As the World Turns

It is the longest day of the year for another hour or so in Colorado. Summer is here – the season of the daylily explosion. And, now the world takes us slowly to that dark, cold December day a few days before Christmas.

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It wasn’t a real exciting day in the garden. I had one premier – Wild Horses. I really like the shape and color of her blooms. She is one of my favorite on the back porch.

Funny Valentine 6.20.20

I also am so disappointed in myself for not watching my scape when I went to get some sedum cuttings and accidentally knocked 3 buds off Jungle Queen. Every summer I do something like that and it hangs with me for a bit.

Mesa Verde 6.20.20

The good news is that the new sedum garden looks good. It is a little garden made of wine bottles with a new mural of a Navajo Tree of Life. It is the back side of my garage so I never painted there before – but it is my view from where I sit to eat. So, it’ll be fun.

Saratoga Springtime 6.20.20

Tomorrow, I extend my drip system to an area where my pots only get sprinkler water. It isn’t enough during the hot, dry weather. At this point, it may be too late to influence scape formation, but it could keep my buds from drying up before they bloom.

Golden Stella 6.20.20
Yellow Stella 6.20.20
Yellow Punch 6.20.20

Any, hey, I own mother nature 3 buds now. And, that is the way the world turns.

Dwindle

Tonight, life seems right, again.  Or at least blogging seems right.  I ditched the S mode deal on the new 2 in 1 and now have straight windows 10 pro.  I can download a printer driver and Chrome.  That makes the whole computer more functional. I actually read a techie column that said it was a much more functional computer and didn’t loose that much speed or security by ditching the S deal.

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Purple Corn Dancer 8.28

So, my daylilies dwindle.  Today, it seems like the reality of season end is hitting.  Soon, there may be 0 daylilies some days . . . then most days . . . then all days.

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Frans Hals 8.28

My mind turns to fall daylily work.  Nearly all effort now goes into building healthy plants for next season.  The little sprinkler system and trimming the plants back to encourage new growth.  I need to level and mulch the Southwest garden – well, at least level it.  As the earth settles from burying all those daylily pots 2 summers ago – well, there are some low patches and some plants that need their soil level increased.

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Ruby Stella 8.28

After that, I will see what, if anything, needs to be divided.  Maybe some fertilizer.

Then, the leaves come and I bury my buddies until March.  Leaves are pretty, but winter is bland.  The roads are slick.  The days are short.  And, daylight savings time comes.  I can’t wait to see what I can do with my air plants this winter!

Speaking of dwindling . . . this will likely be my last week of nightly blogs.  Weekly, then prn until the buds open, again.

Climbing to the Peak of Daylily Color

If yesterday was a little quiet (for July) in my garden, today was a bit overwhelming.  There were several new faces.

Thin Man bloomed for the first time ever – the biggest bloom (12 inches) in my garden.

 

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Thin Man – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

One of my Ned Roberts Southwest spiders also showed his colors for the first time ever in my yard.  Meet Aztec Firebird.

 

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

 

And, a nice little addition called Pick of the Litter was also a first-time in my yard bloomer today.  Funny, this was a gift plant and I don’t remember the plant it came with – or if that plant has bloomed.

 

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Pick of the Litter – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

First blooms for 2016 in my existing daylilies included one that I don’t have a name for – so I decided to call it Montrose Sunset.  I picked this up when I xeriscaped a few years ago . . . before I was a true hobbiest.  And, I cannot find the name but I like the bloom a lot.

 

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??? “Montrose Sunset” – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Prelude to Love is a pretty dark red/purple bloom that reappears each year, as well.

 

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

 

Strutter’s Ball is one I added last year and (like its neighbors, Inwood and Funny Valentine) it is astruggling to produce blooms this year.  I decided today that when my blues finish blooming in a week or two, I will switch their locations and see what happens.  The issue, I believe, is figuring out which pots the sprinkler system over-waters, and which it under-waters.  And, then, balancing that.

 

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Strutter’s Ball – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Cheddar Cheese, aptly, lives near my outdoor grill and is back to top-off our hamburgers.

 

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Cheddar Cheese – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Blackthorn is one I put in last year – I really like this bloom!

 

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Blackthorne – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

And, here is today’s collage.  I tried to put this is semi-rainbow order.  It is a lot of color, for sure.  The peak has come to this yard on the Colorado Plateau.

 

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From L to R: Top Row: Route 66, ? “Montrose Sunset”, Isaac, Mildred Mitchell, Razzamatazz, Prelude to Love. Row Two: Indian Love Call, Soco Gap, Aztec Firebird, Lady Fingers, Purple De Oro, Strutters Ball.  Row Three: Early Bird Cardinal, Thin Man, Cheddar Cheese, (Lady Fingers), Blackthorn, VooDoo Dancer.  Bottom Row: Stephanie Returns, Pick of the Litter and Return a Smile.

 

Hey, folks, that is eight new blooms in the yard today.  That puts me at circa 45 different blooms this year. (That means about 90 have not bloomed – but many are year ones or small year twos.)   I only need 20+ more to hit 50%.  I have a lot of scapes – so maybe . . . stay tuned.