It is Better than Therapy!

Here I am, finishing up my doctorate and still waiting for the next door to open.  My knuckles get raw from knocking.  They said it would open doors, and I need to stay optimistic, positive.

The garden helps.  And, the blog is to be my happy place, so I won’t dwell on bloody knuckles here.  I will say that when I left my computer to go put compost and manure in my daylily pots (some needed to be replanted do to settling), my mood shifted.  I was focused in the moment.  Painting daylily tiles does the same thing. Flow.  Loss of time, self. So, hey, what a blessing these guys are to grow.  It is more than the blooms . . . it is the cycle of life.

Today was my last Pizza Crust for the year.  It is a lot prettier later in the day to me.  So, this was actually taken in the evening.  Have to savor the last one.

 

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Pizza Crust – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

And. Stella.  She seems to be taking a break before sending new scapes . . . and I have 3 of her.  So, I shall be patient.

 

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

 

I still have Frans Hals, Heirloom Heaven, and Red Hot Returns. And, a few new plantings on the way . . . big, classy spiders.  I just love them with the yucca.  As Tom Hanks said in Castaway – Let’s see what the tide brings in tomorrow.  A new bloom, an interview, a porta-potty?  Here is to optimism!

 

My Last Ned Roberts Spider :-(

Skinwalker adorned my yard with its last bloom for 2016.  My Ned Roberts and Southwestern named daylily garden is off to a good start.  I had 10 blooms out of that garden this year.  There are 50 or so cultivators out there.  More on that in a minute.

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Other late bloomers were Apache Uprising.  I think I have one more bud to go.

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And, Yella Stella.  She has a brand new scape, so I am still hopeful to make it to freeze. Plus, Red Hot Returns (sounds like a political statement to me) and Heirloom Heaven have still not bloomed.  Heirloom Heaven is a ways off, too, from the scape size.  September?

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OK, so back to my Ned Roberts garden.  I carefully built it over spring break, moving buckets of rocks and pebbles that had been there for decades.  Then, I dug down deeper, a few inches down into the clay soil.  And, I added the brick border.   I then filled it with good soil and water crystals.  Then, I planted the daylilies.

Now, the earth has settled and the roots are too close to the clay for best production, me thinks.  Tomorrow, I gently lift each cultivator up, hopefully without totally dislodging roots, and I fill in with compost, manure, peat, and more good dirt.  Back up to the top of the bricks.  And, then re-mulch it.  Optimistically, that boosts the year two bloom.  I think garden spaces take a while to be fertile.  It took my garlic patch a few seasons.  Good dirt rocks!