Where have all my daylilies gone?

Hey, it is the 4th of July weekend.  Normal daylily peak bloom in my yard is the next couple of weeks.  I look at my posts to Facebook the past two years, and those blooms are behind. After cool, rainy weather for the last couple of days, I only had three blooms today.  Look, I’ve got over 100 varieties in my yard . . . so three?  Really?

What can you do but sit and wait?  And, take photos of your new hostas. Yes, that is how I decided to balance my yard a little . . . with shade foliage plants.  My yard has sunny spots where the daylilies flourish.  It also had a lot of established trees and, therefore, shade. Those areas just aren’t good for daylily blooms.  So, this year I have found some great online hosta sites and I am trying a few out to see how they do.  I love that the color is permanent, whereas the daylilies bloom for one day.  It seems like yin and yang.  The hot colors of the sun-loving daylilies and the cool colors of the shade-loving hosta.

Before I share my (still very much) baby hosta photos, let’s visit the daylilies.  Since it is red, white, and blue weekend, let’s start with Ruby Spider.  As always, stunning.

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Then that mystery daylily that is, most likely Primal Scream and not Desert Flame.  Very eye-catching, even in the muted light.

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Lastly, poor little Black Ice who did not want to bloom in the rain.  I had to go out after lunchtime to finally find it fully open for the day.  With a name like Black Ice, you would think it would appreciate the cooler weather.  No, wait, it’s a daylily.

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OK, so here are my baby hosta plants.  I love the blues, yellows and variegated ones.  The adult plants are much showier.  I can’t wait to see them in a year!  But, starting with roots is economical beyond belief.  And, they can grow into their space in a few years.  Like daylily roots, buying this way means you wait a bit longer.  And, it’s usually worth the wait.

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Tomorrow, it looks like there is a possibility of more blossoms. Maybe even some new faces. And, more sun.  I sure hope so.  My dogs are in hoodies and I want to crawl under my blanket.  Happy 4th of July weekend from the Colorado Plateau.

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