Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Two firsts


One is a first I have every year, but with a twist. The other is a first I have never had since I started gardening.


Every June, I hail the first of the martagon lilium. There is a nice clump still in bud in the usual side bed, but last fall I also planted some Mrs. Blackhouse (lured by end-of-season sales at Old House Gardens!) in the front hosta beds. Sure enough, here is one coming up right through a hosta (top). I love the color. They still have that … unusual martagon fragrance. I have some more but I can see they won’t put up a flower stalk this year. Martagons don’t sometimes; they like to wait.


While volunteering at Urban Roots—helping customers with plant citing and behavior advice—I got bored during the slow times and picked out 3 little heirloom tomato plants. I allowed these to languish in their root-bound state (they were leftover to begin with) and finally planted them in my rose/lily/perennial bed, pretty much at random. But here is the first little tomato. Will it thrive or perish? Stay tuned.

10 comments:

Carol said...

Your first tomato ever is always very special. Always. Congratulations!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I say they will survive. Just look at those little green orbs. They want to live. Love the lilies too.

Annie in Austin said...

Lilies rising up to bloom through hostas is so lovely, EAL - so Mrs Backhouse had a lily named after her in addition to the daffodil?

Good luck with the first tomato. As a first time grower, how do you feel about the scent of tomato leaves? For those of us who have always grown tomatoes, that scent becomes an essential element of summer.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

Both are lookin' good, Eliz! I think that tomato will be just fine. That's about the size of ours right now, too. Wish I liked to eat raw tomatoes! Hubby does, though.

EAL said...

I doubt the tomato will survive (thanks, though!), but aside from that, I can't tell about the smell. There are 3 isolated plants in the middle of a big perennial bed that has roses and lilies, so I would have a tough time picking out the fragrance from its foliage.

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

Oh, I think you would notice the tomato foliage smell, if you get close to it. It's very distinctive and not anything like roses or lilies. Go on...have a sniff! (I don't like the smell of tomato foliage, but I never used to like the smell of marigolds either, and now I do.)

Amy Greenan said...

I also vote that the tomato will live. Rescue plants are my favorite.

Kathy said...

I read that stressed plants make tomatoes sooner. You may have the first one on your block!

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

My Mrs. Backhouse lilies are 3 years old now and fabulous. But no tomatoes here. My lilies are growing up through other plants like yours — it's a great look. It got hot enough last week to speed the lilies into and out of bloom too quickly for me. But the heat also finally saved my basil plants which were dying from cool and rainy weather.

firefly said...

I planted two Mrs Backhouse a couple of years ago and each year they have been eaten almost to lace by Asian lily beetles, but they bloom anyway.

I love the mixed colors on these. Right now there are European elderberry flower panicles bending down very close to these blooms and the white & pink/salmon & yellow together are really lovely.