Change of Shift

Change of shift is obviously when one group goes home and another one takes over. Well, since I left on vacation last Wednesday, I have had a lot of premiers and finales. I am not sure how many of each – but I do know that I have 44 in bloom today and 21 are new since I pulled out on my trip.

Rifle Falls State Park, CO

I had about 400 trip photos to go through, so I haven’t had time much time to count finales. I do know I missed at least one and others I only saw one bloom.

Wild Mustang in the Sand Wash Basin, CO

Was it worth it? Oh, yea – Colorado is beautiful and it is good to get out of town. Of course, the downside is that I now worry about COVID. Oh, I masked and carried hand sanitizer everywhere – around my neck. That said, there are a lot of people wondering around Colorado and our cases are on the rise.

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
State Forest State Park, CO

I’ve now had about 104 bloom (+/-) so we are at a 61% bloom rate. I’d like to get to 80%, but we will see. I am just going to list the 21 new bloomers (Premiers) in alphabetic order:

Black Arrowhead 7.17.20
Cripple Creek 7.17.20
Dancing Maiden 7.17.20
Dream Catcher 7.17.20
Fine Time Lucille 7.17.20
Glen Eyrie 7.17.20
Hesperus 7.17.20
Longlesson Show-off 7.17.20
Mama Cuna 7.17.20
Marque Moon 7.17.20
Painted Petroglyph and her sad, bug eaten bloom 7.17.20
Prelude to Love 7.17.20
Raspberry Propeller 7.17.20
Red Hot Returns 7.17.20
Red Mystery 7.17.20
Ruby Stella 7.17.20
Shape Shifter 7.17.20
South Seas 7.17.20
Spirit of the Morning 7.17.20
Taco Twister 7.17.20
Zuni Thunderbird 7.17.20

With 44 in bloom, I am still at peak. We will see what tomorrow brings . . .

Coyotes and Timber Wolves in my Daylilies!

What a long day . . . meetings, packing, daylilies. The day before a roadtrip making I have insurance and AAA cards, etc. And, the first time I went into work since March 13! How crazy is that?. Gosh, I don’t miss spending 4-5 hours/week on the road.

Talon threw a double today 7.7.20

Anyway – let’s get today tied up since it is already tomorrow – which means I’m on vacation. Except I have to do some work before I leave tomorrow. But, well, who cares.

Coyote Laughs 7.7.20

Premiers – a huge event in the Southwest Garden – Coyote Laughs bloomed! After 4 years in my garden – she bloomed for the very first time. She looks like Winds of Love.

Lobo Lucy 7.7.20

And, speaking of 4-legged dog-type wild beasts – Lobo Lucy also premiered for 2020 today.

Nosferatu 7.7.20

The REAL Nosferatu also premiered – the Nosferatwo mystery is similar, but redder.

Lacy Doily 7.7.20

Lacy Doily is the cutest little mini double bloom. She also premiered.

Just Plum Happy photo from 2018

I am going to mention the elusive Just Plum Happy here because she is growing sort of under a shrub in the border garden and I missed her premier yesterday. This is the first time ever for her to bloom in the border garden (I have another one potted) – thank you drip system.

Ojo de Dios 7.7.20

Now, some finales 😦 Two Roberts Spiders – Ojo de Dios has been an amazing bloomer this summer.

Purple Many Faces 7.7.20

Purple Many Faces is also calling it a year.

Primal Scream 7.7.20

And, Primal Scream is going quiet until 2021.

Nurse’s Stethoscope 7.7.20

Last but not least – my Nurse’s Stethoscope is off-shift until next year.

It will be weird to miss nearly a week of bloomers – I hope I don’t miss any few-buds wonders all together. I will blog tomorrow, then break-time while I blog about my trip for my grands and anyone else who likes SW travel on my other blog.

PS – We have hit 80 cultivators for 2020. Fourty-seven percent. Seems like more when I am going through all the photos.

Pink Spiders, Red Flags, and Things that Go Bump in the Night

Today was another red flag day with a fair amount of wind. Nothing like we have had a few times this spring – but decidedly dry and breezy. And, as the clouds do so often in drought years, the grey clouds seem to tease as they drift by, only leaving a few drops of moisture behind.

Mauna Loa and friend, 6.29.20

The premiers today were mostly pink spiders. And, pink Ned Roberts spiders, at that. Now, trying to photograph a spider daylily with wind gusts up to 30 MPH is interesting. I am like a dentist trying to tell the wind to hold it’s breath until I snap the picture. My patient is non-compliant.

Rocky Mountain Pals 6.29.20

First premier pink spider was Rocky Mountain Pals. This daylily has a sweet story of being dedicated to the hybridizer’s cancer treatment team. I told the story to a co-worker today because she is battling cancer.

Pink Rain Dance 6.29.20

Next, big old Pink Rain Dance catches my eye. She is a huge bloom and such a great pastel pink. I can only guess Ned Roberts named her during a drought year in the Southwest.

Pink Enchilada 6.29.20

Funky named Pink Enchilada was also in my pack of pink premier spiders. Another big. floppy spider from my Roberts collection. I suppose they are all cousins, or something.

Prairie Blue Eyes 6.29.20

My last premier is an older daylily that deserves some credit for a bit of near blue – which didn’t happen much during the time she was hybridized. Prairie Blue Eyes opened her eyes for the first time in 2020 today.

All American Chief 6.29.20

I recounted scapes tonight and I think it is about 130 now. So, potentially a decent bloom rate. I can’t believe I’ll miss 6 days of it – but I will savor coming home to see the color.

Purple Many Faces 6.29.20

As for things that go bump in the night – it is probably just my cats playing with their toys at 2 AM.