Humungous Red Spiders

Humungous red spiders surviving in a drought. Something the opposite of itsy bitsy spiders in the rain. Plus, these spiders are daylilies.

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I only had two premiers today, and 30 total blooms. The first premier is one of the daylilies that my pup, Kachina, is named after. Yep, I was planting my daylilies when I rescued her. Her name was Tina . . . so Kachina fit perfectly. Honestly, I think this is the only bloom I have ever had on this particular cultivator in 4 years since I planted. So, that is a real premier bloom.

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The second big spider was one of my early mail order daylilies. I think it reminded me of Ruby Spider. This is probably one of the biggest blooms in my collection if you measure petal-end to petal-end.

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The wind blew in cold and a touch of rain. It took forever for a lot of the blooms to open and they always look funky when that happens. But, the two big, old red spiders were wide awake.

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I’m up to 50 cultivators that have bloomed now. That is 30% and it isn’t July yet. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

The Shrunken Days of August

My eyes are so tired that they drip with tears.  I woke up before dawn, but dawn is getting later.  And, my sprinklers now go off after dark in the evening even though I have not reset the time.  Work starts earlier and ends later.  Things always seem chaotic at the start of a school year.  I am tireder than is healthy – it impacts my wellbeing.  I can’t push the envelope the way I use to.  Neither can the sun — it begins its rest cycle.  I feel a bit sad because I don’t like the cold, dark side of the year.  Mostly, though, I feel tired.

So, I had two Premiers today that I want to talk about before sleep.  Frans Hals is one of my early mail order daylilies.  It has been moved around the yard a few times.  I thought this was the most beautiful daylily I had ever seen – this and Best Seller.  I believe they were in my first batch of roots.  Now, it looks kind of ordinary.  Still, a nice late bloomer.

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Frans Hals 8/9

And, my apologies to Chaco Canyon and Kachina Dancer.  I got them mixed up.  The one that bloomed earlier is Kachina Dancer.  Chaco Canyon was divided and I thought her division had put out some small flowers – but it was Kachina Dancer.  My main Chaco lost a scape to a storm in the spring – but managed to send out a re-bloom spike that opened today.  Clearly, a different flower.

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Chaco Canyon 8/9

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Kachina Dancer – July, 2019

Thirty-two today.  I have broken records nearly every day for a month.  As the days shrink, so will the daylilies.  Perhaps we all need a rest.

Oh – and my Apple Blossom Amaryllis baby bulbs (mom was pregnant about 3 years ago) finally bloomed! Merry Christmas – Winter Solstice is coming.

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Apple Blossom Amaryllis 8/9

Welcome to my daylily blog

Thanks for visiting my daylily blog.  Last year, I started back to school full-time to complete a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.  I am an educator and healthcare leader, so I felt ready for some added wisdom.  I have always been a fan of daylilies, and the past year I would say that they have become my therapist.  I am also a resilience coach and believe these flowers are the symbol of flourishing.
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So, last year, I discovered the joy of ordering daylily roots directly from the hybridizers and growers.  Before that, I was dependent on the varieties at the local nurseries.  I have gotten some great cultivators that way!  However, last year I decided that I wanted to reorganize my languishing front path garden and make daylilies the primary flower.  And, for cost and variety sake, I decided to try my luck at using mail order.

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Like all new hobbies, there is a learning curve to this stuff.  And, so I ordered too late for blooms last year.  I used coconut pots that cramped the roots, which didn’t help.  At first, I used just one grower.  Then, I got fascinated with the near blue daylilies, and those searches lead me to a couple of other farmers.  By fall, I figured out the auctions, as well as several other mail order daylily suppliers.

I studied evergreens, semi-evergreens, and dormant varieties.  The blue ones were often evergreen and spent the winter on the porch.  Those blue ones that were semi-evergreen stayed outside and succumbed to a late freeze.  Even one of the ones that looked good inside has slowly died this spring.  That was hard because they were expensive!  And, I didn’t know about getting the best deals, so I paid too much for them.

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Fortunately, I still have five near-blues that are thriving.  I also have around 140 other varieties.  My late summer interest was the Ned Roberts daylilies with Southwestern names.  I started with Kokopelli on the auction.  Now, I have a whole section of the rock garden converted for a variety of those blooms.

And, so this blog is born as a way to document the beauty of the daily flowers with photography.  I have almost a dozen scapes growing on daylilies, so the first blooms are only a couple of weeks away.  I hope you enjoy and will share your adventures with your own gardens here.

Today, I am sharing a photo of one of my favorites, Stephanie Returns.  This variety is one that I got from a local grower last spring.  That was the same season that my daughter, Stephanie, returned to Colorado.  Until those blooms happen, I will be blogging about some of my oldies from last year.

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