Drip, Drip, Drip

The weekend draws to a close and my to-do list for yard stuff didn’t get as short as I hoped. I haven’t done 8-5 x 5 days a week (away from home) in nearly 20 years. I feel it every day.

Cripple Creek 8.25

I spent the morning watching orchids and (other than a haircut and a grocery run) spent the afternoon finishing up the new drip system for the front garden.

Purple Grasshopper 8.25

It works, although I had to crank the pressure up. And the drip tube doesn’t fit very tightly on the timer, so it drips. It’s not auto, though, so I can set it for an hour or two, then shut the valve off. But, it could drip for a bit and be ok.

Purple Corn Dancer 8/25

I think that’s why the poinsettias stopped growing. I watered a lot more last year when I was home. The sprinklers just don’t get deep enough. Hoping for a growth spurt before freeze. We have maybe a month.

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My knees hurt from being on the pavement so much. And, I don’t want to get as exhausted as last week.

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I teach Pharmacology at 8 AM. I guess it’s drip, drip, drip with students, too.

Momma’s Bouquet

My mom would be 102 years old this day.  That makes me sound older than I am.  Mom waited to have kids.  It is also the anniversary of the job offer for my current job.  This job is a great match for my strengths, but not for my senior energy.  I am likely too liberal minded to be an early morning person – my coworkers do much better.  Yes, circadian rhythm does relate to our liberal vs conservative brain.  I am middle-of-the-road, slightly liberal.  And, yea, political views are only one small part of how this part of our brain impacts our work.  Liberals do better starting and ending their days later than conservatives.

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Frans Hals 8.24

At any rate, I didn’t celebrate today – other than a few more air plants.  My yard looks neglected.  I worked all summer and camped every other weekend.  I have been keeping up with daylily photos (sort of), but not much else.

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Purple Corn Dancer 8.24

Today’s chore was installing a drip system in the front garden.  Daylilies, squash, poinsettias – they get too dry.  When I worked from home, I could run out and water.  Don’t get me wrong – I am glad to be less isolated.  But, my yard suffers especially when summer isn’t a pause.

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Carlotta 8.24

I went to the nursery for a plant for a coworker – a surprise.  I grabbed a couple of air plants – my new addiction.  I like them because they are small and less needy than my orchids.  I was into water culture orchids – but with not being home, it is hard to keep up with all the water changes.  The air plants are small – and I plan to get more into succulents as my current plants thin.

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Purple Thunderbird 8.24

So, the coleus were half price – I have some in with my daylilies that are on the side of the driveway but not in all the pots.  So, I grabbed 3 of those.  They are actually nice companion plants for daylilies.  I got some fall colors.  Then, of course, I have to decide if I bring them in when it gets cold. Probably – one big pot.  I can take cuttings and replant outside next spring.  Sure . . . if I have time.

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Navajo Curls 8.24

Putting in the drip system meant giving the daylilies a haircut.  I cut a lot of stuff back – like those blue bells.  I have about 27 drippers in and 17 to go.  For now, I need to this sleep, precious sleep.  Goodnight, momma.  I lost you too young and miss you every day.

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Purple Grasshopper 8.24

Oh, BTW – I tried the block editor for WordPress on Internet Explorer – It was awful! A few more days of testing S mode before I likely go to regular Windows 10.

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Ruby Stella 8.24

One last note – the featured photo is from earlier this year.  Catherine Irene – the same name as my mom.

Flowers for Maia

Today is my granddaughter, Maia’s, birthday.  I limit my words on the anniversary of her birth.  Honestly, there are no words for all I feel about her

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Adios Albuquerque 8.22

I will say I had a nice bouquet for her today.  And, I wanted to see if my computer would run smoother on WordPress tonight.  The blog post I did yesterday crashes the app on my phone . . . I don’t know why.

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Fox Ears 8.22

Anyway – enjoy Maia’s flowers. The featured photo is Maya Cha Cha – not in bloom today but a great tribute to my beautiful granddaughter.

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Frans Hals 8.22

PS – Blogging is a bit easier with this new Lenova 300e tonight – but there is still something funky about Microsoft Edge and WordPress.  Is it just me?

