Wow! I haven’t blogged since school started nearly 2 weeks ago? I’m not really surprised. It’s overwhelming to be short of faculty and it never seems to stop. On top of that, there was my daylily repotting project 2 weekends ago (20 of 70 done) and camping last weekend. Twenty more this weekend.

Purple Corn Dancer 8.19.20

I have four buds left – all Purple Corn Dancer. It is really winding down. With the drought – I hold little hope of rebloom, even from the yellow trumpets. So, why and I jazzed? Because there is LOTS of new growth in several of the daylilies I repotted two weeks ago.

Purple Thunderbird 8.19.20

The season shifts. Now, my daylilies are plants to be nurtured. This is a great time to put out a little growth because first freeze is still 5 weeks or so away and the days will be warm enough until mid to late October for the cultivators to grow into the next season. Then, will come the snow . . and mulching . . . and freezing temps. I won’t pay much attention to the daylilies – maybe genealogy and movies to pass the dreary hours of being reliant on my furnace for comfort. A few pots will move to the back porch for the winter- my barometer on spring is watching the porch lilies. Then, finally, the porch lilies have enough growth to move outside in late February and little by little the green appears. Then, it is time to sit on the porch, again – and hope for scapes to show soon. After that, three months of bloom season and heat. And, after that, the cycle begins anew. Let’s hope for a little rain and moisture in all of that.

Navajo Curls 8.20.20

Feels Like 32 Degrees

Well, this wind storm (called a derecho) is causing some very cold, wet, windy weather. Derechos usually occur in the Eastern US and Saturday brought Colorado’s first-recorded, significant derecho. It’s still stirring things up. It’s supposed to get down to 38 tonight. I hope my poinsettias are ok.

Dream Keeper 6.8.20

Wind leaves the plants looking they have been through a hurricane. My poor bleeding heart plant is shredded.

Saratoga Springtime 6.8.20

I still had two resilient blooms and 60 scapes. It’ll be cold for a couple days. I may not see much action until then.

Rolling Thunder

I woke up to rolling thunder and light rain. It’s Saturday so I slept late. I’m sure the dark, cool weather helped.

Dream Keeper 6.6.20

As soon as I regained enough consciousness, I started wondering if my big Dream Keeper bud was open.

Saratoga Springtime 6.6.20

So, I grabbed my camera and headed outside. I kept the camera tucked in my shirt as I photographed a couple of my early bloomer favorites.

Yin and Yang

I’m really not feeling the joy of daylily season, yet. The wet, cold spring has things running 2-4 weeks late. Next week and the following are usually peak weeks. I have lots of scapes, but nothing but Stella, Saratoga Springtime, and Dream Keeper are blooming. And, I’d guess next week at the earliest before that changes. Last year, I had a dozen or so in bloom by now. I thought it was my gardening skills. Maybe some, but mostly the yin and yang of exceptional drought to a cold, wet season.

Dream Keeper 6/20

Saratoga Springtime 6/20

This year, I’ll do Premier photos for new blooms and, like last year, Encore photos for last blooms of each cultivator. For now, though, we wait.

Today, the Rain Came

Today the rain came.  Not much rain . . . but enough to wet the soil and put some drops on the peddles of my bloomers.  It was cool, I worked in daylily labels.  I decided to put the same metal labels i have in the Southwest garden in all my daylilies.  I have too many, I gotta tell you.  Anyway, I ended up short labels for every daylily, so need to reorder.  My plastic labels did not hold up for year 3 – and I rearranged some of the plants in the walkway garden.  So, I have a few I won’t be sure of until the blooms come.  But, progress.


Today, I had the first 2018 bloom on Mesa Verde.  This flower was chosen because of her name.  Yes, once I figured out a lot had cool southwestern names, I went out of my way to find her.  The bloom is one of the most ruffly in my collection.  She didn’t even open all the way today . . . maybe the rain and cool weather.  Anyway, the bloom was in the division I put in the Southwest garden last fall.  My pot isn’t that close yet.


Mesa Verde 6/16

And, another very cool flower – Hope Jewel – opened in the Southwest Garden.  I love the colors on this one.  She was a gift plant a couple years ago.  She bloomed in 2016 and 2017, but her anemic looking blooms last year were one of my motivators to do the buried pots out there.


Hopi Jewel 6/16

Other blooms today follow:


Treasure of the Southwest 6/16


Stella de Oro 6/16


Saratoga Springtime 6/16


Indian Love Call 6/16


Born to Be (Nearly) Wild!

Last night it rained.  It has been overcast all day, and now it is raining, again.  It is a good weekend to dig daylilies and put them in pots.  It is not a good weekend to chill with my dogs at the brewery.  Or, go camping!

So, I did have a new bloom today.  Her name is Nearly Wild.   And she held up pretty well to the rain and sprinkler.


