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.

Firebird of the Aztecs

A proud bird with a golden tail. That was the tagline for one of the major airlines a few years ago. It makes me think of my bright and beautiful Aztec Firebird daylily. She is one of the brightest color combos in my yard.

Aztec Firebird – 2019

But, let’s back up to my vicarious road trip through the daylilies. Who were the Aztecs? They were ancient people of Mexico. They flourished 700 years ago and are known for the massive size of its empire.

Aztec Ruins National Monument, NM – 2016

I have never been to the Aztec ruins of Mexico, but there are ruins called Aztec Ruins in New Mexico. They are Ancient Pueblo Ruins, like Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde – but when they were first discovered, they were thought to be built by the Aztecs. I can see why, because they appear to hold a fairly massive population.

Aztec Ruins National Monument, NM – 2016

It is the last couple of days until my nursing students graduate. I am buried in grading and ready to be done. I enjoy working from home because I can wonder outside and see my gardens despite the crazy spring wind this week. And, today I spied the first scapes of the year – Dream Catcher and Kokopelli. I am jazzed. I wonder if I can go back to being away from home 40 hours a week – it is weird how my creativity is back now.

Aztec Firebird – 2019

At any rate, soon enough Aztec Firebird will bloom her big, bright bloom. A bird rising from her own ashes. She is an inspiration and symbol or resilience during these crazy COVID times. I am grateful for my garden now more than ever. And, gratitude sure beats arguing over masks on social media.

Daylily of the Green Table

Mesa Verde – Green table is Spanish.  And, it looks like that from a distance during certain seasons.  Mesa Verde is a climb – and if you have ever tent camped there, the temp drops accordingly.  I have great memories of camping there with my daughters when they were growing up.  And, in my adult life.

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Yucca House National Monument – Mesa Verde National Park in the distance – 2019

Dogs have slowed down my camping there because National Parks are not dog friendly – although they would be fine in the campground – it is a drive to get in and out to dog friendly places.

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The road up Mesa Verde – 2017

However, in 2017, Kachina, Maizzy and I headed up during our annual labor day trip.  It was hot – too hot to hike.  So, I thought the elevation would be to our advantage.

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Smiling doggies – Kachina and Maizzy at Mesa Verde 2017

That was the weekend I also decided to foster my little disabled dog, Sazi, then Dotsy.  Her name, Sazi Ana, is inspired by our drive through Mesa Verde that day.

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Mesa Verde 2017

The ruins of Mesa Verde are unique cliff dwellings.  It has probably been close to 15 years since I went by myself on spring break and climbed one of the ladders.  Folks, I have a huge fear of heights and that was nothing I would ever repeat.  But it does give some idea what the Ancient Pueblo Indians must have lived like.  I always wonder how they ever kept toddlers off of the ladders without baby gates.

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Mesa Verde – 2017

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Mesa Verde – 2017

Mesa Verde is also a gorgeous daylily with outrageous ruffles.  She was another of my early Southwest named daylilies.

 

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Mesa Verde daylily – 2019

I was naive before thinking that there might be a few dozen kinds of daylily.  Somehow, I figured out about ordering bare-root on-line.  The first year, I just picked fun colors.  After that, I picked Southwest names.

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Mesa Verde Daylily – 2018

Mesa Verde is decidedly pink until the sun hits – then she resembles the orange cliffs of her name sake.

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Mesa Verde daylily – 2018

Her pot is over growing in grass.  I was going to fix that in March, until COVID-19 hit and I didn’t want to go buy soil until it was too late.  Perhaps this fall.

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Mesa Verde daylily – 2018

This weekend, I am repainting my Monument Valley mural.  I think living vicariously during the safer-at-home phase of corona virus has inspired the creative in me.  My creativity has been totally shut down for the last year or two.  Feels good to be covered in mural paint.

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Mesa Verde tile painting – 2019

A couple of Christmases ago, I did try my hand at painting Mesa Verde.  The flower, that is.

 

Counting Flowers on the Wall; That Don’t Bother Me At All!

So, I had a record number of cultivators in bloom the day before my trip, but no time to blog. Tomorrow, I’m home but too late to see any blooms. So, here is the 7/16 batch. Honestly, I don’t remember which were new bloom, but I’ll try. It’ll be good to see what’s new on Sunday!

