Sunday, July 02, 2006

Magnificent lilies

I planted these lilies a couple years ago. This year, they came back with a vengeance and look like this without any effort or pampering. Seriously, I did nothing and I've got these gorgeous 5"-6" blooms. They're not even staked. Can't say that about many flowers, especially those with such a big payback!



I have two other lily varieties coming into bloom. One is an heirloom from Old House Gardens. I will definitely be ordering more lilies.

Sadly, my dahlia experience hasn't been quite so rewarding. Every shoot from my dahlia tubers has been devoured by snails and/or slugs. Hey, does that imply lilies are snail-resistant?

7 comments:

  1. I think Lillies are one of those plants that have somehow been forgotten. The rewards far outweigh the effort involved. I just planted 7 of them yesterday. I don't know why more people around here (Maryland) don't plant them.

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  2. Anonymous3:33 PM

    I buy copper strapping for pipes in the plumbing department and cut lengths to surround the dahlias when they start coming up. This works well to protect them and it is cheap and easily reused. Just keep checking and get it in place so they don't get eaten too many days or they'll give up.

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  3. i will be vigilant now because my dahlia has grown really well from the tuber.The lillys are pretty, are they fragrant too?

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  4. Hold on, let me go check.

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  5. Oh, my... yes! The fragrance is very much like a carnation's sweet clove scent. It's not overpowering. I had to put my nose right up into the flower, but it's very nice.

    Thanks for reminding me to check.

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  6. From a snail's perspective, maybe lillies aren't so delicious when you've got some dahlia tubers on the menu.

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  7. Well, at Chez Angela, we aim to please.

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