Staying engaged after the peak

I’m back, but only to catch up on finales since Sunday. Once school starts next week, it seems like the daylilies fade in my mind a little. But, this year I am semi-retired so hoping to stay a bit engaged. Last year, I did that huge 70+ buried pot repotting. That was 4 weekends of work and nearly ran into freeze. So, I suppose you could call that engaged.

This year’s project is to re-organize some of my less favorite/poor bloomers with some new cultivators. I just purchased Singing in the Sunshine, Irish Handshake, Ghost Ranch (more fans because I only have one), Off to See the Wizard, Memories of Oz, Sea Panther, Ruby Slippers, Blue Flirt, Wildwood Flower (mine died a couple years ago), and (maybe) another fan of Coyote Laughs (I am not sure the one I have is actually Coyote Laughs). That is 9 or 10 more, but I will be selling some of mine that I am eliminating. I also may do a big pot of leftovers – I have one that does great! I am amazed because it is soooo crowded.

Chaco Canyon – Finale 8.4. Bloomed from 6.27 to today – good year for this one!
Pizza Crust Finale 8.3
Taco Twister finale 8.4 (today).
Treasure of the Southwest finale 8.3
Dancing Maiden finale 8.2
El Desperado finale 8.2
Indian Sky finale 8.2

I have several with only a few (if that) buds left. I think the closing daylilies this year will be Purple Corn Dancer, Navajo Curls, Purple Thunderbird and Adios Albuquerque. Will they last until September? Will there be an August surprise scape on a non-bloomer?

July Daylily Round-up N-Z

Here is part 1 of this blog post These posts include all daylilies that were in bloom in July in my yard. Please see first post for more details.

Navajo Grey Hills 7.16-present
Nearly Wild 7.11-7.31
Nona’s Garnet Spider 7.5-7.18
Nosferatu 7.12-7.19 (end 7.19-7.24 during vaca)
Nurse’s Stethoscope 6.24-7.16
Oh Erica 7.17 (end 7.19-7.24 during vaca)
Ojo de Dios 6.28-7.15
Orange Flurry 7.10-7.26
Orange Vols 7.27-present
Orchid Moonrise 6.17-7.8
Papa Longlegs 7.2-7.17
Pardon Me 6.30-7.18
Passionate Returns 6.28-7.29
Petite Petticoats 6.26-7.10
Pink and Cream 6.24-7.11
Pink Enchalada 7.4-7.18
Pink Rain Dance 7.4-7.25
Pizza Crust (started week of 7.19)-present
Platinum Pink Pallet Whispers 6.21-7.2
Prairie Blue Eyes 7.1-7.27
Prelude to Love 7.3-8.1
Primal Scream 6.25-7.15
Pueblo Dreamer 7.5-7.19
Purple Corn Dancer 7.27-present
Purple de Oro 7.11-7.16
Purple Many Faces 7.17-7.27
Purple Thunderbird 7.26-present
Purple Grasshopper 6.11-present. Non-stop!
Purple Moonrise 6.15-7.5
“Purple Mystic” NOID 6.24-7.16
Quilt Patch 7.9-7.19
Raven Woodsong 7.8-present
Red Hot Returns 7.11-7.19 (ended 7.19-7.25 during vaca)
Red Riddle (NOID) 6.23-7.9
Return a Smile 6.25-7.14
Rocky Mountain Pals 7.9-7.28
Rosie’s Red 7.9-present
Route 66 7.1-7.19
Royal Braid 7.18 (ended 7.19-7.25 during vaca)
Royal Palace Prince 7.25-present
Ruby Spider 6.22-7.19 (ended 7.19-7.24 during vaca)
Ruby Stella 7.5-present
Santa Fe Christmas (right) 7.2-7.26
Santa’s Pants 6.26-7.9
Skinwalker 6.19 to present
Soco Gap 7.3-7.19
South Seas 6.30-7.25
Spirit of the Morning 7.12-8.1 (unless I missed a bud)
Stella 6.7-7.1
Stephanie Returns 6.30-7.28
Strutters Ball 7.5-7.27
Taco Twister 7.12-present
Talon 7.5-7.18
The Colorado Kid 6.23-7.18
Thin Man 7.3-7.18
Treasure of the Southwest 7.15-present
Truchas Sunrise 7.10-7.19

