You're welcome pollyk, and Donna, you're too funny. I got some lilies fom bleeks co-op a few weeks ago, which sat on my deck in the shade, and started growing in their bags. I finally finished planting the last few last week, with some Tete-a-Tete daffs to protect them. I'm sure they said "it's about time" LOL. They too have been growing rapidly.
Donna, I also wanted to say thanks again for the info about planting the lilies with mini daffs to protect them. I've had no rabbit damage so far. The fall planted lilies were planted with Narcissus Hawera, and the spring ones with Tete-a-Tete that I found in pots at a local nursery.
Yes, I thrilled to see the lily blooms this year, and I'm excited that so far no critter damage to the lilies. This week I think Asiatic Commander in Chief will bloom next, and trumpet African Queen is not too far behind.
There were lilies I didn't see for five years because they were nipped EVERY YEAR! I had some nice surprises when I put daffs where i thought lilies might be. Like Jubileo, an asiatic and a gift from the lily garden. I hadn't seem it in seven or eight years.
Did anyone experience what I did with Casa Blanca? I originally had 12 from a terrific WFF offer, many, many years ago. I put them behind the bayberries in the front of my house. The scent at night was fantastic. Passers by would stop and exclaim - what is that? It was actually a combo of Casa Blanca and nicotiana alata, which opens at night.
When the bayberries got too tall several years later I dug up all of the and moved them around the yard. And one by one they started to fade. And now they are all gone. Of the 68 bulbs, Casablanca was the only one I lost. I had moved my last three to balcony pots last year, and they were pathetic. And the last bulb looks almost like it liquified.
Has anyone else experienced this? I switched to Crystal Blanca (from B&D). It's got a shorter stem that you don't have to stake and it's TOUGH! I dug three up in bloom at the house because they were burning in the sun. I put them in a pot indoors. Then I moved the pot outside. Even the burned ones completely opened.
Perhaps you remember a posting in which it was noted that Silk Road never seemed to produce additional bulbs? That the bulbs just got bigger and bigger? When I dug one of my Silk Roads up I found two bulblets the size of walnuts. Mind you, this was after many years of being in the ground, and the bilblets won't be blooming size for at least two years. But apparently it does reproduce.
It has been has been a while since I have been able to post here, but I just took a few minutes to read through the new threads and "catch up." I love reading about everyone's garden/lily progress :-)
Like Jmorth I also have incredibly early lilies in my garden, and these were from bulbs planted this past fall! The first photo is Lilium pumilum on May 3 and the second is how they look today, May 7. You can see Allium 'Globemaster' beginning to open in the background, as well as Lilium regale and 'Invasion' inching up taller every day. For perspective, the alliums are about 3 feet tall right now. I am not used to taking photos so please be patient with me if they are substandard :-)
Donna, how interesting to see hear about your 'Silk Road' bulblets! Walnut sized sounds pretty large, so maybe they will bloom sooner than 2-3 years? I also loved seeing the photos of your bulbs in bags. I too could almost hear them begging to come out, LOL! Do you still grow 'Ariadne' and 'Rosepoint Lace' by any chance? How tall do they grow for you? I am asking because the new bulbs I put in last fall are coming up incredibly short--many less than a foot--but are currently forming buds. I wonder if this is normal or if I should trim off the buds to help them settle in.
Come to think of it, yes, they started life quite short years ago. And then they got taller. As a reference, here they are with Campanula Bernice, which grows about 20 inches for me. I am recreating the setting now.
Pic 1: with Rosepoint Lace
Pic 2: the closed bulb is Ariadne
And the red, by the way, is Hiawatha. It rocks!
Pic 3: Oh! I just found an open Ariadne with Bernice! Center of the picture.
Pic 4: I didn't remember this, but Ariadne, which I always think is delicate, is actually significantly taller than Rosepoint Lace when mature!
