- I don't like the shape and size of lilies. They're all flower and no leaves. I feel like I need to 'hide' them behind other plants so they don't look so awkward.
- They stink. The smell from an Oriental Lily makes me physically nauseous.
- The colours appear artificial to me. Lilies are a very hybridized plant and the colour combinations seem overly done up to me. I like a little less make up on my girls.
But here's the kicker. I'm terribly fickle. Show me a pretty face and I'll change my mind in a heartbeat.
When I made a plant order earlier in the spring I was looking for deep red flowers and what did I find but Martagon Lilies. Stunning deep red and 50% off so I took a chance and ordered three bulbs. They did not disapoint.
These lovely little red beauties captured my heart and I actually cursed myself for not buying more. But this is a trial with a new plant so I did not want to buy too many. I know that voles really like Lily bulbs so wire baskets had to be constructed for the bulbs to live in. If they survive through the winter I can think about purchasing more next year.
|Lily baskets were made with hardware cloth and wire snips|
When I received the mail order there was a mistake with processing and as an apology the company sent me some free plants. A bag full of Asiatic Lily bulbs! I shook my head in disbelief. Of all the plants to send me, Lilies!! I don't even like Lilies! Yet more baskets had to be constructed.
|Jody stepped in to help make the baskets|
Finally the lilies were planted and they did not do well. It was a wet wet spring, (actually it's been a wet wet summer too) and slugs did some major damage killing several of the plants. Not to worry though because I don't care for lilies anyway, right?
Well this past week I took a stroll in the garden and what did I spy hiding behind the asparagus.
The lilies have started to bloom. So I took a closer look
And that is when I lost my heart completely. Did I say I don't like lilies? NO. Who could dislike this perfect bloom?! Not me! I couldn't have picked a nicer plant if I had tried. The creamy blossoms tinged with green are breathtaking. Hide them behind another plant? Never. They live outdoors so who cares about smell. When can I order more? Well, I'll have to wait until next spring. In the meantime I'll be making more bulb baskets.