Friday, June 29, 2012

Nymph and Big Brother

Both of these lilies are OT (Oriental/Trumpet) and are strong grower. There is no need to stake them. Both have high bud count this year.

Big Brother has the biggest bloom I have ever seen in a lily.

Lilies Grown From Seeds

I started these lilies from seeds two years ago. From mixed trumpet seeds crossed by Paul Carter of Texas and mixed tetra Asiatic seeds from Dr. Griesbach.

First seedling.
Sister seedling.
Both of the above sister seedlings have green back and creamy yellow inside. The first is kind of bland in shape but it has more bud count for its maiden bloom. The second has the grace and flair of a trumpet. The tips of the petals curls back.

A yellow one came out of the mix. It has nice shape and will wait a couple of years to see its potential.

The above two photos are Asiatic Griesbach seedlings. The first one is a nice pink with yellowish blush and the second has subtle peach coloration with dots on the inner petals.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

By Request

This photo was taken yesterday while I was watering.  I put the end of the hose (no nozzle) at the base of the plants and leave it on for a few minutes.  That way I can do some other things.  .  We were away for a long weekend and my plants are so thirsty they need deep watering.

The stone edgers that you see on the lower right part of the photo are for the kidney bed that I had made  in the middle of the yard but I have no time to install them right away.   This will be my fall garden project.

Please excuse my messy garden.  I just tuck lily bulbs here and there when I get them.  No real design.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Lilium Lankon

Lankon is the result of crossing L. longiflorum (Easter Lily) and L. langkongense.  Purchased as a small bulb from Faraway Flowers last fall and I am so glad it gave out a single bud.  The bud size itself is long and fat just like one of its parent, the Easter  Lily.  The petals are spotted all over.  A delight to see this one of a kind lily blooming here in my  garden.

More info on this lily can be found here: B and D Lilies.

Lilium Arsenal

The first year these lilies grew in my garden their stems were broken when a large limb of a tree fell on them during a storm. This year, they rewarded me with beautiful blooms.  The petals are a rosy pink with yellowish star  in the middle accented with dark spots.  They grew to about 3 feet and they have high bud count.

The last photo shows the three stems growing with different kinds of Asiatic and LA lilies. 

L. Arsenal is an Asiatic lily.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Patricia's Pride and Netty's Pride

Both lilies are Asiatic, they bloom in June and grow to about three feet tall. The above two pics are of Patricia's Pride. The flowers have star-shaped maroon brushmark markings. Netty's Pride has smallish flowers, near black spattering of color in its petals with white tips.

Ismene festalis

These bulbous plants are currently blooming in my garden. I planted some bulbs in the ground when the weather in late March soared to 90 F. I also unpotted one of my older bulbs and planted it in the ground and has offset like crazy. They seem to thrive in my daily watering and a dose of liquid fertilizer once a week. One of the bulbs that remained potted is also blooming. These plants are native to South America and are hardy in zones 8-10 here in the US. They are very inexpensive and are readily available from garden centers in spring time. A hybrid of I. longipetala x I. narcissiflora.
Ismene × deflexa
Hymenocallis × festalis
Hymenocallis x deflexa
Source: Kew Royal Botanic Gardens World Checklist

Monday, June 11, 2012

A Couple of Martagons

Martagons are known to sulk and they did not bloom the first year after I planted them. And here they are blooming for the first time. Arabian Knight Bill Cramer's Hansonii hybrid. Same as above. More Info About Martagons.

Regale Trumpet Lily

Regale is a species lily that grows to about five to six feet tall. Its flower is white with pink reverse, has yellow throat with lime green style and filaments and orange anthers that are bursting with pollens. This lily is a bee magnet in my garden and smells divine. This is one of the two stems that I cut for display inside the house. This is the second one. Together in the vase with a stem of Graffity mixed in. It is advisable to cut a third of the stem and leave the two third to feed the bulb underground. Cutting more than a third of the stem will result in less bloom the next season. Also, it is advisable to remove the anthers from the flowers as they stain fabrics.

The Lily Season Begins

The first bloomers in the garden.
Lady Like
Another Lady Like pic.
Not a lily but is worth adding in this post. Lupine Popsicle Pink
Species pumilum and Lollipop.
Tiny Athlete
Tiny Orange Sensation
Tiny Orange Sensation in group.
Kiss Me Kate
Unknown Red
Another unknown red.
Bill Cramer's bicolor Asiatic lily.
Tiny Bee among hostas.
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