Truchas, Chimayo, and Ghost Ranch

When describing daylilies, most people talk about bloom season, bloom size, scape height, smell, etc. For me, I see places from road trips. I chose many of my daylilies because of their Southwest names, because that is where I go for my road trips.

Last week, I took a road trip through southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. My favorite hybridizer, Ned Roberts, lived in New Mexico and many of his daylilies find their namesakes in that State. When I shop for daylilies, I often get out the Google maps to see what it is named after. And, on this road trip I wanted to go new places and see things that I had never seen before.

I literally drug out the recreation map and looked for interesting places in northern New Mexico – because despite living not too far away, I know little about it (other than the 4-corners area). Anyway, I found something called the Enchanted Circle that sounded interesting and included Taos. The road between Taos and the highway east . . . well, there were two routes. I picked the High Road to Taos because there are two namesake towns on that road: Truchas and Chimayo

The next day, we visited Ghost Ranch, another daylily namesake. I had stopped there about 7 years ago on a road trip because of the daylily. It is a Presbyterian resort that is open to the public for hiking and other activities. It looks like home with the red sandstone. I stop not because I think it is unfamiliar, but because it is a daylily namesake! And, if any of you remember the old movie City Slickers, that is where it was filmed. So, if you have a Ghost Ranch daylily you be like me and think about that movie and the trail boss, Curly.

I have a bunch of premiers since my last post but I am drowning in vacation photos and daylily photos . . . it is going to take a few days to get the blog caught up. So, for tonight, lets look at the name sakes.

Truchas, New Mexico – A small mountain town on the High Road to Taos. I didn’t see a Truchas sunrise, more like monsoon over Truchas.
Truchas Sunrise 7.17.21 in my yard
Just a few miles down the road it Chimayo, famous for the Santuario de Chimayo. We didn’t see a moon over Chimayo, although I may look into camping here in the future. (the lead photo is also Chimayo)
This is Moon over Chimayo daylily from my yard last summer. She put out tons of new foliage this year, but no bloom. She looks a lot like Truchas Sunrise – probably why they are named for communities just a few miles apart. However, after the road trip, I think I won’t mix the two up any more.
Ghost Ranch is to the southwest of Truchas and Chimayo – an hour plus down the road and to the west. The land changes from Rocky Mountains to Colorado Plateau in those miles. So, the geography is distinctly different.
This is Ghost Ranch daylily from my yard this year. Distinctly different from Truchas and Chimayo namesake daylilies.

That is all for tonight folks. I am trying to stay adjusted to tent times and get to bed earlier at night. I will get caught up with the blog and the new blooms in the next few days. There are several – Skinwalker, Zuni Thunderbird, Desert Icicle, Purple Thunderbird, Cripple Creek, Glen Eyrie, Royal Palace Prince, Pizza Crust , , , I don’t even remember where I left off with the blog. I need to refresh my memory. Stay tuned!

Thanks for joining my journey!

Visions of New Mexico

Today, I had two Premiers – both Ned Roberts spiders with names from the State to south of here – New Mexico. The first one, Navajo Grey Hills, I believe to be named after a trading post just south of Shiprock, NM (Four-Corners region). I drive that way sometimes but never noticed it . . . I need to keep a lookout.

Navajo Grey Hills 7.23.20

Star over Milagro is the other Premier of the day. Milagro is east of Albuquerque. Off our road trip circuit by a few miles.

Star Over Milagro

Let’s see – Orange Punch was an Encore today.

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Finales – Stephanie Returns, Fringe Benefit, Longlesson Show-off, Black Arrowhead, and Cheyenne Eyes. I like about 25 blooms – it is a good amount but not overwhelming. And, the monsoons have been back all week.

Stephanie Returns 7.22.20
Fringe Benefit 7.22.20
Longlesson Show-off 7.22.20
Black Arrowhead 7.22.20
Cheyenne Eyes 7.23.20

Land of Enchantment

I love New Mexico.  It is, indeed, lives up to its motto of being the Land of Enchantment.  I have a fair number of daylilies named after New Mexico places.  More than any other State with the exception of Colorado.  Probably largely because Spiderman, Ned Roberts, (my favorite hybridizer) lived in Albuquerque for several years.

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Land of Enchantment 2019

We traveled through New Mexico on our April Southwest road trip this year.  We saw badlands, flea markets, monuments, ruins, and white sands.  It was awesome . . . at least until norovirus hit and wrecked havoc on the last 4 days of a 9 day trip.  But, I was well until we were in Arizona and headed back toward the 4-corners.

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Chaco Canyon 2019

We will be down in the 4-corners area for Labor Day.  I am looking forward to it . . . I should say we were also near there on our summer road trip, but not in New Mexico.

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Chama Valley 2019

I have actually visited places in New Mexico because I have daylilies with that name.  Like Ghost Ranch – totally put it on the map because of my daylily.

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Ghost Ranch 2019

Chaco Canyon I visited long before my daylily collection – It is such a sacred place with the roughest 20 something mile road in the world.  But worth it.

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Santa Fe Christmas 2019

Santa Fe is a pretty yuppie town (is that still a word?)  Artists abound and it is kind of pricy, but we were near there a few years ago passing through New Mexico.

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Truchas Sunrise – 2019

Truchas, New Mexico is about halfway between Santa Fe and Taos.  I actually contemplated driving there just because of my daylily, but didn’t like the traffic of Santa Fe.

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Star over Milagro 2019

I’ve never been to Milagro – but it isn’t too far from the Salinas Pueblo Mission Ruins south of Albuquerque that we have visited a couple of times.  Next time, maybe I will plan to go watch stars over Milagro.

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Moon over Chimayo

Chimayo, New Mexico is east of Espanola, where my favorite Aunt Pearl once lived.  The road trips have taken us close to Chimayo . . . maybe next time.

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Navajo Grey Hills 2019

Navajo Grey Hills is likely named after Two Grey Hills Trading Post.  This is a place I have driven through between Shiprock and Window Rock on the Navajo reservation.  Honestly, it must have been before one of my daylilies was named after the place because I had to look up where the name came from.  Again . . . future destination.

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Adios Albuquerque 2019

I have been to Albuquerque many times.  I don’t like cities – but there are also some cool smaller towns and attractions near Albuquerque. I like Petroglyph National Monument!  US Highway 550 starts in my hometown of Montrose, CO and ends just north of Albuquerque – 305 miles from my door (+/-).  Chaco Canyon is along that route.  I often take the backroads, though.

So, tonight I am using internet explorer to blog.  Still glitchy (my photos keep disappearing) but faster than Edge.  Ugh . . . I may just have to switch out of S Mode and go back to Chrome.  This would be murder during peak season.