Premiers:

Apache Beacon 7/16

Inwood 7/17

Wild Rose Fandango 7/16

Coral Taco 7/16

Little Cadet 7/16

Winds of Love 7/16

Lacey Doily 7/16

Royal Palace Prince 7/16

Black Eyed Susan 7/16

Anasazi 7/16

Reruns – lots and lots of reruns:

Purple de Oro 7/16

Mauna Loa 7/16

Longlesson Show-off 7/16

South Seas 7/16

Isaac 7/16

Stephanie Returns 7/16

Passionate Returns 7/16

Prairie Wildfire 7/16

Catherine Irene 7/16

Strutter’s Ball 7/16

Prairie Blue Eyes 7/16

Red Riddle 7/16

Indian Love Call 7/16

Purple Many Faces 7/16

Iktomi 7/16

Indian Love Call 7/16

Chief Four Fingers 7/16

Zuni Thunderbird 7/16

Rocky Mountain Friends 7/16

Soco Gap 7/16

Black Ice 7/16

Maya Cha Cha 7/16

Purple Mystery 7/16

Ruby Spider 7/16

Comanche Princess 7/16

Mildred Mitchell 7/16

Thin Man 7/16

Lady Fingers 7/16

Papa Long Legs 7/16

Purple Grasshopper 7/16

Chaco Canyon 7/16

Happy Hopi 7/16

Feather Woman 7/16

Ojo de Dios 7/16

Canyon Colors 7/16

Cheddar Cheese 7/16

Mesa Verde 7/16

Primal Scream 7/16

The Colorado Kid 7/16

Melon Balls 7/16

Pardon Me 7/16

Cricket Call 7/16

Wineberry Candy 7/16

Raspberry Propeller 7/16

Route 66 7/16

Golden Stella 7/16

Yellow Punch 7/16

Early Bird Cardinal 7/16

Pink and Cream 7/16

Mini Pearl 7/16

Orange Flurry 7/16

Golden Stella 7/16

Cheyenne Eyes 7/16

Pink Enchilada 7/16

Apache Bandana 7/16

Vaca Day Lilies

Today, we started our weeklong camping road trip through southern Utah. So, I’ll miss 5 days of blooms. But, I think there will be plenty left when I return next week.

Premieres:

Prairie Blue Eyes 7/5

Cheyenne Eyes 7/5

Papa Long Legs 7/5

Treasure of the Southwest 7/5

Reruns:

Indian Love Call 7/5

Petite Petticoats 7/5

Yellow Punch 7/5

Saratoga Springtime 7/5

Yellow Stella 7/5

Echo Canyon 7/5

Purple Many Faces 7/5

Mesa Verde 7/5

The Colorado Kid 7/5

Finales: While Dream Keeper has a few buds left (my first bloom this season), she will likely be done before I get home.

Dream Keeper 7/5

The Independence Thirteen

Wow . . . It was slow on Solstice and I have only thirteen on the 4th of July. Last year, I had 40 something. And, for the last several years, I’ve had white daisies, blue bells, and Ruby Spider all in close enough proximity for a July 4th shot. Not this year.

Today isn’t only the 4th, but also the day before my trip. It was my dad’s birthday and my due date with my youngest daughter. My family have been a bit like daylilies in my life . . . Enjoy them when they last and consider each day a new beginning. Still, the 4th is both a community day and a time PTSD can rear its ugly head.

Cricket Call 7/4

So, here we go with the one Premiere for today:

And, 11 sweet reruns.

Canyon Colors 7/4

Hopi Jewel 7/4

Land of Enchantment 7/4

Mesa Verde 7/4

Comanche Princess 7/4

Purple Many Faces 7/4

Ojo de Dios 7/4

Petite Petticoats 7/4

Golden Stella 7/4

Yellow Stella 7/4

Saratoga Springtime 7/4

Yellow Punch 7/4

Maybe not red, white and blue – But the Southwest and Native American names certainly honor our heritage.

Oops, missed one!

Chama Valley 7/4

Sweet Seventeen

Wow, time flies when you’re having July. Almost road trip time. I won’t miss peak, I don’t think. But, it could be starting by the time I get back. I’ll be cutting down used scapes soon enough.

