Decrescendo!

It was a busy day for a Monday after the peak.  35 cultivators blooming today . . . that is a lot.  Last year, I had 18 in bloom this day.  In 2015, the number was 8.  Maybe I was camping in 2016.  Anyway, today we hit a total of 123 cultivators for the year – about 70% bloom rate.  I only have a couple with scapes that have not bloomed . . . I don’t know if we will get to 75%.  But was are sure ahead of 48% last year.

So – for today – two new babies.  A first-ever bloom is Navajo Curls.  I got her a couple years ago and she didn’t come back last spring.  She was replaced in the fall.  Worth it!  She is another Ned Roberts spider – can you tell?

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Navajo Curls 7.23

And, my old favorite brilliant orange daylily – Orange Vols – opened today.  I put her in 6 years ago when I xeriscaped parts of my yard.  I love to paint her!

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Orange Vols 7.23

Encores – Our first rebloom of the season!  Indian Love Call came back for seconds.

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Indian Love Call 7.23

Finales – Our last blooms today are below (unless they do encores). When it is the last Ruby Spider, you know the peak is waning.  I’m kinda ready for those 10 or fewer blooms a day, honestly!

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Ruby Spider 7.23

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Stephanie Returns 7.23

Longlesson7.23.1.jpg

Longlesson Show-off 7.23

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Navajo Rodeo 7.23

 

 

 

 

 

Desperado

It is roll-call day!  But, first, a dedication.  It is camping weekend and I was listening to a song “Desperado” on my ipod.  I have always identified with the song.  So, I will put El Desperado as our lead photo today.

Desperado – The Eagles

Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
You been out ridin’ fences for so long now
Oh, you’re a hard one
I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin’ you
Can hurt you somehow

Don’t you draw the queen of diamonds, boy
She’ll beat you if she’s able
You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet

Now it seems to me, some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones that you can’t get

Desperado, oh, you ain’t gettin’ no younger
Your pain and your hunger, they’re drivin’ you home
And freedom, oh freedom well, that’s just some people talkin’
Your prison is walking through this world all alone

Don’t your feet get cold in the winter time?
The sky won’t snow and the sun won’t shine
It’s hard to tell the night time from the day
You’re losin’ all your highs and lows
Ain’t it funny how the feeling goes away?

Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences, open the gate
It may be rainin’, but there’s a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you (let somebody love you)
You better let somebody love you before it’s too late

OK – so new to the garden for the first time in 2018 today is Pizza Crust.  I get a little hungry looking at her because I am stuck with low cholesterol pizza that doesn’t have much crust.
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Pizza Crust 7.22

Finales:
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Thin Man 7.22

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Route 66 7.18

FairyTalePink7.22.1.jpg

Fairytale Pink 7.22

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Nurse’s Stethoscope 7.18

Here goes Roll-Call for the week of 7/16-7/22:

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Adios Albuquerque 7.19

 