Lily Beetles are in my zone.Lots of them inspite of spraying when lilies emerged in March. Guess they had already reached the adult stage and Bayer didnt have an effect. I just sprayed with Sevin.
This is just to say"Check your lilies" if you are in the beetle zones.
This is lily #2 for me this year. I found these NOID lilies growing when I took over my current property and this is the first time I have ever seen them bloom. Last fall I dug up the original clump and moved the resulting bulbs (about 40 or 50 total) to various places around the yard.
I am not really a fan of LA lilies or of lilies with upfacing blooms, but these are pleasant enough. They have a light, sweet scent and measure about 7" across. First bloom was May 25.
Anyone recognize this lily? Notice the faint speckling in the throat.
The stuff that popped up in my new garden included two Casa Blanca lilies! I lost the last of mine so this was a real find.
I also have a hydrangea that the previous owner (a very dear friend) moved to a shadier location because it didn't bloom. But between the mild winter, fertilizer, and 15 minutes of soaker hose watering once a week, the huge plant has at least 40 buds.
On this rainy last day of May (hooray for the much needed rain!), one of my Rosepoint Lace bulbs has sprung into glorious flower. This is one of the Lilium lankongense hybrids planted last fall that started showing buds at only 3-4 inches tall this spring, but has elongated fairly nicely and is now 22 inches tall with three buds (one yet unopened). I planted five bulbs total of this strain: three remaining stems have buds almost ready to pop (maybe tomorrow?) and one stem stayed a few inches shorter and aborted its buds. Perhaps it is too immature to flower or just needs time to settle in.
To my eyes, it is beautiful and I have high hopes for taller stems, a higher bud count and some signs of multiplication next season!
By the way, the use of Allium caeruleum and A. christophii was inspired by DonnaMack. Thank you, Donna! :-)
The deal was for a bag of mixed 25 asiatic bulbs. She sent over 35.
All absolutly beautiful and not the typicle assortment of upfaceing lilies. I have been able to ID a few but not all. I guess my favorite white is Carnova,huge blooms so tranquil and beautiful with Campion alba.
I didnt know RPL did that.Both are just lovely. The regals remind me of my grandmothers garden.She grew many lilies only a few varieties but we were allowed to pick the regals for boquets. Sister and I decorated our faces with the yellow pollen and played "dressup"
Hello everyone, the blooms are all gorgeous. It's clear that spring has really sprung all over with the beautiful blooms being posted. I've taken a lot of pictures over the last few weeks, but just haven't had time to post them. I finally uploaded some pictures this evening, and realized I have over 1000 pictures of the garden, OH MY!!!! Now it's just a matter of resizing them to post. Here are some pictures of the 2 new beds that I did last spring. The peonies are done blooming, and the lilies and daylilies have taken over. Annette
L. A. Trinity. This lily grew as soon as I planted it last fall. It never froze despite the cold spells and freezing weather that it was expose to this winter, and it started blooming this past week. I love the delicate color.
I planted these little red lilies a couple years ago, but this is the first year they have really put out many blooms. I've looked through my orders for the last several years, but don't find anything that sounds like them (maybe some of you who are more familiar with lily varieties and names will recognize it).
I shouldn't call them 'little' - they are about 4' tall, but the blooms are small. In retrospect, I should not have planted them. The stems are so weak each one needs to be staked and the blooms, while quite lovely (an intense, dark burgundy) when seen up close, are so dark they are almost invisible in the border, unless you catch them in the sunlight, as I did, this morning.
Looking through my orders, I see I've planted LOTS of lilies over the years. Some have been successful and remain strong winners (the large trumpet lilies seem to get bigger each year), others have dwindled or were poor performers that got edited out. Things are just starting to open, so I'm looking forward to a colorful year.
