Another flower that goes over the top showing off is the Stargazer lily.
Its colors demand attention.
Its fragrance lures you over to it.
The plant is poisonous if ingested.
Its pollen stains you with it’s deep rust if you touch it.
The faces are head high and look up bravely into yours.
This lily is a diva.
I am being taught a thing or two by my tiger babies which were grown from bulbils.
I wanted to make sure they all survived as I experimented on how to raise them.
I thought the ones in the pot needed to be brought in for the winter, but I forgot.
I assumed that the ones in partial shade would need to be moved in order to bloom.
They are blooming just fine where they lay.
I wanted to protect mama ‘Tiger Splendens’ with a fence, but took it off and forgot to put it back.
That one is fine as well.
I babied them when they were babies. Now that they are grown, they do fine on their own.
Mama FLOW standing down.
The Easter lilies are not the only white lilies shining on this cloudy day.
I also have a Gentle Shepherd daylily given to me by my sister-in-law, Dana.
It is a slow grower, so I do not share this one often.
My Navona lily has dark pollen which makes its face striking.
This corner was supposed to be only Navona, but…
As luck would have it,
this tall gorgeous yellow arrived in the package with the Navonas by accident.
I am a fan of white flowers, especially at dusk.
There are white trumpets scattered throughout my garden.
These are the remnants of Easters past.
These Lilium longflora serve as the “rice between spice” during daylily season.
Even I get a bit overwhelmed with the colorful chaos of June.
The Easter lilies seem to glow on cloudy days.
Their pollen looks like gold dust and spreads like it.
These lilies are POISONOUS to pets, so keep them out of reach inside and away from the pet pen.
My family was gifted this one by a dear friend from our church.
It is exactly like the others, but this one, “Pat’s Lily,” is my favorite.
The most beautiful lily on the planet has a flaw.
It’s its pollen.
The anthers (male parts) start out harmless.
They surround a single long, green pistil (female part).
As the flower matures, the anther ends turn inside out.
This exposes the pollen which looks like rust dust.
It stains anything it gets on.
Flower shops usually remove the male parts of lilies.
This avoids issues caused by pollen, but changes the look of the flower.
I love Stargazer lilies, but I am not a pollen fan.
Their scent is heavenly, but keep your nose away from those anthers.
P.S. Stargazers, like other lilies, are poisonous to cats.
I saved the bulbils from my Tiger Lily ‘Splendens’ two years ago.
I potted them and they grew into tiny little lilies last summer.
This spring I put them in the ground.
They have grown up tall and are now blooming.
I find it very satisfying to raise a second generation of special plants.
I think these are exceptionally beautiful.
It’s the spots that get me.
I needed something tall and light
to brighten a dark corner in the garden.
The corner is shady during the day.
It is also where I sit in the evenings as the sun goes down.
I thought white would be nice, so I planted a Navona lily.
Tall, white and fragrant. Perfect.
But not all the ‘Navona’ bulbs were white.
When the ‘Navonas’ came up about half of them were white.
Others were a very tall yellow.
Sunny yellow with freckles. Perfect.
That corner is brighter and more beautiful than I planned.
Sometimes you get what you need, instead of what you think you want.
Brighten your corner.
I over-protect and over-expect when it comes to plants and people.
The results are not ideal.
My latest lesson involves my Tiger lilies ‘Splendens’.
They were the only plants that bloomed last summer because the deer did not eat them..
I consider them a treasure because of this and their extreme beauty.
I over-protected the bulbs over the winter. I over-babied them all spring.
I finally let the poor little plants out into the garden in July.
They are way behind in growing and blooming.
The bulbils that were collected and planted have also been over-sheltered.
They have barely grown, yet two babies have produced bulbils of their own
which are actually growing roots while still attached.
Sort of reminds me of fast girls with strict mamas.
Will I ever get over the “overs”?
Tiger Mo Flow
I usually visit this farm in June at the peak of daylily season.
I did not get there until July this year. I am glad.
There was a whole different crop of flowers.
They seemed unbothered by the heat of the southern summer.
This place used to be a working dairy farm then a daylily farm.
Now it’s just home to folks and flowers, goats and horses.
Here are some daylilies that bloom mid-July.
I always enjoy my time with these friends and their flowers.