“Thank Goodness For Toad Lilies”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
The weather lately has been pretty bleak. No real cold weather, but a damp, rainy chill. Just enough to keep me out of the garden since I seem to have a sore throat and don’t want it to get worse. Not much is going on in the garden except for the falling of the pine needles which is good because I use them for mulch and the mulch in some areas of the garden is getting a little thin. The winter annuals have not started blooming well since they were just planted, and there are few other blooms right now, but one plant that is really putting out the flowers is the toad lily.
These are in the side garden in front of a large stand of bamboo. I started with just a few plants from a neighbor about three years ago, and now have an area of about five feet by three feet covered with these small orchid-like flowers. One of the nice things about toad lilies is that they are such easy to care for plants. I really have to say that I do nothing but water them occasionally and every now and then throw a little compost on them.
The ones pictured above (Tricyrtis formosana ‘Gilt Edge’) are evergreen for me while the first ones I bought (Tricyrtis hirta Miyazaki) have finished blooming and are starting to die back. I am glad my neighbor shared these with me, I really appreciate these flowers when no other flowers seem to be around.