Anasazi7.17.1.jpg

Anasazi 7.17

AztecFirebird7.17.1.jpg

Aztec Firebird 7.17

Baja7.18.1.jpg

Baja 7.18

BelaLugosi7.19.1.jpg

Bela Lugosi 7.19

BlackEyedSusan7.16.1.jpg

Black-Eyed Susan 7.16

BlueBeat7.20.1.jpg

Blue Beat 7.20

Bluegrass7.16.1

Bluegrass Music 7.16

BoldTiger7.17.1.jpg

Bold Tiger 7.17

CanyonColors7.15.1.jpg

Canyon Colors 7.15

CatherineIrene7.16.1.jpg

Catherine Irene 7.16

CheddarCheese7.22.1.jpg

Cheddar Cheese 7.22

CherokeeStar7.17.3.jpg

Cherokee Star 7.17

ChorusLine7.18.1.jpg

Chorus Line 7.18

ClassyLady7.18.1.jpg

Classy Lady 7.18

ComanchePrincess7.18.1

Comanche Princess 7.17

DreamCatcher7.18.1.jpg

Dream Catcher 7.18

ElDesperado7.19.1.jpg

El Desperado 7.19

FoxEars7.19.1.jpg

Fox Ears 7.19

HappyHopi7.17.1.jpg

Happy Hopi 7.17

HeavenlyCurls7.17.1.jpg

Heavenly Curls 7.17

HeronsCove7.17.2.jpg

Heron’s Cove 7.17

Hesperus7.17.2.jpg

Hesperus 7.17

IndianSky7.16.1.jpg

Indian Sky 7.16

Isaac7.16.1.jpg

Isaac 7.16

JungleQueen7.15.1.jpg

Jungle Queen 7.16

JustPlumHappy7.17.1.jpg

Just Plum Happy 7.17

 

LacyDoily7.20.1.jpg

Lacy Doily 7.20

LadyFingers7.18.1.jpg

Lady Fingers 7.18

LimeFrost7.15.1.jpg

Lime Frost 7.15

Longlesson7.18.1.jpg

Longlesson Showoff 7.18

LullabyeBaby7.22.1.jpg

Lullabye Baby 7.22

MamaCuna7.17.1.jpg

Mama Cuna 7.17

MarqueMoon7.20.1.jpg

Marque Moon 7.20

 

MellonBalls7.17.1.jpg

Mellon Balls 7.17

 

MildredMitchell7.18.1.jpg

Mildred Mitchell 7.18

MiniPearl7.19.1.jpg

Mini Pearl 7.19

 

MountEchoSunrise7.16.1

Mount Echo Sunrise 7.16

NavajoRodeo7.16.1.jpg

Navajo Rodeo 7.16

 

NearlyWild7.18.5

Nearly Wild 7.18

Nosferatu7.18.2.jpg

Nosferatu 7.18

PapaLonglegs7.16.1.jpg

Papa Longlegs 7.17

PassionateReturns7.20.1.jpg

Passionate Returns 7.20

PickoftheLitter7.17.1.jpg

Pick of the Litter 7.17

 

PinkandCream7.18.1

Pink and Cream 7.18

 

PrairieBlueEyes7.17.1.jpg

Prairie Blue Eyes 7.17

PrairieWildfire7.16.1.jpg

Prairie Wildfire 7.16

PreludetoLove7.18.1.jpg

Prelude to Love 7.18

 

PurpleCornDancer7.20.3

Purple Corn Dancer 7.20

 

PurpledeOro7.17.1.jpg

Purple de Oro 7.17

PurpleGrasshopper7.17.1.jpg

Purple Grasshopper 7.17

 

PurpleMoonrise7.17.2.jpg

Purple Moonrise 7.17

PurpleThunderbird7.19.6.jpg

Purple Thunderbird 7.18

RaspberryPropeller7.20.1.jpg

Raspberry Propeller 7.20

RedHotReturns7.17.1.jpg

Red Hot Returns 7.17

RedRiddle7.18.1.jpg

Red Riddle 7.18

ReturnaSmile7.16.1.jpg

Return a Smile 7.16

RosiesRed7.20.1.jpg

Rosie’s Red 7.20

 

Route66.7.18.1

Route 66 7.18

RoyalPalacePrince7.20.2.jpg

Royal Palace Prince 7.20

RubySpider7.17.1.jpg

Ruby Spider 7.17

RubyStella7.22.1.jpg

Ruby Stella 7.22

Skinwalker7.19.2.jpg

Skinwalker 7.19

 

SocoGap7.16.1.jpg

Soco Gap 7.16

SouthSeas7.22.1.jpg

South Seas 7.22

StephanieReturns7.17.1.jpg

Stephanie Returns 7.17

StruttersBall7.17.1.jpg

Strutter’s Ball 7.18

TacoTwister7.16.1.jpg

Taco Twister 7.19

TheColoradoKid7.16.2.jpg

Colorado Kid 7.22

TigerKitten7.20.1.jpg

Tiger Kitten 7.20

TreasureofSW7.20.1.jpg

Treasure of the Southwest 7.20

 

TwirlingPinata7.22.1.jpg

Twirling Pinata 7.20

Wineberry7.15.1.jpg

Wineberry Candy 7.16

YellowPunch7.22.1.jpg

Yellow Punch 7.22

 

 

 

Quiet Friday

Today is camping day/weekend. The daylily patch is having her quietest day all month. Its actually cool weather with clouds. Maybe rain later. Probably whilst I pitch the tent. It feels good to have things slow down a bit.

