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In my personal experience, Asiatics last for many years. I have many that are 8-9 years old.
Oriental lilies tend to be much shorter lived, with the notable exception of Casa Blanca (I have had it since 2003), Crystal Blanca, which is related to Casa Blanca, Sorbonne and Acapulco. I have acquired at least 15 that either never appeared or lasted one season. There is a thread on DG about Orientals that endure.
Trumpet lilies are bullet proof. I have every one that I acquired since 2003. They also multiply well.
I find that certain Orienpets, like Anastasia and Silk Road, are indestructible.
Thanks Donna, I have had several O. Lilies and A. Lilies over the years. Then, they don't show up. I don't miss them right away.
Maybe I should check out the other lilies you mentioned. I think I have Silk Road. I have put it in two different locations. Both were on the north side of my house. I believe my instructions were to have bright shade. They lean toward the brighter light e.g. away from the house. I am trying to find another location for them. Most of my yard is sun.
I have Casa Blanca lily. I had purchased it a couple of times and lost it. I finally found a location it likes. It bloomed for the first time last summer. The deer ate some of the blooms. I wish I knew of a way to keep them from eating the blooms.
I have been going through my sheets that come with the plant e.g. name, and instructions on planting and care.
I have some placards that I no longer have the plants. During the cold weather, I am sorting through my plant informaton, making plans as to moving some plants in better locations, organizing my garden shop, and cleaning tools, etc.
I was able to pull weeds a couple of days. They were sucking out the nutrients in the soil. I found some neat little plants coming from seed and some returning from roots as I maneuvered through the weeds. Spring will be coming soon even though, as I speak,, there is a bit of snow on our ground (our first real snow).
I have had three daffodils blooming already.
I have also done some winter sowing and more of that to do.
So much to do...so little time!
Happy Valentine's Day!!
I should also mention that I have several lilies that did not bloom for years because the rabbits kept biting them, but they hung in there. Lilium Regale was a gift from The Lily Garden that got chomped every year for at least five years. I finally protected it by putting a miniature daff near and TA!
I bought a dozen Casa Blancas in 2003 and finally got down to the last two because I moved it from a place with very sharp drainage, for which I blame myself.
I find that The Lily Garden's asiatics, like Rosepoint Lace and Ariadne, are very persistent. What's really distressing are the beautiful ones that disappear after a single year.
Or Rococo, an orienpet that was a very expensive gift. I have learned to watch out for orienpets. Anastasia is phenomenal. It not only persists, but increases. I bought 3,and ended up with perhaps 20. Happily, it's my favorite lily.
This is Rococo.
I am in the process of taking cuttings from plants I "babysat" for other people. I have a friend who has a huge scented geranium and no place in her house to put it. It has enchanted me with its scent all winter, and then the light went on. I just took cuttings. It's seed starting time again, and I couldn't be happier.
LOVE your pictures. Thanks for sharing. I am so glad you mentioned Anastacia. I have been looking at that lily to order this year and just couldn't decide. Now, I know I am ordering that one!
What are the blue flowers growing with Champagne? It's a lovely combination.
Rocco and Regale are gorgeous! I would think blue flowers would look really pretty with those lilies as well.
Which "scented" geranium do you have in your home? Maybe I should get one of those for scented pleasure during the winter months. I have a couple of Martha Washington geraniums that have never bloomed for me. This spring, I am putting them outside and not bringing them back in. There is a lot of foliage but no flowers. They don't give me that much enjoyment and places for house plants are at a premium at my house. I do have a beef steak begonia that I absolutely love. It is in a north window. When the sun shines, you can see the heavy chartruse veins in the backs of the red circular leaves. The leaves are dark green on top and red on the bottom.
birder, I'm glad that you asked the ? regarding the life span of lilies. Several years ago I planted Oriental lilies Caruso and Briancon, and have never seen either one. DonnaMack thanks for the explanation about Orientals. I can't even blame the rabbits, these two particular lilies never even put up leaves. :-(
First, please note that the lily I called Regale is the asiatic Jubileo. I added a note above so that any reader would realize it was my error.
