Singing the Blues

Today, all three of my near blues (with scapes) were in bloom; Blue Beat, Mildred Mitchell, and The Colorado Kid. (Sounds like a rock band.) They have all bloomed before this year, so I highlighted them in todays garden collage.  I did want to share a large view of Blue Beat before the first rays of sun hit her.  Very blue-looking!

 

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Blue Beat – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

The other photo I really like from today is Jungle Queen.  I caught the first rays of light on her pedals.

 

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Jungle Queen – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

I had two new blooms and neither looked as healthy as I would like.  Bugs, heat, water issues, etc.  Who knows?  They are pretty flowers and hopefully they will have their true colors shining through very soon.

Zuni Thunderbird – a neat Ned Roberts spider that I put in the new garden last fall.

 

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Zuni Thunderbird – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

And, Inwood – a beautiful flower with a frompy first bloom.

 

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Inwood – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

Below are the bloomers for today.

 

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Left to Right: Top row – South Seas, The Colorado Kid, Blue Beat, Mildred Mitchell, Soco Gap. Second Row: Inwood, Jungle Queen, Mini Pearl, Purple de Oro, Early Bird Cardinal. Bottom: Zuni Thunderbird.

 

Before I sign off, let me just say that I am writing this blog to share my experiences being a daylily hobbiest in the desert of Western Colorado.  The soil is clay, so I have learned to amend it with good soil and water crystals.  They help hold the moisture in – and I had my best garlic harvest ever after adding them to the mix.  However, there can always be too much of a good thing and the crystals can harbor root rot is the drainage isn’t good,  The last week, Colorado Kid has been fading.  Today, I threw out the rotten dirt and cleaned up the roots.  Hopefully, I didn’t over correct.  It’s hard for humans to get the right balance of moisture in a place where mother nature falls short.  And, that is the adventure.  (RIP Navajo Rodeo – I am not sure what got you but something did 😦  )

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