So, new bloom today was Purple Corn Dancer. This name and Iktomi both intrigued me early in my daylily search. After Kokopelli, Dream Catcher, and Zuni Thunderbird . . . These were next. This is the Corn Dancer’s first ever bloom. It’s a glorious day. I am grateful.

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Finales (sadly):

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Stephanie Returns 7.20

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Skinwalker 7.20

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Lacy Doily – 7.20

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Canyon Colors 7.20

 

New Faces, Finales, and Roll Call

It is time for Sunday roll call.  But first, a couple cool new Roberts Spiders.  Meet Mount Echo Sunrise – She is a big spider that reminds me of Dream Catcher.  This is her first-ever bloom in my yard – I put her in a couple years ago.

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Then there is Sante Fe Christmas – And she looks like a Christmas bow.  Red, green with curly petals.  I really love her – too bad she lost her other buds.  Despite the improved bloom rate, the drought has taken a toll.

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Next up – Finales.  Of course, Santa Fe Christmas is a finale today 😦

Primal Scream is another finale.

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Primal Scream 7.10 

Jungle Queen had finale blooms on both pots I have of her.

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Jungle Queen 7.12

Iktomi is another finale.  I have enjoyed seeing the patterns in her offspring.

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Iktomi 7.9

Happy Hopi gave a finale bloom today.  I really enjoyed her big, bold, blonde blooms.

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Happy Hopi 7.12

Now, on to our roll call.  These are the blooms from 7/9 through today.  But, first, we have about 12 with unbloomed scapes remaining and mid-50s with no bloom/no scape.  We are at 107 cultivators (+/-).  Add 12, and we get close to 120.  I am still hoping for 130 total this year.

AdiosAlbuquerque7.10.1.jpg

Adios Albuquerque 7.10

Alabama7.11.1.jpg

Alabama Jubilee 7.11

Anasazi7.13.1.jpg

Anasazi 7.13

AztecFirebird7.14.1.jpg

Aztec Firebird 7.14

Baja7.13.1.jpg

Baja 7.14

BelaLugosi7.9.3.jpg

Bela Lugosi 7.9

BlackArrowhead7.10.2.jpg

Black Arrowhead 7.10

BlackEyedSusan7.14.1.jpg

Black Eyed Susan 7.14

BlackIce7.10.2.jpg

Black Ice 7.10

BlueBeat7.11.1.jpg

Blue Beat 7.11

Bluegrass7.11.1.jpg

Bluegrass Music 7.11

CanyonColors7.15.1.jpg

Canyon Colors 7.15

CatherineIrene7.15.1.jpg

Catherine Irene 7.15

ChacoCanyon7.12.1.jpg

Chaco Canyon 7.12

 

CheddarCheese7.12.2

Cheddar Cheese 7.12

CheyenneEyes7.8.1.jpg

Cheyenne Eyes 7.8

ChorusLine7.13.2.jpg

Chorus Line 7.13

ClassyLady7.14.1.jpg

Classy Lady 7.14

ComanchePrincess7.11.1.jpg

Comanche Princess 7.11

DarkMystery7.12.1.jpg

Dark Mystery 7.12

DesertIcicle7.15.1.jpg

Desert Icicle 7.15

DreamCatcher7.15.2.jpg

Dream Catcher 7.15

EarlyBirdCardinal7.10.2.jpg

Early Bird Cardinal 7.10

ElDesperado7.13.1.jpg

El Desperado 7.13

FairytalePink7.14.2.jpg

Fairytale Pink 7.14

FunnyValentine7.10.1

Funny Valentine 7.10

 