No U, No V – I need to fix that with some new flowers ūüôā

Wild Horses 6.15-7.3
Wild Rose Fandango 7.1-7.19
Winds of Love 7.13-7.27
Wineberry Candy 7.4-7.13

No X, either!

Yellow Punch 6.15-7.4 (first encore 7.31)
Zuni Eye 7.15-present
Zuni Thunderbird 7.19-present

That is all for July, folks. Look for our Colorado Day (8/1) blooms up next!

The Last Shift

I’m a nurse and I have worked the last shift – in the old days that was 11 PM to 7 AM, although most places have gone to 12s, so it is 7 P to 7 A. When you show up for the last shift, there is still a lot that can happen. It is far from over. However, it tends to be quieter with administration and many of the departments (and physicians) asleep at home unless called. As a midwife, I generally preferred last shift births because it was less hectic.

I would say the same for daylilies – their cycle is more like the 8 hour day, but the first shift is slower than in nursing. These are the early bloomers, often yellow trumpets plus a few brave early bloomers. The second shift is crazy, especially this year. Many of the first shift stayed late and a few of the last shift showed up early. Hectic, yes. Now, it is clearly the late shift – time to gear down and savor the last few weeks of the season.

I am going to focus on premiers since 7.18, since I was on a camping road trip last week. I have had numerous finales during that time . . . too many. I plan to do a month wrap-up post at the end of the month with all the July bloomers and their bloom date range. It will take hours to put together.

Premiers (with date of premier bloom if known)

Cripple Creek – Premier 7.19
Skinwalker – Premier 7.19
Zuni Thunderbird – Premier 7.19
Royal Palace Prince – Premier 7.25 (actually, while I was on vacation)
Glen Eyrie – Premier 7.25 (actually, while I was on vacation)
Heirloom Heaven – Premier 7.25
Desert Icicle – Premier 7.26
Premier 7.26 (actually, while I was on vacation)
Purple Corn Dancer – Premier 7.27 (She usually closes out my blooms, but I have new scapes on Adios Albuquerque, Navajo Curls and Dr Doom. IDK who will clock-out last this year).
Orange Vols – Premier 7.27 (actually, while I was on vacation)
Pizza Crust – Premier 7.27 (actually, while I was on vacation)

I now count 151 +/- cultivators that have bloomed this year. I have 3 more premiers (with scapes) coming. Occasionally, someone will through a brand new (not re-bloom) scape in August. One time, Santa’s Pants threw one in October. But, we can count on 154 +/- for the season. That puts us at about 86% bloom rate – one of our highest years. I need to look back.

From here on, the focus will be finales. There are lots so maybe I’ll just wait until the end of the month and tie it up there. IDK.

A Watched Pot

So, this was my camping weekend. And, I’ve had 5 Premiere blooms since my last post. I want to say something before I share them. I had over 30 still in bloom. I have 5 or 6 with scapes that have not bloomed yet. I could possibly get late scapes. I’m at 85% bloom rate – anticipate low 90’s. This week, my regular hours start. It’s going to get crazy. I hope to photograph those that are open before I leave but many don’t open until 9 or 10 AM. They are pretty cooked by 2 PM, so we will see how this goes. Crazy late cycle.

Two brand new blooms on Friday. Cripple Creek – a golden flower that I assume Ned Roberts named after the Colorado gold rush town. Coberg Fright Wig – from back when I bought crazy names. Tried to die, but I finally got it thriving 4 years later.