So, a couple quick stories. All American Chief gave me a first bloom ever after three years. He was a gift plant. I love that the sellers pick up my Southwest theme and send approximately named daylilies. Hopi Jewel has bloomed every year, but has a similar story.

Here are today’s Premieres:

All American Chief 7/3

Hopi Jewel 7/3

Return a Smile 7/3

Petite Petticoats 7/3

And, that makes for 13 Reruns:

The Colorado Kid 7/3

Echo Canyon 7/3

Saratoga Springtime 7/3

Canyon Colors 7/3

Mesa Verde 7/3

Navajo Blanket 7/3

Comanche Princess 7/3

Funny Valentine 7/3

Dream Keeper 7/3

Indian Love Call 7/3

Yellow Stella 7/3

Yellow Punch 7/3

Golden Stella 7/3

For the first time in years, Ruby Spider isn’t going to bloom on the 4th. I don’t I can do a shot with red, white and blue flowers together. Oh well, happy 4th!

Baker’s Dozen

Ah, the days of lots of Premieres and no Finales in sight. Today saw 13 blooms. A couple works about Navajo Blanket. I got her early in my daylily crazy. Probably 4-5 years ago. Initially, in the dobie soil until I dug a bunch of half dead daylilies up and put them in pots two years ago. This year, I tried a bigger pot. That, plus the rain, and it bloomed this year.

Another little miracle was Ojo de Dios. She died and I replaced her once I had buried pots in. She is big and healthy now.

So, here we go with Premiers;

Navajo Blanket 7/2

Ojo de Dios 7/2

Mesa Verde 7/2

Echo Canyon 7/2

And, Reruns:

Indian Love Call 7/2

Funny Valentine 7/2

Golden Stella de Oro 7/2

Land of Enchantment 7/2

Comanche Princess 7/2

Dream Keeper 7/2

Canyon Colors 7/2

Yellow Punch 7/2

Saratoga Springtime 7/2

New Faces, Finales, and Roll Call

It is time for Sunday roll call.  But first, a couple cool new Roberts Spiders.  Meet Mount Echo Sunrise – She is a big spider that reminds me of Dream Catcher.  This is her first-ever bloom in my yard – I put her in a couple years ago.

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Then there is Sante Fe Christmas – And she looks like a Christmas bow.  Red, green with curly petals.  I really love her – too bad she lost her other buds.  Despite the improved bloom rate, the drought has taken a toll.

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Next up – Finales.  Of course, Santa Fe Christmas is a finale today 😦

Primal Scream is another finale.

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Primal Scream 7.10 

Jungle Queen had finale blooms on both pots I have of her.

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Jungle Queen 7.12

Iktomi is another finale.  I have enjoyed seeing the patterns in her offspring.

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Iktomi 7.9

Happy Hopi gave a finale bloom today.  I really enjoyed her big, bold, blonde blooms.

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Happy Hopi 7.12

Now, on to our roll call.  These are the blooms from 7/9 through today.  But, first, we have about 12 with unbloomed scapes remaining and mid-50s with no bloom/no scape.  We are at 107 cultivators (+/-).  Add 12, and we get close to 120.  I am still hoping for 130 total this year.

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Adios Albuquerque 7.10

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Alabama Jubilee 7.11

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Anasazi 7.13

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Aztec Firebird 7.14

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Baja 7.14

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Bela Lugosi 7.9

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Black Arrowhead 7.10

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Black Eyed Susan 7.14

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Black Ice 7.10

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Blue Beat 7.11

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Bluegrass Music 7.11

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Canyon Colors 7.15

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Catherine Irene 7.15

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Chaco Canyon 7.12

 

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Cheddar Cheese 7.12

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Cheyenne Eyes 7.8

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Chorus Line 7.13

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Classy Lady 7.14

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Comanche Princess 7.11

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Dark Mystery 7.12

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Desert Icicle 7.15

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Dream Catcher 7.15

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Early Bird Cardinal 7.10

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El Desperado 7.13

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Fairytale Pink 7.14

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Funny Valentine 7.10

 

