Canyon Colors of the Southwest

The red canyons of the Southwest warm my heart and soul in ways beyond words. My body instantly comes alive, my curiosity sparks, I feel like I am where I belong in the Universe. So, another blog in my series on my vicarious road trip through my Southwest named daylilies.

Canyon de Chelly – 2017

I think my favorite canyon is Canyon de Chelly, Arizona. The red is just deeper or richer than most of the sandstone of the Southwest.

Dominguez Canyon – Fall 2019

Dominguez Canyon, much closer to home, is my favorite day adventure.

McInnis Canyons National Recreation Area – Fall 2019

McInnis Canyons National Recreation Area is also pretty close to home. My first COVID plan was to hike here every weekend all spring, but it is more than 20 miles.

Canyonlands National Park – Spring 2020

Canyonlands National Park is fabulous on a grander scale, and we usually get her once a year in February. It is often snowy at Island in the Sky.

Chaco Canyon – 2014

Chaco Canyon is the most spiritual canyon I can think of – I hope to go back on one of my roadtrips soon.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park – 2019

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is in my own back yard – 10 miles or so away. It is a canyon of a different color.

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument – 2018

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is so cool – Hovenweep and all the surrounding areas filled with Ancient Pueblo Ruins.

Grand Canyon National Park – 2015

Of course, there is the Grand Canyon. And, that’s just to name a few.

Canyon Colors – 2019

In my yard, there is a daylily named Canyon Colors. When she blooms, she takes me to all the canyons that I love from my road trips. She was an early Southwest order, the name (of course) drew me in.

Canyon Colors – 2018

Being a semi-evergreen, she lives on my little back porch in winter but summers in her pot on the corner of my house. IDK – Which canyon do you think best reflects her color?

Dream Catcher – 2019

I didn’t look to see if she had scapes yet. Saratoga Springtime, Ojo de Dios, Dream Catcher and Kokopelli are the only ones I noticed – but I was busy grading so didn’t get outside much.

Canyon Colors – 2018

I did have a chance to hook-up my new solar drip pump. It is one of those you get off of Amazon. I have used them for the last decade – replaced them often at first but the last one lasted 3 years. They have made improvements – so I am hopeful for at least a couple with this one. Three days of 50 MPH winds, I think my driveway pots are ready for a little drip of water.

Canyon Colors – 2018

And, I am ready to see canyon colors.

Route 66

Route 66 is, of course, a famous highway that runs partially through the Southwest.  We usually pass over it going and coming from our spring road trip to the desert.  Route 66 is also the name of one of my favorite daylilies.  It was the first place name daylily that I got and after that, I was hooked.  My daylily names are like points on a road trip a lot of the time.


Route 66, Flagstaff, Arizona

Today, I had 66 cultivators blooming in my yard.  I was thinking about Route 66 (she was in bloom and is the lead photo) and my own route to having 66 daylilies in bloom in one day.  In 2015, I had 7.  I now have 10X the number of daylilies.  How did I get here? . . . well, I started at local nurseries.  Then I tried one online site, then another.  Eventually, I got attached to my Ned Roberts spiders and found a couple growers with good supplies of those. (I now have around 70 of his cultivators.)  I also found the lily auction – which was fun but I get into trouble on that site.  LOL.

Some of the daylilies I got in 2015/16 are having their first bloom this year.  I think it takes them time to adapt to the desert – and last year, we had the exceptional drought.  The year before that, I transplanted them into buried pots – so that was another adjustment.  Anyway – it is cool to finally see some of these after tending them for a few years.

A couple of our Premiers today have been around that long and finally blooming.  One is Navajo Grey Hills and another is Fringe Benefit.  Navajo Grey Hills was a sought after Ned Roberts Southwest named daylily.  Fringe Benefit, on the other hand, was a bonus plant that looks nothing like the Fringe Benefit I see online.  But, oh well.  I honestly had no idea what it looked like until today.  I like both of them a lot!

So, without further ado, here are the Premiers (it’s not slowing down – So far, 133 blooms or about 74% bloom rate.  Last year this date we were at 123 – and I have a lot more scapes left this year.):


“Fringe Benefit” bonus plant 7/23


Navajo Grey Hills 7/23


Fol da Rol 7/23


Lime Frost 7/23


Glen Eyrie 7/23


Adios Albuquerque 7/23


Bold Tiger 7/23

The Fruit Doesn’t Fall that Far from the Daylily

Today, I got the coolest bouquet from Mother Nature.  And, while I am a little sorry to be cutting so many finished scapes, I welcome some great fall bloomers.  Today, a favorite that joined my yard last year – El Desperado.

