Vaca Day Lilies

Today, we started our weeklong camping road trip through southern Utah. So, I’ll miss 5 days of blooms. But, I think there will be plenty left when I return next week.


Prairie Blue Eyes 7/5

Cheyenne Eyes 7/5

Papa Long Legs 7/5

Treasure of the Southwest 7/5


Indian Love Call 7/5

Petite Petticoats 7/5

Yellow Punch 7/5

Saratoga Springtime 7/5

Yellow Stella 7/5

Echo Canyon 7/5

Purple Many Faces 7/5

Mesa Verde 7/5

The Colorado Kid 7/5

Finales: While Dream Keeper has a few buds left (my first bloom this season), she will likely be done before I get home.

Dream Keeper 7/5

Here Comes the Sun

Well, time to stop thinking summer will never come. While I anticipate my daylilies are 2-4 weeks behind average, today there was a shift in numbers and colors.

Here are the today’s premieres:

The Colorado Kid 6/30

Comanche Princess 6/30

Canyon Colors 6/30 (first bloom 6/29)

Indian Love Call 6/30

Yellow Punch 6/30

Funny Valentine 6/30

And, here are the show stoppers who have been around for a week or three:

Saratoga Springtime 6/30

Dream Keeper 6/30

Golden Stella 6/30

Yellow Stella 6/30

I’m working on moving my history website moved to WordPress this weekend, so that’s all for the daylilies today. Oh, the cover photo is Ghost Ranch, whose one and only bud opened yesterday.

The Sun, and the Rain, and the Daylily Roots

When it comes to places to live, I stay on the sunny side.  This place west of the Divide and east of the desert is not the habitat of daylilies.  They are go-getters, though.  I have only lost one or two of all those that I put in last year.  Some act pretty shocked for a bit.  Like, hey, we aren’t in Georgia anymore, Toto.   So, below is my city’s annual precipitation from – we are a couple standard deviations below the mean.

And, below are the sunshine days.  Here, we are close to a couple standard deviations above the mean.  Desert daylilies.

The downside of this climate, along with the very base ph, clay soil, is that it is nothing like the natural daylily habitat.  It is trial and error.  And some stuff you don’t get to see the results from for a year.  And, so, today I finished putting my mulch concoction on my main flower garden cultivators.  We will see if this helps.  Not that I did poorly this year, but Stephanie Returns didn’t return.  In fact, she only had one scape.  She is not the only one who is below her mean.  So, let’s hope this mulching is more than just a load of BS.

A few blooms to go with the calluses, sunburn, and bug bites.  Two of my last three Pizza Crust buds:



Pizza Crust – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, my Stellas.  Yeez, I wish those gals could help with yard work.



Yella Stella – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt




Golden Stella – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


PS – Heirloom Heaven is close – and has another brand new scape.  Hopefully, the mulching won’t hurt these little buds.  I think Red Hot Returns is very close, too.  Tomorrow ????



Prepping the Daylily Beds is a Bunch of BS!

So, first there are the first fans of spring.  Actually, other than my garlic and spring bulbs, one of the very first signs of spring in my yard.  Then, there come the scapes followed by peak bloom season.  And, then the lovely late bloomers signal time to start preparing for another cycle.  I think of the Native Americans and their focus on the changing seasons.

I did have bloomers this weekend.  So, I will show those first, followed by the tale of BS in my garden.

Tiger Kitten only produced two buds.  This was a one fan root last summer. It’s making progress.  Can’t wait for next year!



Tiger Kitten – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Stella, of course, was here with me all weekend, in both yellow and gold.



Yella Stella – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt




Orange Stella – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, Orange Flurry lit up my smaller zeriscape garden in the rocks.



Orange Flurry – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


So, here is my Ned Roberts Southwest spider garden that I put in this spring.  The first two pictures are before.  It is of note on the second photo that the earth no longer comes up to the top of the bricks.  PS – I would have done a higher raised bed, but the yuccas won.



Ned Roberts Southwest spider patch (before) – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt




Note the level of the soil and mulch within the bricks.


