I am one of those daylily addicts who tore up part of my old rock garden to put in a themed daylily garden. Most of the residents are Ned Roberts daylilies with southwestern names. But, thanks to the daylily farmers who send bonuses (many with the southwestern theme, too), I have a few others in that area.
Anytime you rip up rocks and plant something there (after 50+ years), it is a bit of an experiment. The sun exposure is best there, that is why I picked that spot. The tree that used to be there was taken down for a new sewer system a decade ago. I made a little garden with yucca and a lilac, and so that is the history. Last year, I put three Roberts daylilies out in that small area. They came back (fall planting) looking great. Now there is a whole list of Roberts blooms “to be” out there. And I hold my breath that a few inches of good soil, water crystals, a permanent sprinkler, and mulch will make that habitable.
Today, it happened – the first bloom. Dream Keeper. I got up early to take photos and went back to bed (as I was up til after 2 AM doing homework). I love these spiders, so delicate. I love how the peddles twist and turn. And, hey, this one looks like its photo. Here is Dream Keeper from my yard. I purchased this one from Blueridge Daylilies. They send healthy big plants!
And, here is the one from the web. Mine actually looks a little more vibrant!
So, I take a deep breath that my new babies are happy out there. I don’t think I’ll have another bloom for a few days. But, in someways it is nice because I can savor each one.
For anyone looking for Ned Roberts southwestern cultivators, here is a list of growers who I purchased from the last couple of years (in no particular order):
- Blueridge Daylilies/Blooming Auction
- Crossview Gardens
- Daylily Diva
- Earthly Treasures
- The Lily Auction (Brooks, Connie Horner, Floota, Amy Garden, Parklane)
- Smokey’s Garden
- Oak Hill Nursery
- Shady Rest Gardens