this year:


Coral Taco 2017


Glen Eyrie


Pink Enchilada 2017

And, we had a few in 2016 that have not bloomed again:


Chief Four Fingers 2016


Ghost Ranch


Winds of Love 2016

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):

Apache Beacon

Apache Beacon

coyote laughs

Coyote Laughs

Cricket Call

Cricket Call

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Cripple Creek

Dancing Maiden

Dancing Maiden

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Echo Canyon

Feather Woman

Feather Woman

Golden Eclipse

Golden Eclipse

Kachina Firecracker.jpg

Kachina Dancer

Kiva Dancer

Kiva Dancer

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Land of Enchantment

Maya Cha Cha

Maya Cha Cha

Medicine Feather

Medicine Feather

Mount Echo Sunrise

Mount Echo Sunrise

Navajo Grey Hills

Navajo Grey Hills

Ojo de Dios

Ojo de Dios


Orchid Moonrise

Orchid Moonrise


The Real Pueblo Dancer

Spirit of the Morning

Spirit of the Morning

Star over Milagro

Star over Milagro

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Truchas Sunrise

Wildwood Flower

Wildwood Flower

We made improvements, but we have aways to go.  That’s life




Horses, Canyons, Rodeos, and Our Blooms for the Week!

Summer is here! I got home from camping 6 hours ago and am still trying to get everything done for the weekend!  When I don’t take photos in the morning, the blooms are pretty sunburned by noon.  And we had wind today.   And single digit humidity.  So, for today there were 5 new blooms.

Wild Horses is a favorite, dependable bloomer.  I have had her 3 years and she puts on quite a show.  Can you see the wild horses in her pattern?


Wild Horses 6/24

So, Chaco Canyon bloomed when we returned from this same camping adventure last year.  I love her stripes!


Chaco Canyon 6/24

A brand new face for this year is Navajo Rodeo.  Waiting 3 years to see some of these has taken patience.  She reminds me of Talon, but redder.  I am sure they are related.


Navajo Rodeo 6/24

Ruby Spider is one of my oldest blooms, and always a favorite.  She is huge, and oh so red!


Ruby Spider 6/24

And little Happy Returns is back.  She is such a delicate little yellow trumpet.


Happy Returns 6/24

And there is the long roster (with photos) of all or our blooms from 6/18 through today:


Bluegrass Music 6/21


Canyon Colors 6/21


Comanche Princess 6/22


Dark Mystery 6/20


Dream Keeper 6/22


Funny Valentine 6/19


Holy Sombrero 6/22


Hopi Jewel 6/20


Indian Love Call 6/20


Jungle Queen 6/20


Kokopelli 6/19


Laughing Feather 6/19


Mesa Verde 6/22


Nurse’s Stethoscope 6/21


Painted Petroglyph 6.21


Pink Rain Dance 6/22



Platinum Palate Pink Whispers 6/22


Prairie Blue Eyes 6/19


Pueblo Dancer 6/22


Purple Many Faces 6/22


Purple Mystic 6/20


Red Riddle 6/21


Return a Smile 6/19


Saratoga Springtime 6/21


Stella de Oro 6/19


Talon 6/21


The Colorado Kid 6/22


Treasure of the Southwest 6/21


Wineberry Candy 6/24


Yellow Punch 6/22


Zuni Eye 6/20

So far, that makes 36 that have bloomed in the yard.  Of 170-something.  21% or so of my cultivators have bloomed so far.  Tomorrow, it looks like more new faces will join the count!

Mountain Daylily Time

My current faculty position has me talking with students all over the United States – every time zone in the continental US.  I have to type my time zone and theirs into every note – twice.  This meeting and next meeting times.  I think a lot about time zones!

Daylily season brings a profound shift in my off-time schedule during the week.  I wake up earlier to take photos.  I also have to spray the orchids most mornings.  I prefer it when I can go for a run before work, too.  That means I am dead by the time I get off at 8 PM.  I walk the dogs, blog, go to bed.  And, the more blooms, the earlier I need to set my clock.  That is Mountain Daylily Time.

So, I surpassed 10 blooms in the yard today with some cool, new Ned Roberts southwest named spiders.  I love these flowers!  Talon has been with me going on 3 summers and has never bloomed.  The first year, she tried, but they dried up.  It is surprising that the blooms are this huge.  I organized my garden by the hight listed by the hybridizer.  This is in the front row – but it is Huge.  Can you see the talons?


Talon 6/17

Comanche Princess was a new add last fall after my first one died.  I like her curls!  It is beyond cool to finally get to see these blooms 3 years later.


Comanche Princess

The other first bloom (for this year – she usually blooms well) is Funny Valentine.  She has a million buds this year!  This is the first bloom in my side porch!  It is interesting, because I always thought of this area as my first bloom cycle area – hot, light.  The flowers just grew to maturity more quickly than the walkway garden out front.  With the tree gone and the new systems in the Southwest Garden – this is my new first bloom area.  Also, the driveway Rain Barrel Garden pots are now in the equation (added last year).