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Heirloom Heaven 8.22

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Mama Cuna 8.22

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Purple Corn Dancer 8.22

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Cripple Creek 8.22

 

 

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Shape Shifter 8.22

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Ruby Stella 8.22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tired

It’s crazy – I had 13 cultivators in bloom today. Hello . . . It’s August 20th. The weather is now acting like desert weather. Hot and dry. It was in the 90s today.

Purple Corn Dancer 8.20

It’s been a year tomorrow since my surgery. After that, I could not be in the sun for a few months, so the blog just stopped . . . Until the poinsettias bloomed. I only had Purple Corn Dancer in bloom, anyway. Healing was a journey.

Purple Thunderbird 8.20

I never know what to think this time of year. Tired of the heat but dreading the cold, dark seasons ahead. Tired of my camera but don’t want to miss the late bloomers. Hate to see camping season end but ready for some mellow hikes around home. I think my daylilies are in a similar place with life right now – still blooming but longing for a rest.

Cripple Creek 8.20

PS – I ordered my new 2 in one laptop. My old one was tired, too.

Shape Shifter 8.20

Purple Grasshopper 8.20

Indian Sky 8.20

Orange Flurry 8.20

El Desperado 8.20

Chaco Canyon 8.20

Coberg Fright Wig 8.20

Ruby Stella 8.20

Frans Hals 8.20

Chaos and Routine

The school year feels like it has started. The new faculty are awesome. Eventually, the routine will settle in, but the chaos takes time to run its course.

Indian Sky 8.19

And, as that happens, the daylilies thin. I have maybe 18 cultivators with buds. Probably about 100 buds. It’s hot, some of them are too thirsty. I lost a few this week.

Shape Shifter 8.19

I start to think about fall chores. Should I put a drip system in the front garden? I need to fix some things in the Southwest garden.

Purple Grasshopper 8.19

By the time the final grades come in, we will be talking about Santa Claus. And, my poor poinsettias. Why aren’t they growing faster. I usually start forcing the first ones about now. I have 2 of 6 that are blooming size. Maybe I need to up their water? Why did 2 grow big?

Frans Hals 8.19

And, my amaryllis have bloomed more this summer than last winter. I had 4 blooms this summer, though my seeds haven’t sprouted.

Navajo Curls 8.19

Fall and winter start to occupy my mind. Air plant decorating . . . They look cool in with cactus, which gives me all sorts of ideas.

Cripple Creek 8.19

For now, I need to focus on this week. Looks like I need a new computer. Sigh. I’m hoping Santa can still afford to bring me a new camera for Christmas.

Heirloom Heaven 8.19

Lovely Ladies

As I download, upload, and edit photos every night, I try to think of some meaningful focus for this blog.  Tonight, I am tired and what strikes me are the lovely lady names of some of today’s bloomers.  They all look like they are dancing to me, too.

Classy Lady caught my eye first thing!

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Classy Lady 8/6

Dancing Maiden is getting some great, flowing blooms now.

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Dancing Maiden 8/6

Rosie’s Red always adds such color to the front garden.

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Rosie’s Red 8/6

Nona’s Garnet Spider is doing morning yoga.

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Nona’s Garnet Spider 8/6

Maya Cha Cha is always an eye-catching gal ready to meet the day with a smile.

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Maya Cha Cha 8/6

Lobo Lucy is a fine redhead.

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Lobo Lucy 8/6

Black-eyed Susan shines on.

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Black-Eyed Susan 8/6

And, Ruby Stella is a non-stop bloomer this summer!

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Ruby Stella 8/6

The top photo is Spirit of the Morning, who woke up dancing a beautiful ballet.

And, amidst my flourishing daylilies who have not been bug sprayed or fertilized all summer due to my busy schedule are my Christmas plants.  My baby amaryllis bulbs of 3 years ago are sending up spikes now!  But, my poinsettias still look like they are frozen in early June.  New leaves, but small.  I started fertilizing . . . but I usually bring these in late August to start the bloom cycle and these guys are nowhere close to ready.  Well, one is big and full.  Two are small size but not pigmy.  Three are pigmy.  What to do with them if they don’t correct in the next few weeks???  Was it the cold spring??? And, oh, the fall daylily chores start to cross my mind – maybe move a couple that haven’t bloomed or add a front garden drip system.  A gardener’s mind is always dancing.

