Lily Bulblets

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

Today we had good weather with a nice breeze (thanks to TS Fay) and I was able to work in the garden.  I cut back several plants that had become overgrown in the last two weeks.  Plants like salvia, sweet potato vine, and a few other things.  While I was cutting back the daisies, I noticed what I assumed were little bulblets on the Easter lilies.  Since this is only the second year I have grown any type of lily, I am learning as the plants grow.  From what I have read, I should be able to plant these and get more lilies.

As the photo shows, there is one of the little bulblets.  Some of the lilies have them closer to the ground.  I’ll have to read up on how and when to plant them.  This is one of the aspects of gardening that I find so interesting.  There is always something new to learn.

Today, I also cut off the flower stalks of the agapanthus.  I had left them on longer than I usually do and some had ripe seeds.  I collected some of the seeds to see if I can grow some agapanthus from seed.  I really do not need any more Lily of the Nile, but sometimes I just like to see if I can grow things like that from seed. 

So, it looks like I soon may be trying to propagate some lilies. 

Sunshine in the Garden

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

 

As part of my plan to finish up getting the garden in shape, I have divided it up into six areas.  I work on one area a day, with Sunday as a day of rest.  This has helped me be more focused.  I am not looking at different areas and getting worked up over unfinished or unweeded parts of the garden.  I concentrate on only one section a day.

 

Today I worked on the circle garden side which gets morning sun.  Going out around 6:30 AM to beat the heat, I started on the property line bed.  I pulled more Virginia Creeper, privet seedlings, and honeysuckle vines out that had grown since Easter.  I took the advice of Carol of May Dreams Gardens and used a hoe on the myriad little seedlings of privet and creeper.  It really saved my back. 

 

It wasn’t until I started on the circle garden itself that the sun really started to beat down in earnest.  I was working on cleaning up the edges of the two semi-circular and the circle beds of grass that had crept in over the winter.  The sun was so hot it almost felt like it was burning my skin.  Of course, I had on sunscreen and a large hat, but by 11:30 I had had it.  I did not finish the circular bed, but I will just do it another day.  Maybe I should wait until 6:30 PM when the sun is not shining there anymore.

 

But, to get to more pleasant sunny images – yellow flowers in the garden.

 

 

This double yellow hibiscus is called Full Moon and bloomed today.  When it and the peach ones are blooming together it reminds me of citrus fruits.  Sometimes I float them in the birdbath, alternating the colors.

 

 

This is another of the Oakes Daylilies.  This bloom is a large yellow one.  I can’t wait for this one to multiply.  It really stands out in the garden.

 

Well, the heat of summer is upon us here in the Gulf South.  When working in the garden with the sun beating down and no rain in sight, it would be nice for an occasional cloud to come by.  Today, I would have rather have had the yellow of flowers instead of the hot yellow sun.