HeavenlyCurls7.12.3.jpg

Heavenly Curls 7.12

HeronsCove7.13.1.jpg

Heron’s Cove 7.13

Hesperus7.15.2.jpg

Hesperus 7.15

HolySombrero7.10.1.jpg

Holy Sombrero 7.10

IndianSky7.15.1.jpg

Indian Sky 7.15

Inwood7.12.1.jpg

Inwood 7.12

Isaac7.12.2.jpg

Isaac 7.12

JustPlumHappy7.10.1.jpg

Just Plum Happy 7.10

KachinaFirecracker7.12.1.jpg

Kachina Firecracker 7.12

LacyDoily7.10.1.jpg

Lacy Doily 7.10

LadyFingers7.12.1.jpg

Lady Fingers 7.12

LaughingFeather7.9.1

Laughing Feather 7.9

LimeFrost7.15.1.jpg

Lime Frost 7.15

Longlesson7.13.1.jpg

Longlesson Showoff 7.13

LullabyeBaby7.14.1.jpg

Lullabye Baby 7.14

ManaCuna7.13.1.jpg

Mama Cuna 7.13

MarqueMoon7.15.1.jpg

Marque Moon 7.15

MellonBalls7.11.1.jpg

Mellon Balls 7.11

MesaVerde7.13.2.jpg

Mesa Verde 7.13

MildredMitchell7.15.1.jpg

Mildred Mitchell 7.15

MiniPearl7.15.1.jpg

Mini Pearl 7.15

NavajoRodeo7.12.1.jpg

Navajo Rodeo 7.13

Nosferatu7.15.1.jpg

Nosferatu 7.15

NursesStethoscope7.11.1.jpg

Nurse’s Stethoscope 7.11

PapaLonglegs7.15.2.jpg

Papa Longlegs 7.15

PassionateReturns7.10.1.jpg

Passionate Returns 7.10

PetitePetticoats7.10.1.jpg

Petite Petticoats 7.10

PickoftheLitter7.14.1.jpg

Pick of the Litter 7.14

PinkandCream7.11.2.jpg

Pink and Cream 7.11

PinkRainDance7.11.1

Pink Rain Dance 7.11

PrairieBlueEyes7.10.1.jpg

Prairie Blue Eyes 7.10

PrairieWildfire7.11.1.jpg

Prairie Wildfire 7.11

PreludetoLove7.15.1.jpg

Prelude to Love 7.15

PurpledeOro7.14.1.jpg

Purple de Oro 7.14

PurpleGrasshopper7.11.1.jpg

Purple Grasshopper 7.11

PurpleMystic7.11.1.jpg

Purple Mystic 7.11

RaspberryPropeller7.14.2.jpg

Raspberry Propeller 7.14

RedHotReturns7.15.1.jpg

Red Hot Returns 7.15

RedRiddle7.10.2.jpg

Red Riddle 7.10

ReturnaSmile7.10.2.jpg

Return a Smile 7.10

Route66.7.13.2.jpg

Route 66 7.13

RubySpider7.14.1.jpg

Ruby Spider 7.14

RubyStella7.15.1.jpg

Ruby Stella 7.15

ShapeShifter7.13.1.jpg

Shape Shifter 7.13

Skinwalker7.10.3.jpg

Skinwalker 7.10

SocoGap7.14.1.jpg

Soco Gap 7.14

SouthSeas7.14.2.jpg

South Seas 7.14

Stella7.13.2.jpg

Stella de Oro 7.13

StephanieReturns7.14.1.jpg

Stephanie Returns 7.14

StruttersBall7.11.1.jpg

Strutter’s Ball 7.11

TacoTwister7.11.1.jpg

Taco Twister 7.11

Talon7.11.1.jpg

Talon 7.11

ColoradoKid7.10.1.jpg

The  Colorado Kid 7.10

ThinMan7.15.1.jpg

Thin Man 7.15

TreasureofSW7.13.1.jpg

Treasure of the Southwest 7.13

WildHorses7.11.1.jpg

Wild Horses 7.11

Wineberry7.12.1.jpg

Wineberry Candy 7.12

YellowPunch7.13.1.jpg

Yellow Punch 7.13

ZuniThunderbird7.13.1.jpg

Zuni Thunderbird 7.13

It’s The Peak – Sunday Roll Call

Well, I tried to post on Friday night, but no internet.  Saturday, some internet, but my phone is crashing all of the apps since the last android update.  Yes, right in the middle of peak season.