The blue flower with Champagne is one of my absolute favorites. It nepeta Souvenir Andre Chaudron. To me it is the best of the bluish nepetas.
Martha Washington geraniums are the fussiest, according to a book I read. I loved Gardeners Joy but I could never successfully get it through the season.
The scented geranium was a gift to a friend who had it outside but had no room in the house. It smells rather like ginger, The person who gave it to her did not have the name. I have kept it lightly watered and minimally fertilized over the winter and it has done very well. I was going to buy a bunch more and then thought - dummy - take cuttings.
Anastasia is a great choice. It makes me laugh that I paid $42 for three years ago when The Lily Garden first paid for it. But it is so wonderful and prolific that I moved some to another location and have been swapping them. This is a fabulous lily and I strongly recommend it. I planted three with grasses, and they really multiplied. Then I moved them into a bed with blue platycodons. I love blue plants, and love to blend them with lilies. The lilies in the grasses were photographed in 2007. I have never lost one! Ignore the last pic. It's a huge Silk Road stem - I clicked on the wrong photo!
Our Casablanca lilies are teenagers - no problem with them. Out of all my lilies it just took one frightfully cold winter to eliminate all "Easter lilies" in one garden. All other lilies have survived all the trials except for Crystal Star, Mojave and this beauty, Oscar (second photo).
Anastasia is incredible and so are Conca d'Or and Rio Negro for me. The scent is divine!
Asiatics here are fool proof and long lived. They were the first plants we ordered and have been here 20 years.
2. Oscar, the Oriental that did not return. So sad.
3. Rio Negro
4. Conca d'Or (huge blooms, beautiful, highly scented)
5. Asiatic lilies (just a little glimpse - there are hundreds in the area)
Lovely lilies Pirl
I just remembered Tom Puce didnt come back for me but I blamed the voles.
I'm watching the Westminster Dog Show in lieu of the endless useless news about Whitney Houston.
I am normaly a cat person but must admit some faves from the Hunting group.
Thanks. I once had an entire field of Orientals that did not return but the error was ours. We left a separate zone of the irrigation system on for the night and it drowned every one of them being on for 6 hours. I loved that Tom Pouce! Too much water can kill them.
Donna: Love the picture with the allium, nicotania and Anastacia. I would have never guess that was Nepeta. Now, I want that too! I am going to do a search for that Nepeta. I have an order for some sort of Nepeta from Bluestone. I may just change it to the above mentioned Nepeta--if they sell it. Man, I guess I need to quit looking at all of these pictures. They are so gorgeous!
Pirl: How very sad to lose all those Orientals--they're not cheap! Your lilies are beautiful. Conca d'Or looks like really big blooms. It looks pale enough that it would go with a lot of complimentary flowers. Fragrance is a bonus.
I do think Asiatic lilies endure better than Orientals. Maybe the moles don't like it as well? I hadn't thought of moles, but it surely makes sense. I have seen moles around scampering quickly from one plant to another. I guess I need to find out how to get rid of them. I have heard it is difficult to get rid of them.
Bluestone is where I got it. I just love it! I got Snowflake, Dawn to Dusk and Souvenir from them. They were such a great, inexpensive source. I put it in 3 places. It's a gorgeous, gorgeous plant! You should be able to find this one. Accept no substitutes!
The lily on the left in the fourth picture is Brushstoke, from The Lily Garden. The one on the right is Champagne, which was above.
There seem to be big problems with their eco-pots, and plants are being delivered dried out and dead. The nepeta is less of a risk because it is not one of the plants that tripled in price, as some did. I actually placed the largest order with Forest Farm that I have in years. a single Campanula Bernice for $12.95? That's what I paid for THREE not so long ago.
