Are you ready for a beautiful July parade? Here goes – a listing of all of my daylilies that had first blooms in July. I count 81. Enjoy!
Change of shift is obviously when one group goes home and another one takes over. Well, since I left on vacation last Wednesday, I have had a lot of premiers and finales. I am not sure how many of each – but I do know that I have 44 in bloom today and 21 are new since I pulled out on my trip.
I had about 400 trip photos to go through, so I haven’t had time much time to count finales. I do know I missed at least one and others I only saw one bloom.
Was it worth it? Oh, yea – Colorado is beautiful and it is good to get out of town. Of course, the downside is that I now worry about COVID. Oh, I masked and carried hand sanitizer everywhere – around my neck. That said, there are a lot of people wondering around Colorado and our cases are on the rise.
I’ve now had about 104 bloom (+/-) so we are at a 61% bloom rate. I’d like to get to 80%, but we will see. I am just going to list the 21 new bloomers (Premiers) in alphabetic order:
With 44 in bloom, I am still at peak. We will see what tomorrow brings . . .
Summer is here! I got home from camping 6 hours ago and am still trying to get everything done for the weekend! When I don’t take photos in the morning, the blooms are pretty sunburned by noon. And we had wind today. And single digit humidity. So, for today there were 5 new blooms.
Wild Horses is a favorite, dependable bloomer. I have had her 3 years and she puts on quite a show. Can you see the wild horses in her pattern?
So, Chaco Canyon bloomed when we returned from this same camping adventure last year. I love her stripes!
A brand new face for this year is Navajo Rodeo. Waiting 3 years to see some of these has taken patience. She reminds me of Talon, but redder. I am sure they are related.
Ruby Spider is one of my oldest blooms, and always a favorite. She is huge, and oh so red!
And little Happy Returns is back. She is such a delicate little yellow trumpet.
And there is the long roster (with photos) of all or our blooms from 6/18 through today:
So far, that makes 36 that have bloomed in the yard. Of 170-something. 21% or so of my cultivators have bloomed so far. Tomorrow, it looks like more new faces will join the count!
It was a busy day in the garden. I had 15 in bloom. That means, when I get off work at 9 PM, I am running on empty and I have a lot of photos to edit. They are a joy and I need to sleep. So, I will keep it short.
Jungle Queen bloomed today for the first time in 2018. She was one of my first Daylily Auction purchases. I bought 3 daylilies (Jungle Queen, Quilt Patch, and Classy Lady) to learn how the system worked before it was time for the bids on Kokopelli to close. I got all 4. I love her big blooms. I divided her last year and now have 2 pots in different places. Should spread the blooms out over more weeks.
And, Painted Petroglyph produced a few buds with misshapen flowers. I added her in the fall of 2016. Today was her first attempt to bloom. The insects obviously picked on her and her blooms are smaller than they should be. That likely means something is making her roots weak. She is in the section that didn’t all get put in buried pots. I need to make a note to myself to dig her up and pot her this fall. Probably some big tree root right there or something. But, she is trying . . . at least she bloomed this year. That is something. The bugs have been fairly low key this year with the spray, so they picked a weaker plant to eat. I need to spray again, though.
Other bloomers today were Zuni Eye, Treasure of the Southwest, Purple Many Faces, Indian Love Call, Hopi Jewel, Mesa Verde, Blue Grass Music, Purple Mystique (no ID), Dark Mystery (no ID), Platinium Palet Pink Whispers, The Colorado Kid, Wineberry Candy, and Stella. Tomorrow is the BIG day – the first bloom of Nurse’s Stethoscope – it’s half open already. I can’t wait!
Time flies . . . it has been a couple of weeks since I posted. A lot has happened. I am less than two weeks away from my doctorate. And, I believe I have a full-time job in my future. A couple cultivators are still in bloom, and I have new roots in the ground. Perhaps returning to school is like planting new roots. You give them water, soil, sunshine, and fertilizer. Then, in time they bloom. Blooms are like jobs – the reward for the TLC given to the roots.
Today’s blooms were Heirloom Heaven:
And, Red Hot Returns (with less thrip damage than before):
As promised, here are the Painted Petroglyph roots from a couple weeks ago next to the photo from a few days ago:
Progress toward that 2017 bloom. Like submitting an assignment . . . it takes time.
Fall is here and my attention is turning to my winter indoor blooms. My amaryllis bulbs and poinsettia need to go dark soon. I got a new mum, Thanksgiving cactus, and designer begonia. My Gerber Daisy is in bloom, as is my azalea. Oh, and those geraniums. They tend to be my winter bloomers. I will probably blog about those some over the winter.
I’m also working on my fall daylily fertilizing program. My re-bloomers ran out of steam this year, so that is a sign that they need more nutrients. I have added some great Ned Roberts roots to my Southwest daylily patch – Glen Eyrie, Adios Albuquerque, Twirling Pinata, and Truchas Sunrise. I got extra fans (as bonuses) of Echo Canyon and Desert Icicle that will thicken up my existing plants. My Navajo Rodeo roots are booming this time. And, I think I am already getting my spring daylily order planned. That paycheck will be great to feed my daylily habit.
One of the things that I like best about daylilies is that they are in the moment. And, when the moment is over, they move on. They don’t hold on to the past, like we humans do. So, today they are my mentors.
Today I had four bloomers. Perhaps this is a sign of optimism from my little friends. I had little Heirloom Heaven:
And, Frans Hals:
Finally, Stella de Oro:
I love the late fall-colored blooms, but I have got to tell you that I find new roots almost equal in their awesomeness. I mean, you get some stuff in the mail that looks like wilted root veggies and you trim them back and plant them. And, within days, they start becoming daylilies. They are so optimistic about the future!
These are the Painted Petroglyph roots that I planted on Tuesday and they already have new green growth. I’ll try to take another photo next week for comparison. Next to the roots is a web photo of the cultivator in bloom. I cannot wait for spring.
Today, Heirloom Heaven bloomed for the first time. This little one was one of my first root plantings last year.
It is a miniature, at least this first bloom cycle. Here it is with my petite finger:
Other blooms were my orange/yellow combos. Frans Hals:
And, Orange Flurry:
Oh, and Stella, of course:
Today also brought the first of a couple fall plantings. I got one called Painted Petroglyph on fall sale at Shady Rest Gardens. It is not a Robert’s cultivator, but it still belongs in my Southwest garden. It is beautiful. Live long and prosper little one. I also replaced Navajo Rodeo – love the fall sales! I added a few more fans of Electric Lizard, as mine are still anemic.
I didn’t order much this fall, but the daylilies keep me going. I am getting two new Roberts blooms, too. Twirling Pinata and Glen Eyrie. My daughter lives in Colorado Springs, so I couldn’t resist the second one. (Many of the Roberts cultivators were hybridized right there!) I love fall plantings because, by spring they act like they have been here forever! I think I will hit 80 cultivators that bloomed this summer. That’s just over 50%. Keep on mulching!
Oh, and keep on painting. I finally finished Chief Four Fingers in the wee hours.