The lily blooms are at their best just now in my Perthshire summer garden. They have been challenged quite a bit over the last week with our constant windy weather along with a weekend thunder storm and heavy rain. A few petals are now amiss but those stems are still standing tall no matter what the elements have thrown at them. They really are the epitome of elegance for now in the garden.
This is Buff Pixie – its a little one only growing to 12″ tall and it grows at the front of one of the borders in the back garden. Come to think of it all my Lillium/ lilies grow in the back garden while its Hemerocallis/ Day lilies in the front garden.
Asiatic Buff Pixie
It’s the colour of a Canteloupe melon with an orange streaked throat.
A little More Elegance
Some of you might remember back in February this year I planted some more asiatic lily bulbs – 6 Netty’s Pride and 6 Lemon Stardust bulbs in containers. When writing in February I wasn’t sure if any of my lilies in the garden would ever appear again as the winter had been the harshest in 30 years. Thankfully all the lily bulbs survived and there are still a few more varities in bud.
We’re now into July and the bulbs I planted in February have grown very successfully with Netty’s Pride producing 62 buds and Lemon Stardust producing 43 buds. I’m very impressed with that amount of bloom in their first year of growth.
Alas there is no fragrance from Netty’s Pride but what it doesn’t have in scent it certainly makes up for in drama!
During the Growing Season
For now I’ll just keep feeding the lily bulbs with potash, deadhead regularly and eventually let the foliage die down naturally. The late summer rubeckias and asters will quickly camouflague the dying stems.
an orange asiatic
Preparations for Winter 2010/11
Just incase we have a bad winter like last year I’m going to give those ones growing in the garden a top dressing of compost in the Autumn while the Netty’s Pride and Lemon Stardust which are growing in containers will be kept on their sides so that they don’t get too wet.
Red, Hot and Firey Lilies
Then just wait for double the amount of blooms next year!