A fairy tale, a classy lady and a skinwalker walk into a bar . . .

OK, maybe it is a bad time for a joke about bars. Or, not. I am, of course, really talking about my three premier blooms today.

Fairy Tale Pink 7.21.20

Fairy Tale Pink was one I picked up at a local nursery several years ago because I was bored with my existing blooms. The drip system has helped her – she got so dry in past years that her buds often dried up. She is in my sprinkler blind spot.

Classy Lady 7.21.1

Classy Lady . . . I think I got her on the Lily Auction with some other daylilies that I liked and wanted to get the most for my postage.

Skinwalker 7.21.20

And, oh Skinwalker! This Ned Roberts spider is the biggest, lankiest spider in the garden (well, the Southwest garden, anyway). I love the colors – and the tall scapes. It reminds me of a scarecrow.

Cheddar Cheese 7.20.20

That makes 122 cultivators so far (counting the 2 I missed on vaca). That’s 71%. And, we have a few more premiers in the future. Come on, 75%!

Red Hot Returns 7.20.20

Finales are Cheddar Cheese, Red Hot Returns, Prairie Blue Eyes and Route 66. See you all next year . . . at the bar.

Prairie Blue Eyes 7.20.20

It is time to start ordering the new pots for the Southwest buried garden soon. I will start by repotting the ones already in pots this fall. It is awful to dig into the clay soil and tree roots. I do not look forward to that part at all. But, it is the easement and I don’t want to risk loosing them to a busted water pipe.

Route 66 7.20.20

Route 66

Route 66 is, of course, a famous highway that runs partially through the Southwest.  We usually pass over it going and coming from our spring road trip to the desert.  Route 66 is also the name of one of my favorite daylilies.  It was the first place name daylily that I got and after that, I was hooked.  My daylily names are like points on a road trip a lot of the time.

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Route 66, Flagstaff, Arizona

Today, I had 66 cultivators blooming in my yard.  I was thinking about Route 66 (she was in bloom and is the lead photo) and my own route to having 66 daylilies in bloom in one day.  In 2015, I had 7.  I now have 10X the number of daylilies.  How did I get here? . . . well, I started at local nurseries.  Then I tried one online site, then another.  Eventually, I got attached to my Ned Roberts spiders and found a couple growers with good supplies of those. (I now have around 70 of his cultivators.)  I also found the lily auction – which was fun but I get into trouble on that site.  LOL.

Some of the daylilies I got in 2015/16 are having their first bloom this year.  I think it takes them time to adapt to the desert – and last year, we had the exceptional drought.  The year before that, I transplanted them into buried pots – so that was another adjustment.  Anyway – it is cool to finally see some of these after tending them for a few years.

A couple of our Premiers today have been around that long and finally blooming.  One is Navajo Grey Hills and another is Fringe Benefit.  Navajo Grey Hills was a sought after Ned Roberts Southwest named daylily.  Fringe Benefit, on the other hand, was a bonus plant that looks nothing like the Fringe Benefit I see online.  But, oh well.  I honestly had no idea what it looked like until today.  I like both of them a lot!

So, without further ado, here are the Premiers (it’s not slowing down – So far, 133 blooms or about 74% bloom rate.  Last year this date we were at 123 – and I have a lot more scapes left this year.):

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“Fringe Benefit” bonus plant 7/23

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Navajo Grey Hills 7/23

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Fol da Rol 7/23

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Lime Frost 7/23

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Glen Eyrie 7/23

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Adios Albuquerque 7/23

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Bold Tiger 7/23