Monday, July 6, 2015

Understated Elegance

Back when we were innocent novices at the mail order plant game, we assumed that the illustration would be reflected in the delivered product.  An assortment of Oriental lilies pictured Lovely Girl as one of the items offered for sale.  As it turned out this hardy bright stunner was a real find but it is neither Oriental nor a Lovely Girl.  The number of flower producing stalks increase each year.  Dividing the bulb cluster results in vigorous growth as what is pictured began with just two bulbs several years ago.

The reddish darker flower is just opening today.  Some time in the sun will tone it down to orange and white.  If these flowers were scented, they would be a popular named variety rather than undesirables thrown in the assorted bin.  We feel lucky to have them.  They are one of the few lilies to have come through the late freeze frost unmarked.

Our roadside bed is presently a riot of colors that do not complement each other. The colors are brilliant and the occupants of cars that whiz by at high speed can't miss the flash of color.  The left upper corner of the picture shows grass clippings spread under sumac trees.  If we can kill off the pasture grasses that grow here, we will try for a shaded woodland garden.  A bench will be placed in the shade to give us a cooler place to sit and admire our work in this area.

Destined to See is the name of this daylily.  The post title refers to this flower.  This was the first exotic variety that we purchased.  It has been with us many years and this plant was separated from the original last year.  Never having tried dividing a daylily, it required a great deal of courage to pierce the clump with two tined spades.  Both plants survived and flowers are opening on each plant.  That is a good thing since several other plants need division.

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