Aww, thanks for the birthday greetings. I posted a note on the Birthday Forum which I didn't realize was there until today! Duh! I am still learning so much about this website. Between searching the internet for all the pretty flowers that are mentioned on this website, and then straying around on the computer, I have to be careful or, I could spend a tremendous amount of time in my easy chair!
I have checked with Blue St. Per., and they still offer the pretty Souvenir d'Andre Chaudron. I am thinking about buying three of them. I have already ordered Nepeta 'Blue Wonder' and Nepeta 'Snowflake'. I notice Lazy S Farms has all of the above also. I think they sell qt. size plants. I wonder if I could divide the Nepetas from Lazy S Farms.
When you deadhead the Nepeta S. Chaudron, do you cut the blooms off, or all the way below the last blooming flower, or all the way down to the base of the plant?
I am hoping Bl. St. P. has corrected their shipping problems they have been experiencing. They are a trusted company. However, I have heard nothing but good things about Lazy S Farms.
Borage is a wild party fun loving kind of plant. You put it in once and it pops up every year, flowers and then is very gracious about being torn out by the roots when spent. I have a white bed with Madame Hardy, flanked by 2 Marie Pavie, and to give more continuous bloom I put in double feverfew, white borage, and two white Crystal Blanca lilies (a really GREAT lily, by the way, even better than its cousin casa - shorter with stronger stems).
Put in borage once, and it's there. Here it is through the seasons. When it's spent, I rip it put. Then the next spring, there it is. No effort, and season long beauty.
By the way, the rose is Iceberg. I went through several (Iceberg hates me) but you can see why I wanted to use it. A once blooming rose, flanked by two reblooming roses, with white feverfew, white borage and two white lilies - my moon garden!
Very pretty. I once had a white garden. They are quite breath taking. I am going to look into this white borage. I "think" it is easy to grow, and the rows of flowers look so dainty. It is probably one that can be easily grown from seed.
It's very easy. I put it in once and it pops up in pretty places. It's in the 40's this week so I am going to experiment by putting out some white and blue borage seeds where I would like them to grow.
One of my favorite things to do it take a plant I like, such as blue borage, and find it in white or pink. Such fun! And it makes your yard unique and a little quirky.
The blue is pretty too, and just as easy. I love blue and pink. The lilies in bud are my second bed of Anastasias, byproducts of the original three. This is a bed I moved my extras to. I love all kinds of textures and colors together. Th blue/pink/purple/white spectrum is one of my favs. The callas in the pots going to be pink, the grass is eragrostis tef (an annual) and there are tidal wave petunias grown from seed on the right.
The funny little easy to grow no maintenance plants can bring a lot of whimsey to a garden, and really fill it in later in the season.
Gonna go spread borage seeds. Thank you, Birder. I would have forgotten if it were not for you.
Yes, I agree with getting easy to grow plants in "other" colors. Why mess with difficult to grow plants when there's something out there that is cute and easy to grow?
It's going to be in the fifties today and we have part sun today.
Yes, ge, I believe Spring is here. Trees have big buds, I have had crocus blooming and a couple of daffodils! Even though it's chilly, the plant life is moving forward. Our birds are checking out our nesting boxes. I have noticed the purple martins are already in northern Arkansas and in S. Carolina. We have had robins almost all winter this year.
Man are we off topic!! Oh well.
Back to lilies. Lowe's is about the only place that offers lilies around here. Then, they only offer Stargazer and one other O. Lily I did not recognize. They have a "bag" of A. Lilies. I am interested in getting some more A. Lilies. I believe mine have all disappeared. I think I will have to order them.
Better yet, put small daffodils around your lilies in the ground. I once lost about 50 lilies to the little I won't say what's. I used Volblok (Permatil) and it works very well, but small daffs made the voles abandon my lilies.
There are many people who grow lilies solely in pots. The catch is that the pots do nor have sufficient soil to keep the lilies from freezing in winter. I had to put all of my lilies in pots, since I was moving. For the winter, I took them out of the pots, put them in plastic bags with soilless mix, and put them in a small refrigerator. About the time lilies are being shipped, I will pot mine up - all 68, including some I bought from Faraway Flowers last fall.
