This and another mini lily, L. ‘Pink Pixie’ were gifts for Christmas two years ago planted in a pot from offspring Semi. We always dig the bulbs given at that time of year out of the pots and plant them in the ground, keeping the pots for other uses. It is easier to keep them watered without drowning them that way. Still a very appropriate gift, and much appreciated. The pink ones bloom later and are not as vigorous. Thanks, Semi, where did you get these, we need more of them, lots more.
Here is our little Buff Pixie, one lone bulb amid a sea of daylily foliage, wild crazy sedum acre that came with the property, heuchera ‘Silver Scrolls’, dying tulip foliage, phlox paniculata foliage, echinacea foliage…you get the idea. A lot of green leaves whose flowers are not yet open surround this sweet eighteen inch tall lily. Something that provides color until the taller lilies and daylilies open is something we need lots more of in this bed.
All the lilies are loaded with buds. The daylily hill is edged in honey to cream colored Lilium Longiflorum- Asiatic ‘Royal Heritage’. “Longiflorum-Asiatic (“LA”) Hybrid Lilies are quite special. Their thick, waxy flowers are larger and even more abundant than those of the Asiatic Hybrid Lilies. They exude a subtle fragrance of raspberries and roses, reminiscent of their Easter Lily parentage. Of intermediate height, they are perfect for striking clusters in perennial beds. Make sure to include some of these fragrant beauties in your cutting garden for they are also tremendous cut flowers. Top size bulbs: at least 14/16 cm. Height: 2′ to 3 1/2′. Bloom time: June/July. Plant 6″ deep and 12″ apart. Horticultural zones 4-8.” This is the description from the Van Engelen website, the source for these bulbs. We can vouch that the hype is true.
Since you don’t want to see more lilies in bud, not flower, here are some other things happening in the garden today. Forest Pansy redbud is looking better than ever, even after receiving damage from a fallen pine limb that tore the tree in half. The surviving half has rallied, bloomed heavily and has now leafed out beautifully. Nothing was done to protect the large scar on the trunk, it may be that the sap system has bypassed the wound. Hope so.
In the same area as the herbaceous peonies are three roses growing against the fence. These are the rootstock from Iceburg that succumbed to the cold in our other Tennessee garden. Transplanted to this house after it was purchased for Semi and Chickenpoet to live in while attending college here, these have never failed to bloom and are totally care free. As we said before, this is at the side of the house with the heater, rarely visited, mostly ignored. It is nice to glance at the streak of red as we come and go.
Newly purchased geranium ‘Roxanne’ has started to fill in by the crossvine where Killer used to grow. We should have gotten more of these. Maybe they can be divided down the road. The blue color is soothing and exciting at the same time.
Finally, this planting in the tall blue pot in front contains alyssum grown from seeds given by Chickenpoet, thanks CP, named A. ‘Wonderland Copper’. Planted before the flowers had opened with the copper colored coleus, S. ‘Sedona’ and seed grown cerinthe purpurascens. The cerinthe is not looking very purple right at the moment but it is still young. Young or old, the alyssum is sort of coppery if you squint your eyes. Eye squinting is a talent acquired through years of intense study and practice. It makes dying bulb foliage disappear, clashing colors complement each other and wrinkles fade from view. If that formula could be bottled, it would make us zillionaires. But we are already rich with the enjoyment we get from the garden and happy with our lot.