Mystery Solved

When I put in my Southwest daylily garden, I filled it with a lot of Ned Roberts spiders and other names that sounded like the Southwest in some way. I put most of the garden in about 4 years ago. I ordered from several different daylily hybridizers/gardens across the country. I planted them and labelled them.

Laughing Feather 7.1.20

Since then, I have dug most of them back up and put them in buried pots. I got new labels a couple of times – now they are metal. I made a map about 3 years ago – and it is pretty reliable except there are doubles of a couple and that doesn’t make sense because of how I organized them when I planted them.

Kiva Dancer 7.1.20

That brings me to today’s premier blooms. The mystery daylily that is a double of Kachina Dancer (bloomed yesterday) but in a different row and is clearly a different bloom – but same name on the label. So, what is it? Well, I also ordered Kiva Dancer about that time and looking at pictures from the web, I think that I just mislabeled the daylily. Kachina instead of Kiva. Anyway – she bloomed last year and I had the wrong name because Kachina Dancer had never bloomed before yesterday. That’s a long story, but Kiva Dancer (I think) had her first 2020 bloom this year.

Holy Sombrero 7.1.20

We started with yellow trumpets and today brought some showier yellow daylilies. Holy Sombrero is a very showy, big, ruffly bloom.

Cheddar Cheese 7.1.20

And, one of my older daylilies that is loving the place in the garden that I moved it a couple summers ago premiered today – Cheddar Cheese. I have a picture I painted of her in my room – one of my first paintings.

Heron”s Cove 7.1.20

Last, but never least, was a premier on Heron’s Cove. It was cold last night, so many of my blooms didn’t open right today. Hers is a little frumpy.

Here is a picture of Oh Erica from the American Daylily Society page

I have a request of my readers. I am looking for a daylily named Erica for my family section of the garden. I have both grandkids, my oldest daughter, my mom, my grandma . . . but I need to find one named Erica, like my youngest daughter. I like one called Oh, Erica by a hybridizer in Indiana named Bart Beck – but I can’t find contact. I also like “Erica’s Awake”. Anyway – if my readers know of any Erica named daylilies or how to contact Bart Beck – please leave a comment.

It’s tomorrow. I am going to bed.

A Time to Every Purpose

Today, Ruby Stella bloomed.  She only has two buds left and freeze is headed our way soon.  I was thinking of firsts and lasts today.  My first daylily bloomed in March . . . in zone 6A.  Indian Sky was accidentally forced on my porch and produced two blooms.  She did not rebloom this year.



Indian Sky – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


My first in-yard bloom was another container that was forced a bit early from winter on the porch – Electric Lizard.



Electric Lizard – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


My first planted in the dirt daylily to bloom was Dream Keeper (6/13) – this is my daughter’s choice for a painting for her birthday.


Dream Keeper 1.jpg

Dream Keeper – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, the last . . .  Miss Ruby Stella from today.  Last, but not least.



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


They spanned seven months . . . maybe we make it to October?  Then, eight.

The other thing I hope spans a lot of months are the new labels.  What a project to make these for every daylily, not just the 50 or so southwestern garden ones that I blogged about earlier this month.  They have held up, so I am giving it a shot.  I just want labels that last more than a month or two.  So, we will see.  Fingers crossed.


PS – I did become a Doctor of Nursing Practice.  And, then I went on a camping road trip through SE Utah.  New job starts next week.  Time to get cracking with some winter strong labels!


The Art of Labels

It used to be that I adopted miscellaneous daylilies and planted th em in amidst my other flowers without much thought.  What’s in a name, after all, as long as the flower is hardy. Then, I started collecting them.  Some I got for the names.  Others, I just needed to organize.  So, I got cool software called Plantstep to manage my habit.  One part I like about the software is that you can print labels for each flower.  However, with inkjet, they never lasted long.  And, I have enough now that relabeling is a major chore.  What to do?

My first thought was to paint names on my plastic labels . .prime, outdoor paint, polyurethane.  I especially wanted my Roberts southwestern garden to have sustainable labels until I learn the blooms.  Somewhere in the process, I began to wonder if you could seal the inkjet labels with the polyurethane.  It worked!  (I googled it later, and they use the process to seal inkjet photographs).

So, I decided that my Southwest garden will have two-sided labels.  One side is painted, the other is a plasticized label.  I’m only half done – it is a multi-step process.  But, I have a good start with the first batch in.  I think I will just use the plasticized labels on the other gardens for now.  It is an experiment . . . we will see what spring brings.  (I like that I painted the label with the color of each bloom.)

My blooms for today are Heirloom Heaven (almost done for this cycle):



Heirloom Heaven – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, Red Hot Returns (darn thrips are back):



Red Hot Returns – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Best of all, it looks like Ruby Stella is sending up yet another scape!  This may be my graduation day flower!!! Rock on Ruby.  2016 came in with the yellows and is going out with the reds.



My new Ruby scape!!!