I bought this one last year because it still had unbloomed scapes when I walked through the nursery one Sunday.  I wasn’t sure where to put it, so I potted it and put it in the center of the yucca garden.  That was the beginning of my idea to make a southwestern garden out of that space.  I love the yucca, but the space needed more color, more inspiration.  And, from there I got into Ned Robert’s blooms.



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


I obviously love daylilies.  But, I don’t know if I could ever be a hybridizer.  I do, however, sometimes looking at the genetic similarities of the blooms. And, El Desperado is the parent to another bloom that showed up today, Autumn Jewels.



Autumn Jewels – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


It doesn’t take much imagination to see the genetics at work.  So, for fun, I looked up the other parent,  Calico Jack, and found this picture.  What do you think, does baby look like its parents?


Calico Jack – Google Image


The other eye-catching blooms in my yard today where Primal Scream (amidst the Potentilla).



Primal Scream – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, Zuni Thunderbird.  Break out the paint brush.  The buds are getting used up . . . one left?



Zuni Thunderbird – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


So, here is the collage.  I’m at 13 today.  Without the additions of last fall and this spring, I believe I would be at two.  I can live with that.  Viva La Daylilies!


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L to R: Top Row – Marque Moon, Soco Gap, Isaac.  Second Row – Prelude to Love, El Desperado, Primal Scream, Autumn Jewels, Zuni Thunderbird.  Bottom Row – Skinwalker, Mini Pearl, Orange Vols, Melon Balls, Lime Frost.


Put the Lime in the Coconut!

My computer just blitzed my first post – all but the last caption done.  I think I could use a little lime in the coconut right now.  At any rate, that song was going through my head this AM when I started looking at my garden.  I think it was the sight of Lime Frost surrounded by two near-white daylilies, Marque Moon and Lullaby Baby.  I guess the song was about a cure for morning sickness???  (Well, that is not my problem, although I treated it a lot during my midwifery practice years.)  The new bloom, Melon Balls, sort of added to the fruity theme.  This was a gift plant – and it looks like melon balls floating in my drink!



Melon Balls – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


That was the only new bloom today.  The other one of that I am highlighting today is Mesa Verde.  This cultivator has been blooming for a full month – and I have over 80 pictures of these gorgeous blooms.  Unfortunately, today is the last bud unless she gets new life later in the summer.  Every time I snap the shutter, I wonder how I will ever paint this on a Christmas present?  Oh, I will.  And, it will be a challenge to capture the full aura of this blossom.



Mesa Verde – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


The other highlight today is Zuni Thunderbird, one of my Ned Roberts babies.  This one started with insect damaged blooms and I was less than impressed.  But, the blooms have straightened out and the spots are mostly gone.  I love the curls!  This will be on a present, too, me thinks.  (PS – Sounds like my tropical drink is up on the Colorado Plateau somewhere today!)



Zuni Thunderbird – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


So, for the collage today, I tried to get similar poses where the flower anatomy would allow me.  Lucky 13 today.  Now, off to do the work of a farmer and work on flower pot drainage.


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L to R: Top Row – Lady Fingers, Zuni Thunderbird, Baja, Aztec Firebird, Dream Catcher. Second Row – Fooled Me, Lime Frost, Lullaby Baby, Marque Moon, South Seas.  Bottom Row – Return a Smile, Mesa Verde, Melon Balls.



Twin Firebirds

Today was much less overwhelming than peak day yesterday.  Every bloom was a return.  However, the bloom(s) that caught my eye were twin Aztec Firebirds. There is something about two blooms together, facing the same direction.  They look like dancers.



Aztec Firebird – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

The name brings to mind Aztec Ruins, an Anasazi site close by in the Four Corners.  I need to superimpose these blooms on the ruins picture from my spring Southwest road trip this spring.  They are awesome ruins, just like the blooms.




Aztec Ruins National Monument – Photo by C. Hartt


Since I have no new blooms, I will highlight a couple of other Ned Roberts spiders in bloom today.  Desert Icicle is a beautiful bloom.



Desert Icicle – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, poor Zuni Thunderbird was invaded by thrips and looks like it has reverse measles.  I did some photo touching with it to make it presentable.  One thing about having over a hundred cultivators – you begin to learn the work of farming daylilies.



