Monday, July 21, 2014

Moving on to the LO's and the Orienpets...

LO 'Bellsong'
I'm going to bounce along chronologically today... occasionally showing the same plant on successive days. There will be a number of lily posts coming up as we are just moving into what is a later than normal orienpet (OT) season. At the top is one of my LO's called 'Bellsong'. I find that many of the LO look a lot alike in our gardens but are growing to considerably different heights... this one is only three feet.. others are about four and a half feet and one clump is actually seven feet in height...

First bloom on OT 'Forbidden'

More views of 'Bellsong'... there are various wind powered objects throughout this area meant to keep the robins away... last season they did major damage digging there toenails into unopened lily buds and wrecking them... no problem so far this season...


Forbidden starts to open more blooms above and below...


This is the taller LO called 'Vendella'... I've noticed a few spots on these petals that may be a touch of botrytis from our very wet spring so I lightly sprayed some Benlate (Benomyl) which should take care of it...

I caught a photo of Sarah taking a break from weeding... reading amidst the powerful fragrance of the lilies is an amazing experience!

A few asiatics mixing well with delphiniums in another part of the gardens...

Regale album... a distinct and powerful fragrance in the and about the Regale lilies

The generic Regale lily above and below...


OT 'Purple Prince' above and below...

Obviously not lilies, but I couldn't help posting... Phlox paniculata 'Junior Dance' above and a special spot for astilbes below... every night the humidity forms moisture on the steel roof and gently waters the astilbe in the light of the rising sun... I'm thinking seriously of greatly extending their presence in this area... it's the perfect spot for them...

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OT 'Lesotho'

OT 'Julie Fowlis'

My favorite LO is 'Gizmo'... an entirely different form from my other LO's, it looks a lot like an oriental...




Trumpet lily 'African Lady' is still a powerful presence in the gardens...

OT 'Albany'

Just coming into bloom... OT 'Friso'... like a darker and slightly harsher toned 'Silk Road' but still beautiful...

OT 'Robina'

Overview of Regales and later Asiatics...

Early blooms on seven foot stalks of OT 'Leslie Woodriff'... hybridized by Robert Griesbach, this plant is named after the originator of the OT crosses...

Last for now... OT 'Silk Road' just opening today...

You may notice the absence of pollen bearing anthers on many of the filiments of my larger flowering lilies although I generally try to photograph before doing the removal... I remove them for two reasons... 
1. most importantly to keep the pollen from staining the tepals (petals) of the blooms.
2. to keep pollen off of visitor's noses and clothes, as it can create quite a stain.

I also suspect the individual blooms may last longer with the anthers removed, although I have no proof of this. The theory is that the blooms last longer if not pollinated. Also, by removing the anthers the production of ethylene is curtailed... ethylene is involved in abscission or the  shedding of certain unnecessary parts of its bloom... yes? Let me know if you have better info on this as I'm not certain this is totally correct! I find what appears to be conflicting info on this when I've looked into it.

Bottom line though... I do this mainly for cosmetic reasons!

More lilies to come over the next week or so... and by the way thanks to the 150 folks or so who visited the gardens on the past two Sunday afternoons... I enjoyed talking with many of you and we'll have a last get together next Sunday from 2-5 pm.
Larry

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Approaching 'Sunday Afternoons in the Gardens'... once again we will host open gardens this Sunday, July 20th, 2-5pm...




Asiatic lily 'Red Velvet'...
A bird's eye view of the 'blue pass-through'... the fragrance from the Regale lilies in passage is entrancing...
Earlier blooming delphiniums are starting to go over but 'Blue Lace' is still going strong...
later ones are just starting and taller than any thus far...
One of a pair of soaring Jackmanii clematis near the arbor...
An LA lily in full bloom with daylilies and dusty millers
Lilies are in bloom throughout the gardens....
Arbor view...
Orienpet lily 'Icicle'...
Trumpet lily 'African Queen'
Ya gotta love this time of year!
An old barrel with pelargoniums by the greenhouse...
I love mixing clematis cultivars on a common support... four colors here... reds are similar from a distance...
The blooms of Actaea racemosa really deserve to be studied close-up... very interesting...
A bit of color by a stone wall my son and I built together...
Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster' in front with the Acer palmatum x Acer pseudoseuboldianum  cross called 'Artic Jade' of the Jack Frost series (because hardy to zone 4)... Ginkgo 'Saratoga' to the left side of the barn...

I ordered a number of LO's from England last year and they all look very much alike other than in height... this is labeled 'Bellsong' but I suspect it may be 'Triumphator' as 'Bellsong' should be a dark consistent pink throughout the bloom... I'm anxious to see how the others turn out...

Plants of note above from left... Metasequoia 'Gold Rush', Pinus strobus 'Angel Falls', Hemerocallis 'Joel', Thuja 'Jantar', Picea abies 'Cobra', and Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'
Let the hemerocallis begin!! Just a couple days into the season at this point...
More later asiatics, hemerocallis, and some intensely fragrant Regale lilies...


I'm going through 'withdrawal symptoms' as the delphiniums and asiatics start to go over... I have to keep reminding myself that daylilies and orienpets are just beginning and it will be ok!!

I really do need to spend less time gardening and get at some other projects... hope to see a few of you on Sunday afternoon... Larry