Trumpets are winners. I have a lot of them and the only "problem" is finding a place to put the extras. I have never lost an Emerald Temple, White Henryi, Amethyst Temple or Silver Sunburst. You can't find the last two anymore. Interestingly, I bought Silver Sunburst from Old House Garden, and he has stopped offering it because he can't find a grower. I currently have at least a dozen in the garden, a dozen at the old house, and have given a dozen to friends.
When orienpets came into style, they seem to have been at the expense of trumpets.
Beautiful blooms everyone. Donna, I have to agree about the trumpets. This is my first year with them, and I absolutely love the, the height, scent, and all, and I don't mind having to stake them. They're just gorgeous, I'm going to have to add more to my collection for the scents. I love a fragrant garden. Here are a few more pictures from the last few days.
In contrast, Orientpet Shocking, which has been in for a few years, has lost it's mind and is truly shocking in how it's multplied, has grown to over 6ft this year. I can't wait for these blooms to open.
I have been out of town for a few days and I returned home to a sea of Lilium regale. These lilies are more beautiful, fragrant and much taller than I ever would have imagined for first year stems. Many are 4-5 feet tall. I can't wait to see what they will do next year! If you look closely, there are several stems of 'Invasion' in this bed which are forming nice candelabras of buds.
Here is another neighboring patch of Lilium regale with Allium 'Ambassador' seed heads and a small view of some of my EarthBoxes with vegetables (the trellises). They are not really visible, but there are stems of 'Silk Road' popping up throughout this bed as well.
Here is another charmer that is very difficult to photograph. It is Judith Freeman's 'Antique Lace'. The blossoms are slightly smaller than 'Rosepoint Lace' and more down facing, but they have a wonderful peachy blush and a light, sweet fragrance. It is not photogenic. In person, however, I could stare at it all day long! Also included in the photo are borage seedlings and an Allium christophii seed head.
Here is a single bloom of 'Karen North' that opened on Tuesday morning, disheveled though she may be from a rough experience. I had to have some work done on my back porch and a construction accident flattened my three stems of this cultivar. Sigh. I now have them propped up with bamboo stakes. The base of the stems was luckily not broken.
In the background can also be seen some buds from the exquisite 'Antique Lace'.
I plan on putting in even more bulbs of Lilium lankongense hybrids this fall. Even though the first year stems have been short (around two feet tall) and sparse with blooms, they are so lovely that I would like to try to get them established in other parts of my garden as well.
Oddly enough, 'Ariadne', 'Peach Lace' and 'Eurydice' failed to produce any viable buds this year. All of them sent up stems which were either void of buds in the first place or which aborted their developing buds. Hopefully they are just settling in and getting ready to produce a nice show for next season!
In one of my orders to The Lily Garden last fall, Judith included two bulbs of 'Yellow Whoppers' as a bonus. So far, this is a surprisingly lovely and robust Asiatic, standing tall at three feet in its first season. First picture is from earlier this morning showing a bud just opening and the second picture was taken an hour ago to show the fully open bloom. I like this cultivar much more than I expected!
The last photo I have for today is a mystery lily that was purchased from B&D Lilies as the LO hybrid 'El Condor'. From a group of six bulbs, what came up were 5 stems of what is probably 'El Condor' (still forming buds and standing nearly six feet tall!) and one stem of this beauty that appears to be a yellow LA lily. It is four feet tall in its first season, has a pyramid of nearly 20 buds, and produces giant saturated yellow blooms with a nice, sweet fragrance. Does anyone recognize it? Whatever it is, I love it!
UPDATE: I sent this photo to B & D Lilies explaining what had happened. Bob identified it right away as the LA hybrid 'Dazzler'. I like it so much I might order more for fall planting!
Lilium tsingtauense has competely upfacing flowers. If yours has any kind of a tilt to the flowers, then it is the much more common imposter that is sold under the same name. That would be a natural hybrid of Lilium tsingtauense with Lilium distichum and/or Lilium medeoloides. If the plant only produced one flower this year, it is impossible to differentiate because even the hybrid can be upfacing with only one flower. The real Lilium tsingtauense will have all upfacing flowers no matter how many flowers on the stem.