Cripple Creek 8/2

Coberg Fright Wig 8/2

And, today some new blooms for 2019 on old favorites. Western Sandstone and Pizza Crust. They look and act enough alike that I looked up parentage a couple years ago and they are kin.

Pizza Crust 8/4

Western Sandstone 8/4

Orange Vols is probably my favorite orange.

Orange Vols 8/4

Sleeping In

The season winds down, and I find myself hitting my snooze a couple extra times.¬† The work of the daylilies has gotten to be a lot less intensive. It has positives and negatives.¬† Here are today’s bloomers:

Finales:

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Nearly Wild 8.9

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Pizza Crust 8.9

The rest from 8.9:

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Purple Corn Dancer

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Pink and Cream

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Dream Catcher 8.9

For fun, let’s look at the Walkway Garden cultivators that bloomed last year, but didn’t bloom this year.¬† I wonder why? Drought? Adapting to pots? Neighboring plants got bigger and blocked sunlight?

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Little Cadet 2017

BestSeller8.7.21

Best Seller 2017

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Chama Valley 

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Fine Time Lucille 8.9

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Fol de Rol 2017

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Pardon Me 2017

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Western Sandstone 2017

Tis the season to check these pots and see if they need dividing.  Then, there are the ones that have never bloomed in my yard Рever.  I think 1 more year and some may get recycled.  It seems only fair to give them another year in the pots to see.  They are Happy Happy, Scorpio, Coberg Fright Wig, Navajo Blanket, Sanctuary in the Sky, Fringe Benefit, Carlotta, and Quilt Patch.

I wish I had the energy that I did last year because time is getting shorter.¬† Sometimes I wish camping season and daylily season did not run concurrently.¬† I read my blog from last year, and I was burying pots every spare second.¬† Now, it feels like too much to add dirt to the bottoms of the pots that have settled.¬† And, I do need to dig up a couple in the Southwest garden and put in pots.¬† Dividing is easier in pots, though.¬† I guess it is my year not to bloom.¬† Droughts happen, and sometimes it isn’t about water.

The First Sunday of August

It was camping weekend, which is good because I need the stress relief.¬† Work is too busy and I am too exhausted.¬† So, I returned to an encore – Stella de Oro has been out of bloom for 3 weeks and she is back.¬† I will just leave her in the roll call.¬† Our last roll call of 2018. We had 37 in bloom this week.¬† We had 56 last week and I predicted half as many this week.¬† Actually – more like 2/3rds.¬† When you look at all the finales this week (see photos below), I will make the same prediction for next week.¬† That’s about 18 for the week.¬† We don’t have many scapes yet, and the ones mostly only have a bloom or two left. Heirloom Heaven, Indian Sky, Pink and Cream, Dream Catcher, and Purple Corn Dancer have some life left in them. I am hoping Passionate Returns, Stephanie Returns, Ruby Stella and Red Hot Returns all return.

Here Goes Roll Call 7/31-8/5:

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Anasazi 7.30 – has had finale bloom

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Apache Uprising 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Baja 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Blue Beat 8.2

CherokeeStar8.2.1.jpg

Cherokee Star 8.2

ChorusLine8.5.1.jpg

Chorus Line 8.5

ClassyLady7.31.1.jpg

Classy Lady 7.31 – Has had finale bloom

 

ComanchePrincess8.2.1.jpg

Comanche Princess 8.2

DreamCatcher7.30.1.jpg

Dream Catcher 7.30

ElDesperado8.5.1.jpg

El Desperado 8.5

FoxEars7.30.1.jpg

Fox Ears 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

HeirloomHeaven8.2.1.jpg

Heirloom Heaven 8.2

HeronsCove7.30.1.jpg

Heron’s Cove 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

Hesperus7.30.1.jpg

Hesperus 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Indian Love Call 8.2 – Has had finale bloom

