A Celebration of Spiders! (Ned Roberts)

The days grow August-quiet.  It seems a dream that I had nearly 60 blooms per day just a month ago.  So, today, we will do finales.  And, then, a roll-call of my Ned Roberts spiders.



Chorus Line 8.5


Rosie’s Red 8.6

So, maybe if I do the Ned Roberts spider roll-call it will entice one more into bloom this year.  My Ghost Ranch is a fall bloom, but I am having a rough time getting her to thrive here.  Maybe some fish fertilizer?  Our temps are still above average with little rain.

Ned Roberts Spiders for 2018 Season:


Adios Albuquerque


Apache Bandana


Aztec Firebird


Black Arrowhead


Black Ice


Chaco Canyon


Cheyenne Eyes


Chokecherry Mountain


Comanche Princess


Desert Icicle


Dream Catcher


Dream Keeper


Fox Ears


Happy Hopi




Kachina Firecracker




Laughing Feather


Mama Cuna


Moon Over Chimayo


Navajo Curls


Navajo Rodeo


Papa Longlegs


Pink Rain Dance


Pueblo Dancer is her label, but she doesn’t look like that one.  So???


Purple Corn Dancer


Purple Grasshopper


Purple Many Faces


Purple Moonrise


Purple Thunderbird


Raspberry Propeller


Raven Woodsong


Rocky Mountain Pals


Santa Fe Christmas


Shape Shifter




Taco Twister




Twirling Pinata


Wild Rose Fandango


Zuni Eye


Zuni Thunderbird

Out of interest, here are my Ned Roberts spiders that bloomed last year but did not bloom this year:


Coral Taco 2017


Glen Eyrie


Pink Enchilada 2017

And, we had a few in 2016 that have not bloomed again:


Chief Four Fingers 2016


Ghost Ranch


Winds of Love 2016

I have around 64 of Ned’s spiders in my garden. I had 42 bloom this year or about 65%.  Last year, I had 13 (about 20%) bloom.  Marked improvement.  All total, to date, I have had 48 (or 75%) bloom.  That is a long way from 100%.  But, marked improvement.  I think some of the ones that bloomed in 2016 were put in that year (still flourishing from the nursery), struggled last year in the clay soil, and are recovering (growing new roots) this year in their pots.  I am sure that the drought had an impact, as well.

So, for fun, here are the ones I have that have never bloomed (photos from the web):

Apache Beacon

Apache Beacon

coyote laughs

Coyote Laughs

Cricket Call

Cricket Call

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Cripple Creek

Dancing Maiden

Dancing Maiden

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Echo Canyon

Feather Woman

Feather Woman

Golden Eclipse

Golden Eclipse

Kachina Firecracker.jpg

Kachina Dancer

Kiva Dancer

Kiva Dancer

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Land of Enchantment

Maya Cha Cha

Maya Cha Cha

Medicine Feather

Medicine Feather

Mount Echo Sunrise

Mount Echo Sunrise

Navajo Grey Hills

Navajo Grey Hills

Ojo de Dios

Ojo de Dios


Orchid Moonrise

Orchid Moonrise


The Real Pueblo Dancer

Spirit of the Morning

Spirit of the Morning

Star over Milagro

Star over Milagro

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Truchas Sunrise

Wildwood Flower

Wildwood Flower

We made improvements, but we have aways to go.  That’s life





Today was split shift . . . a day of grit to get more daylilies protected from the soil and roots in my home ground.  I gotta tell you, I am ready to be done.  And, yet, I have barely started in the Southwest garden.  Ugh, that clay soil is definitely part of the problem in the area where the daylilies are not thriving as much.  I put my first two full pots out there, buried.  The challenge is to make sure the sprinkler hose hits them.  Some others are in bottomless pots, and some in the black nursery containers, mostly without bottoms.  We will see what works.  It is possible that what works is just digging deeper in that clay and replacing it with real soil.  But, the pots keep the unwanted roots out.  Grit.

So, I had no new blooms.  Decided to play with my photo editor.  So, here is Indian Sky from today in colored chalk.


Also, I am resharing my Ned Roberts spider collage because I forgot Glen Eyrie.  I guess 19 out of 69 could be worse. Almost 30%.  But, that clay has to get split up to improve things.  Next year, I would like to hit 40.  Keep on digging.  Grit! Except, this weekend I have a date with my tent.