Funny Valentine

Other blooms today are as follows (some are tattered from the rain we got during the night):


Dark Mystery 6/17


Kokopelli 6/17


Indian Love Call 6/17


Canyon Colors 6/17


Purple Many Faces 6/17


Wineberry Candy 6/17


Stella de Oro 6/17


Saratoga Springtime 6/17

PS – Starting tomorrow, I will only blog about the new daylilies in bloom (including first bloom for 2018) for the day, but will list all the bloomers.  On Saturday or Sunday each week, I will add photos of all the bloomers for the week in my blog (with the date of bloom).  I will try to pick the best photo of each.  New year, new system! Pilot.  Because it is Mountain Daylily Time!

Very Pregnant and Ready to Deliver

Yesterday, I predicted a trifecta of daylilies would bloom today – Indian Love Call, Talon, and Purple Many Faces.  Well, I lost that bet on all three counts . . . maybe tomorrow, though.  Actually – maybe a lot more than that tomorrow.  Several look very pregnant and ready to deliver.

Today, I had one 2018 first bloomer – Wineberry Candy.  She was a purchase last summer to spruce up a corner daylily pot.  Last summer was when I decided I needed to stop buying daylilies whilst my ones from previous years stopped blooming.  Instead, I would add systems – pots, drippers, etc.  But, once a daylily passes it’s natural call to bloom, you wait a year for your next chance.  So, for the corner pot, I added Wineberry Candy.


Wineberry Candy

Other bloomers for today were as follows:


Dream Keeper 6/14


Kokopelli 6/14


Saratoga Springtime 6/14


Stella de Oro 6/14

Tomorrow is my early day at work . . . no breaks, end of week 6-hour marathon.  I could have a dozen blooms. Who knows?  And, the photos need to be early because the UV taters them fairly quickly.  Besides the trifecta – I have a big mystery red one, Bluegrass Music, Canyon Colors, Hopi Jewel . . . and several of the current bloomers.  Who knows what’s behind door #1? Two weeks to peak!

Say that three times fast!

What is in a name?  I don’t know – for some of my daylilies, I choose them partially for their Southwestern names.  Platinum Palette Pink Whispers was not picked for her name, though.  In fact, I paid no attention to her name.  What I know is that the garden shop had a 2 for $10 special on daylilies this spring.  I said no more, but I had an empty container due to loss of one of my bonus plants from last fall.  So, I got two different ones that were not Stella De Oro.  I really didn’t notice the tongue-twister name until I went to put this one in my software program.  Say that 3 times fast!


Platinum Palette Pink Whispers 6/12

My yard is getting so full of spikes.  It is seriously worrying me how I will handle the photography. And, the blog.  Posting every one, every day . . . that may get crazy cause I don’t get off until 8 PM.  Wondering about a weekly list of all the blooms?  I have done a collage, but then you can’t really pull up the individual photos later.  I don’t know, but I better figure in our because these blooms won’t be slowing down any time soon.  I have 3 dozen with scapes in the Southwest garden, alone.  Probably 60+ total in the whole yard.  I wonder how many I’ll have in bloom on the peak of the peak day?

Here are the other blooms for the day:


Kokopelli 6/12


Dream Keeper 6/12


Saratoga Springtime 6/12


Stella de Oro 6/12


Like an Advent Calendar (sort of)

Last blog, I compared daylilies to popcorn – starting to pop slowly, then reaching peak season.  That is a good analogy, but it is incomplete because each kernel of corn is the same basic size and color.  So, my other analogy is an advent calendar minus the religious meaning.


Kokopelli 6/5/18


When I was a kid, I loved my advent calendars every year.  I have curiosity as a strength, so opening that little paper window every day was thrilling to me.  What was behind door #1, door #2 and door #3?  So, something in daylily blooms that is like opening a surprise door to see each cultivator.   Today’s doors were Kokopelli and Saratoga Springtime.

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Saratoga Springtime 6/5/18

This time of year, I hunt scapes every day.  Today, I bet I found half dozen new ones . . . Route 66, Happy Returns, a couple of mystery ones, and one from the Southwest garden (but I forgot which one).  And, last but not least, Nurse’s Stethoscope!


Nurse’s Stethoscope scape 6/5/18

I am super jazzed about Nurse’s Stethoscope because I helped to name it!  You see, during that whole deal about “Show me your stethoscope” a few years ago, I posted the suggestion to the national daylily society Facebook page.  The hybridizer is also in healthcare – she liked the name and the next year Nurse’s Stethoscope became a registered daylily.  I held off buying her because she is new and still expensive.  But, last year, I decided she would be the last major daylily purchase (other than replacements) for my yard.  She cost $100.  I thought myself crazy, except I helped to name her.  She is my daylily legacy!  I worried all winter that the drought would kill her – and winter waterings hold some risk with freeze-thaw plant loss.  But, she turned green and got big.  Today, there they were, two beautiful scapes.  Advent calendar joy fills my heart!


A photo of Nurse’s Stethoscope from her hybridizer’s page