Sunday, March 04, 2007

More lilies? Why the hell not?



The wonderful Lily Garden sends out its catalog in fall and spring, so just in case we didn't order enough lilies in the fall, we have one more chance.

Normally, I buy all my lilies in the fall, with the rest of my bulbs. That way, you're getting the lilies when they're freshly harvested; in the spring, you're getting bulbs that have been kept in cold storage. So it's not ideal, but I trust this vendor. (Brent and Becky's, another good vendor, also has lilies in the spring.)

Of all the plants I grow, lilies, which are among the most exotic looking, have been the most reliable performers. So I'm always finding special nooks and crannies to squeeze more lilies in.

I'd love more martagons. I'd like to try the speciosum album again (last time I think McClure Zimmerman sent me Casa Blanca by mistake). And I'd especially like to get a speciosum rubrum that has a fragrance, as none I grow do.

More lilies!

(Sorry-fixed the link!)

13 comments:

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Alex said...

First of all, great site and thanks.

Second, what's the address/phone number/website address or something for the Lily Garden?

My wife and I both love lilies (although she's a fanatic) and we're working with a new house and garden ....

Thanks in advance and hope you are enjoying the day.

EAL said...

Sorry, Al;x, I screwed up the link! Too much late-at-night posting.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I keep thinking that I need more fragrance... and more lilies. What are your favorite non-pink ones for a beginner?

cityfarmer said...

These could replace Prozac...I'll say it again.

EAL said...

There are yellow and orange trumpets and orienpets. In the orientals, the whites (casa blanca, et al) are very fragrant and there are some gorgeous dark reds.

They really don't take any special care--just put the bulb in. I don't even fertilize. They like sun, especially the trumpets.

Just be careful when the description says "light fragrance." We all (especially rosegrowers) know what that means.

Kasmira said...

I planted a few speciosum rubrum from Home Depot last spring. They didn't do much last season and I don't recall if they had a fragrance. I'll have to watch for them this year.

EAL said...

I doubt very very much if anything HD sold was a speciosum rubrum.

In desperation, right before Garden Walk, I might buy some lily plants with promising buds from them, but I would not trust their information about the plants and I would never buy lilies in bulb form from them. Lily bulbs require special care--they don't have the protection a tulip bulb does. HD is not likely to provide that care.

The vendors I mentioned--and Old House Gardens--are much more likely to make you happy about your lilies.

Mary Murphy said...

We in SE New Endland LOVE lilies, but so do those little orange bugs. One day nothing, the next day no lily but lots of orange little ones. I have given up. It will be day lilies this year.

Mary Murphy said...

What is a "blog administrator"? I just like to talk, especially about my love: gardening...

Garden Witch said...

Does anybody have those little orange bugs that eat every Asiatic in sight???

EAL said...

Lily beetle, right? I don't have them.

Mary, sorry, I've been getting spam comments, in spite of the verification, so have been moderating, which, believe me, I'd much rather NOT do!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Thanks, EAL... I'll go to the lily garden site and check a few out. :)