Garden Stars – Columbia Metropolitan Magazine

Garden Stars – Columbia Metropolitan Magazine

If you have space, consider planting tiger lilies native to Asia. Lily of the valley. Their descriptions include “aggressive” and “invasive,” but a huge bed of these late-summer bloomers, 2 to 5 feet tall, with dozens of downward-pointing flowers with curved petals, can stop you in your tracks. Although lilies are resistant to most diseases, they can contain transmissible viruses and should be planted away from other lilies. The flowers are orange, so what about the leopard too? – With dark spots on highly reflective tepals.

My friend and aforementioned garden expert, Barbara, says that the curving plumes on tiger lilies make a great landing platform for pollinating butterflies, one of which is the eastern tiger swallowtail, our state butterfly. One of the reasons these lilies reproduce so widely, unlike other lilies that gradually increase in size over the years, is their ability to produce bulbs at the junction of the linear leaves and the stem. When these structures mature and fall to the ground, another tulip begins. If you like, collect them when they turn black and plant them in another area or in pots.

The lily is native to our part of North America, Proud lilyIt also has the common name tiger lily as well as Turkish cap lily. It is one of the few native lilies for sale. John Nelson told me that native lilies tend to be very finicky about their environment and difficult to propagate. We should never collect them from the wild as their numbers are declining due to habitat loss and the decreased practice of prescribed burns. According to USC Herbarium, to. proud It is only found in Pickens County in our state but is more widespread in North Carolina.

Hybridizers have gone crazy for lilies, and there are thousands of them to choose from. If you search the North American Lily Society, choose “Culture,” and you can choose “Lily Species” to learn more about the seven divisions. It’s an exhausting list of perennial herbaceous bulbs that are really very easy to grow. If you have limited space, lilies do well in containers in a light potting medium. We have screened part of our balcony, and I plan to add lilies not only to my messy garden but also put some fragrant lilies in it. When it blooms, I will put it on the balcony where we can enjoy its beauty and fragrance.

If you want to use lilies as cut flowers, do not cut the stem back longer than necessary. Unlike many other flowering bulbs that have a dedicated flowering stem separate from the leaves, when you cut a tulip, you remove some of the leaves that are necessary for photosynthesis and to replenish the tulip bulb for next year’s flowers. Remove the flowers after they have finished blooming so you don’t waste energy making seeds. Just as with other bulbs, do not cut the leaves, in this case the stems, until they are completely brown. The relatively strong stems of lilies tend to last longer than the leaves of daffodils. You can cut them back when frost comes, although you may want to leave a residue to remind you where you planted your bulbs.

Unopened tulip buds have bumps, and if you need to open them in a hurry, you can gently press and caress the more developed buds, remembering to remove those pollen-rich anthers when the flower opens. You don’t need to do much to get a great arrangement other than placing some lilies in a vase or adding other garden treasures with some greenery for a real display. Small-leaf eucalyptus works well because it doesn’t take up much space.

Lilies hold up relatively well out of water for several hours, which is why they are often used in bouquets. If you’re having an intimate dinner party with a small table and don’t want a large centerpiece, you can place an individual lily next to each person’s place. Don’t worry about contaminating food; Many cultures, from the ancient Chinese to indigenous North American tribes, have used lily bulbs as food. Today, they are more suitable as a feast for the eyes.

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