Thanks so much for the information. I didn't take enough pictures of the lily to know for sure which way the flowers were pointing. I just went out & looked at the lilium and all the flowers were gone. The flowers may have been pointing outward. I will make a note on the lilies record and see next year (hope it comes back). I purchased this lily a couple of years ago & it is the first time I've seen it. I've noticed that species & martagon lilies may take a couple of years to bloom. I love your pictures of the species and ususal lilies that you post on the forum. This is the main reason I started to try & have species lilies in my garden. I also love when you post your vast knowledge about lilies. I learn so much. Once again thanks for the information.
This is part of my lily mishmash. They were all in zip lock bags in my minifridge all winter (68 of them!) and by the time I got to them many of them had sprouted. So I basically threw them into the ground, and they tend to lean so I have to support the, which I don't mind. I have asiatics that are still in bus, but here is Silver Sunburst, August Ruby and Red Alert with nepeta Dawn to Dusk and an allium christophii gone to seed. I will probably do some digging up and moving, but its great to see them, although it is very difficult to photograph them.
The tall lily in the rear is Silk Road.
And in the back yard, blooming in shade, is Regale. But I have asiatics that are only in bud. Wild!
Ge, I still love your smileboxes.
Dlefferts, those are beautiful in every way. You really have been busy!
Quite frankly, you all have beautiful Asiatics, even when there are but a few varieties.
This has been a tough lily season due to the red lily beetle and the requirement to spray. So far everything has been lovely. I was astonished to find an oriental lily in June. These lilies should be blooming late July or early August. It is definitely not the best specimen of Star Gazer rubrum, but there is not doubt about its scent.
While not true lilium, the callas in the second picture have been magnificent. I never expected such large gorgeous "blooms" with such pretty foliage. It is one of the few containers not destroyed by chipmunks.
We have been plagued by chipmunks for some awful reason, and they are impossible to eradicate. They seem to go after bulbs and corms as well as small plants.
It truly does work. If you were nearby I'd just run over with a cup! It's also a good mild fertilizer. Don'e stick your head in the bag, because it stinks! It liberated my pots, like freshly ground black pepper liberated me from squirrels, and daffodils freed me from rabbits and voles.
It is a real joy to go into your garden and find everything there.
Iona was a surprise. I don't remember getting it as a freebie nor did I order it. But is is so pretty and delicate. It is only 12" tall and the bloom is about 2" across. I found it on TLG from whom I ordered my other lilies and identified it there. According to them it should get 4' tall. Boy does this baby have a lot of growing to do. I think I will move it while it is small. I think, judging by two other tiny little stems nearby that I have three. One of life's puzzles. Or TLG send a wrong lily. Will have to check my order for who is missing.
I have speciosum (sp) alba lilies. I don't think they will blossom here as our season doesn't extend far enough. Just as they are getting ready to open, they turn brown and all off. Would anyone want to take them off my hands. I understand they are a beautiful lily and I don't want to just trash them.
I am amazed at the size of Gizmo (11" even with recurve blooms); Orania is only 7" with recurve. Can someone confirm for me that the third is Iona not Ariadne? It may have been a freebe and Ariadne has not yet bloomed.
Thanks Donna. that is what I thought. The little guy is not Ariadne. This one is so diminutive but even Iona is supposed to be 5-6'. So maybe it is a freebe in a baby bulb?? Well, I will find out as the others bloom.
Moby, yours doesn't look very pink. When I look at B&D lilies or TLG, their flowers are really pinkish looking and you can't see the markings. I will have to assume based on the stigma that I have Ariadne which is what I ordered. but if so, I am really disappointed in the size. Not even one foot tall. some of the others I ordered have huge stems and monster flowers. Gizmo, with 11" blooms came from Faraway flowers and Ariadne came from TLG. both are super nurseries.