 

Dusky Daylilies: (when your plane lands at 7:50 PM)

What a long day. I started at 6:30 AM ET and it’s now tomorrow ET. But, I’m back on MT. And, I’ve been home since 8 PM MT. It’s the time of year where there is still a little light. So, of course, I raced to take daylily photos. Not the best photography AND the poor flowers have had a long day, too. I had 72 cultivators today – it’s another record breaker.

I’m just do Premiers because I’m fading, too.

Ruby Stella 7/20

Wild Horses 7/20

Mayan Poppy 7/20

Chorus Line 7/20

Nosferatu 7/20

Red Bird Mary

Star over Milgro 7/20

Skinwalker 7/20

Lobo Lucy 7/20

Santa Fe Christmas 7/20

Dream Catcher 7/20

Spirit of the Morning 7/20

Shape Shifter 7/20

Desert Icicle 7/20

Christmas in August: The Ugly Daylily

The blooms thin out way too rapidly this time of the season.  Every day brings another finale or three.  I hung the black-out curtains on the poinsettia bloom closet so I can start forcing them in a couple of weeks.  It’s 90 degrees outside so it doesn’t feel right.  The amaryllis will come in soon, too.  Speaking of amaryllis, Ambience bloomed this weekend.  Well, more like she is blooming.  Unlike daylilies, she takes her time.  She blooms every summer at this time.  I call her the ugly daylily.  Unfortunately, the bugs love her thin blossoms.  But, her color is stunning just the same. She looks like Christmas in August.

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Amaryllis Ambience 8.11

Now, back to the real daylilies for the past two days.  I took last night off of the blog . . . needed a break.

Finales:

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Mini Pearl 8.11

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Royal Palace Prince 8.11

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Tiger Kitten 8.11

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Navajo Curls 8.12

Other Saturday and Sunday blooms:

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Pink and Cream 8.12

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Blue Beat 8.11

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Stella de Oro 8.11

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Ruby Stella 8.12

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Purple Corn Dancer 8.11

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Dream Catcher 8.11

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Indian Sky 8.11

That’s all folks.  We are headed into the quiet of late August.  No new scapes at this point.  I think we needed monsoon rain for that to happen.

 

Oops . . . I forgot!

OK – I forgot my plan was to post all my bloomers from every day and eliminate roll call.  Oh, well, that is not the worst of it – I forgot to pay my bills in July and didn’t realize until last night.  Seriously, this exhaustion is something else!  I have NEVER in my life forgotten to pay bills every month.  Oh, well – get through work one day at a time and do what I can to take care of myself.  Flower therapy helps, but also takes time.  Life balance is a balance indeed.  PS – So far, the lights are still on 🙂

So, here are the bloomers from yesterday and today . . . except the finales that were featured yesterday.  First, today’s finales.

Finales:

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Comanche Princess – in bloom since 6.17!!!

Bloomers:

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Mini Pearl 8.6

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Purple Corn Dancer 8.6

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Pink and Cream 8.6 and 8.7

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Dream Catcher 8.6 and 8.7

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Ruby Stella 8.6

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Navajo Curls 8.7

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Tiger Kitten 8.7

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Orange Vols 8.7

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

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Cherokee Star 8.2

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Chorus Line 8.5

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Classy Lady 7.31 – Has had finale bloom

 

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Comanche Princess 8.2

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Dream Catcher 7.30

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El Desperado 8.5

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Fox Ears 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Heirloom Heaven 8.2

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Heron’s Cove 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Hesperus 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Indian Love Call 8.2 – Has had finale bloom

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Indian Sky 8.5

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Lady Fingers 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Marque Moon 8.1 – Has had finale bloom

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Mini Pearl 8.3

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Moon Over Chimayo 8.1 – Has had finale bloom

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Navajo Curls 8.1

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Nearly Wild 7.31

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Orange Vols 8.3

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Passionate Returns 7.31 – Has had finale bloom

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Pink and Cream 8.1

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Pizza Crust 7.30 

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Prairie Blue Eyes 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Purple Corn Dancer 8.5

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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

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Ruby Stella 8.3

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South Seas 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Stella 8.5 – Encore bloom today

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Tiger Kitten 8.3

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Twirling Pinata 7.30 – Has had finale bloom

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Yellow Punch 7.31 – Has had finale bloom