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Have I ever shown you my side garden? Lots of photos

posted by: gottagarden on 07.19.2007 at 10:44 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

This is my side garden, aka my working garden. Here is where I experiment with new plants, color combinations, etc. These photos are from this year, so mostly spring and early summer.

iris, baptisia, salvia 'may night', nepeta and 'Skittles' our Siamese cat

Overview of side garden in spring

My favoritest delphs - Delphinium 'Magic Fountains' mix and Clematis Etoile Violette

My daughter with the delphs ( and Skittles trying to escape)

lovin' those lupines!

Lupines, Dr. Ruppel clematis, flax

campanula persicifolia, delphinium, dappled willow

When the delphiniums and the salvias start to fade, then the lilies and rose campion take over

Bright yellows and whites in the middle of the garden

Salvia 'Indigo Spires', Lamb's Ears, Veronica incana

nice combo - max frei geranium, penstemon, veronica incana

My new garden bench

Dwarf wooly yarrow and yellow iris - it's very bright and much prettier in person

Lilium regale album and lychnis alba


clipped on: 01.25.2008 at 11:33 am    last updated on: 01.25.2008 at 11:33 am

RE: Over wintering Karley Rose in Omaha area (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: Gazania on 05.11.2005 at 03:28 pm in Ornamental Grasses Forum

Karley Rose has returned for the 4th year here in my zone 5 just north of Pittsburgh. I divided her this year into 3 pieces. All 3 are now showing a little green. She is late to take off, but once she does, stand back. I have never given any protection other than a 2 inch layer of pine bark that is over the whole large bed she is in. This winter was the coldest, but with the most snow cover. This is a most attractive grass. Worth trying for sure.


I planted 7 of these 2007, so I am praying they come back in spring. This is a good sign.
clipped on: 01.23.2008 at 02:10 pm    last updated on: 01.23.2008 at 02:11 pm

RE: Oriental Lily Seeds on Stems (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: kdjoergensen on 06.08.2005 at 11:24 pm in Lily Forum

Maybe there is a misunderstanding ?

Oriental lilies do not develop bulbils (offsets) on the stems. Typically asiatic lilies and tiger lilies will do this.

Oriental lilies can develop seeds, however. The seeds develop inside the embryo of the flower (big puffy seed pods will develop where flower used to be). You can harvest the seeds when the pod turns brown (late fall).

After you have harvested the seed pods, break them open over a piece of paper and you will find many disc like falkes. If you hold the flakes (seeds) up to light only some of them will have something "inside" them. If the flakes are clear (empty) then they are not fertile and should be discarded. Only some seeds (flakes) will be good. If the lily has not been visited by bees at all, none of the flakes may be any good. You will have to try and chance it.

The best way is to put the seeds in a plastic bag (ziplock) of slightly moist seed starting mixture or cactus planting mixture. Leave plastic bag at 65-70F for 4 months keeping it barely moist. Then put in the fridge for 3 month at which time small bulbs develop. Finally bring out and plant the small bulbs 1/4" deep in small pots. Plant outdoors after last chance of frost.

Oriental lilies will not create plants which are true to type (e.g. the offspring will most likely not look like the parent).

It is often easier to simply scale the lily to create more lilies.

You can use below link for an explanation how to do that.

I started of by mentioning that some asiatic and tiger lilies (lilium lancifolium) produce bulbils at the leaf axis (along the leaves of the stem) and that orientals do not do that. Below you can see a picture of bulbils on a tiger lily.

The bulbils are clones (100% identical to the mother plant) and can be planted shallowly in loose soil (mix compost or potting soil into the top 3" of soil and plant covered with 1/2" of amended soil. Then cover with 2" layer of shredded leaves in early winter, and remove this layer in early spring).

The bulbils will create flowering lilies in 2-3 years.

Note: bulbils are identical clones which occur on some asiatic and tiger lilies. Oriental lilies do not produce them. You have to reproduce them via seeds (which takes about 5 years to bloom) and which will not create identical results. You can also scale the oriental lily bulb as mentioned in the referenced article.

Article link:

Here is a picture of a lily with bulbils. The bulbils should be harvested and planted after flowering is complete. As mentioned, bulbils are not seeds but actually miniature (cloned) bulbs ready to be planted.

Here is a link that might be useful: Scaling lily bulbs - article


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