Oh, how the mornings have changed from a month ago. I was fresh off vacation and in the midst of the daylily peak. Now, my mornings bring a handful of color and an early drive to work. And, work is no vaca in the middle east a pandemic.

Royal Palace Prince 8.14.20

It’s hot, though. And, really dry with single digit humidity. Wind fires blaze. Record breaking temps are common. Too hot and dry for reblooming. Even yellow Punch isn’t trying for a comeback.

Purple Corn Dancer 8.14.20

I got the first of the pots for you buried garden. Soil tomorrow. It’s kind of hot so I’ll start with just moving those already in pots to the better pots. I can’t dig tree into clay in this heat with a Graves flair.

Navajo Curls 8.14.20

Anyway, enjoy my dwindling handful of color.

Purple Thunderbird 8.14.20


Long work day, short blog post.  No new faces today, but 3 pretty ones returned.  I think Purple Many Faces, Talon, and Indian Love Call are close.  If I called those three right (for tomorrow), it would be a real trifecta.  There are a couple others that haven’t bloomed yet that are close.  The morning light will have the answers.


Treasure of the Southwest 6/13

I counted 94 plants with scapes earlier today, including the 7 that are blooming now.  Over three dozen of them in the Southwest Garden.  Everything is coming to life.  The drought is crazy this year.  The humidity is usually single digits in the heat of the day.  Today, it was mid-90’s.  The next county over is on water restrictions.  There are major wildfires in the region.  It is not good . . . and I hope I can continue to get my blooms the water they need.  We really need monsoons.


Saratoga Springtime 6/13

Many of my orchids are outside.  I had to put up a shade sail and misting system for them.  Orchids are less adaptable than daylilies – but, they do have a hardiness about them.  Everything needs some rain.  Especially our firefighters.


Stella de Oro 6/13