“Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Things don’t have to be expensive to look good. Case in point, the Triumphator lilies that are just starting to open. I planted these particular ones two years ago. Last year I wrote about how they turned out to be surprise lilies which you can read about here. These were blooming about mid-May last spring, but are opening now almost two weeks earlier. This particular flower is from an off set bulb so there is only one flower, but I can see that the big bulbs have produced the usual four.
These lovely lilies and a few other minor bulbs in a small watering came to a grand total of under six dollars, and I really only wanted the watering can for a front door wreath. Since everything was about six dollars, I figure these bulbs probably worked out to about fifty cents each. I was shocked when these lily bulbs sprouted and bloomed, and even this year, surprised that they have returned and made off-sets that have flowered. Now, that they have shown they have staying power, these particular lily bulbs will have to be dug up and replanted in more ideal conditions. They deserve it.
I have only planted lilies in the garden in the last two years, starting with Easter lilies that I bought from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. Since I had read that the Easter lilies or Lilium longiflorum were just about the only ones that did well this far south because of our heat and humidity, I was reluctant to try any others. After these “watering can” lilies did so well, I have tried others from the big box stores’ bargain selection. All have returned and are showing buds. Now, I figure if those that are subjected to poor storage in hot plastic bags do well here, ones purchased from higher end sources will be worth spending the money. This spring I ordered more Triumphator lilies from Brent and Becky’s since their Easter lilies are fantastic. I think from now on, more lilies will be added to my garden every year. I am so glad that I have found out that lilies can do well here, and to think I have these Triumphator lilies to thank, lilies that started out puny, straggly, and pitiful, but ended up being a star.