Like an Advent Calendar (sort of)

Last blog, I compared daylilies to popcorn – starting to pop slowly, then reaching peak season.  That is a good analogy, but it is incomplete because each kernel of corn is the same basic size and color.  So, my other analogy is an advent calendar minus the religious meaning.


Kokopelli 6/5/18


When I was a kid, I loved my advent calendars every year.  I have curiosity as a strength, so opening that little paper window every day was thrilling to me.  What was behind door #1, door #2 and door #3?  So, something in daylily blooms that is like opening a surprise door to see each cultivator.   Today’s doors were Kokopelli and Saratoga Springtime.

Saratoga Springtime6.5.1

Saratoga Springtime 6/5/18

This time of year, I hunt scapes every day.  Today, I bet I found half dozen new ones . . . Route 66, Happy Returns, a couple of mystery ones, and one from the Southwest garden (but I forgot which one).  And, last but not least, Nurse’s Stethoscope!


Nurse’s Stethoscope scape 6/5/18

I am super jazzed about Nurse’s Stethoscope because I helped to name it!  You see, during that whole deal about “Show me your stethoscope” a few years ago, I posted the suggestion to the national daylily society Facebook page.  The hybridizer is also in healthcare – she liked the name and the next year Nurse’s Stethoscope became a registered daylily.  I held off buying her because she is new and still expensive.  But, last year, I decided she would be the last major daylily purchase (other than replacements) for my yard.  She cost $100.  I thought myself crazy, except I helped to name her.  She is my daylily legacy!  I worried all winter that the drought would kill her – and winter waterings hold some risk with freeze-thaw plant loss.  But, she turned green and got big.  Today, there they were, two beautiful scapes.  Advent calendar joy fills my heart!


A photo of Nurse’s Stethoscope from her hybridizer’s page

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.

Like a Box of Chocolates!

So, today I applied for two more jobs and tomorrow my family comes.  After that, it is some catch-up work with school.  I can’t believe I am done in 6 weeks – I’ll have my Doctorate in Nursing Practice!  It’s wonderful and frightening.  The downside of online school is that it can be isolating.  It seems especially pronounced now that we are almost done.

So, I promise myself one trip away from the dogs every couple of days.  It gets me out with real humans and no leashes.  Now, I love my dogs but I also enjoy feeling human.  So, today I visited a local nursery that is having a plant sale.  Four dollar daylilies – cool.  I’ve decided to put Stellas in a couple more of my containers so they have season long bloomers.  It may be good motivation to water them more – and get more blooms from the more specialty plants.

So, welcome to the yard Orange Flurry (in bloom today with scapes and buds):



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


And, another couple of Stellas.  I thought it might be interesting to show the ones I got over the weekend with the new one.  The new one is definitely more orange tone.

The other new ones have buds and scapes, but not in bloom today . . . so we wait.  And one is a mystery label one, so like Forest Gump said . . .

Other blooms are Pizza Crust:



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


Lime Frost:



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


Marque Moon:



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


Prelude to Love:



Prelude to Love – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Orange Vols:



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


El Desperado:



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


Royal Palace Prince:



Royal Palace Prince – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


With any luck, I’ll have blooms until Jack Frost shows.  Here is to hoping I have a job by then, too! And, by next spring there will be more flourishing at my home than ever!