Monday, March 9, 2015

Early August blooms, 2014

Several days in early August:

MIDNIGHT OASIS, by Sellers, 2000;
Midseason; EV TET; 30" x 7"

MINT ICE, by Roberts, '75; Mid; SEV DIP; Fragrant; 23" x 6.5"

ORANGE VOLS, by Kirby-Oakes, '81;
Mid; DOR TET; 24" x 7"

WINNING WAYS, by Wild, '63; Early Mid; DOR DIP; 32" x 6";   SSM, 1974
(Not a great shot, but immediately below is another, taken the next day.) 

BARBARY CORSAIR, by Hudson, E., '80
Mid; SEV DIP; 15" x 3"

(Quite small... but audacious!  I have it in the Pirate Garden, of course!)

And... speaking of the Pirate Garden, of course this one had to be put there!

BLACK PEARL, by Knower, '63; Mid; DOR DIP; 28"  x 2"

CATHERINE NEAL, by Carpenter, J., '81;
Very Late; DOR DIP; 30" x 6"

MUSIC MAN, by Wild, '71; Mid; DOR DIP; 30" x 7"

WILD HEART, by Wild, '64;
Mid-Late; DOR DIP; 24" x 6"
(I'll try to get a better photo of this one, this year, 2015.  It does look better than this!)

Two shots, above, of AUTUMN MINARET, by Stout, '51; Mid-Late; DOR DIP; Fragrant; 66" (height only given).  That's taller than I am!!!  Mine haven't grown to their full potential, as I haven't had them all that long, and they're likely to get moved to a better spot this summer.  It will be awhile yet, I think!

DOUBLE DRAGON, by Miles, J., '75;
Mid; DOR DIP; Double; 30" x 5"

FANTASY FINISH, by Morss, '87; Early; EV TET; 26" x 5"

 GIVE ME EIGHT, by Reinke, B.&J., '93;
Mid-Late; SEV TET (?); Fragrant; Polytepals 70%
48" x 8"
I have conflicting resources re ploidy, but where there are conversions, it's to be expected.  I'll have to experiment this summer to find out, unless I can find the auction info in the archives of my emails. THIS bloom did not polytepal, but 70% poly rate means there are 30% that don't.  There's another bloom behind it, so I'm not sure if there is an extra petal on this bloom, or if I'm just seeing another blossom. I can add another photo next year, when this one is more established.

GREEN EYES WINK, by Nolen, '82; Early Mid; DOR DIP; 22" x 3"
(You know that this went into the Harry Potter Garden!  OK, you know if you read the books....
By the way, even though it's an early-midseason bloomer, it was new this year.  When they're dug up someplace else, often a bit traumatized by division as well, then shipped, then sometimes made to wait before planting, etc. they aren't always on schedule for the first year -- or two!  This little guy seems like it will be a nice burst of color in late June/early July, as summer is getting ramped up.  Just needs some time to settle in!)

SILOAM MERLE KENT, by Henry, P., '84;
Mid; DOR DIP; 18" x 4"

FRANS HALS, by Flory, '55; Mid Late; DOR DIP; 24" (height only given)

GREEN GLITTER, by Harrison, '64;
Early Mid; SEV DIP; 31" x 7";  
Stout Silver Medal winner, 1977

NOSFERATU, by Hanson, C., '90; Mid; SEV TET; Fragrant; 26" x 6"
                          Nosferatu was new last year; it's bound to look far better in the future!


 SCATTERBRAIN, by Joiner, '88; Mid; SEV DIP; Fragrant; Double; 32" x 6"

A lily of a different sort, a TIGER LILY!

This is a lilium lily (a true lily); it grows from a bulb, but spreads also by "bulbils," tiny, dark balls that grow along the plant's stem.  You can see a few in this photo -- the leaves have been chewed off by Lily Beetles, nasty bugs!  I believe the Tiger Lily is one of the Species lilies, that is, it's an original from the wild.  Nobody made it except Mom Nature! 

The LILLIUM lilies are true lilies, not to be confused with HEMEROCALLIS, the Daylilies I have dedicated this blog to.  I've tried growing regular lilies, but they don't seem to like it here (or the deer like them too much!) and out of several dozen, I have only a couple of hybrids left, plus these tigers. 

A lot of folks confuse the terms, and don't realize they are two different families of plants, though the Hemerocallis were once grouped in the same family as the true lilies, Liliadaceae.  Oh my, not sure if that's spelled right!  Modern taxonomists have restructured the naming system to something more botanically accurate, and Hemerocallidaceae (again, spelling?) is its own family.  So... NOT TO BE CONFUSED, right? 

The Lillium hybrids have many subdivisions, mainly Asiatics and Orientals, and some that are quite new to the scene, Orienpets.  I'm no expert on these, so won't go any further.  If my facts are in error, leave me a comment, and I'll be happy to change this to make it correct.  Other than spelling of the families, I *think* I have the rest right. 


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