The other thing that I have done is keep lilies in pots in a garage that is unheated but adjacent to the house. The only thing is that you will need to give them a bit of moisture over the winter, and of course change the soil in the spring.
This is the time of year I make Fall Bulb planting plans. The ground is bare of large perennials and last years bulbs are up. I mark areas where I want bulbs either to enlarge a tulip area or add mini daffs to surround the lilies.
Last fall I planted 200 daffs around lilies to protect them from voles. I needed more daffs because I have tooooo many lilies to protect. I devised his method so I can see where to plant and not plant on top of old bulbs because spring bulbs disappear in the summer. I use red knives for Daffs and spoons for tulips.
I keep notes so I can go to the appropriate area and see red under perennials,dig and plant.
These are s few of this years red knives around lily stalks where there arent any new daffs showing.
I should explain better. Daffodils are poisonous. Deer, rabbits and voles avoid them. The critters also have very strong senses of smell. So if they even smell daffs (which don't stink, but have a distinctive scent) they steer clear. I use small daffs to repell voles and rabbits. I put a couple of small ones around my lilies, and it protects them every winter. I used to lose large numbers of both.
Edited to say that I use them to protect my tulips fromm rabbits, too. It works.
I've been doing the daffodil thing with great success. But if you did want to plant lilies in a container, you could sink the container in the dirt where you want it to grow. I wouldn't plant anything vigorous in the container, as Asiatics or LAs would fill the container in no time. And you need the heavy plastic containers as the voles can get through those flimsy ones.
I don't think voles eat grubs--they eat plant matter.
I like the idea with the red knives. I did not realize I had lost my lilies to voles. I will use the daffodils. The only problem with daffodils (and it's really not a problem) is that they multiply. I wonder if they would eventually crowd out the lilies?
I ordered Lilium Anastasia this year. I sure hope the voles don't eat them before I can plant daffodils next fall. Any other ideas for the summer?
The daffodils work very well, and I suggest minatures, specifically WP Milner ( a division 1 tiny trumpet) that has multiplied very slowly for me, if at all. It always comes back, but I haven't particularly noticd any increase.
And you can't do better than with Anastasia - which multiplies very nicely, by the way.
I have had lilies here for 5 years. I learned of the daffodil and vole solution last spring when voles ate into my nice big paych of Shocking lilies.
I planted daffs last fall.I see fairie rings of daff leaves around all the lilies I planted daffs around. Now to see how the lilies fared over this winter.
I saw trails to some lilies but dont know if they were damaged or not.
I will plant daffs again this fall because I ran out of daffs last fall and many lilies didnt get treated.
Hence my redknife experiment. I have placed red knives around the lilies that werent protected and in places where I thought daffs might be needed. This way ,in fall I can see where I need to plant new daffs.
I dig a hole and plant 3 bulbs at a time.
Yay, Jo! I am definitely surrounding all lilies with daffs. And how pretty they look. Big daff order this fall.
Birder, you can plant them far enough away that when both lilies and daffs multiply they won't push each other out. I don't think they would anyway, they must be equal pushers, LOL. Or like Donna said, plant the minatures.
The main reason I looked for miniatures is that they are inconspicuous. Daffodil foliage is pretty hideous, and the sooner it fades away the better.Tiny daff, tiny foliage. WP Milner foliage disappears very quickly, so that it does not create a yellowing mass of foliage. So you don't have big strapping foliage next to the lilies.
Also, because it is a miniature trumpet, it doesn't have the cache (and the cost) of miniatures in other categories. It's quite cheap.
If you are diligent about letting the foliage mature, and plant midseason daffs, as I do, you end up looking at the horrors of the foliage for many weeks. I love Mount Hood but it's midseason and the foliage is a real eyesore! It blooms at the end of April and stays in bloom for quite a while, so its rearing it's disheveled head when the early lilies are blooming.
