“They Made It”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
As I have written before, I do not have much experience with lilies. This is only the third year that I am growing lilium longiflorum or Easter Lily in the ground. The first year, I knew they would do well because they came straight from the growers and then into the garden. Since the flower was in the bulb from the year before, I was not concerned that they wouldn’t bloom. Last year, I was a little anxious about the blooms. Did they get enough sun? Were they planted at the right depth? I needn’t have worried. They produced spectacular flowers.
What did surprise me last year and again this year is how early the foliage emerged. Late fall arrived, and I could see green shoots coming up. Last winter when we had several hard freezes, I covered the green sprouts with newspaper and then plastic, and they came through with no damage at all. Last night we had a rather unexpected hard freeze, and I didn’t have a chance to cover the Easter Lilies. It got down to 28 for almost six hours. I thought surely that my Easter lilies were going to be nipped back so bad that there would be no blooms this year.
I leave for work when it is still dark, so it wasn’t until this afternoon that I was able to go out and check on them. Surprise, surprise (at least to me).
No damage – none at all; they came through just fine. I always thought that lilies were rather delicate or fussy plants, but these guys are tougher than I thought. I had no idea that they could survive a freeze of six hours unprotected. I am impressed, relieved, and happy that the Easter lilies made it through the freeze and will be able to bloom in just a few months.