Mary, looking back at my pics, I see the pollen is a little ratty looking which tells me the blooms is a few days old ~ and bleached out. I seem to remember that Ariadne took a couple years to settle in and get to 4 ft.
I guess so. I will move it however to where it will get more sun and is lower. It is on a little 2' hillock with Orania, Conc d'Or, Mother of Pearl. All fairly tall and really big. This would stick up way over the fence and could be seen from the road behind. Hmmmm, maybe a neat idea.
Orienpets are weird, especially Silk Road. I had them in the ground for years, since 2003 and they never grew very tall. They were consistently tall enough to climb over my two foot,baptisia australis, but that's it, and they never multiplied. See pic. 1.
Then, because I was selling the house, I had to move to an apartment for a year (which I chose almost entirely for its large balcony and southern exposure). In pic 2 they are in pots, one large and two small. And they are at least two feet taller. I loved my view of them in front of the glorious burr oak that grew outside my unit. I had only seen tiny burr oaks, and thought them homely. This one was magnificent.
The Silk Roads grew up, and then leaned out. Passersby were very complimentary. Pic 3.
It didn't seem to matter that they were sharing their space with other lilies I was transitioning. One was in a pot with a rose and two other lilies! Pic. 4.
Here they are from the ground. Pic. 5
And the real surprise? For the first time, they grew two bulblets, which I have planted for bloom next year.
I like the first pic. I have two baptisia australis. Mine only grow to about 24" tall and they sort of splay out. I never thought about planting a lily or two close by and that the lily would grow up through the boughs. I have a Silk Road somewhere in the yard but don't know where. Still waiting for many to bloom. I have a few possibilities just judging by the form (tall, slender leaves, downward pointing buds. That is a hoot that it grew so well in pots. Can't say it was just maturing as you had it in the ground for years. Maybe it likes confined spaces. Either way it is gorgeous.
Here is the placement of the lilies relative to the baps. Ireally like the way the stems are hidden once the baps fill out. This is late April. Pic 1.
And then late July. Pic. 2
They look great with grasses too. Pic. 3
Remember when Wayside was trying to sell them for $14.95 each? I realized that they were really Judith Freeman's lilies. Then Wayside had a bunch at the end of the season, and they marked them down to $12.95 for three! And then Judith gave me one as a freebie with an order. And that's how I got my four Silk Roads. The flowers were huge last year in the pots. I have a few new grasses and baps and would like to get this effect again.
Funny, originally I didn't like them. But I just love the look of them "floating " in the air.
Beautiful effect. I will try to (somewhat duplicate) with the baptisia I have in the front garden. I checked to see what I had already shown, so here is Gizmo, Alchemy (recently moved), Conc'dor (2), Ice Caves (kind of disappointing considered what it cost),
Oh, they're lovely. I moved all of my lilies out of the mini-fridge too late, and many of them produced leaves but no flowers, with some notable exceptions, primarily trumpets and orienpets. It's so nice to see yours.
Crumb hit wrong button: so here is another Conc d'Or also an opps. the first one above is Playtime, not Gizmo. Here is a better shot. and now Ice Caves (not a very good picture) - think I will move this lily to a better spot where it gets more sun earlier
I've already moved quite a few. I found that Regale, Anastasia, Silk Road and Silver Sunburst bloom wonderfully in either sun or sun and part shade, which gave me the chance to move others to full sun. It's funny - I used to be terrified of moving plants. I've moved some three times to get it right. With enough soil, they don't know the diference!
I know what you mean. I have lost several that I have moved. Probably due to my errors in timing and placement. Sometimes due to getting antsy in the spring and deciding they were dead when they were just gathering for the spring burst. I have Anastasia and Silk Road but they haven't opened yet so not sure where I put them.
Oh, I can't talk. I had a rose Heritage in a pot, and I pulled it out too soon and it has lost all but one stem. It's pretty stupid looking, and I have to hope that it will eventually branch. The one at the house is a glorious, multistemmed beauty.
