Smiles are a sign of human engagement. And, for now, my smiles are daylilies. I miss my mornings in the garden and am thankful for my photos.
Last night, I praised my Ruby Spider for having the most days of blooms. Tonight, I praise Return A Smile for having the longest run of blooms. She was the first one, and she was blooming on Monday when I left. She has scapes that survived that late snow storm. She was purchased at the same time as Ruby Spider . . . maybe 8 years ago. They live in the same planter – which seems too small but they thrive. Return a Smile, Like Ruby, has been divided and lives in 2 locations in my yard.
It gives me some faith to see them flourish. I figured it out, and if all those with scapes bloom, I’ll be at 42% bloom this year. I hope a few more produce. I have to dig some more up and put them in pots. I may bury the pots – but they need better soil and less competition to stand a chance of blooming. I wonder if I’ll need to do that in the Southwestern Garden? For this year, I think I’ll try breaking through the clay a little deeper and see what next year brings.
Farming is hard work, yet it brings a sense of engagement and purpose to life. All of the world’s longest living people garden. I can understand why.