I am fairly sure she is named for the ditch lily, Fulva, that is the original American daylily.  It was brought to the US from Asia in the 19th century as an ornamental flower. It grows along ditches in certain areas of the country, and (unlike most daylilies we grow today) has rhizomes that make it invasive.   You can order it, but it comes with a black box warning that it is invasive!  But, it does look like Nearly Wild, don’t you think?


OK – so the pot moving took most of the day.  So far, 43 moved and 13 to go.  Of the 13, 10 are still in bloom or have scapes.  So, tomorrow is a much shorter day with that piece. Plus, I am starting to do some dividing, so may do a bit of that tomorrow.  The cool weather makes a good time to do this part.   Probably more so than camping.



It’s Friday!  So, after work, I dashed out to continue the daylily potting project.  Ran out of potting soil after the first two, so ran to Home Depot.  Came home and was working on another two when the rain started.  It is a nice rain . . . drizzle, but enough to cool things off and wet the garden.

No new faces today.  Tiger Kitten lost his only bud  😦   For tomorrow, I think maybe Nearly Wild might bloom.  At any rate, I decided to make a collage like I did every day last year during the peak.  I don’t have enough time do to that this year, but wanted something to show for the last of the big bloom days of July.

Collage 2017-07-28 21_39_01.jpg

The rain on Wednesday bought mushrooms to my Southwest garden . . . guessing the mushroom compost come to life.  Weird, in the desert.


Tomorrow, the journey continues.  I wanted to be camping, but decided to plan 3 camping trips for August this weekend AND STICK TO IT!!!!  But, for now, I am making good progress on the daylily potting. And, not camping in the rain. I have so much to do before freeze and Amazon is slow with my second order of pots.  Oh, well, like the daylily, all we really have is this moment.

Fol de Rol

The rain came today . . . and in a big way.  For the high desert.  And, one of my two Fol de Rol buds opened.  This is one that I got on the auction, I think.  I ordered a Ned Roberts spider and the same hybridizer had this one.  The thing about postage and daylilies is that you are better off to buy more than one.  So, I liked this one!  And, I hope for more buds next year when it is in a pot.


Speaking of the pots, I did some research.  Most say that it is best to plant in-ground.  Unless, of course, your soil is clay.  Now, my front garden soil isn’t bad, but everything turns alkaline here in no time.  And, the daylilies are not native to this place, so the more native plants take over.  They like daylily roots – moisture holders in the desert.  In these cases, pots can be better.

Looking at the bloom rate and scape size around my yard, pots are better. The Southwest garden (fortunately) has fewer competitors.  And, most the plants are decent sized and healthy.  Some put on quite a show this summer out there!

So, one of the other things I learned about pots is that you can move them.  Well, I knew that.  But, I hadn’t really thought about moving the ones in the front garden because they are (or will be) partially buried.  But, it did occur to me that if I want to add a new flower and give away one that I am less crazy about, it will be a ton easier.

That brings to mind the chore of dividing a few pots.  And, some I want to have in two places.  Jungle Queen, Mesa Verde, and Canyon Colors, for sure.  All three are evergreen, so the grand experiment is to see how they do if they are left out all winter.  They are big enough, I think they stand a decent chance.  While I am developing 3 new daylily areas, neither is that big.  Eventually, I will run out of space!

The Scapes of Late August

Today, my granddaughter, Maia, turned 10.  Today, my daughter started nurse practitioner school.  Today, I interviewed for a job.  And, today Ruby Stella started sending up a new scape.  It is late August.  Back to school time.  And, I still have scapes.  I might – just might – make it to freeze.  In spring these things are thick as fur on an angora.  Now, I savor each one.   When I brought Ruby home, she had one bud left . . . that has been a month ago.  A sign that the earth is still alive.



Ruby Stella scape from today – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Actual blooms today were Heirloom Heaven:



Heirloom Heaven – Photo by Colorado Kid Dalilies – C. Hartt


Red Hot Returns:



Red Hot Returns – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


My last Orange Flurry in wth my big old Banana Yucca:



Orange Flurry – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, both colors of Stella:

It is threatening to rain . . . it is suppose to be raining.  At least it is cool.  Not a drop on my desert daylilies yet, though.  Come on, August showers bring September growth.  Getting strong for the spring.

Three is a crowd!

Today, there are only three daylilies in bloom.  Pizza Crust and both the yellow and gold (or light orange) Stellas.  The season winds down, and yet I still have nine cultivator scapes with unbloomed buds.  Three of those have not bloomed yet this year.  And, of course the Stellas are still making new scapes.  That is why I got them.



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




My Yella Stella – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt




Gold Stella – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt




Heirloom Heaven Scapes – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


It’s threatening rain, but not doing much yet.  I did fertilize my pots, so a good drench like we had yesterday would be OK with me.  I also got about half the potted lilies that I am moving to the garden in before the thunder started to pop.  So, here comes the beginning of the transition to fall chores.  Such is the life of a daylily addict.