Giant Yellow Monsters

It was a day of fewer premiers today. That was actually kind of nice – although, I had 56 total in bloom. I think 40 was my top bloom day on 7/2 last year. Maybe the peak will last a while longer this year?

Anyway – the common thread between the premiers today is that they are all BIG yellow flowers. I feel like photography robs them of their significance because it takes away the perspective. The first half of June is little, simple yellow flowers. Then comes the color diversity. And, in July, the Yellow Monsters arrive.

The three today are Happy Hopi (another Roberts spider), Holy Sombrero (an old bonus with huge ruffled blooms), and Buttered Popcorn (a new “local nursery” addition this year). Other giant yellow of July are Hesperus (waiting to bloom) and Cheddar Cheese (who is in bloom, but not today). There are some other notable yellow bloomers that are not small – Mount Echo Sunrise (fairly pale yellow), Lady Fingers, Cripple Creek, Skinwalker, Desert Icicle, Taco Twister and Navajo Curls. Maybe I will do a post on that collection once they all hatch. These aren’t trumpets – they are monsters!

Here are today’s premiers:

Buttered Popcorn 7.7
Happy Hopi 7.7
Holy Sombrero 7.7
Size comparison – Holy Sombrero next to my cell phone.

My routine is the same – I get up and take the photos with cell and camera following the same path everyday so I don’t miss anything (too often). Then I post to Facebook from my phone. I download photos from the Powershot and write the blog. Downloading the photos is painful because I get so sleepy – like fighting drugs but I don’t that that is from my thyroid tablet – just the heat.

Finales: I believe Orchid Moonrise is at finale. I will check for others as I cut scapes this week.

Oh, I got past my painter’s block and did a small coaster of Land of Enchantment. Not my best ever, but a start. I am keeping her as a symbol of getting unstuck and being semi retired! If you are interested in purchasing a daylily tile, please reach out to cathy.hartt55@gmail.com and or follow my Facebook page (link below).

Land of Enchantment coaster.

The Company They Keep!

Sorting photos of daylilies . . .  People ask me how I keep them straight.  Well, I don’t always but I generally do OK because I have some systems to help.  First, I have a garden map that I created a couple years ago.  It is awesome, it has circles for each daylily in my Southwest Garden with the color of each daylily.  And, they have letters/numbers.  You can look up the letter/number and see the daylily name with a photo.

The other system is metal markers that have paint pen on them.  Want to know a little secret – if you spray them with engine spray after you paint the name on it stays on for years!!!

So, if one system fails, I have the other.  As I go through old photos, though, there is a system that works even if it has been a while since you took the photo.  Well, look at the company it keeps.  I look for landscaping or other plants.  I look for other daylilies – what is the backdrop.  Usually, I can figure it out.  I did make a couple mistakes on Treasure of the Southwest (confused with Soco Gap) that I need to go back and fix.

It feels good to be sort of caught up.  But, I realize how different this year is as far as photography.  Previous years, I took my phone photos to post on Facebook or if I didn’t have time to download from the camera.  I used the camera to get multiple shots of each bloom – especially new blooms and last blooms.  This year, both the cell and camera only have one photo of each cultivator/day except in a few cases.  That means if the daylily was blooming during my trip, I may only have a photo or two of it for the whole year – half a dozen max.

Perhaps I can enjoy snapping a few more photos now that the trips are done and I have my photosystem for the year up and running.  I had 65 total, today.  The peak is still with us.  Anyway – not quite so many Premiers today.  Here they are:

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Apache Uprising 7/22

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Marque Moon

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Red Hot Returns 7/22

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Zuni Eye 7/22

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Oh, and my amazing Easter Lily Cactus bloomed today.  Like daylilies, the blooms only last one day.  Enjoy each moment for it will never return.