Collage 2017-08-01 21_55_17Roberts.jpg

Left to Right: Top Row – Adios Albuquerque, Aztec Firebird, Black Ice, Chaco Canyon, Chief Four Fingers, Coral Taco.  Middle Row: Desert Icicle, Dream Catcher, Dream Keeper, Ghost Ranch, Glen Eyrie, Kokopelli, Papa Longlegs. Bottom Row – Pink Enchilada, Pueblo Dancer, Rasberry Propeller, Skinwalker, Twirling Pinata, Zuni Thunderbird


Web of Spiders

Today, I think I got my last NEW Ned Roberts bloom for the year.  The new one is Coral Taco.  The challenge is taking a photo of a flower doing yoga.  Yes, both me and the flower!

I started collecting Ned’s spiders a couple years ago when I saw one named Kokopelli on the auction.  I cannot believe how little I knew about daylilies then!!!  Anyway, once I figured out they were hybridized close to home and there were lots of Southwestern and Colorado names, I had to have more.  And, most have not ever bloomed yet, although this year most of them grew big and healthy.


Collage 2017-08-01 21_55_17Roberts

From L to R: Top Row: Adios Albuquerque, Aztec Firebird, Black Ice, Chaco Canyon, Chief Four Fingers.  Middle Row: Coral Taco, Desert Icicle, Dream Catcher, Dream Keeper, Ghost Ranch, Kokopelli. Bottom Row: Papa Longlegs, Pink Enchilada, Pueblo Dancer, Skinwalker, Raspberry Propeller (not a Southwestern name), Twirling Pinata, Zuni Thunderbird.



It is sort of disappointing that several that bloomed last year did not bloom this year.  My Southwest garden was where a pine was planted until they uprooted it for a new sewer a decade or more ago.  A pine in the middle of a rock garden.  So, I work on water and soil.  There is clearly a part of the patch with bigger plants and a part with strugglers. And, so I am working on that, too.   Maybe a tree trim???

Despite the disappointment of wanting more bloom, I was impressed when I put these all together in one collage.  I cannot wait to see them all!!!  I think I have around 50 total.

I think there will be a break for several days before any more new blooms.  So, like these cool spiders, I will be thinking of themes to highlight certain daylilies.

Today, Our Mascot Bloomed!!!

The Colorado Kid.  I found her on some site and ordered her from far away.  Near-blue, Colorado in the name . . . This is her second year in my yard.  And, her blooms make me smile.  They are so pretty in the morning before the sun hits and turns the near blue to a deeper, more lavender color.  Still pretty, but the UV by mid day makes all the blooms frump a little.


Other first blooms today – the much awaited Pink Enchilada.  This flower gives me hope that it just takes time for the bare roots to bloom in the new garden.  It is year 2 in the garden, but a first bloom today.


The Southwest Garden also welcomed Indian Love Call.  This flower seems happier here than in the pot I had it in last year . . . so that is a positive sign, too.


Soco Gap is a huge daylily in that garden.  It was a bonus plant that I stuck between 2 yuccas before I enlarged the garden.  It thrives, also a positive sign.


Those positives said, I only have 12 plants with scapes out of 76 plants in the Southwest Garden.  Yard-wide (including the porch pots, front garden and Southwestern Garden, I have had 28 cultivators bloom so far (most in the front now have scapes).  I have around 160 cultivators total.  So, it’s under 20% still.  Should be interesting to see what happens in July.  (6 of 9 of my back porch pots have bloomed already – interesting on sun and drip systems).

In hindsight, I don’t think I did enough spring watering in the Southwest Garden.  The new sprinkler hose also seems to give better coverage.  I have also leaned on over fertilizing this year to get the plants some size before they invest in blooms.  The soil will need more work – but it is decent for year 2.  I wonder about the trees giving too much shade.  I think I will go out and snap a cell photo every hour some day soon to see if each area gets 5 -6 hours.  I think it is close, but I may invest in some tree trimming this fall.  LOL – Who says skiing is the most expensive hobby in Colorado???

Up for tomorrow . . . maybe Bluegrass Music.  Maybe Primal Scream or even Aztec Firebird.  And, Indian Sky has some baby scapes, finally.  The daylily garden is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.

Honey, I Planted My Family

Today, Stephanie Returned to my yard.  Stephanie Returns, that is.  She is a sweet light pink girl who bears the same name as my daughter.  And, she was added the year my daughter returned to Colorado.  Hard to get good lighting today.  She was unbloomed, and then the sun hit full force.  She looks a little dry and I upped her water.  (I have daylilies that bear the names of my grandmother, mom, and both grandkids.  I want to get a Santa Clause for in memory of my dad).


The other first-timer for the year was Inwood.  I love the contrast on the blooms.


