And, Yellow Spiders Everywhere!

It may sound like Alfred Hitchcock movie, but it is actually much better.  Spider daylilies – Heavenly Curls, Desert Icicle, and Lady Fingers were all in bloom today and are featured in today’s collage (below).

The new bloom today is Marque Moon.  I ended up accidentally buying two Marques last summer.  I found the second one on super sale without a tag, and I thought it was a different flower.  So, when I created my family section, I moved both Marques to a different part of the garden together.  I used to think this was the most ruffled daylily ever!  That was before I adopted Mesa Verde.

 

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Marque Moon – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

And, I am mentioning the one I called Montrose Sunset again because I found out its real name (I think).  I posted it to the American Hemerocallis Society Facebook page, and after some discussion, there was pretty good consensus that it is Orange Vols.  And, once I heard the name, it sounded familiar.  No more fugue state for you, little one.  We figured out your real identity.

 

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Orange Vols – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

So, the collage is below.  Twelve blooms.  Actually, it’s a nice number.  Variety, but not so many that I can’t savor each one.

 

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From L to R: Top Row – South Seas, Orange Vols, Soco Gap.  Row Two – Marque Moon, Heavenly Curls, Desert Icicle, Lady Fingers, Zuni Thunderbird. Bottom Row – Purple De Oro, Blue Beat, Happy Returns, Razzamattaz

 

And, so I shift back to homework.  Still waiting.  Staying in positive emotion as much as possible in order to broaden and build my resources.  Thanks, daylilies.

The Rainy Season (Monsoons!)

Yesterday, I believe we got our first monsoon of the year.  They are a couple weeks late – and I have missed the cooling off effect that they bring to the evening.  I am curious to see how the this impacts the blooming.

Today brought 19 cultivators.  Two are new – and I mean new, new.  They have not bloomed here before; both were added last fall.  The first one represents my granddaughter, Maia, in the family section.  Her name is Mayan Poppy.  I love the pastel colors.

 

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Mayan Poppy – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

The other one was a small one fan gift plant that I wasn’t sure would make it.  And, if it did, I did not anticipate blooms this year.  This is Heavenly Curls.  As a nurse-midwife, I look at some of these and wonder how they ever bloom without a c-section.

 

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Heavenly Curles – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

The collage today was kind of fun.  I paired like-looking flowers.  Some were closer matches than others.  Gives it a different look.

 

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From L to R: Top Row – Zuni Thunderbird, Ruby Spider, Aztec Firebird, Dream Catcher, Pick of the Litter, Mayan Poppy.  Second Row – Return A Smile, Stephanie Returns, Lullaby Baby, Isaac, Mildred Mitchell, Purple De Oro, “Montrose Sunset” (unknown), South Seas. Bottom Row – Inwood, Blackthorne, Heavenly Curls, Indian Love Call, Soco Gap.

 

Still no news.  Thank heaven for my garden.  I believe that brings me to 53 blooms for the year.  I may just make that mid-60s (50%) goal.  Some of my later bloomers are getting scapes!  Yea!!!

Climbing to the Peak of Daylily Color

If yesterday was a little quiet (for July) in my garden, today was a bit overwhelming.  There were several new faces.

Thin Man bloomed for the first time ever – the biggest bloom (12 inches) in my garden.

 

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Thin Man – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

One of my Ned Roberts Southwest spiders also showed his colors for the first time ever in my yard.  Meet Aztec Firebird.

 

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Aztec Firebird – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

And, a nice little addition called Pick of the Litter was also a first-time in my yard bloomer today.  Funny, this was a gift plant and I don’t remember the plant it came with – or if that plant has bloomed.

 

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Pick of the Litter – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

First blooms for 2016 in my existing daylilies included one that I don’t have a name for – so I decided to call it Montrose Sunset.  I picked this up when I xeriscaped a few years ago . . . before I was a true hobbiest.  And, I cannot find the name but I like the bloom a lot.

 

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??? “Montrose Sunset” – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Prelude to Love is a pretty dark red/purple bloom that reappears each year, as well.

 

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Prelude to Love – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Strutter’s Ball is one I added last year and (like its neighbors, Inwood and Funny Valentine) it is astruggling to produce blooms this year.  I decided today that when my blues finish blooming in a week or two, I will switch their locations and see what happens.  The issue, I believe, is figuring out which pots the sprinkler system over-waters, and which it under-waters.  And, then, balancing that.

 

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Strutter’s Ball – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Cheddar Cheese, aptly, lives near my outdoor grill and is back to top-off our hamburgers.

 

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Cheddar Cheese – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Blackthorn is one I put in last year – I really like this bloom!

 

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Blackthorne – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

And, here is today’s collage.  I tried to put this is semi-rainbow order.  It is a lot of color, for sure.  The peak has come to this yard on the Colorado Plateau.

 

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From L to R: Top Row: Route 66, ? “Montrose Sunset”, Isaac, Mildred Mitchell, Razzamatazz, Prelude to Love. Row Two: Indian Love Call, Soco Gap, Aztec Firebird, Lady Fingers, Purple De Oro, Strutters Ball.  Row Three: Early Bird Cardinal, Thin Man, Cheddar Cheese, (Lady Fingers), Blackthorn, VooDoo Dancer.  Bottom Row: Stephanie Returns, Pick of the Litter and Return a Smile.

 

Hey, folks, that is eight new blooms in the yard today.  That puts me at circa 45 different blooms this year. (That means about 90 have not bloomed – but many are year ones or small year twos.)   I only need 20+ more to hit 50%.  I have a lot of scapes – so maybe . . . stay tuned.