IndianSky8.5.1.jpg

Indian Sky 8.5

LadyFingers7.30.1.jpg

Lady Fingers 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

MarqueMoon8.1.1.jpg

Marque Moon 8.1 – Has had finale bloom

MiniPearl8.3.1.jpg

Mini Pearl 8.3

MoonOverChimayo8.1.1.jpg

Moon Over Chimayo 8.1 – Has had finale bloom

NavajoCurls8.1.1

Navajo Curls 8.1

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Nearly Wild 7.31

OrangeVols8.3.1.jpg

Orange Vols 8.3

PassionateReturns7.31.1.jpg

Passionate Returns 7.31 – Has had finale bloom

PinkandCream8.1.1.jpg

Pink and Cream 8.1

PizzaCrust7.30.1.jpg

Pizza Crust 7.30 

PrairieBlueEyes7.30.1.jpg

Prairie Blue Eyes 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Purple Corn Dancer 8.5

PurpleTHunderbird8.1.1.jpg

Purple Thunderbird 8.1 – Has had finale bloom

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Rosie’s Red 8.3

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Royal Palace Prince 7.30

RubyStella8.3.1.jpg

Ruby Stella 8.3

SouthSeas7.30.1.jpg

South Seas 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Stella 8.5 – Encore bloom today

TigerKitten8.3.1.jpg

Tiger Kitten 8.3

TwirlingPinata7.30.1.jpg

Twirling Pinata 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Yellow Punch 7.31 – Has had finale bloom

 

Last Sunday in July

Wow РIt will be August next weekend.  The daylily peak has come and gone.  The cultivators were in the teens today . . . a massive drop off from 2-3 weeks ago.  It is funny how the first 3 weeks of June are slow progress, then it explodes, then it goes to just a few here and there for months.

Today, we had one new cultivator.¬† Heirloom Heaven bloomed for the first time in 2018.¬† She is an adorable late-blooming mini.¬† She is my last unbloomed scape on a cultivator that hasn’t bloomed yet.¬† This could be it.¬† It seems like I usually get some August scapes . . . not many, but a handful.¬† I don’t know with this drought, though.

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Heirloom Heaven 7.29

And, I had a rude awakening last night – because Mount Echo Sunrise doesn’t look anything like Mount Echo Sunrise.¬† I looked at her tag, and she has two.¬† The other one says Moon over Chimayo . . . and she looks like that one.¬† So, I assume . . .

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Moon over Chimayo 7.27

Finales:

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Lullabye Baby 7.29

Roll Call 7/23-29:

