A Nerd in The Garden: Lilies

Purple Prince Lily

Lilies and Roses

Lilies and Roses

In the fall we planted several lilies. Lilies are one of my favorite flowers. I had hoped to get some Stargazers to plant as they are beautiful and delightfully fragrant, but I wasn’t able to. I’ll keep an eye out for some Stargazer bulbs for next year.

What I did get were two Purple Prince lilies along with a Cappuccino lily and some others whose names I have forgotten. Of those four are not yet blooming so we will get to enjoy them later on in the season. Currently I have the two Purple Prince lilies in bloom, the Cappuccino lily is done, having bloomed earlier in the spring and another lily is in full bloom but it’s one of the one’s whose name I don’t remember.

Cappuccino Lily

Cappuccino Lily

The Cappuccino lily bloomed first in the early spring and heralded the flowers to come. I love the striking flowers with their dark centers and white edges.

The Purple Prince lilies are “tree” lilies and get very tall. These two specimines are around 5 feet tall, give or take a couple inches. They are wonderfully fragrant and their rich color makes them easily visible in the garden. They stand next to our only red rose: Taboo.

This third lily is very fragrant and I love the colors. It’s in the perfect spot next to the Distant Drums rose.

Lily

Lily

Taboo

Taboo

In My Garden: A Rose Called Distant Drums and Hummingbirds

Distant Drums bud

Distant Drums bud

Distant Drums bud

My garden is a source of great satisfaction, peace and joy for me. I have several rose bushes and one of my favorites is one named Distant Drums. It has a mauve, dusty rose color to the blooms that I find soothing and gorgeous. This week it has burst into bloom. I have some lovely pictures to share with you.

The hummingbirds are still visiting the Crocosmia Lucifer, much to my delight. I had planned on removing most of the flowers and moving the rest of them to other places but I’m going to hold off on that so long as the hummingbirds visit.

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

It has been quite dry here so I’ve had to water more than normal. My Gunnera isn’t grwoing as large as I would like but I suspect it’ll take a year or two to develop a large enough root system to produce the really huge leaves I’m looking for.

Gladiolus

Gladiolus

My gladiolus is blooming one at a time. I’ve got three coming on but they don’t look like they will bloom together. It keeps my garden pretty though to have different flowers blooming at different times.

I also have this gorgeous double flower daylily I got from a neighbor who was moving out and had some landscaping done. They were throwing away the plants and asked if I wanted any. Since I had a corner of my garden that needed a ground cover and I love flowers I accepted a few of them. Much like the Crocosmia Lucifer, these are naturalizing quite nicely. K.

Double flower daylily--name unknown

Double flower daylily–name unknown

Distant Drums in bloom

Distant Drums in bloom