Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I have been watching some lilies in our backyard that were planted by the previous owners with impatience for months now. I found the beginnings of some day lilies in the far corner of the yard early this spring while taking Harper potty. At first I wasn't even sure the plants were flowers but as I kept watching them grow I knew that they were going to be some kind of day lily. Next I wasn't sure if they would bloom. They're just stuck off in a corner, almost like somebody threw them there and forgot about them.
Then they started to develop buds and I just had to be patient. Well last week they started blooming. They are a beautiful deep dark red, very pretty and unusual I think.
The lilies are in the flower bed where the strawberries, peonies and clematis are planted. We put in an arbor so that the clematis have something to climb upon, once I figured out what they were! I knew what the lilies were, but not what color they would be or how big they would get. There are two different types of lily plants. One type is a reasonable size, about a foot and a half tall. The other lily plants just kept getting taller and taller - they are REALLY tall, maybe 4 feet! And they have had buds on them getting bigger and bigger for weeks now. Well two of the buds on the smaller lily plants blossomed today and wow, they are just gorgeous! White, with a yellow interior and bright orange pistils. I'm very impressed. I wonder what the flowers on the other lily plants will look like. They're going to bloom any day now!
There are bunches of blooms on the lily plants in the arbor bed. When they all start blooming it will really be something. There are a few more lily plants in the front flower bed too. That bed is a bit of a mess. I've let some things grow because I wasn't sure if they were flowers or weeds. Some things are flowers for sure, others have turned out to be GIANT weeds that I will need to destroy, but I'll wait until the first frost helps me out.
This year I'm mostly thinking about what additional flower beds I want to put in. I think I want to build a flower bed where the red day lilies are in the corner. I can put a nice bush and more day lilies there; that would look great! The front will be a work in progress for a long time I'm sure. I will just keep putting in more plants and getting rid of the ones I don't want. And I want to add another type of clematis to the arbor bed. The ones that are there are very early-blooming; I'd like to have another type that blooms later on in the summer.
Along the patio I now have a couple of nice flower beds with daisies and one with herbs. For new flower beds I think these look really nice.
I just love having a yard to play in again!