So, here are the new faces from Friday

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Skinwalker 7.6.18

EchoCanyon7.6.2.jpg

Echo Canyon 7.6

Iktomi7.6.3.jpg

Iktomi 7.6

ChorusLine7.6.2.jpg

Chorus Line

BlueBeat7.6.3.jpg

Blue Beat 7.6

BellaLugosi7.6.2.jpg

Bella Lugosi 7.6

And here are Sunday’s additions:

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Lacy Doily 7.8

Nosfertu7.8.1.jpg

Nosferatu 7.8

RedHotReturns7.8.1.jpg

Red Hot Returns 7.8

SouthSeas7.8.3

South Seas 7.8

So, that is 10 new additions since my last post – and I missed a couple of new faces while camping yesterday, but they will have another chance.  For now, let me finish roll call.  All daylilies that bloomed between 7/2 and today – here we go.  Which is your favorite?

Alabama7.3.1

Alabama Jubilee 7.3

AztecFirebird7.8.1.jpg

Aztec Firebird 7.8

BlackArrowhead7.2.2.jpg

Black Arrowhead 7.2

BlackEyedSusan7.6.1.jpg

Black Eyed Susan 7.6

BlackIce7.5.3.jpg

Black Ice 7.5

Bluegrass7.3.1.jpg

Bluegrass Music 7.3

CanyonColors7.5.1.jpg

Canyon Colors 7.5

CatherineIrene7.6.1.jpg

Catherine Irene 7.6

ChacoCanyon7.5.2.jpg

Chaco Canyon 7.5

CheyenneEyes7.6.1.jpg

Cheyenne Eyes 7.6

Chokecherry7.3.1.jpg

Chokecherry Mountain 7.3

ComanchePrincess7.6.1.jpg

Comanche Princess 7.6

DarkMystery7.5.1.jpg

Dark Mystery 7.5

DreamCatcher7.5.1.jpg

Dream Catcher 7.5

EarlyBirdCardinal7.1.1.jpg

Early Bird Cardinal 7.3

ElectricLizard7.6.4.jpg

Electric Lizard 7.6

FunnyValentine7.8.1.jpg

Funny Valentine 7.8

HappyHopi7.6.2.jpg

Happy Hopi 7.6

HappyReturns7.3.1.jpg

Happy Returns 7.3

HeronsCove7.5.5.jpg

Heron’s Cove 7.5

HolySombrero7.5.3.jpg

Holy Sombrero 7.5

HopiJewel7.3.2.jpg

Hopi Jewel 7.3

IndianGiver7.3.2.jpg

Indian Giver 7.3

Inwood7.6.1.jpg

Inwood 7.6

Isaac7.5.1.jpg

Isaac 7.5

JungleQueen7.8.1.jpg

Jungle Queen 7.8

JustPlumHappy7.3.1.jpg

Just Plum Happy 7.3

LadyFingers7.5.1.jpg

Lady Fingers 7.5

LaughingFeather7.2.1.jpg

Laughing Feather 7.2

Longlesson7.6.1.jpg

Longlesson Show-off 7.6

LullabyeBaby7.8.1.jpg

Lullaby Baby 7.8

MellonBalls7.5.2.jpg

Mellon Balls 7.5

MesaVerde7.4.1.jpg

Mesa Verde 7.4

MildredMitchell7.5.1.jpg

Mildred Mitchell 7.5

MiniPearl7.5.1.jpg

Mini Pearl 7.5

NavajoRodeo7.8.1.jpg

Navajo Rodeo 7.8

NursesStethoscope7.8.3.jpg

Nurse’s Stethoscope 7.8

PapaLongLegs7.6.1.jpg

PaPa Longlegs 7.6

PassionateReturns7.6.1.jpg

Passionate Returns 7.6

PetitePetticoats7.3.1.jpg

Petite Petticoats 7.3

PickoftheLitter7.5.1.jpg

Pick of the Litter 7.5

PinkandCream7.6.1.jpg

Pink and Cream 7.6

PinkRainDance7.4.1.jpg

Pink Raindance 7.4

PrairieBlueEyes7.5.2.jpg

Prairie Blue Eyes 7.5

PrairieWildfire7.6.1.jpg

Prairie Wildfire 7.6

PreludetoLove7.5.1.jpg

Prelude to Love 7.5

PrimalScream7.4.2.jpg

Primal Scream 7.4

PurpledeOro7.6.1.jpg

Purple de Oro 7.6

PurpleGrasshopper7.4.2.jpg

Purple Grasshopper 7.4

