The Monarch Has Landed!

Today, I continue the wait for news.  I worry some, and know that my daylilies will pull me back into the moment. I step outside, with camera in hand (and a queezy stomach) to admire my days blooms.  I work it from the porch to the west edge of the walkway garden.  Then out to check some of my pots and the xeriscaped area before going out to check on my Southwest named Ned Roberts garden.  I am almost done, but decide to stop for one more shot of South Seas next to Primal Scream.  Routine.

And, then, I spot it . . . a large Monarch butterfly on Thin Man.  I quickly take my PowerShot out of close-up mode and attempt to focus on the distant flower.  The Monarch was flower-hopping.  From one to the next.  I got a few good shots . . .  in others, she seemed intent in hiding from me.  Here are my favorites.

 

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Monarch on an old Orange Vols bloom – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

 

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Monarch in the South Seas – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

 

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Monarch on the Orange Vols – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

The only new bloom for 2016 today is Baja.  For some reason, this is one of my favorites each year.

 

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Baja – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C  Hartt

 

Of note, my other Primal Scream bloomed.  The one that was labeled Primal Scream (and not Desert Flame).  This was one of my <$5 fall sale daylilies.  It struggled with insects when I planted it.  I was unsure if it would come back in the spring, let alone bloom.  But, her it is.  The bloom is smaller than on the new nursery-bought plant that I thought was Desert Flame.  But it is a different location and year one for a smaller fan.  What do you think, same flower?  (Today’s bloom is on the left.)

Today’s collage is by garden area.  The top blooms are in my walkway garden.  The middle ones are in the xeriscaped area of my front lawn.  And, the last ones are in my Southwest named daylily (mostly Ned Roberts) to the West of my house.  Sadly, I believe we have seen the last Ruby Spider for the year 😦

 

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From L to R: Top Row: Mini Pearl, Chorus Line,  Prelude to Love, Primal Scream.  Second Row – Baja, South Seas, Thin Man.  Third Row – Indian Love Call, Lady Fingers, Fooled Me.  Bottom Row – Dream Catcher, Zuni Thunderbird, Aztec Firebird.

 

I wonder what blooms today’s monsoon will bring tomorrow?  Hopefully blooms of news!

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