(This month I want to see what summer means to you. Still focussing on the garden or parkland let your photographs tell me your story of summer-time wherever in the world you live. )
More scent this week, and a flower that shouts summer to me. Lilies. I have grown lilies in pots for years, though last year something came along and munched all the flowers off my favourite “Orange Pixie“, a dwarf Asiatic variety bred specifically for containers. Sadly Asiatics have no perfume, unlike Oriental Lilies, which are later to bloom than other types, with intoxicatingly fragrant star-shaped flowers that are superb for cutting. But when you see lilies in bloom you know summer has arrived.
And of course there are the daylillies (all one word) Hemerocallis , which comes from two Greek words meaning “beauty” and “day,” referring to the fact that each flower lasts only one day. Missed them last year as I was away from home, but I hope to see them flower well this summer as they are now out of a pot and into the garden.
My daylily – Hemerocallis
Lily in the Glasshouse
Cardiocrinums (Hymalayan Lily)
Yellow Tiger Lily
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Guernsey lilies or Nerine Bowdenii bear beautiful pink blooms on sturdy stems at a time when flowers are scarce. Best planted in clumps for a dramatic late season display, the flowers can be cut for indoors. Also available in colours ranging from white to deep-pink.
Nalinki at Angles and Views has started #flowersoverflowers where we can share our favourite blossoms of the week. It seems like a good idea to spread some blooms across the Internet. I am more than happy to join in.
Lilium are bulbous perennials with erect stems bearing whorled or spirally arranged leaves and terminal racemes or umbels of bowl-shaped, trumpet-shaped, funnel-shaped or turk’s cap shaped flowers, often fragrant, and white, yellow, orange or red.
They prefer well-drained soil and a sunny position, but are very hardy and will survive very cold winters. They just hate being wet!