The foliage doesn't bother me a bit. Just part of having bulbs to me. My eye is drawn up to the lilies anyway, and I tend not to notice the dying foliage on the daffs. I can appreciate you folks that don't want the dying foliage, though.
It doesn't really bother me either (Steve was teasing me about a picture in which I was showing roses but also decaying daff foliage) but I noticed that it really bugs some people, so I thought I'd take those sensibilities into consideration when recommending a daff (lest they chastise me later!)
I just think it's the price for having later ones. The yellow ones around me are all in bloom but mine won't bloom for weeks. So I always have late foliage (hence the goodnatured teasing).
Thanks to all here. A few years ago I started to get voles - never even knew they existed (I have gardened for many years too). One day a small mouse tried to jump up inside my pant leg. We had both moles and voles. My new tulips disappeared without blooming. My older asiatic lilies disappeared slowly. So did several other types of plants - old and new. I read up on moles and voles. We added mole ultrasonic devices. I planted new AL lily bulbs in wire cages with sharp sand - what a pain to do. I had a lot of these lilies for the last 2 years, then I moved so I do not know if it still works. I did not even try new tulips this way. (I also put out mouse poison traps where other animals could not get to them - shhhhh.) (The rotten mousies or some other rodents also ate through the electrical cord on my spa.) (And squirrels ate ... - but that is another story.)
I never thought about daffodils are protectors against voles. What a great idea. I love daffodils - most of them anyway. I have lots of so called pinks, some whites, a few yellows, and some tiny yellow ones. I have lots of new lilies to plant - asiatic and oriental. I will get tulips again this fall - what a joy. And I have good reasons for getting more daffodils, especially the tiny ones. Joy, Joy, Joy.
I am moving (maybe - if sale ever goes through) to a house that never had a garden. I have many plants to move from my old house, including many daffodils. I have many new summer bulbs in bags here - could not resist. I have summer bulbs on order.
I am going to spend the next hour going over Brent and Becky's Bulbs for tiny daffs. I can get Baby Moon to grow but not increase a lot. They have some I could never get to grow (hoop ones). They say Toto is a dwarf 4-6" - but I have it and it is medium tall - maybe it was mismarked? Tete a tete is really tough - what a plant. I may use this one as the gladiator. I can depend on it. Yes - I will use tete a tete as the deterrent. I will try many of the others just because I want them. I have jonquilla something still alive but no blooms after 3 years. You guys made my day.
We should stay in touch. I just did what you are doing - moved my garden. I moved from a house to an apartment (with a huge balcony) to a house in December. I brought small shrubs, roses, perennials, and hundreds of bulbs. Think about the replacement cost of your plants! I have 68 lilies in my mini fridge - time to break them out soon. Some of them are out of commerce!
Have a look at WP Milner. It's really short and quite inexpensive. It's a Division 1 - a miniature trumpet. It keeps voles and rabbits away from tulips and lilies, and it is small and the foliage disappears quickly.
Oh, and to deter squirrels - I stumbled across it this summer. Freshly ground black pepper. Just grind it over your pots every few days. It works like magic. Now, whenever I disturb the ground to plant my treasures from home, I grind a little pepper over the plants.
You can always take your perennials. Collect pots, and when the time comes, dig them up and put them in. If necessary keep them in the garage over winter. I did all of this, and it worked. The most exciting thing has been digging up my smaller peonies, putting them in pots, and now into the ground again. The darned things take years to develop!
If you are going into fall and want your lilies, bag them up with a little peat moss and refrigerate them (but away from apples and pears and plants with ethene gas). That's what the bulb suppliers do.
I can't begin to convey the joy I feel when I see my babies in their new homes. I even took a small oakleaf hydrangea. Watching it leaf out is like watching a kitten being born.