Yeah. Six of them. When they are done blooming I am moving them to another bed. Pitching my barlow columbine after years of fighting bugs and nasties. Also my alpine asters. They just don't do much although they do have lots of tiny pink asters. Little short guys. Damien put up my trellis for my new clematis - It's pretty with lime yellow sort of leaves. Off topic but still gardening.
They look like serious multipliers. Some lilies are like that. I started out with three Silver Sunbursts, a temple, and it must have morphed in 50 lilies. I moved them to two other locations and I gave away about adozen and now I must have 20 at my new home. The weird thng is that they are out of commerce. And they are completely bullet proof. In my new yard I have clumps of them in four different places. If nothing else blooms, SS will!
The only columbine I have came with the house. I didn't even know what it was. I posted it on Dave's. It's pure white. Of course, it has leaf miner damage up to its little tips but it was really refreshing in spring.
I was going to move some of my lilies from the front of beds but decided instead to pull my beds forward and put woodland strawberries there. I had lots of them at my old house, so I dug a few up, potted them, bulked them up, divided them, and put them in.
I have a lot of lilies that didn't bloom because I put them in too late. So I am leaving most of them in place and - well - we'll see next year!
There WAS a Golden Sunburst too. Scott of OHG offered it at the same time. It's out of commerce too.
I love trumpets. I realize that they are on the subtle side, but they are healthy and vigourous and scented. Thank goodness I collected some of the odder ones, like Emerald Temple and Amethyst Temple.
Amethyst Temple - how beautiful is that?
Or Emerald Temple, which I got from B&B years ago. The first pic is of one I dug up and put in a pot last year. It didn't blink. They aren't as colorful as orienpets but it definitely from the beauties that orienpets got their strength. For me it's a real thrill because heirlooms are what got me excited about gardening in the first place.
Oh that Amethyst lily is gorgeous. I found that I actually have more white, cream, and blush orienpets than the showier ones. The true trumpets have a more slender throat it seems and I love the green on the outside. I am trying to pay more attention to colors as well as textures and timing of blooms this year. Can't necessarily hit on all three but I will surely try.
I started with dahlias from OHG getting the rare ones that were really old. Dahlias, tulips and daffys. The tulips have proven a little more delicate -- the old ones. I believe that I only have one of those left.
I got lilies, daffys, double hyacinths, leucojum Gravetye Giant and crocus from OHG. You were bold to get tulips! I was always afraid that a rabbit would bite off a $17 tulip and I'd shoot myself.
You know, I used to think that his plants were fiercely expensive but in the years since I purchased everyone else's prices have gone up so much that his seem normal. A $35 minimum order seemed high ten years ago but not now. I Ordered Mrs. FDR from him a couple of months ago for under $20. It's almost impossible to find it at that price. And everything that I have ordered from him, with the exception of hyacinths and crocus, has multiplied like mad.
The only threat to our tulips are moose so it isn't that big a deal that I have so few (actually only one) heirloom left. My hyacinths only lasted one summer. Just Lowe's plants but still disappointing. I did reorder two daffys from OHG that I just loved but I have them out back behind a fence. I also have a bunch coming from Dutch Gardens and they will also go out back. You know, my dahlias are slow to open. I wonder if I should be feeding them more often. Like every two weeks? I have a general 10-10-10 that I use. when I pull the dahlias from the new bed I am going to apply mulch and compost like mad to build it up over the winter. I don't have much faith in the quality of ANY so called bedding soil that gets delivered by contractors. Looks like mud to me.
Moose! I keep forgetting. It just isn't a problem that many people have.
Interesting what you say about your dahlias being slow to open. My callas and gladiolus are really slow this year.
