Daylily Rodeos

Yesterday was our County Rodeo. I go every year.  In fact, when I worked less in the summer and didn’t have so many dog duties, I went almost every evening to some event.  The rodeo signals that summer is on the downside.  I guess we are only 5 weeks into summer, but school starts in a couple of weeks or so.  And, the daylily blooms drop off – which I only had 50+ of today.  That is a drop off of 10-20.

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Montrose County Ram Rodeo 7.27

Anyway – not a Premier, but Navajo Rodeo looked very pretty for rodeo weekend.  I need to paint her this winter.  IDK which Robert’s daylilies I want to paint the most – but there are a lot.  By far the highest bloom rate of his cultivators.  So many first blooms this year.

 

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Navajo Rodeo 7/28

That is my segway to the Premiers for today.  Only two.  The first one is a never bloomed in my yard before Roberts spider named Dancing Maiden.  She looks a lot like Aztec Firebird, except her shape is a little different.  I barely noticed that she was from a different plant!  I should have put her in a different place – but oh, well.

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Dancing Maiden on the right, Aztec Firebird to the left 7/28

And, I got my first ever bloom on Sanctuary in the Clouds.  I got this daylily for the woman who runs the animal sanctuary (Black Canyon Animal Sanctuary) where my dogs (and one cat) came from.  I ordered this for her the year I adopted Kachina – so 2016.  It came with lots of fans and I saved one.  Anyway – finally, she blooms!

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Sanctuary in the Clouds 7/28

Tomorrow is Monday – so squeeze blooms between my workday! Better get to bed.

Show Me Your Stethoscope!

I am a nurse and a midwife.  Remember the “show me your stethoscope” incident on The View a few years back?  It took over my Facebook feed for a few weeks – nurses united!  During that time, I was pretty active on the American Daylily Society Facebook page.  I had an idea – they should name a daylily Nurse’s Stethoscope.  Well, one of the hybridizers who was also in healthcare picked-up on the suggestion and registered a daylily with that name.

It was a pretty daylily – beautiful, I thought.  Except it was new on the market so out of my price range.  Summer before last, I finally caved and bought it.  It thrived last summer and gave me quite a show of blooms.  But, she was one of the ones who struggled because of the cold, wet spring.  Her scapes died back after sprouting.  I put her in a smaller pot and moved her to the front yard for the summer.   I crossed my fingers.  She is coming back enough to have a couple buds.  Once she blooms, I will fertilize.  Glad to have her as one of my premiers today!  My little daylily legacy!

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Nurse’s Stethoscope 7/27

Another Premier was Kachina Firecracker, another Ned Roberts spider.  I was putting her in my new daylily garden three years ago when I adopted my rescue dog, Kachina.  There were two daylilies – Kachina Firecracker and Kachina Dancer.  Kachina was a stray before going to the sanctuary, so they gave her the name Tina due to her small size (7 pounds of anxiety!)  I was trying to think of a name for her that rhymed with Tina.  It was the daylilies named Kachina that synapsed my choice of names for my mutt.

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Kachina Firecracker 7/27

Last Premier is Baja – an old favorite.  One of my early daylilies that just keeps coming back every summer.

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Baja 7/27

I do find the taking photos of 70+ flowers every day for a few weeks is exhausting on top of the blogging.  I start to dream of fall hikes in the canyon and watching Call the Midwife.  For now, we will see what tomorrow brings.  We had another gusher monsoon today, so I will see what is up when I awaken from much-needed sleep.