Be bold. Your choice is to try to move it or lose it forever. You don't want to leave big holes, but you don't want to have to spend hundreds to replace the plants you nurtured.
We are in the same zone, so if you would like any information on making it work please feel fee to dmail me.
Thanks. I will order W P Milner too, along with lots of tete a tete, some sun disc (to try), and some baby moon (because I like it).
I moved lots of plants in pots, then got them in the ground at the rental. They are getting big and must be moved soon.
Took my favorite daylilies, irises, daffodils, some roses, a few other types, even one delphinium. I did not take any peonies. Took no shrubs - figured they were too big. I have several thousands of bucks of plants from the old house - many I could never replace. I did not take the LA lily courier - too tall for me there - had to stake.
I saw new cheap boxes of plants at Walmart and bought named asiatic lilies, named and mixed oriental lilies, astilbes, named peonies, glads. Then I went on line and ordered 4 roses, more glads (one I really wanted), more asiatic lilies, phlox, ranunculus, peruvian daffodil (must have), df eryngium, some shrubs. One old alba rose was sold out everywhere, but finally found Canadian source. The plants at the rental are growing a lot - the daffodils are blooming. I will order the fruit and fancy trees when I get the house contract - if ever. And more shrubs.
I have enough lilies to have a large corner of the front yard covered in asiatic and oriental lilies. Just hope the orientals are not over powering. I planted trumpets and orientals at a previous house and the fragrance was too much for me. Never thought this would happen. So, I plan to put the orientals at the farthermost spot from the house, just in case.
Ha! did similar things. I ordered roses from Pickering and Heirloom and perennials and ferns from Forest Farm. I would have loved to have taken my lilacs and viburnums and smokebushes - and oh, my Yoshino cherry. I don't need to tell you anything - you have everything completely under control.
I'm so glad that you are not leaving them behind. I know it seems like a pain - at times I felt as though I were nuts - but it is so satisfying. I know that when you have settled you will, as I am beginning to do, beam on my babies.
Carol: Are you ordering your daffs now?? I assume they will be sent in the fall?
I worry about the lilies I still have and the voles getting to them before I can get the daffs in the ground around the lilies.
I like the idea of the colored knives. I must remember to get some of them.
Still waiting for the house contract - short sale. They have missed all deadlines. Last Friday they said to see them again this Friday. I was supposed to close April 2. Cannot order anything for fall until move. Will not be at current place.
I have a lot of daffodils that I can use - most are regular size. The coral pink ones will bloom before the lilies so should not clash. And the foliage will be hidden when the lilies bloom - I did not think of that.
One can get blooming daffodils at places like Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot. One could get those and use them as guardians. That is how I got tete a tete. But I have more than enough daffodils for the lilies I bought/ordered.
I dug daffs in bloom, replanted them immediately, and they bloomed OK the next year. Just be careful. Treat them like a perennial, bulbs in the root area intact.
I have been looking at dwarf conifers for near future. After reading more about voles, I saw that they also like to eat roots of conifers, fruit trees, fancy shrubs, many perennials, etc. I bet that is why I cannot grow shasta daisys - roots kept disappearing. Sooooooo
I will plant all my current daffodils (have a lot- now blooming in rental temporary bed) and place them absolutely everywhere. I will get a jillion dwarfs and plant them with the new trees, shrubs, bulbs, etc.
(Shhhh: I also will use mouse poison, hidden as usual - when I see any evidence.) I never even considered voles to be the reason I could not keep shastas alive. I also had caryopteris shrubs disappear and did not think of voles.
I am ordering more daffs for the fall. I really loke the Baby Moons and have them,truely miny daff. I also Like the Milns and will see if I can get some. My neighbor's house is the first one on the street and she has a very long lot filled with the yellow ones. Huge clumps,must be thousands.
I would like something different. I like the Minnows for a really tiney flower
I just dug some more from the other house but I got them in clumps, with root and dirt intact and they didn't seem to know they had been out of the ground. Mt. Hood talkes this treatment particularly well.