Here is the after picture.  Probably no different to most people.  The difference is that the earth is now back up to the top of the brick.  Because daylilies are funny about planting depth, this meant raising the grade of the garden by first loosening up each daylily, putting the growing medium underneath, and then surrounding each cultivator with the medium.  It reminds me of the tale of raising Galveston Island several feet after the 1900 Great Storm.  They did it one structure at a time, too. It took all afternoon yesterday.



Southwest lily patch (after) – a lot of work for something that looks pretty much the same.  Just ask the daylilies, though, it has been a weekend of prep for a new season.


Today, I filled the gaps with the remaining medium because the daylilies were all in mounds after being raised.  Sounds easy enough, except I was mixing up a concoction of steer manure, compost, peat moss, water crystals, soil acidifier, and time release fertilizer.  Oh, and given that I tromp around pretty hard with my camera, I also added some little stepping stones so the soil could stay fluffy.   I think my motivation is not only the anticipation of the blooms (a type of savoring), but also the number of little gardens that I see on my dog walks that have gone untended.  I think how cool the initial intention was . . . . but it is long gone.   This Colorado Plateau is a different ecosystem than the South.

I read yesterday that with plenty of water, amendments, and the right amount of fertilizer you can get 2-3 x as many blooms.  Might as well give it a shot.  For tomorrow, we will talk about grass weeds vs daylily sprouts.  Maybe someone out there can help me with that issue!!!


Before the Last Bloom?

Today seemed a bit cooler in my garden.  We are decidedly on the downside of summer.  My friend Frans Hals showed up, again.  I put this guy in a few years ago and forgot about it . . . I was later surprised to find it blooming in September.



Frans Hals – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt



Pizza Crust was back today, as well.  It has about 3 more buds.



Pizza Crust – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Orange Flurry is a cool little bloom.  Always a joy to have the late bloomers.  Each bloom can be savored.  And, this one is growing on me.



Orange Flurry – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, my Stellas showed up again.  I have a feeling I will be giving these away right and left as they are very fast growers. And, easy care.



Yella Stella – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt




Golden Stella – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


That is it for this day . . . about 2 months out from freezing.  About time to get the couple of fall plants that I ordered online in the mail.  Probably next week.  I am considering one more . . . and I hope for a new job that brings me half the joy that growing these bright blooms does.  Soon.  Before the last bloom?


Tigers, Skinwalkers, Apaches, and Princes. Oh My!

Yesterday was my first no bloom day since early June.  Today brought several blooms, including my very first Tiger Kitten.



Tiger Kitten – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, after a few weeks of deformed Skinwalkers, today comes a picture perfect bloom.  I think the early blooms were premature.  What a great Ned Roberts bloom!



Skinwalker – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Apache Uprising made a huge show with three blooms.



Apache Uprising – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, how awesome it is to see my last two Royal Palace Princes in full bloom.



Royal Palace Prince – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


Stella also showed up to meet this crowd in the garden – both my golden and yella Stella.



Yella Stella – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt




Golden Stella – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


And, calm little Orange Flurry was present in the background.



Orange Stella – Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


That leaves only two unbloomed cultivators . . .  Heirloom Heaven and Red Hot Returns.  However, that is not bad for mid-August.  And, nine total have unbloomed buds.  Will I make it until freeze?

This weekend, I start the work of fall mulching.  I’m learning more about promoting my rebloomers.  And, so more improvements in store for the future.

Three is a crowd!

Today, there are only three daylilies in bloom.  Pizza Crust and both the yellow and gold (or light orange) Stellas.  The season winds down, and yet I still have nine cultivator scapes with unbloomed buds.  Three of those have not bloomed yet this year.  And, of course the Stellas are still making new scapes.  That is why I got them.



Pizza Crust – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt




My Yella Stella – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt




Gold Stella – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt




Heirloom Heaven Scapes – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt


It’s threatening rain, but not doing much yet.  I did fertilize my pots, so a good drench like we had yesterday would be OK with me.  I also got about half the potted lilies that I am moving to the garden in before the thunder started to pop.  So, here comes the beginning of the transition to fall chores.  Such is the life of a daylily addict.