In fact this topic was one of our early posts when the blogging began. As each plant bloomed, a story was written to accompany the images. This shot from that post, click here-First Lilium And Other Tidbits to view it, reveals only three buds, update, make that four buds on the stalk in 2008. (The photos on the old blogger Faire Garden posts can be enlarged by clicking as can the first few months of WordPress Fairegarden shots before we began shrinking the size in early 2009). The opening photo shows a dozen buds for 2010, if the counting is correct.
Reading the old post again it seems clear that the first writing about a plant is better than later follow ups. Whether about Hellebores, Azaleas or muhly grass, the best words and thoughts come to mind once and only once. Afterwards it is a mere rehash.
All the interesting background bits have been used already, explaining the providence of the plant and personal asides about it. At least with each passing year there seem to be more blooms. It was hoped that there could be a shot of them all open at once for a bouquet appearance.
But it was not to be. High, near ninety degrees Fahrenheit temperatures sped up the process. The earliest to open faded and shriveled before they all could bloom together. Still, Buff Pixie is a wonderful splash of color in the sea of green daylily foliage before the next phase of the late spring to early summer flowering.
It opened in the same way as Buff, the first blooms shriveling before the later ones opened. I guess that is just the way of it. The red was moved from the original planting spot on the daylily hill to join the other dark hued lilies that reside in the black garden. Reds and oranges make fine companions to the dark leaves of a purple leaf peach tree and Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Summer Wine’ among others.
More lilies are added each year for we so love the punch of color and vertical accent they provide in addition to their being nearly foolproof. They are planted in the fall or spring as bulbs and will return year after year with larger stalks and more flowers. Babies can be gathered from the base as well. See this post-How To-Lily Bulblets to learn more about that.
No name for this one, but it is most likely an asiatic due to time of bloom and lack of fragrance. It came from a large clump at daughter Semi’s garden, a shovelful of bulblets and even a daylily root freebie. The daylily has yet to open so the identity of it will be a surprise as was the colorway of this lily, the third in the bloom succession. We like surprises.
This batch of three planted in the fall of 2009, a mixture of Ruiter hybrids, is the first time ever that a bloom has appeared. Research showed that excellent drainage was a must. It was figured that we had that all over with the steep slope that is our entire property, but success only came when the roots were planted in the large raised box planter. Parsley in flower and some kind of squash share the space with the Eremurus.
The most numerous type of Liliums at the Fairegarden, Longiflorum asiatic L. ‘Royal Fantasy’ will be next up to the batter’s plate. Their show should be a grand slam home run out of the park. It begins. Oh boy!