Enchantment in the Garden

A spellbinding magic show that brings you delight and pleasure . . . that is what it means to be enchanted. New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment. I am perhaps less enchanted with New Mexico than I am Arizona because Western Colorado has areas that resemble New Mexico.

Yucca in a drift at White Sands National Monument

That said, I am enchanted by my roadtrips through New Mexico. The badlands are beautiful, and the cultural flavor is richer than Colorado – if you are into the Southwest.

The stark horizon at White Sands National Monument, NM

Last year, we saw different side of New Mexico at White Sands National Monument. It is a landscape so boring that it is enchanting. Non-colored sand with a few resilient plants poking their heads through.

This view reminds me of the ski slopes in Colorado – White Sands National Monument

The hikes are like marching through a very hilly sand box. My cats would likely like it better than my dogs, who considered it way too hot at 85 degrees. I had never seen dunes quite like these ones . . . enchanting.

Kachina, Sazi, and Maizzy feeling the heat at White Sands National Monument

So, my vicarious roadtrip daylily of the day is Land of Enchantment – another Ned Roberts spider. Last year was her first year to bloom in my yard and by golly, she does look a bit like the New Mexico State flag.

Land of Enchantment daylily – 2019

She was one of my early bloomers last year. She doesn’t have scapes yet – but I do have 15 cultivators with their weird claw hands being raised to the heavens in prep for a bloom.

Land of Enchantment daylily – 2019

I am nervous because drought years tend to bring early blooming but poor bloom rates. I try to keep up with watering, but I am not the same as a good monsoon. And, the monsoons are too late – it is really the March-May water that matters.

Land of Enchantment daylily 2019

I did put in a new drip system out in the walkway garden and the plants are bigger. So, I guess we will wait to see how enchanting this summer is in the garden. 2020 has brought my 65th birthday, a dead furnace, a broken sewer mainline and COVID-19. I could use a little enchantment.

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.