Tuesday, July 24, 2012
A thing of beauty...
Lilium 'Black Beauty' starting to open
The race between the three summer-blooming Lilies in my garden ('Black Beauty', 'Silver Scheherezade' & Lilium lancifolium) has finally been won...by 'Black Beauty'! It was also the first lily I purchased after starting this garden...so it seems fitting.
Following the trend of odd garden happenings this year, my trio of 'Black Beauty' bulbs finally produced a new stem this year...yay! Sadly, however, the stem/bulb furthest back in this bed is looking pretty sad and sickly...only producing 2 or 3 buds this year. I'm not sure if it's due to our lack of a winter this year, the encroaching Laurel blocking too much sun...or general over-crowding by other plants. I think I'll dig it up after it finishes blooming and move further forward, where it should get more sun. I'll also be trimming back the Laurel soon to open up the garden a bit.
I don't have a lot of big/showy blooms in my garden, to be honest, as I prefer plants with many small blooms, rather than a few large blooms. Lilies are one of the exceptions, however, and I look forward to their blooms with a bit of breathless anticipation.
How about all of you...are you reveling in summer's bounty right about now too? Here in Portland, we've been having a run of truly lovely weather...cool & breezy...perfect for strolling around the garden. I can't help buy feel a little guilty about that, of course...and my thoughts go out to all of you suffering from terrible heat & drought around the rest of the country.