Oh, I have those, bearded iris, liatris, and monarda. Five years ago I wouldn't have had any idea what they were. Guess I am finally learning. Plus it's neat that I can grow at least some of what you guys can down south. No lilies but one little sprout yet but it's coming. My lilies are always very late in summer.
I have tulips breaking ground and crocus blooming. My Bea Mugua quince is forming leaves barely and one rose (hansa) has some 'bumps' on it that will soon be leaves. No lilies yet, but daylilies and bearded iris show growth (those that didn't rot). 39F this morning and frost on the ground @ 6:30am, gone now
First lilies starting to open - yes!! This is London a day or two ago.
And i have Echinaceas (coneflowers) - everywhere. I planted a couple maybe two or three years ago and this year they are coming up like weeds all over my front yard. Anyone else find them almost - invasive? LOL
Yes Steve! I do! I have been pullling/digging them out of places that they aren't welcome, just leaving a few to continue growing. I do like the blooms in the late summer/fall so I don't want to eradicate them altogether!
Great lily Steve. I had the opposite problem with my new hot colored coneflowers that I planted last spring. They did not come up this spring so they died on me over the winter. Bummer as they were just so pretty. I am not replacing them.
Echinaceas are a bit messy (wily), but one of the reasons I like to leave them is that the birds eat the seeds from the coneheads year round. Also, they come up mid-summer when other flowers except the playtcodon and tomatoes are gone. They outlast the lilies, and they're one of the few blooms still going when the dahlias die down after the first frost.
You all make good points. Interesting because Echinaceas are not always cheap to buy at nurseries but at least in the middle of the country seem to thrive without effort. I do not like to cut them down and iris and cathy mentioned, they bloom mid and late summer when other things are finished or are giving up in the heat and add a lot of much needed color and texture. Still some of them are in awkward places like up against other perennials so I will have to move them this fall.
irisluvr0252, that would have worried me too. I have one, that the bulbs brought themselves to the surface, and they are doing fine so far. as far as I know it's am Asiatic. I'll have to research that. I thought only the Madonna Lily liked to be close to the top. I had planted this one a good 4'' deep, according to it's size.
Iris, I love your lily. I've never heard of it - you have some unique ones.
BP, one of my Silk Roads moved to the surface - it was visible - and HUGE. I dug it up, put it in a pot with one of my roses and it shot up like a rocket.
I was given two lovely bulbs (Pink Heaven, an LO) I neglected so long that they sprouted in their package, and then planted terribly. They did not bloom last year. This year I dug them up and put them in a pot and I can almost hear their little voices squeaking "thank you! thank you!") as they grow like mad.
Irisluvr0252, my friend who passed gave me a container of Madonnas. I loved them. One year all bloomed after being planted outside. The next year a few. After that. Nothing. I haven't tried them since, but I really liked them.
Donna, I left it and it's growing just fine. I wonder why they do that? I need to research it.
Isn't Silk Roads a fairly new one, and an Oriental? I think mine is an Asiatic.
Awww! Squeakys. I've read that lily bulbs never stop growing and need replanrted immediatly. That's why I don't get them from Walmart.
Ge, nope, we all hear them :o)
ROTFL!!! I like Lauren :o)
I guess as long as they don't sound like Yosemite Sam we're all OK, LOL!
Jmorth, that's a lot of buds on a Pixie! Love the bright yellow color!
Madonnas are fussy and temperamental. And they seem to need a lot of time to build up strength. I've seen the "this year I bloom, next I don't" thing from them. I'll think they are gone. I am seeing foliage from some I planted three years ago that then disappeared. You want to smack them, but then they are so beautiful.
Silk Road is an indestructible Orienpet. A real honey. I just find the stem a bit unattractive, so I hide it. Here is a pic from a couple of years back.
Donna, Silk Road is amazing. That a lotta lilies for 2 stems. Just gorgeous. Hope they produce as well or even better this year. My orienpets are strong and sturdy (and tall), but I don't see any buds yet this year.