Stuff that gets delievered by contractors is, I think, always suspect. I just tillered my parkway yesterday (wow, what a job!) and I am ordering top soil from a garden center to use as a base for seeding grass. I find that if I can do it myself it saves so much money! I was going to use a contractor for another job, but once they charge you a fee to rent the equipment and then their hourly fee (and, gee, nothing can be done under an hour) you will spend less than half the amount to do it yourself. If I got them to remove the grass, put down soil and then reseed, it would be VERY expensive.
I'm also trying to mark where all of the lilies are. Quite a job!
Damien and I recoated our driveway with tar. The driveway is about 25'x70'. It took five buckets of tar. Not a really big job but sort of hard on my back. We had a quote of $2200. What nonsense. It only took us about 3.5 hours to do it. Course I power washed the asphalt first and that took another couple of hours. But all the cracks are filled nicely. Looks good. I guess I will be getting rid of my little Mantis tiller. Not really any area I can use it on now. Plus the stupid thing is near impossible to start anymore. I would buy a new one but I have nothing left that a shovel won't fix.
I know this is off topic, but yes, I hear you. I removed the grass with two applications of Roundup on windless days 3 days apart. Then I rented a 9hp hydraulic tiller. I went to A-Z Rental and they showed me a bunch of them. It turns out that the bigger and more powerful a tiller, the better the job it does. But turning it is ugly. You actually have to lift the rear to do it. Weighs a ton. But they were really cool. A nice young man (a term you use when you are aging) was kind enough to start it up and demonstrate its use. Better yet, he had the patience to let me write it down. I completed the work in 20 minutes. My forearms are trash, but I feel very macho (people were clapping and cheering as they drove by watching a 120 woman grappling with a huge machine). Delivery and pick-up was $5.00! It cost me $60 total.
Someone suggested I hire someone to do it. Right! I've run into those guys who'll help the little lady. First, they want you to pay for an all day rental (that way, they can scout out its use on other properties besides yours, and collect the rental fee from each client). Then there is their time: $45 bucks an hour. Yeah, yeah...
Yes, a little hard on the back and forearms. But I broke the task down over several days. And I got major points from the hunky fireman across the street. He sia "WOW! Did you hire someone to do that!" And I got bragging rights.
There are two firemen on my street. Good looks must be a requirement for the position.
Now I'm having a garden center where I do business deliver some top soil. I'll spread it myself. Then I'll tamp it down with board, seed it, cover it with hay and water it.
Probably saved myself $200 bucks.
Back on topic, I am in the process of moving around some of my lilies. Lots of White Henryis and Emerald Temples got mislabeled, and I am moving them into shade where they thrive, and moving some bulbs from semi shade to sun.
This White Henryi has been in full shade for almost 2 years! It was a tiny tribute to a friend's darling cat, Smoky, who is buried beneath it.
Holy cow. That tiller is a monster! I doubt I could pull it over. Would need electric start. Hmmm, Hunky fireman huh. I have one also across the cul de sac with his wife ( a really good friend) and three children. lol. My husband has finally learned after 27 years that "I would rather do it myself if possible." The only change is that I have conceded to age and won't risk my back and knees any longer. DH #1 though part of the marriage agreement was that I would be on the other end of anything he could pick up. and DH seemed to feel he had the same contract until he saw an xray of my back and decided me in a wheelchair was not a good option. I can still life 45# bales of peat but not too far. lol.
Love those trumpets. The winds are still high today but at least no rain so back out to build more cages for delphiniums, stakes for tall lilies, and deciding what are nice partners for the bare knees of the tall guys. Also need to find spots for 7 peonies while the soil is diggable. I bought a 8x25 foot roll of mesh and am going to build a drying rack for my dahlia tubers. Figure 4x4's would give enough air flow beneath. Probably can only go 10' in the garage but better than what I have done. Also bought markers to write on the tubers before I put them away. Oh, and move several lilies about 28" tall to the back of the beds. Didn't realize they would get that tall or full of blooms. I think they are called Mona Lisa.