Becky from “A life of a 40 something” is posting a flower a day throughout September, in the square format. She’d love you to join her.
June is all about ‘the essence of summer’
(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.
Asiatic Lily “Orange Pixie”
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.
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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!
Zantedeschia fall into two main types: hardier outdoor forms, often called arum lilies, with striking white flowers; and the more tender forms, typically with white-spotted leaves and pretty flowers in yellow, orange, pink or dark purple. These are often called calla lilies.
Crinums have big funnel-shaped blooms in clusters of up to 10 flowers festooning flower stalks up to 60cm tall. They have an incredibly sweet scent and a long blooming period.
Beautiful Swamp Lily
Peruvian lily plants (Alstroemeria), also known as Lily of the Incas, are striking late spring or early summer, half-hardy perennial bloomers that are available in a myriad of colors including pink, white, orange, purple, red, yellow and salmon.
The common name comes from the style of turban adopted by the Turkish ruler, Sultan Mohammed 1, which was known as a martagon and had a similarly pendulous shape. Hence, too, the alternative alias – Turk’s cap lily.