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Adios Albuquerque 7.26

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Anasazi 7.27

ApacheUprising7.25.2.jpg

Apache Uprising 7.25

AztecFirebird7.27.1.jpg

Aztec Firebird 7.27

Baja7.25.1.jpg

Baja 7.25

BelaLugosi7.24.1.jpg

Bela Lugosi 7.24

BlueBeat7.25.1.jpg

Blue Beat 7.25

Bluegrass7.24.1.jpg

Bluegrass Music 7.24

BoldTiger7.23.1.jpg

Bold Tiger 7.23

CheddarCheese7.24.1.jpg

Cheddar Cheese 7.24

CherokeeStar7.28.2.jpg

Cherokee Star 7.28

ChorusLine7.26.1.jpg

Chorus Line 7.26

ClassyLady7.27.1.jpg

Classy Lady 7.27

ComanchePrincess7.28.1.jpg

Comanche Princess 7.28

DreamCatcher7.27.2wNavajoCurls.jpg

Dream Catcher (with Navajo Curls) 7.27

ElDesperado7.24.1.jpg

El Desperado 7.24

FoxEars7.25.1.jpg

Fox Ears 7.25

HeronsCove7.27.1.jpg

Heron’s Cove 7.27

Hesperus7.25.1.jpg

Hesperus 7.25

IndianLoveCall7.24.1.jpg

Indian Love Call 7.24

IndianSky7.24.1.jpg

Indian Sky 7.24

LadyFingers7.25.1.jpg

Lady Fingers 7.25

LimeFrost7.26.2.jpg

Lime Frost 7.26

Longlesson7.23.1.jpg

Longlesson Show-off 7.23

MarqueMoon7.24.1.jpg

Marque Moon 7.24

MildredMitchell7.23.1.jpg

Mildred Mitchell 7.23

MiniPearl7.29.1.jpg

Mini Pearl 7.29

NavajoCurls7.24.1.jpg

Navajo Curls 7.24

NavajoRodeo7.23.1.jpg

Navajo Rodeo 7.23

NearlyWild7.28.1.jpg

Nearly Wild 7.28

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Nosferatu 7.26

OrangeVols7.24.1.jpg

Orange Vols 7.24

PassionateReturns7.29.1.jpg

Passionate Returns 7.29

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Pick of the Litter 7.23

PinkandCream7.29.1.jpg

Pink and Cream 7.29

PizzaCrust7.28.1.jpg

Pizza Crust 7.28

PrairieBlueEyes7.28.1.jpg

Prairie Blue Eyes 7.28

PreludetoLove7.25.1.jpg

Prelude to Love 7.25

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Purple Corn Dancer 7.26

PurpledeOro7.24.1.jpg

Purple de Oro 7.24

PurpleMoonrise7.27.2.jpg

Purple Moonrise 7.27

PurpleThunderbird7.26.1.jpg

Purple Thunderbird 7.26

RaspberryPropeller7.28.2.jpg

Raspberry Propeller 7.28

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Rosie’s Red 7.23

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Route 66 7.26

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Royal Palace Prince 7.27

RubyStella7.28.1.jpg

Ruby Stella 7.28

SouthSeas7.27.1.jpg

South Seas 7.27

StephanieReturns7.23.2.jpg

Stephanie Returns 7.23

TigerKitten7.27.1.jpg

Tiger Kitten 7.27

TwirlingPinata7.24.2.jpg

Twirling Pinata 7.24

YellowPunch7.26.1.jpg

Yellow Punch 7.26

56 for the week . . . that is all!  I bet we are down to half of that by next week.

 

 

Desperado

It is roll-call day!¬† But, first, a dedication.¬† It is camping weekend and I was listening to a song “Desperado” on my ipod.¬† I have always identified with the song.¬† So, I will put El Desperado as our lead photo today.

Desperado – The Eagles

Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
You been out ridin’ fences for so long now
Oh, you’re a hard one
I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin’ you
Can hurt you somehow

Don’t you draw the queen of diamonds, boy
She’ll beat you if she’s able
You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet

Now it seems to me, some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones that you can’t get

Desperado, oh, you ain’t gettin’ no younger
Your pain and your hunger, they’re drivin’ you home
And freedom, oh freedom well, that’s just some people talkin’
Your prison is walking through this world all alone

Don’t your feet get cold in the winter time?
The sky won’t snow and the sun won’t shine
It’s hard to tell the night time from the day
You’re losin’ all your highs and lows
Ain’t it funny how the feeling goes away?

Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences, open the gate
It may be rainin’, but there’s a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you (let somebody love you)
You better let somebody love you before it’s too late

OK – so new to the garden for the first time in 2018 today is Pizza Crust.¬† I get a little hungry looking at her because I am stuck with low cholesterol pizza that doesn’t have much crust.

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Pizza Crust 7.22

Finales:

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Thin Man 7.22

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Route 66 7.18

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Fairytale Pink 7.22

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Nurse’s Stethoscope 7.18

Here goes Roll-Call for the week of 7/16-7/22:

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Adios Albuquerque 7.19

 

