Daylily Gridlock

I woke up to over 60 different daylily cultivator blooms today, again. I keep thinking that it is slowing down until I count the shots on my cell phone. So, if between taking the photos, posting the cell shots to Facebook, downloading/editing the camera shots, and blogging, I spend 5 minutes per cultivator (a conservative estimate) . . . well, do the math.

This year is weird because I made significant changes. I put my Southwest garden daylilies all in nicer pots with weed guard underneath (they are buried) to keep tree roots from destroying the pot. When I did that, I refreshed the soil with miracle grow plus their organic soil. It took weeks and a lot were really locked in with tree roots. I also refreshed the soil in all my front path pots – it had really collapsed over time. I added or improved drip systems in all areas that needed it. So, that is the positive. Oh, perhaps the biggest thing of all is that I am semi retired so have way more time to water regularly. My drip systems are not automatic.

On mother nature’s side, we are in a bad drought, again – it was a dry spring with a late, cold spell but little moisture. More like a fan got turned on high. We did have a little monsoon action for the week before the 4th of July. We are still somewhere between severe and extreme drought. And, that is an improvement from last month! It is hot with record breaking temps close to or at 100 degrees.

Put it all together and I have a lot of June bloomers that have scapes but haven’t bloomed yet, but my later bloomers are blooming pretty much on schedule. So, it is a bit of grid lock as the early birds are still in the intersections as the later blooms enter the scene. We are, therefore, still on the Grand Daylily Mesa (vs peak season) with 64 cultivators, with 5 premiers and 3 finales (so net gain of 2 in bloom).

Several of the premiers are Roberts spiders today – which is cool because we had several finales recently in that collection. Here we go!

Ghost Ranch 7.12 – Big surprise because I have had issues keeping this one alive in my yard. This is one fan that is in a group planter – the first bloom since I added the second try. I am buying a couple more fans this fall. This is a Roberts spider and it’s named after a place we are going camping next week!
Hesperus 7.12 – A giant yellow spider that brightens my driveway garden.
Nosferatu 7.12 – A large, dark purple daylily that adds a nice splash of color.
Spirit of the Morning 7.12 – Another Roberts spider. I think he named her because she has no UV resistance. Gotta get out early with the camera to see her at her best. I love the colors.
Taco Twister 7.12 – Reminds me of yellow ringlets. This one comes later in the season (about now) but I still have early birds like Kokopelli with buds.

Finales for today (if I didn’t miss one):

Happy Returns finale 7.12
Bella Boo finale 7.12
Inwood finale 7.12

Let’s see what tomorrow brings. Today, I logged about 6 hours on daylily duty. How much time do you spend during peak season?

The Mascot has Arrived!

Today, I didn’t feel semi-retired. I had a meeting until noon and then more meetings to set up for the next few days. It’s interesting work, but likely won’t change the outcome.

I ran out quickly before the meeting started to photograph my blooms. It’s definitely daylily season. I was almost late to the web meeting.

I went out later and found my blog mascot, The Colorado Kid, had a bloom on a short scape that I missed this morning. I hate being rushed in the morning this time of year.

At any rate, several premieres to add to 2021. My drip system and repotting is resulting in mostly happy plants. There are a couple that are too crowded. I’m thinking of putting little red flags in the ones with no scapes. I’ll pull them is I see a scape. At the end, I’ll have the non bloomers marked and can make adjustments for next time.

6.23 – Lady Fingers – one of my early xeriscaping landscape plants
6.23 – Land of Enchantment is a daylily that lives up to her name.
6.23 – My blog mascot – The Colorado Kid. She looks better earlier in the day.
Red Riddle – another unmarked cultivator originally from my backyard garden.

Several more are very close. Hopefully, the hint of rain we got this evening will bring some blooms.

Pizza Crust for Lunch

Pizza crust is what I had for lunch.  I shared a bite with my doggies . . . and then I found my daylily, Pizza Crust, in bloom.  This is a brand new baby to my yard.  I really love the mottling.  The colors are neat – and it is tall enough to go perfect in a back space in my flower garden.  You see, I planted the daylilies in that garden last summer, then dug out the old red concrete bed in the fall.  The bed is bigger than I thought, but the grass had grown over the edge.  I added bricks to the outside of the bed so that should not happen, again.

 

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Pizza Crust – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Another new bloom today is Royal Palace Prince.  It is a nice one that was a gift plant last summer.  I have found that my gift plants have had a higher rate of bloom this year (in my main garden) than the ones I picked.  I am guessing the hardy ones are generally the ones the sellers use as bonuses.

 

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Royal Palace Prince – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Here are the other bloomers – the two small orange gals, Mini Pearl and Mellon Balls:

Lime Frost – I wish it was a lime Frosty:

 

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Lime Frost – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Primal Scream:

 

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Primal Scream – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

El Desperado:

 

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El Desperado – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Ghost Ranch:

 

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Ghost Ranch – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Marque Moon:

 

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

 

Soco Gap:

 

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Soco Gap – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

And, by golly, Miss Stella.  I am still chuckling at the poor nursery person who was trying to be nice and explain daylilies to me.  I said, “Yea, they are cool.  I have 130 varieties in my yard.”  Oh, the look on his face.  He went immediately back to watering.  Here is Stella:

 

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Stella de Oro – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

And, my mind is now thinking of where to put the gift plants that I put in pots and they didn’t bloom.  I have ideas . . . now, wait for September.