PurpleManyFaces7.5.1.jpg

Purple Many Faces 7.5

PurpleMystic7.5.1.jpg

Purple Mystique 7.5

Raven7.4.3.jpg

Raven Woodsong 7.4

RedRiddle7.5.1.jpg

Red Riddle 7.5

ReturnaSmile7.6.2.jpg

Return a Smile 7.6

Route66.7.4.1.jpg

Route 66 7.4

RubySpider7.8.1.jpg

Ruby Spider 7.8

RubyStella7.5.1.jpg

Ruby Stella 7.5

ShapeShifter7.6.1.jpg

Shape Shifter 7.6

SocoGap7.5.1.jpg

Soco Gap 7.5

Stella7.5.1.jpg

Stella 7.5

StephanieReturns7.4.1.jpg

Stephanie Returns 7.5

StruttersBall7.5.1.jpg

Strutter’s Ball 7.5

TacoTwister7.6.1.jpg

Taco Twister 7.6

Talon7.8.1.jpg

Talon 7.8

ColoradoKid7.6.1.jpg

The Colorado Kid 7.6

ThinMan7.5.3wPassionate.jpg

Thin Man 7.5

TreasureofSW7.4.1.jpg

Treasure of the Southwest 7.4

WildHorses7.5.1.jpg

Wild Horses 7.5

WildRose7.4.2.jpg

Wild Rose Fandango 7.4

Wineberry7.4.1.jpg

Wineberry Candy 7.4

YellowPunch7.6.1.jpg

Yellow Punch 7.6

ZuniThunderbird7.1.2.jpg

Zuni Thunderbird 7.4

July 1: Daylily Roll Call!

It is Sunday and the peak is starting.  It will probably take me an hour to get this bog with all the photos for the week published.  I am doing it this way so that each daylily comes up on a couple searches of the blog.  My job entails creating about 20 template emails a day for the following day – it is a lot of looking up progress and pasting from my last note.  Not a creative’s dream.  So, when I save my drafts for the day, I have a blank email to note that it is a new day – and that email is always named after a daylily.  The most creative 5 minutes/day of my job is picking this daylily.  The collages just don’t work.

So – We will start with the newbies.  Primal Scream is in bloom for the 3rd year.  Last year, the blooms were small and anemic.  She is now in an above ground put inside the Walkway Garden.  I hoped for more scapes, but 2 is OK for this year, gives the fall transplant.  Nothing beats her vibrant color.

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Primal Scream 7/1

Indian Giver was a newbie in the Southwest Garden.  She is a small daylily and was a bonus plant 3 years ago.  She only gets a couple buds every year.  She needs to be dug up and put in a buried pot, but the yucca is close, so not sure how I will get this done.  I would like to have more blooms.  She is adorable.

IndianGiver7.1.3.jpg

Indian Giver 7/1

Last but not least, from my Family Garden is Stephanie Returns.  This flower makes my heart sad.  Losing a family member who is still alive is horrid.  Losing several is bitter and cruel.  Please don’t tell people you understand or offer advise while you are surrounded with family.  Please don’t tell people God is giving you this lesson for some reason or other.  Do bookmark this page and come back here and look at this flower and help send positive vibes to anyone in the universe who had ever known the heartbreak such a loss can bring.