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Heavenly Curls 7.12

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Heron’s Cove 7.13

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Hesperus 7.15

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Holy Sombrero 7.10

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Indian Sky 7.15

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Inwood 7.12

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Isaac 7.12

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Just Plum Happy 7.10

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Kachina Firecracker 7.12

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Lacy Doily 7.10

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Lady Fingers 7.12

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Laughing Feather 7.9

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Lime Frost 7.15

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Longlesson Showoff 7.13

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Lullabye Baby 7.14

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Mama Cuna 7.13

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Marque Moon 7.15

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Mellon Balls 7.11

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Mesa Verde 7.13

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Mildred Mitchell 7.15

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Mini Pearl 7.15

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Navajo Rodeo 7.13

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Nosferatu 7.15

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Nurse’s Stethoscope 7.11

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Papa Longlegs 7.15

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Passionate Returns 7.10

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Petite Petticoats 7.10

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Pick of the Litter 7.14

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Pink and Cream 7.11

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Pink Rain Dance 7.11

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Prairie Blue Eyes 7.10

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Prairie Wildfire 7.11

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Prelude to Love 7.15

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Purple de Oro 7.14

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Purple Grasshopper 7.11

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Purple Mystic 7.11

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Raspberry Propeller 7.14

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Red Hot Returns 7.15

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Red Riddle 7.10

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Return a Smile 7.10

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Route 66 7.13

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Ruby Spider 7.14

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Ruby Stella 7.15

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Shape Shifter 7.13

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Skinwalker 7.10

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Soco Gap 7.14

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South Seas 7.14

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Stella de Oro 7.13

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Stephanie Returns 7.14

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Strutter’s Ball 7.11

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Taco Twister 7.11

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Talon 7.11

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The  Colorado Kid 7.10

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Thin Man 7.15

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Treasure of the Southwest 7.13

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Wild Horses 7.11

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Wineberry Candy 7.12

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Yellow Punch 7.13

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Zuni Thunderbird 7.13

Finales

The summer wears on, the peak starts to decline a little (only 40 some daylilies today).  It was scape cutting day.  It is always a little sad to me to cut off a scape – like cleaning up wrapping paper after Christmas.  Less flowers mean more are having finales than births.  I think of fireworks . . . that last big blast.  Now that we are down to way less new blooms every day (we have had 108 so far – 62% bloom rate), I thought I might feature some finale blooms from around the yard, too.  One last chance to savor the colors until winter washes into summer, again.

So, let’s start with the new one.  Lime Frost bloomed.  She is a fairly large flower with the pretty green/yellow tint.  She was one of my early online nursery purchases.  I remember wanting a green one.

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Lime Frost 7.14

OK – and finales go to Mesa Verde (she may have one bud left).  She has been an excellent performer, starting on 6/16.  She is one of my favorite ruffly ones . . . and one that lives in my back porch in the winter.  A couple years ago, my cat dug up her roots in the winter and I feared she was a gonner.  I guess not.  Now, I have chicken wire covers for the porch daylilies.

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Mesa Verde 7.14

The other finale is Kachina Firecracker.  This was the one I thought was Echo Canyon when I first posted about her.  The year I put her (and Kachina Dancer) in the garden, I adopted a dog.  It was just a day or two after putting in the lilies.  The rescue pup’s name was Tina, so I renamed her Kachina because the name seemed to fit.

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Kachina Firecracker 7.14

Today, I moved Blackthorne and Autumn Jewels to the Border Garden.  I hooked them up to the drip system that I have out there.  I put a tad of fertilizer on them and the SW garden.  I hope the monsoons come soon – it almost sprinkled twice today, so maybe soon.  Oh, and sweet news – it looks like Indian Love Call is sending up a re-bloom spike!!!

OK – Other bloomers today were Comanche Princess, Papa Longlegs, Taco Twister, Dream Catcher, Soco Gap, Purple Grasshopper, Aztec Firebird, Adios Albuquerque, Nosferatu, Red Riddle, Cheddar Cheese, Heron’s Cove, Purple de Oro, Bluegrass Music, Mildred Mitchell, South Seas, Classy Lady, Mellon Balls, Lullabye Baby, Ruby Spider, Return a Smile, Bela Lugosi, Pick of the Litter, Raspberry Propeller, Lady Fingers, Black-Eyed Susan, Indian Sky, Stephanie Returns, Mini Pearl, Pink and Cream, Prelude to Love, Hesperus, Ruby Stella, Nurse’s Stethoscope, and Fox Ears.

PS – I will keep better track of finales starting tomorrow.  🙂