Zuni Thunderbird in enamel – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


So, here is the collage for today.  Some really nice blooms, all in all.


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Left to Right: Top Row – Just Plum Happy, South Seas, Desert Icicle, Lady Fingers. Row Two: Chorus Line, Ruby Spider, Soco Gap, Lullaby Baby.  Bottom Row: Purple de Oro, Aztec Firebird, Zuni Thunderbird.



The Daylily Dozen (plus one)

Today, I finally had a dozen different daylilies in bloom in my yard.  I limited photos, but it still took forever to go through them 😉  I decided to put today’s collage in some sort of order by color from purple to yellow.

I want to keep this short, but also share some new faces.  First is a brand new face, Indian Love Call.  It is a pretty dark bloom with thin peddles.  Nice addition to the front yard.


Indian Love Call – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

The next one is “almost” brand new.  I got South Seas toward the end of last season and I only got one bloom.  I love the bright colors and large bloom size.


South Seas – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Then an old favorite, Route 66.  I found this one the year that Route 66 was the epicenter of my Southwest road trip. The hybridizer created this one back when Route 66 was still more of an American dream trip.  The colors are spot-on.


Route 66 – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Another new face today is my first “Mexican Daylily” that is really called a Shell Flower.  These blooms got their nickname because each bloom only lasts one day.  I love the beautiful pattern on the bottom.  These are bulbs that I got for $1 at the grocery store in February (all 12 of them).


“Mexican Daylily” – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

And, finally, below is my Daylily Dozen. It is of note that Colorado Kid almost looks like a different flower now that it is hot.  It is up with the dark reds but was a pink in earlier blossoms.

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From L to R. Top Row: Kokopelli, Purple de Oro, Black Ice, The Colorado Kid. Row two: Indian Love Call, Route 66, Ruby Spider, Early Bird Cardinal. Bottom Row: Mesa Verde, South Seas, Primal Scream, Lady Fingers.

What’s up for tomorrow?  Lucky 13.

And Feathered Canyons Everywhere

I obviously love the Southwest.  Anyone who knows my daylily collection knows that over 50% of my garden has a name that brings with it some Southwestern meaning.  And, so today Canyon Colors bloomed.  Like Mesa Verde, the colors are much warmer in full sunlight.  I think I prefer the shade version.

It is a beautiful two-colored daylily.  It, like Mesa Verde, is an evergreen.  So, they both lived in my back porch all winter.  They have matching containers of turquoise and are positioned near each other on a sunny corner of my house.  I love them together!  They compliment each other nicely . . . and I feel like I’m on a campout at the Four Corners.


So, I have this idea that all my Southwestern place named daylilies need to be superimposed on a photo of their place. With Canyon Colors, I decided to use a photo of Canyon de Chelly that I took on my road trip this spring. It is shaped a lot like Spider Rock, even though it is not a spider daylily.


Other new faces for the year 2016 were both old faces to my yard.  I felt like old friends had returned when I saw Lady Fingers had opened her first two blooms.  These may be the most eye-catching daylily in my yard.


Also, little Purple de Oro is back.  I feel bad for this little one, because I have never taken time to get a good photo of it.  So, today that was my mission.  How did I do?


My Ned Roberts Southwestern garden (I call it the Yucca garden) was very quiet today.  Soco Gap, however, is not going to wait more than 24 hours to show her colors for the first time in my yard.  I can’t wait.


As promised, the other bloomers of today were put in a single collage to save blog space. They include Jungle Queen, Ruby Spider, Early Bird Cardinal, and Mesa Verde.


After tomorrow, I will miss a couple days of blooms while I travel for clinical hours for my doctorate.  I am hoping to get out early and take photos before I leave.  I need to get a webcam for each plant, I guess.

PS – I divided up my Funny Valentine so my daughter could have one.  She lives across the Rockies in Colorado.  She has a bloom today, and I am still waiting on scapes.



There is a fire in the garden! No, scream!

The Southwest (mostly) Ned Roberts spider garden has had a new kid in bloom almost every day.  As I toured my gardens last evening, I noted that one labeled Desert Flame was obviously about to bloom.  So, this morning, I headed out to see if it had given birth.  And, there was a gorgeous orange bloom.  Breath taking.


