Friday, 21 July 2017

Enjoying Lilium Leichtlinii in our July garden

Consider the lilies of the field whose bloom is brief:- We are as they; like them we fade away as doth a leaf - Christina Rossetti
Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance - John Ruskin 

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  1. Christina Rossetti must have been having a down day when she wrote that. Though I guess it's true! Those photographs are stunning, Rosemary.

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    1. Thank you - I think that she had a lot of down days Mike, although as you say what she has written is true.

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  2. Stunning Rosemary - we used to call them tiger lilies - mine haven't amounted to anything this year - think they need replacing

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    1. I call them tiger lilies too Elaine and turks caps. I tend to grow my lilies in large pots, and they seem thrive like that year on year.

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  3. How beautiful Rosemary. That vibrant yellow against the blue sky makes my heart sing.

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    1. They do add lots of sparkle and sunshine to the garden as this time of year Gina.

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    1. Wish that they would last even longer than they do

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  5. They are just gorgeous! I usually see the orange and pink ones here. I Love the yellow.
    I found this on how to make them last longer. http://tallcloverfarm.com/4514/how-to-make-your-lilies-last-longer

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    1. I have orange ones and pink ones too Catherine - I will check out the website that you recommend - thank you

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  6. If I could look like a lily for even one day I'd be quite satisfied.

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    1. I am sure that you are a lily in Mac's eyes anyway Janet.

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  7. Hello Rosemary, John Ruskin obviously never read Euell Gibbons on day-lilies, otherwise he never would have considered them useless. Or attended an Asian market, either, where they are available in abundance for culinary purposes. Lilies are eminently (and beautifully) edible at a number of stages, and Gibbons states that unopened day-lily buds cooked as a vegetable are among his guests' favorites. (I have heard of peacocks being edible also, but would not want to pursue that!)
    --Jim

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    1. Hello Jim - I had no idea that you could eat lilies - as for peacocks, I feel sure you can as when all is said and done they are poultry, but it would not be for me.

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  8. What magnificent blooms! Perhaps it's growing them in large pots and not crowding them amongst other plants that enables them to spread out in such glory.

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    1. I can't remember exactly why I decided to put them in pots, but probably it was because they are quite pricey and I didn't want them to have competition within the herbaceous borders - also I can move them around if necessary.

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  9. Now why can't I grow something like this - a splendid display.

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    1. I am sure that they would grow happily for you in a nice dapple shady spot - just heard about the earthquake and hope all is well with you.

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  10. Oh your yellow lilies look quite glorious Rosemary, especially again that bright blue sky. You must be thrilled with them at this time of year.

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    1. All of the lilies have done particularly well this year Patricia

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  11. Hello, Rosemary, your Lilium Leichtlinii are so beautiful, full of life and energy. I’d like to live that way as we live only once. Have happy summer days ahead. See you in September.

    Yoko

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    1. Hello Yoko - I understand that Lilium Leichtlinii are native to Japan, but they thrive very happily in my garden too.
      Have a good summer, and see you at the end of September - I shall be absent during September too.

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  12. Beautiful flowers. I don't agree with Ruskin quote at all in this instance. Pretty flowers, the gift of a smile, or the surprise splendour of a peacock in a garden can lift any heart.

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly with you Bob - the good thing with my flowers is that mostly they will return next year and bring me lots more happiness again.

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  13. I can see why you are enjoying this pretty Lily. It wouldn't be Easter in my house without a vase of Lilies. I find those quotes to be humorous.

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    1. I have lilies. arriving in the garden throughout the summer months - these are the ones for July

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  14. Your lillies are wonderful. such a beautiful colour too. Sadly I can't grow lillies in the garden anymore as they are dangerous to cats so it was a treat to see your plant. Does this one have a good scent? Sarah x

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    1. Yes, it does have a lovely scent Sarah especially on warm evenings.

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