In talking about the life span of lilies, I planted Oriental lily Caruso in 2009, never saw this lily grow, well guess who turned up this year. I thought it had rotted in the ground. Now I'm going to have to protect it from the bunnies, I may have to move some daffs around. I'm looking forward to seeing it bloom, glad it finally turned up.
This was part of the Cottage Gardens Oohhs and Aahhs collection, which included Shocking, Belladonna, Briancon, and Caruso, that I ordered from HSN, way before I knew about DG or the lovely websites to get lilies from. This set started me on the trend to collect lilies, one of many plants to which I'm now addicted.
What does everyone use to fertilize their lilies? Annette
I have used Bulb Boost when planting bulbs but its hard to find anymore. I looked for it on J Sheepers ( bulb food) and its not offered for shipment anymore so they are not offering it.
I cant remember where I originally bought it.
Bulb Tone works great for me.
I dont believe it. Bone ash which is a bit differentfrom bonemeal ,is made from Rabbit bones . The bones are heated to a high temp to drive off any organic matterbefore the bones are ground. I would think a commercial product like bone meal would get the same treatment or bone meal would smell bad due to dekaying organic matter.
I'm going to check this out.
I DO BELIEVE IT: Just checked the net and dogs are attracted to the meal. Its an alpurpose fertilizer used by organic gardeners.
Yes, I had to scratch the bone meal in when I had a dog. She would be right there trying to get to it. I have never had neighborhood dogs bother it, however. I think it's enticing to the dog when it is first put on--then, after it's been there awhile, the dogs don't bother it. But, I do scratch it in a little bit.
I wonder what the difference is between Bulb Booster and Bonemeal. Sometimes, I think they give the same ole stuff fancy names. I will be in Lowe's today. I will check the ingredients.
When you plant your daffs near the lilies, does one have to plant the daffs all around the lilies or just near the lilies?
I planted my daffs 3 years after the lilies were in. My daffs are as far away as 2 feet in some places and as close as 6 inches in others.
Its too gloomy here to take pix today or I would photo some daffs with lilies in the middle.
I use my old sheets for frost covers also. They work pretty good. Our temps were mid 70's today--very nice. Our last frost date is April 10th. I am thinking we are through with freezing temps-of course, that can change real quick!
Weather report was wrong and they didnt warn of frost. I failed to cover lilies. I think the ones under trees wer spared Thursday night. This morning there is wet snow.
Fingers crossed I will see lilies this summer. Hopeing some arent up yet.
Guess you have to plant some this spring to be sure. The old ones will survive for next year, though, even if they were frosted this year. Let them grow to get the sunshine, and cut off the mushy part on top.
We're having record heat here. Ugh! It's too hot & sticky to work outside except AM or PM. My brother has already planted his tomatoes and cukes.
Hope the lilies recover from the frost.
Hubby stepped on my new Penstemon cobaea now, it's broken at the base, sprayed my Purple Sensation Allium with Round Up and Drove the big wheel of the riding lawn mower over my Dutch Iris. One D. Iris bloomed that he missed. It's the first time to bloom. It's quite pretty. I did not yell-he does a lot to help also. I guess I should cut off the center stem of the Penstemon?
We've had a few freezes, and the lilies have double-dared me to worry. On yesterday's walk-through I was amazed to see all the new growth. The lilies in the garden are doing well, and the lilies in containers are growing but a bit smaller. I've had really good luck with lilies in containers, but you cannot neglect to give them lots of drainage. My biggest lily problem is the red lily beetle, and I've already killed one.
In addition to the lilies, some of the peonies are a foot high, and the alliums are growing like crazy.
I have never experienced a weather system like this so emerging lilies getting frosted is a new thing.
I am just not getting my hopes up for the display I have had in the past.
I still have lilies that arent up yet so those are safe from frost for now. Our last frost date is usually mid May.Thats more than a month of occasional frosty nights.