Favorite Fragrance

June 27, 2014

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Oriental Lily Dizzy

These are my Oriental Lilies that I purchased in December last year. The oriental lilies have the most wonderful fragrance and it is one of my favorites! The fragrance is very sweet and if you plant oriental lilies you need to plant them near your deck or door way, bedroom windows so that you can savor their fragrance every possible moment!

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In January 2014 when I received the lily bulbs I posted Growing Oriental Lily Bulbs. If you would like to learn more about the bulbs and growing these read my old post. Oriental lilies are easy to grow with big rewards when they bloom.

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Oriental Lily Muscadet 

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Oriental Lily Dizzy 

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Oriental Lily Dizzy 

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Oriental Lily Stargazer

My wife really loves the colors of the Stargazer!

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Oriental Lily Stargazer

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Oriental lilies are great for flower arrangements. Debbie has made several flower arrangements and placed them throughout the house!

I hope everyone has a Great Weekend!!

 

 

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Angel Wings

June 22, 2014

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Angel Wings, Heart of Jesus, Elephant Ears are all common names for Caladium. Caladium are indigenous to Brazil, South America and Central America.

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Back in March I had purchased several bags of Caladium bulbs, also called corms. If you want to see what the Caladium bulbs looks like before being planted click this link, Caladium Bulbs. Within the last two weeks they have started to leaf out.

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I planted them in my garden bed with the ferns and Snow of the Mountain.

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As you can see Caladiums come in a variety of leaf colors!

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Do you grow Caladiums? What are your favorite leaf colors? Do you grow them in your garden or in containers? 🙂

 

 

Caladium Bulbs

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I had gone to Lowes to get a couple things so I decided to walk over to the garden area and they had a huge display of spring bulbs. I love the colors of the caladium so I purchased a few packages. Caladiums are easy to grow and add a big show of color to the garden!

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There are eight bulbs per package for $6.98, that’s .87 cents each, not to bad a price. I enjoy growing caladium, they are easy to grow and add beautiful colors to the garden. Caladiums are a great companion plant with impatiens, begonias and ferns too.

Caladium bulbs need warm soil at around 60 degrees F. In my area, the soil doesn’t get to 60 degrees until after Mother’s Day. If  you plant too early, when the soil is still cool, the bulbs will rot.

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All caladiums love filtered sunlight, shade and need well drained soil that is rich in organic matter. I always add mushroom compost and fine pine bark when planting.

Plant the bulbs with the point side up only about 1 to 1-1/2 inches deep, spacing them 8 to 14 inches apart. I also like to grow caladiums in containers, that way I can move them around easily. Osmocote Outdoor Smart-Release plant food, 19-6-12 works great several times during the summer.

The height ranges from 18 to 24 inches but 8 to 12 inches for the dwarf variety. Width and leaf sizes varies with cultivar and age of bulbs. In my area, I would have to dig up each bulb to save them for next year due to the cold temperatures, the bulbs start to rot at the first frost.

It only takes a few days before you start to see the caladium shoots and they will last all summer as long as you water them regularly. Enjoy your day!

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Growing Oriental Lily Bulbs

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Picture of Oriental Lily Star Gazer taken in my garden, summer of 2013

I love to grow Oriental Lilies, so thinking ahead I order more Oriental Lily bulbs for my garden from John Scheepers Inc. a few weeks ago. I have purchased bulbs from many different sources, including the big box stores but I have found that the quality and size of bulbs are better from John Scheepers.

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I received my order of oriental lily bulbs on Friday, packaged by variety. This order included three variety, Star Gazer, Lizzy Dizzy and Muscadet. I’ve now decided that I am going to place another order later today.

Now thru spring is the best time to plant lily bulbs, that is if your ground is thawed enough to dig. I planned to order more bulbs so back in October I had prepared a new garden bed for these bulbs.

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Oriental Lilies produce enormous beautiful flowers on tall stems in a variety of colors and are easy to grow in zone 5 to 8. These oddly, scaly, bearded bulbs will produce a fancy trumpet shaped flower that is extremely fragrant, their fragrance is fabulous. There are other varieties of lilies like the Easter lily, Tiger lily, Asiatic lily, etc. but the Oriental Lily is the only one that is fragrant.

Before planting your lilies, pick an area with filter sunshine, avoid an area that is windy and receives the hot afternoon sun. The most important factor when preparing your soil for Oriental Lilies is drainage. Lilies need drainage and cannot be sitting in stagnant water especially during winter. Clay soil is rich in nutrients but lilies will not grow well in clay soil. Oriental lilies prefer a rich, moist and well-drained soil. I improve my soil by adding organic peak, leaf mold and composted manure. I also add crushed oyster shells, like you would give your chickens to eat and work all of this into the planting area about a foot deep. After you have the planting area ready, plant bulbs 6 to 8 inch deep. I plant the same variety in groups of three or five for more of an impact when they bloom.

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Blooming in my area starts in July and continues thru August, I have even had some blooms into September depending on our summer heat. Oriental lilies will often need a little extra support because they tend to get top-heavy when in bloom. Summer rainstorms and wind can also toss them around. Many variety can reach 5 to 5 feet tall.

As blooming begins, take care not to get their pollen stains on your cloths. See the picture above of the stamens full of pollen. When I cut my lilies for arrangements I always cut the flowers early in the morning when it is cool just as the flower buds are opening. This is also the best time to cut the stamens before the pollen matures.

If you have flowers you leave in the garden, be sure to gently remove the blossoms as they fade to encourage blooming and to keep plants from using all their energy producing seeds. In the fall, once the leaves and stems turn yellow; cut the plant back to the ground. Do not pull the stems as this will cause damage to the bulb.

I  love Oriental lilies for their beautiful flowers and their fragrance is fabulous. They make great flower arrangements too! This summer I will be posting flower pictures from these bulbs. 🙂

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