The Fruit Doesn’t Fall that Far from the Daylily

Today, I got the coolest bouquet from Mother Nature.  And, while I am a little sorry to be cutting so many finished scapes, I welcome some great fall bloomers.  Today, a favorite that joined my yard last year – El Desperado.

I bought this one last year because it still had unbloomed scapes when I walked through the nursery one Sunday.  I wasn’t sure where to put it, so I potted it and put it in the center of the yucca garden.  That was the beginning of my idea to make a southwestern garden out of that space.  I love the yucca, but the space needed more color, more inspiration.  And, from there I got into Ned Robert’s blooms.

 

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El Desperado – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

I obviously love daylilies.  But, I don’t know if I could ever be a hybridizer.  I do, however, sometimes looking at the genetic similarities of the blooms. And, El Desperado is the parent to another bloom that showed up today, Autumn Jewels.

 

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Autumn Jewels – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

It doesn’t take much imagination to see the genetics at work.  So, for fun, I looked up the other parent,  Calico Jack, and found this picture.  What do you think, does baby look like its parents?

 

Calico Jack – Google Image

 

The other eye-catching blooms in my yard today where Primal Scream (amidst the Potentilla).

 

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Primal Scream – Photo by Colorado Kid Daylilies – C. Hartt

 

And, Zuni Thunderbird.  Break out the paint brush.  The buds are getting used up . . . one left?

 

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

 

So, here is the collage.  I’m at 13 today.  Without the additions of last fall and this spring, I believe I would be at two.  I can live with that.  Viva La Daylilies!

 

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L to R: Top Row – Marque Moon, Soco Gap, Isaac.  Second Row – Prelude to Love, El Desperado, Primal Scream, Autumn Jewels, Zuni Thunderbird.  Bottom Row – Skinwalker, Mini Pearl, Orange Vols, Melon Balls, Lime Frost.

 

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