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Anasazi 7.17

AztecFirebird7.17.1.jpg

Aztec Firebird 7.17

Baja7.18.1.jpg

Baja 7.18

BelaLugosi7.19.1.jpg

Bela Lugosi 7.19

BlackEyedSusan7.16.1.jpg

Black-Eyed Susan 7.16

BlueBeat7.20.1.jpg

Blue Beat 7.20

Bluegrass7.16.1

Bluegrass Music 7.16

BoldTiger7.17.1.jpg

Bold Tiger 7.17

CanyonColors7.15.1.jpg

Canyon Colors 7.15

CatherineIrene7.16.1.jpg

Catherine Irene 7.16

CheddarCheese7.22.1.jpg

Cheddar Cheese 7.22

CherokeeStar7.17.3.jpg

Cherokee Star 7.17

ChorusLine7.18.1.jpg

Chorus Line 7.18

ClassyLady7.18.1.jpg

Classy Lady 7.18

ComanchePrincess7.18.1

Comanche Princess 7.17

DreamCatcher7.18.1.jpg

Dream Catcher 7.18

ElDesperado7.19.1.jpg

El Desperado 7.19

FoxEars7.19.1.jpg

Fox Ears 7.19

HappyHopi7.17.1.jpg

Happy Hopi 7.17

HeavenlyCurls7.17.1.jpg

Heavenly Curls 7.17

HeronsCove7.17.2.jpg

Heron’s Cove 7.17

Hesperus7.17.2.jpg

Hesperus 7.17

IndianSky7.16.1.jpg

Indian Sky 7.16

Isaac7.16.1.jpg

Isaac 7.16

JungleQueen7.15.1.jpg

Jungle Queen 7.16

JustPlumHappy7.17.1.jpg

Just Plum Happy 7.17

 

LacyDoily7.20.1.jpg

Lacy Doily 7.20

LadyFingers7.18.1.jpg

Lady Fingers 7.18

LimeFrost7.15.1.jpg

Lime Frost 7.15

Longlesson7.18.1.jpg

Longlesson Showoff 7.18

LullabyeBaby7.22.1.jpg

Lullabye Baby 7.22

MamaCuna7.17.1.jpg

Mama Cuna 7.17

MarqueMoon7.20.1.jpg

Marque Moon 7.20

 

MellonBalls7.17.1.jpg

Mellon Balls 7.17

 

MildredMitchell7.18.1.jpg

Mildred Mitchell 7.18

MiniPearl7.19.1.jpg

Mini Pearl 7.19

 

MountEchoSunrise7.16.1

Mount Echo Sunrise 7.16

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Navajo Rodeo 7.16

 

NearlyWild7.18.5

Nearly Wild 7.18

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Nosferatu 7.18

PapaLonglegs7.16.1.jpg

Papa Longlegs 7.17

PassionateReturns7.20.1.jpg

Passionate Returns 7.20

PickoftheLitter7.17.1.jpg

Pick of the Litter 7.17

 

PinkandCream7.18.1

Pink and Cream 7.18

 

PrairieBlueEyes7.17.1.jpg

Prairie Blue Eyes 7.17

PrairieWildfire7.16.1.jpg

Prairie Wildfire 7.16

PreludetoLove7.18.1.jpg

Prelude to Love 7.18

 

PurpleCornDancer7.20.3

Purple Corn Dancer 7.20

 

PurpledeOro7.17.1.jpg

Purple de Oro 7.17

PurpleGrasshopper7.17.1.jpg

Purple Grasshopper 7.17

 

PurpleMoonrise7.17.2.jpg

Purple Moonrise 7.17

PurpleThunderbird7.19.6.jpg

Purple Thunderbird 7.18

RaspberryPropeller7.20.1.jpg

Raspberry Propeller 7.20

RedHotReturns7.17.1.jpg

Red Hot Returns 7.17

RedRiddle7.18.1.jpg

Red Riddle 7.18

ReturnaSmile7.16.1.jpg

Return a Smile 7.16

RosiesRed7.20.1.jpg

Rosie’s Red 7.20

 

Route66.7.18.1

Route 66 7.18

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Royal Palace Prince 7.20

RubySpider7.17.1.jpg

Ruby Spider 7.17

RubyStella7.22.1.jpg

Ruby Stella 7.22

Skinwalker7.19.2.jpg

Skinwalker 7.19

 