StephanieReturns7.1.4.jpg

Stephanie Returns 7/1

OK – Enough heavy stuff.  Onward to the roll call.  Here go the A-Z blooms from 6/25 through today.  Enjoy.

Alabama6.27.1.jpg

Alabama Jubilee 6/27

ApacheBandana6.29.1.jpg

Apache Bandana 6/29

AztecFirebird7.1.1.jpg

Aztec Firebird 7/1

BlackArrowhead6.30.2.jpg

Black Arrowhead 6/30

BlackIce6.27.2.jpg

Black Ice 6/27

Bluegrass6.27.1.jpg

Bluegrass Music 6/27

CanyonColors6.30.1.jpg

Canyon Colors 6/30

CatherineIrene6.30.3.jpg

Catherine Irene 6/30

ChacoCanyon6.30.3.jpg

Chaco Canyon 6/30

CheyenneEyes6.29.2.jpg

Cheyenne Eyes 6/29

chokecherry6.26.3.jpg

Chokecherry Mountain 6/26

ComanchePrincess6.26.3.jpg

Comanche Princess 6/26

DarkMystery6.29.1

Dark Mystery (noid) 6/29

DreamKeeper6.25.2.jpg

Dream Keeper 6/25

EarlyBirdCardinal7.1.1.jpg

Early Bird Cardinal 7/1

ElectricLizard6.30.2.jpg

Electric Lizard 6/30

FunnyValentine6.30.1.jpg

Funny Valentine 6/30

HappyHopi6.30.1.jpg

Happy Hopi 6/30

HappyReturns6.29.1.jpg

Happy Returns 6/29

HolySombrero6.28.1.jpg

Holy Sombrero 6/28

HopiJewel6.27.1.jpg

Hopi Jewel 6/27

IndianLoveCall6.28.2.jpg

Indian Love Call 6/28

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Inwood 6/30

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Jungle Queen 6/29

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Lady Fingers 7/1

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Laughing Feather 6/27

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Mesa Verde 6/29

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Mini Pearl 6/30

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Navajo Rodeo 7/1

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Nurse’s Stethoscope 7/1

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Papa Longlegs 6/30

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Passionate Returns 6/29

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Petite Petticoats 6/29

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Pink and Cream 6/26

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Pink Rain Dance 6/26

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Prairie Blue Eyes 6/25

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Pueblo Dancer 6/30

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Purple Many Faces 6/29

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Purple Mystique 6/30

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Red Riddle 6/30

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Return a Smile 7/1

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Rocky Mountain Pals 6/29

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Route 66 6/27

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Ruby Spider 6/29

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Ruby Stella 6/30

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Saratoga Springtime 6/28

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Soco Gap 7/1

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Stella de Oro 6/26

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Strutter’s Ball 6/29

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Talon 6/29

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The Colorado Kid 6/29

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Thin Man 7/1

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Treasure of the Southwest 7/1

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Wild Horses 6/29

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Wineberry Candy 6/26

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Yellow Punch 6/26

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Zuni Eye 6/26

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Zuni Thunderbird 6/30

Honey, I Planted My Family

Today, Stephanie Returned to my yard.  Stephanie Returns, that is.  She is a sweet light pink girl who bears the same name as my daughter.  And, she was added the year my daughter returned to Colorado.  Hard to get good lighting today.  She was unbloomed, and then the sun hit full force.  She looks a little dry and I upped her water.  (I have daylilies that bear the names of my grandmother, mom, and both grandkids.  I want to get a Santa Clause for in memory of my dad).

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The other first-timer for the year was Inwood.  I love the contrast on the blooms.

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I believe my back porch has now reached peak bloom with this addition.  Sadly, Electric Lizard is still not looking like it will produce much despite the addition of some more fans last fall.  Maybe it needs a larger pot.  Nosferatu, Cheddar Cheese, and Canyon Colors all have big fans but no scapes.  Guessing not enough sun, too much fertilizer or some other imbalance.  I am still hoping . . . but would have expected scapes by now.  Generally, my pots grow bigger, healthier blooms than this basic clay soil.  But, sometimes the mix is off.  (Below is Jungle Queen, quite happy in the same pot for 2 years).

