Trumpets Blaring

“Trumpets Blaring”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


The Easter lilies have started blooming.  These lilies (lilium longiflorum) grow well here in the deep South, and after planting them, I wanted other kinds of  lilies.  You could say these particular lilies got me hooked on trying more lilies.

Going to work in the mornings, I pass through an older neighborhood.  Here is where, during the late spring, I started seeing Easter lilies in the gardens.  It brought back memories of childhood when if seems just about everybody had these pretty, white trumpets growing in their yards.  I, then decided I needed to have them in mine, too.  Unfortunately, not many places sell this particular lily, and I wanted more than just a few.  Buying blooming lilies at Easter and then planting them in the garden would be expensive and take years to get a good stand of lilies.  Brent and Becky’s Bulbs came to the rescue.  They sell the bulbs at a good price.  Soon, I had eighteen lilies planted in the garden which quickly sprouted and bloomed.  The next year they multiplied, and last fall I had enough to spread some to the back garden.


Easter Lily Sky (redu)


Easter Lily Group (redu)


Easter Lily Group Clsp (redu)


Easter Lily Clsp (redu)


Once planted in the garden, these lilies do not bloom at Easter, but that is okay with me.  I am so happy that my vision of a large grouping of lilies has turned out just as I hoped it would.  All these white flowers standing tall and looking like trumpets blaring is a wonderful sight.  I am so glad I decided to plant Easter lilies.




  1. Janet said,

    May 12, 2009 at 5:21 am

    Once again, Brent and Becky are wonderful!! One of my Easter Lilies limped along last year after getting broken off by a limb. This year it was tall and had 4 buds at the end of the stock. Then I found it on the ground……just stock, no root, no bulb, nothing but a whithering stock. Voles!! They toy with you! Knowing you are watching something grow and begin to show their beauty, then wham! eaten!!! I am throwing in the towel in that area of the garden.

    • Jan said,

      May 12, 2009 at 3:18 pm

      Janet, you just can’t beat Brent and Becky’s. There must be something that can be done about the voles. That must be so disappointing to find things on the ground like that. Years ago, we had wild rabbits, but they would only occasionally eat an impatiens or two.

  2. mothernaturesgarden said,

    May 12, 2009 at 6:06 am

    I especially love white flowers and lilies are my faves. Mine are budding at present. Can you believe, it is rather cold here this morning. I could see my breath when I went out this morning. We are lucky it is not raining today. I may get more planted.

    • Jan said,

      May 12, 2009 at 3:20 pm

      Donna, white flowers are my favorites, too. You’re having cold weather in the morning, and our low temperature was 74 degrees. I could use some of your cooler temps when I am working in the garden this weekend. Send some down.

  3. May 12, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Those are beautiful! I wonder how hardy they are? I’ll have to check Brent & Becky’s Bulbs to find out…

    • Jan said,

      May 12, 2009 at 7:04 pm

      Carol, I am not sure how hardy these are, but I think they are hardy as most other lilies are.

  4. Davy Barr said,

    May 12, 2009 at 6:37 am

    I love lilies and am really wanting to plant some of them this fall. Living in Louisiana, I know that Easter lilies, Formosa’s, and Phillipine lilies do well here. I’ve heard that some other types can do well, but I’d love to know which those are and what to do to make them thrive. Your Easters are beautiful!

    • Jan said,

      May 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm

      Davy, I am beginning to think that more lilies than we’ve been led to believe will grow here. I think the drainage has to be very good though because of our high rainfall. I’ll post the ones that do well for me.

  5. Randy said,

    May 12, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Jan seeing you lilies prompted us to plant some last year. They are just starting to bloom now. Hmmmm come think of it we’ve bought three types of plants because we’ve seen them on your blog. LOL Hey! That makes you a source of inspiration doesn’t it? 🙂

    • Jan said,

      May 12, 2009 at 3:24 pm

      Randy, I hope your lilies do well. I am glad that you have found that some of my plants fit in your garden. I know I have also seen plants on other blogs and had to have them. Seeing the winter honeysuckle on Phillip’s Dirt Therapy, prompted me to get one is just an example.

  6. Jackie said,

    May 12, 2009 at 10:35 am

    So lovely. I wish I could grow these, but we have a problem with the lily beetle in our area who would love to chomp on them. -Jackie

    • Jan said,

      May 12, 2009 at 3:28 pm

      Jackie, what a shame about the lily beetle. So far, I have not seen one here, and I hope they never show up.

  7. Brenda Kula said,

    May 12, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    I did once have lilies in this yard. But probably they went out with the jungle of bushes I had taken out. I love lilies. So elegant. Little trumpets of cheer.

    • Jan said,

      May 12, 2009 at 3:29 pm

      Brenda, maybe its time for you to put in a few lilies to replace the ones no longer there. You are right about them being so elegant, esp. the white ones.

  8. Emma said,

    May 12, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I love these photos… your lillies are much earlier than ours… don’t expect to see any here until about June! So nice to see them on your blog!

    • Jan said,

      May 12, 2009 at 3:31 pm

      Mine bloom early because we have been warm for so long, Emma. I am hoping to get some ideas for lilies when they start blooming in the northern areas in June.

  9. May 12, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Aha! They look like rain lilies! How sweet! Only yours look extra beautiful!

    • Jan said,

      May 12, 2009 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks, Chandrmouli, these are among my favorites. They do resemble rain lilies, just a lot bigger.

  10. fairegarden said,

    May 13, 2009 at 5:08 am

    Hi Jan, oh what beauty! I can imagine seeing stands of them in your neighborhood, it must be a grand sight and smell! The lilies here, lots of diffferent ones but no Easter lilies sadly, are so full of buds they are about the burst. All the rain has been good for them and we are hopeful. We do have a serious vole problem too, I must remember to keep those lilies away from their runs.

    • Jan said,

      May 14, 2009 at 7:17 pm

      Frances, when there are a lot of these lilies all together, they do make a lovely sight. The fragrance is very lovely, esp. at dusk. I am lucky so far no voles.

  11. Jake said,

    May 14, 2009 at 5:43 am

    I can smell them through my screen. I really like these and Stargazer Lillies.


    • Jan said,

      May 14, 2009 at 7:19 pm

      These are some of my favorites Jake. Stargazers are lovely, too. I think I had one last year, but it hasn’t shown up yet.

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