SocoGap7.16.1.jpg

Soco Gap 7.16

SouthSeas7.22.1.jpg

South Seas 7.22

StephanieReturns7.17.1.jpg

Stephanie Returns 7.17

StruttersBall7.17.1.jpg

Strutter’s Ball 7.18

TacoTwister7.16.1.jpg

Taco Twister 7.19

TheColoradoKid7.16.2.jpg

Colorado Kid 7.22

TigerKitten7.20.1.jpg

Tiger Kitten 7.20

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Treasure of the Southwest 7.20

 

TwirlingPinata7.22.1.jpg

Twirling Pinata 7.20

Wineberry7.15.1.jpg

Wineberry Candy 7.16

YellowPunch7.22.1.jpg

Yellow Punch 7.22

 

 

 

Under the Surface

Today brought a good variety of color.  From the yellow-pink blooms of Pizza Crust and Pink & Cream to the deep red of Cherokee Star and Heirloom Heaven.  In the middle was pretty Indian Sky.

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I am keeping a close eye on the Southwest garden since the replantings.  Some yellow leaves here and there.  Overall, they are in much better shape despite looking a bit frazzled.

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It makes me think of our humanity.  Sometimes everything can look pretty perfect on the surface.  The garden had mulch and few weeds.  The sprinkler ran regularly.  And, the lilies looked pretty much OK.  But, several were too small and one died.  The bloom rate was poor and the blooms looked stunted.  I wondered about the sunlight, mostly. Something was off, but the thought of fixing what lay under the surface was something I wanted to deny.

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It was odd to deny it . . . I knew what was underneath.  Somehow, I hoped top soil would be enough to get the lilies started.  I mean, maybe they could do OK in the clay . . . that is what it says on the internet.  Seriously, this Colorado Plateau clay is like an abusive, addictive relationship. Not only does it not provide nutrition, it is like cement.  I have never seen it get damp more than a couple inches below the surface.  The roots that do penetrate are stuck forever, unable to move yet starving for a better existence.

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Diving under the surface and fixing the real problem is hard, hard work.  And, I am sure there is more of it ahead in this adventure.  I could continue to ignore it . . . normalize it. You know, just keep watering harder and hope somehow it corrects itself.  But, then it comes time to stop the cycle and do something different.  I hope it will pay off and that everything flourishes and blooms.  Then, it will be worth it for daylily generations to come.

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Double Helix

Today, I believe, brought my next to last NEW bloom for 2017.  Pizza Crust, a late bloomer that I added last year.  This year, a two bud wonder.  Seriously?

At any rate, I was taken back by how it looked like a twin to Western Sandstone.  Like, can you see a difference?  Pizzacrust3.8.11.jpg

So, curiosity got the best of me.  I thought that these two had the same DNA, and while their parents were not listed, they originate from the same hybridizer.  Ah, ha . . .  I think my eye does not deceive.

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Honorable mention goes to Cherokee Star, who put out a near perfect, velvet bloom today.

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Today was the beginning .¬†. . of a weekend of daylily digging and putting in pots, again. ¬†This time the Southwest Garden. ¬†Only the bad side. ¬†But, that’s over 40 daylilies and the digging is hard. ¬†Tight space, tree roots and clay below the good soil that is now full of tree roots, too. ¬†I have 17 done and like 25 left to go. ¬†I think I will hit the hay early and get up early to start. ¬†I would prefer to be done or mostly done by Sunday. ¬†I still have divisions to do for friends. ¬†This work actually makes me look forward to snow .¬†. . kind of. ¬†I do wonder if I will end up with decorative pots out in that garden, too. ¬†I guess this is a pilot. ¬†PS – I was digging up the daylilies out there to raise the grade of the garden at exactly this time last year. ¬† Sigh. ¬†It never ends!

Tomorrow, I think my Ugly Daylily will be in bloom.  That is my confused Amaryllis.  Life in the garden is always full of surprises.