It just arrived - Red Alert, Pearl Lorraine and August Ruby. VERY nice bulbs, really nicely packaged. And I was provided with an easily accessible updatable tracking number, so that I not only knew the day of arrival several days ahead of time (thus being able to plan my schedule around delivery) but could guess the delivery time within an hour because of when USPS normally delivers. After many frustrations by FedEX ground this was really a treat.
Must be some way to drum up a topic. How about garden design, or small space garden design. Delph in the back, a ninebark to the side, peony across the way, lilies, hollyhock, tulips...yuk. I have no talent for this. Just dig a hole and try to get the tall stuff in the back.
I am trying to ripen lily seed pods I pollinated this summer but the rain/cool temps have made it a challenge. Right now I have little baggies slipped loosely over each one to keep them dry. They are too immature to ripen inside. Anyone else have suggestions or experiences with this? Would appreciate any tips!
DonnaMack, how many daffodils do you plant around your lilies to prevent the critters from getting the lily bulbs? I just got my order of Daffodil Hawera and I'm read to use them around the lily collection that I ordered and want to plant them at the same time. Annette
I basically put them in triangles around the perimeter of my lilies. Make some kind of shape which would reqiore the little buggers to cross that line. I think that it is actually the scent that scares them. You don't need a lot.
It's such a relief not having to wonder if the lilies are there. It's been great for me.
Welcome to Davesgarden and the Lily forum, cwalke!
When your lily seed pods become spongy and not solid, but haven't spit open, they are done growing and just need to be dried. If this is the way they are now, then you are home free. I don't have any experience in your climate, and I don't know if the baggies are a good thing or a bad thing. If the rest of the plant is still green, then the lily will still be pumping nutrients into the seed pod and at least for now, there is no need to worry.
My last communication was in September when I received an order from her and she said at the time that there was a serious illness in the family. Her husband I believe. Said it was hard to keep on top of things. My prayers go out to her and her family.
Ramona has been on the lilies forum on ATP. She posted there yesterday, I think was the latest. I didn't know her husband had been ill, and she has not mentioned anything about that. I'll ask her to come over here.
Thanks fleur and Polly. Her husband had dental work done and an infection ensued that prevented him from using his right arm. He is a plumber so that would drastically affect his work. I heard from her in September but not after that.
Hi everyone, I don't stop by as often as I used to but do still read the threads when I can. I just wanted to jump in and say yes, Ramona is doing OK, her DH not so well. It will be a long road to recovery and he's had many set backs. She was laid off from her job recently and has her hands full with DH's recovery. I too wanted to help her so I placed an order or 2 over the last month. :)
Here's what i've got coming so far from Faraway :
1 Pretty Woman
2 Julie Fowlis
3 Strawberry Custard
2 Olympic Torch
1 Big Brother
BTW, she is also selling bulbs on the L.A. under 'other plants".
I think that they are extremely similar! I suspect they are closely related. They are both trumpets, and have very similar coloring. My perception has always been that WH has bigger flowers. But I may be wrong.
It's so easy that I forget about it every year. Until it blooms! Then it blows me aaway.
Thanks for the dates, Donna. It helps with planning. The others in that area start blooming 7/8, 7/10 and ? If anyone has a bloom date for American Spirit I'd love to know it. Thanks.
I've ordered Lady Alice and Henryi (species) - pictured here. I'll plant them at opposite ends of the field so I can tell them apart though the Henryi appears very gold/orange so it shouldn't be a challenge.
Just today I was working with a friend who will be moving and we were digging up lilies with a garden fork. No problems. Just begin the dig further away from the clumps than you think is necessary and go down deep, then lift and remove the lilies.
I moved quite a few in November and didn't stab any of them.
I actualy dug up about 50 bulbs and got every single one intact. In previous years I would either cut them with a spade or leave them in the ground much to long, hampering their growth, because I was afraid of engaging in lily execution.
I don't think you have to, although the lilies like it. If you love the clumps, go with it. You might want to consider it if the plants seem to be smaller or crowded. But if you have accumulated hundreds of lilies it can be tough to place them. For me, 3 Anastasia became so beautifully rambunctious. They were growing into shade areas and to close to grasses. So I moved two clumps of them, but ultimately ended up trading them or giving them to people. The same thing happened with Silver Sunburst. It was actually taking on grasses. I started with 3 and I must ultimately had 20 or more in one spot, so with a combination of relocation and gifts I reduced their numbers.
I buy my lilies in no more than groups of three for that reason. But there is definitely something for everyone. After all, I have to save some rom for my roses and peonies!
Wow, I have been away from DG for a while, but all of these photos are stunning!
Pirl, I love your photos of lilies with phlox. Phlox are one of my favorite perennials since they provide so much color and fragrance for so little care.
If anyone here is interested is interested in rare, antique or unusual cultivars of Phlox paniculata, there is a wonderful nursery called Perennial Pleasures in Vermont that is offering 75 types on their website this year! I have about a dozen types ordered from them this year for spring delivery to incorporate amongst my lilies. I have no affiliation with this company other than being a happy customer. Their website is http://perennialpleasures.net/
Not a day goes by that I do not wonder how my bulbs are faring underground during this strange "winter."
they look good when they spread. I am having trouble getting them to actually fill in the middle and I use scissors to trim them around the stones and give them hair cuts where they grow into the creeping phlox, arbieta, and arabis, or get too thick and tall. Really a great little plant. I almost have the steel path edging covered which was my goal. I thought the edging would keep the creeping flowers on the garden side out of the path, but they just send runners or whatever right over the top. but it makes it look more natural to have them sort of weaving in and out, with help from my scissors. LOL. A lot to be said for a planned 'natural' look.