My Pride and Joy

July 18, 2008 at 1:34 pm 9 comments

Asian Lillies on Steroids!  These blooms are the highlight of my summer.  I planted these Asian Lilly bulbs five years ago, and every summer around the first of July they start to blossom.  Their stalks are almost six feet tall and blooms start from the base and climb to the tip over a few weeks.

They have a heavenly sweet scent.  In the evenings, we sit on the cool front porch and admire them.  Have a wonderful weekend.

 

 

 

 

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  • 1. Jami (a different one)  |  July 18, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    So gorgeous! I love my spring bulbs, a little sweet something to look forward to. But I’ve never planted summer bulbs.

    Were they six feet the first summer too? Do they need to be staked or do they stay upright on their own? Inquiring minds want to know.

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  • 2. Mo  |  July 19, 2008 at 1:22 am

    6 feet?! Those things are HUGE! They must be amazing to see in person….

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  • 3. Jami  |  July 19, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Holy cow, Batman! Those are some huge flowers! I had the teeny lilies in St. Louis and loved them. Got to find me some tropical Canna’s now.
    6 feet?! What are you feeding them? Next thing, we’ll hear about one of them talking and saying “Feed me, Seamore!”.

    I couldn’t resist. Seriously though Jen, gorgeous flowers. I would sit and admire them too. 🙂

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  • 4. Laurel  |  July 19, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Your lillies are beautiful! You certainly have a green thumb!

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  • 5. jen38  |  July 19, 2008 at 8:10 am

    To answer the Jami(s) questions. The first year, they didn’t reach their full six feet. I don’t think they even blossomed. I only feed them dark good soil and mulch from a local Biograss company. I think they like this location, on the east side of my house. I do not need to do anything to them. Their stalks are extremely strong and withstand even the Salt Lake Valley windstorms well. Another thing I do, and maybe it is just superstition, not founded on any science, I let the stalks die on their own and do not clip them down after they bloom. Their huge green stalks are pretty even without blooms, and the big dead stalks make great decorations around Halloween time. By the beginning of winter I wrestle them into the compost pile.

    Since everything else this year in my garden is having a difficult time (my tomatoes especially), these lillies give me a lot of satisfaction (and my roses too). Many thanks and happy gardening everyone. Please share any photos of your blossoms or produce. I love them!

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  • 6. Mary Jenkins  |  July 19, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    i wish i had a big armful of these to smell!

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  • 7. Grandma  |  July 21, 2008 at 5:31 am

    HOLY COW, JENNY, THOSE LILLIES ARE LOVELY AND THE MOUNTAINS IN THE BACKGROUND ARE GREAT AS WELL. MY FANTSTIC MAMOUTH SUNFLOWERS HAVE HAD A TTERRIBLE YEAR. FIRST THEY WERE NIBBLED TO STUBS BY THE BUNNIES. AFTER REPLANTING BY SEED AND PROPPING UP ONE REMAINING STALK THEY WERE GROWING TO AN ALL TIME HIGH OF 7 FEET! ALAS, ONE DAY, FOLLOWING A WEEK AWAY, WE FOUND THE DEER HAD STOMPED ON THE MESH NET FENCE, ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE GARAGE, AND CHOPPED THEM DOWN TO A FOOT OR SO. THE RIGHT SIDE ONES WERE STILL THRIVING. AND THEN LAST WEEK ALL THREE ON THE RIGHT SIDE WERE CHOMPED IN TWO! ONE HAD SURVIVED ENOUGH THAT WE COULD SPLINT IT WITH POPSICLE STICKS AND DUCK TAPE. IT APPEARS TO BE TRYING TO SURVIVE!!! THEY HADN’T EVEN STARTED TO BLOOM AS YET AND THEY WERE 7 FEET TALL! WILL SEND PHOTOS IF WE EVER SEE THE FLOWER. THE SQUIRRELS CAN’T WAIT!
    LOVED YOUR LILLIES.
    GRANDMA C.

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  • 8. Xina, Nature's Parlour  |  July 21, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    They are wonderful!! Do you know, lilies are my FAVOURITE flowers? I held a calla lily bouquet on my wedding day, which I absolutely adored but my favourite lilies to have indoors are stargazer lilies – they smell absolutely divine. It’s truly impossible to feel unhappy with the wonderful scent of lilies in the air.

    Until I saw your fantastic photo it never occurred to me that these wonders of nature can be grown in one’s own garden. I have nowhere to plant at the moment but when I do, I will plant an aromatic garden full of fragrant flowers and you will have been my inspiration as I’d only previously talked of having an organic fruit/vegetable garden.

    Thank you so much for sharing the flowers and the wonderful landscape in the background which you’re blessed to see every day. The photo has lifted my spirits! xxx

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  • 9. jen38  |  July 22, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    I wish I could bottle up some of this fragrance for you Xina! I am so glad you love lillies. They are fabulous.

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