I believe my back porch has now reached peak bloom with this addition.  Sadly, Electric Lizard is still not looking like it will produce much despite the addition of some more fans last fall.  Maybe it needs a larger pot.  Nosferatu, Cheddar Cheese, and Canyon Colors all have big fans but no scapes.  Guessing not enough sun, too much fertilizer or some other imbalance.  I am still hoping . . . but would have expected scapes by now.  Generally, my pots grow bigger, healthier blooms than this basic clay soil.  But, sometimes the mix is off.  (Below is Jungle Queen, quite happy in the same pot for 2 years).


As for the Southwest garden – it looks like I’ll have some new blooms tomorrow.  Soco Gap is about to give birth.  I think I’ll see my first Pink Enchilada tomorrow.  Papa Long Legs and Kokopelli, perhaps.  Maybe Indian Love Call.  I was hoping for 50% bloom out there, but I am guessing it may be 30% now.  I am erring on the side of fertilizer this year to get the plants big.  I think I need to do more soil amendments in the fall, too.  Most the plants are blooming size.  A few have died back.   I have to remember that some of mine had spring in the South last year, so may not bloom this year.  Bare root daylilies are not instant gratification.

The flowers are so pretty, they are worth the amazing time and energy to make them thrive.  Tomorrow also holds the promise of our first The Colorado Kid (our mascot) of the year.  Can’t wait to see what happens next.


The Wild Horses of Mesa Verde are in My Garden

Today, three newcomers!!!  The two mentioned in the title of this post are two of my all-time favorites.  And, believe it or not, neither resides in my Southwest garden.  But they sound like they should.

Wild Horses is a breath-taking bloom because of the striking pattern.  I see the horse in it. Do you?


And, Mesa Verde is striking for her ruffles.  This daylily is amazing to watch bloom.  It takes until nearly noon . . . like waiting for a baby to be born.  Also, notice how the color turns from pink to bright orange.  (4 photos, below)





Lastly, an old friend, Early Bird Cardinal.  It is a sweet red ruffled bloom.


And, for tomorrow . . . I think Stephanie Returns, Pink Enchilada, Inwood.  A couple of my near blues are getting close . . . Bluegrass Music.  Now, there is a story to tell about that one!

Switched at Birth?

I went camping this weekend, so there was one day that I missed my blooms.  I got home today at 4, and rounded the corner to my outside porch.  I start counting blooms, and I spy a new one for the year.  But it is totally the wrong color.  It is mauve and white, I was expecting light yellow.  What’s the deal?


Last year, I planted my two New Mexico named daylilies in the same pot.  I labeled them (I thought).  Last year, Ghost Ranch bloomed.  So, one of the two plants is decidedly larger.  So much so that the smaller one got its own pot to see if I can beef it up a tad.  I thought Ghost Ranch was the one in the big pot.  Apparently not, because the bloom looks like Chaco Canyon.  It is odd, I still can’t figure it out.  Chaco blooms early and Ghost Ranch is later.  So, we will see.  Maybe the fans are mixed now.

Anyway, remember when I said I would only post photos of new blooms?  I have a few today.  Please know that it was 4 PM when I got home so some of the blooms are past their prime.  But, the garden explodes in color.

Here is Hopi Jewel:




Lady Fingers:


Prairie Wildfire:


Red Hot Returns:


Chama Valley


Tomorrow there are several possibilities for new faces.  I think Wild Horses, Inwood (I missed the first bloom on Saturday), Mesa Verde, Stephanie Returns, Pink Enchilada, and Soco Gap are close.  Any guesses????

First bloom: The Yellow Trumpets

Today brought my first bloom of 2017. A golden Stella de Oro. Well, more like two Stellas. Simple yellow trumpets are the early birds. Happy Returns will join, soon. So will Ruby Spider . . .the one in a container on my patio. It gets hot back there. That bunch is always a couple weeks ahead.


While Stella led the way, more scapes became visible.  Indian Love Call, Pink Enchilada, Stephanie Returns,  Isaac, Early Bird Cardinal,  Mesa Verde, Heron’s Cove, Red Hot Returns, Lady Fingers, Royal Palace Prince, and Prairie Wildfire.  And, a tiger that the nursery wasn’t sure what it was . . . So, I got a big discount. The list grows. I’m hoping for a 75% bloom year.

This blog will be different this year. Last year, I was finishing up my doctorate.  I had a lot of flexibility to be in the garden and playing with photos. This year, I work 45+ hours a week for Western Governors University. I’m committed to the blog, but it needs a new approach.  Because, sleep is good.