Daylily Photobombs

The peak lives on with 72 blooms today.  One of the things about photographing so many daylilies before I have to leave for work is that I get in a rush.  I focus on the flower and hit the shutter button.  Sometimes, when I am editing later, I find stuff that I didn’t notice at the time.

My favorite photobombs have other daylilies that I didn’t notice in the background – like Happy Hopi today:

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Happy Hopi with friends Laughing Feather and Zuni Thunderbird 7/26

And, the most common photobombs are when I cut off a petal in the shot by a lot.  Why am I struggling to get photos of Navajo Grey Hills?

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Navajo Grey Hills 7/26

Of course, there are occasionally cat photobombs:

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Skinwalker and my cat, Sokasbai – 7/25

Or, dog photobombs:

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Blue Beat and my dog, Maizzy – 7/25

The most embarrassing, though, are the foot photobombs.  The flower is at a weird angle, so you try to bend over so you can get a front shot.  What was I thinking?

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Black Ice and my feet – 7/26

OK – so what about Premiers.  Only three today.  The pace slows a bit, although I saw my neighbors at dinner and the first thing they talked about was my giant daylilies.  So, it isn’t over yet!

Nona’s Garnet Spider was a bonus.  She hasn’t been a consistent bloomer but is putting on a good show of buds this year.

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Nona’s Garnet Spider – 7/26

Autumn Jewels . . . I think this was a bonus, too.  She is related to El Desperado.  I had a huge El Desperado for years but lost it to the weird, cold, wet spring.  I lost a couple and several had setbacks . . . but so many are blooming this year that haven’t before or the regulars have a higher bud count than usual.  It’s interesting the yin and yang of this year.  Anyway – I got a new El Desperado and it is just putting up scapes now.  I like both of these cultivators.

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Autumn Jewels – 7/26

And, Nearly Wild is another bonus plant – she looks like her ancestor, the ditch lily or Fulva.  I am sure that is where she gets her name.

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Nearly Wild – 7/26

It is raining, again.  We will see what that brings.

 

 

Yin and Yang

I’m really not feeling the joy of daylily season, yet. The wet, cold spring has things running 2-4 weeks late. Next week and the following are usually peak weeks. I have lots of scapes, but nothing but Stella, Saratoga Springtime, and Dream Keeper are blooming. And, I’d guess next week at the earliest before that changes. Last year, I had a dozen or so in bloom by now. I thought it was my gardening skills. Maybe some, but mostly the yin and yang of exceptional drought to a cold, wet season.

Dream Keeper 6/20

Saratoga Springtime 6/20

This year, I’ll do Premier photos for new blooms and, like last year, Encore photos for last blooms of each cultivator. For now, though, we wait.