Sunday, September 4, 2011

Last 2011 Lily


Life here has been difficult for this fragrant heirloom lily, L. speciosum rubrum.  Purchased in the fall of 2008, it has twice been frozen to the ground just after it emerged.  Promising bright green early growth was turned slippery brown by late hard freezes. Later in the summer a single short green leaf nourished each bulb.  We had given them up as lost expecting to see nothing from them this year.

Of the five bulbs purchased, three made an appearance this year.  One withered to brown early never showing even a hint of bud.  The remaining two hung on producing three flowers between them.  In order to improve their survival chances, these bulbs will be potted up and moved to a protected garden location for the winter.  By moving all of the newly potted lily bulbs to a single place, they can all be protected from late spring cold with a single tarp.  Pulling the pots from the ground and moving them into the basement is a workable option if severe cold threatens.  Preparing the lily house is near the top of the list of projects requiring immediate attention.

6 comments:

WiseAcre said...

The last few years have been tough. It's getting warmer earlier but the cold always strikes back after the plants have been fooled into growth.

My perennials can take winters that are colder than my wife's feet but they suffer when early spring temps warm their bed then leave.

PlantPostings said...

It is a beauty, so I hope your adjustments make a difference for next year. Is it a fragrant variety?

Ed said...

It is deliciously fragrant. As you can tell by the amount of sky in the background, this is a downward facing lily.

Lyn said...

Beautiful flower, it looks like it would be worth the efforts you're planning to protect it.

Pauline said...

Fantastically beautiful lily, worth every effort, hope you succeed in keeping it over the winter. Do you have problems with the red lily beetle where you are?

Becky said...

We have never seen a red lily beetle here. Perhaps they are not zone 4 hardy. Outside of the cold,the Baltimore Orioles and the deer little else bothers our lilies.