Primal Scream or Desert Flame? – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

So, I scurried in to attend a webinar after getting some photos.  When the webinar was cancelled, I played with the photos a bit and posted the beauty to the American Hemerocallis Society page.  And, immediately several posted that my bloom was no Desert Flame . . . it looks like Primal Scream.  It’s one I bought locally to fill in some left over space in the new Southwestern garden.  I have another new Primal Scream in the main garden.  Maybe I should move them together once its blooms are done.  [The ones below are web photos of Desert Flame and Primal Scream (in that order).  What do you think?]

Primal ScreamDesertFlame



Interestingly enough, that same nursery had some unmarked daylilies.  I asked what they were.  They had no idea.  None of the tags matched.  They sold me one for half price . . . and I took their advise to pot it until it blooms.  So, it sits (unbloomed) on my front porch.  And, now I wonder if that will be the real Desert Flame.  (PS Primal Scream is more popular/expensive, so the daylily folks think I got a good deal). I guess it is good just to savor the beauty.


Primal Scream or Desert Flame??? – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Other blooms today:


Mesa Verde – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Mesa Verde is back


Chief Four (Three) Fingers – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

As is Chief Four (Three) Fingers


Hope Jewel – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

And, Hopi Jewel

Add old favorites, Ruby Spider


Ruby Spider – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

Chama Valley


And, Early Bird Cardinal


Early Bird Cardinal – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

As we move into peak season, I may post photos of the new blooms as big photos.  And, make a collage or two with the others.  Maybe themes – like by color or garden.  I don’t know.  But it calls on my creativity strength.  So, it will be fun. Too bad I can’t count this toward my clinical hours.  It’s positive psychology related!


Sweet Dreams!

I am one of those daylily addicts who tore up part of my old rock garden to put in a themed daylily garden.  Most of the residents are Ned Roberts daylilies with southwestern names.  But, thanks to the daylily farmers who send bonuses (many with the southwestern theme, too), I have a few others in that area.

Anytime you rip up rocks and plant something there (after 50+ years), it is a bit of an experiment.  The sun exposure is best there, that is why I picked that spot.  The tree that used to be there was taken down for a new sewer system a decade ago.  I made a little garden with yucca and a lilac, and so that is the history.  Last year, I put three Roberts daylilies out in that small area.  They came back (fall planting) looking great.  Now there is a whole list of Roberts blooms “to be” out there.  And I hold my breath that a few inches of good soil, water crystals, a permanent sprinkler, and mulch will make that habitable.

Today, it happened – the first bloom.  Dream Keeper.  I got up early to take photos and went back to bed (as I was up til after 2 AM doing homework).   I love these spiders, so delicate.  I love how the peddles twist and turn.  And, hey, this one looks like its photo.  Here is Dream Keeper from my yard. I purchased this one from Blueridge Daylilies.  They send healthy big plants!


And, here is the one from the web. Mine actually looks a little more vibrant!

Dream Keeper

So, I take a deep breath that my new babies are happy out there.  I don’t think I’ll have another bloom for a few days.  But, in someways it is nice because I can savor each one.

For anyone looking for Ned Roberts southwestern cultivators, here is a list of growers who I purchased from the last couple of years (in no particular order):


Getting my Kicks

As the scapes grow in preparation for blooms and the outdoor thermostat gets turned up, I think about the first sign of spring.  For me, that is my Southwest road trip.  It is a new tradition for the last three years.  When you drive south from Colorado, it is nearly impossible not to hit #Route66.

SouthwestRoadTrip14 118The first year, it was the goal to travel Route 66.  We took the old road as much as we could, and took the Route 66 turnout at our end point, the Petrified Forest.  I love this old car at the turn-out!


The Petrified Forest/Painted Desert have become favorite stops because they are #dogfriendly.  There are very few National Parks with such open rules about dogs.  So, it is a great ice cream and a hike stop.


And, the scenery is like something out of Jurassic Park. What was once the far point of my trip is now more of a gateway to the Senora Desert.

So, what does this matter to a daylily blog? Well, first of all, I take the trip about the time that the daylilies are starting to send up new growth for the year.  But the other really cool part is that after that first trip to Route 66, I came home to find a daylily named Route 66.

route 66

I found it in the local garden shop, before I got addicted to the mail order daylilies.  It was one of those strange coincidences, just like my 6/5/16 blog about finding a local Stephanie Returns daylily the year my daughter, Stephanie, returned to Colorado.  Route 66 is an older daylily that was hybridized in 1967.  The colors match my Route 66 tea shirt.  It is a hardy daylily and I look forward to seeing it again in 2016!