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As for the Southwest garden – it looks like I’ll have some new blooms tomorrow.  Soco Gap is about to give birth.  I think I’ll see my first Pink Enchilada tomorrow.  Papa Long Legs and Kokopelli, perhaps.  Maybe Indian Love Call.  I was hoping for 50% bloom out there, but I am guessing it may be 30% now.  I am erring on the side of fertilizer this year to get the plants big.  I think I need to do more soil amendments in the fall, too.  Most the plants are blooming size.  A few have died back.   I have to remember that some of mine had spring in the South last year, so may not bloom this year.  Bare root daylilies are not instant gratification.

The flowers are so pretty, they are worth the amazing time and energy to make them thrive.  Tomorrow also holds the promise of our first The Colorado Kid (our mascot) of the year.  Can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

The Wild Horses of Mesa Verde are in My Garden

Today, three newcomers!!!  The two mentioned in the title of this post are two of my all-time favorites.  And, believe it or not, neither resides in my Southwest garden.  But they sound like they should.

Wild Horses is a breath-taking bloom because of the striking pattern.  I see the horse in it. Do you?

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And, Mesa Verde is striking for her ruffles.  This daylily is amazing to watch bloom.  It takes until nearly noon . . . like waiting for a baby to be born.  Also, notice how the color turns from pink to bright orange.  (4 photos, below)

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Lastly, an old friend, Early Bird Cardinal.  It is a sweet red ruffled bloom.

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And, for tomorrow . . . I think Stephanie Returns, Pink Enchilada, Inwood.  A couple of my near blues are getting close . . . Bluegrass Music.  Now, there is a story to tell about that one!

Switched at Birth?

I went camping this weekend, so there was one day that I missed my blooms.  I got home today at 4, and rounded the corner to my outside porch.  I start counting blooms, and I spy a new one for the year.  But it is totally the wrong color.  It is mauve and white, I was expecting light yellow.  What’s the deal?

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Last year, I planted my two New Mexico named daylilies in the same pot.  I labeled them (I thought).  Last year, Ghost Ranch bloomed.  So, one of the two plants is decidedly larger.  So much so that the smaller one got its own pot to see if I can beef it up a tad.  I thought Ghost Ranch was the one in the big pot.  Apparently not, because the bloom looks like Chaco Canyon.  It is odd, I still can’t figure it out.  Chaco blooms early and Ghost Ranch is later.  So, we will see.  Maybe the fans are mixed now.

Anyway, remember when I said I would only post photos of new blooms?  I have a few today.  Please know that it was 4 PM when I got home so some of the blooms are past their prime.  But, the garden explodes in color.

Here is Hopi Jewel:

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Isaac:

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Lady Fingers:

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Prairie Wildfire:

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Red Hot Returns:

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Chama Valley

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Tomorrow there are several possibilities for new faces.  I think Wild Horses, Inwood (I missed the first bloom on Saturday), Mesa Verde, Stephanie Returns, Pink Enchilada, and Soco Gap are close.  Any guesses????

First bloom: The Yellow Trumpets

Today brought my first bloom of 2017. A golden Stella de Oro. Well, more like two Stellas. Simple yellow trumpets are the early birds. Happy Returns will join, soon. So will Ruby Spider . . .the one in a container on my patio. It gets hot back there. That bunch is always a couple weeks ahead.

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While Stella led the way, more scapes became visible.  Indian Love Call, Pink Enchilada, Stephanie Returns,  Isaac, Early Bird Cardinal,  Mesa Verde, Heron’s Cove, Red Hot Returns, Lady Fingers, Royal Palace Prince, and Prairie Wildfire.  And, a tiger that the nursery wasn’t sure what it was . . . So, I got a big discount. The list grows. I’m hoping for a 75% bloom year.

This blog will be different this year. Last year, I was finishing up my doctorate.  I had a lot of flexibility to be in the garden and playing with photos. This year, I work 45+ hours a week for Western Governors University. I’m committed to the blog, but it needs a new approach.  Because, sleep is good.