Asiatic Lily Propagation with Bulbils

Perhaps one of the easiest methods of plant propagation is through bulbils. Bulbils are simply baby plants produced along aerial stem of a plant. Lilies are well known for producing bubils and you can take advantage of this natural plant ability to create more lilies for your garden. Not all lilies produce bulbils so be observant of your garden to find out if you have any on your lilies. The bulbils in the picture below came from an Asiatic lily. This lily did not bloom this year because a deer ate the top off before it could flower. Instead it exerted its energy into creating bulbils. Bulbils form along the stem of the lily and can be harvested when they look like plump little plants with roots sticking out, somewhat resembling 'Hens and Chicks' (Sempervirens are completely unrelated to lilies). Each of these bulbils can be planted immediately in the…

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Garden Update From The Weekend

This weekend was a busy one in the garden! The weather was sunny, although with a fair amount of wind on Saturday but Sunday afternoon was very pleasant.  This time of year is always exciting.  Gardening activities are resuming in earnest and a lot can be done to prepare for a great gardening season.  On Saturday we began working on the Spring Hill Children's Garden.  It's the first of its kind here in our town.  We're combining it together with a community garden and a farmer's market and because of the amount of interest that has already been generated I'm sure it will be an exciting project!  We managed to get a portion of the garden marked off and a gathering area cleared for kids to listen to gardeners and for various project activities. I'll highlight more on the children's garden later. On Sunday I picked up my tiller from…

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First Daffodil Blooms of 2012!

The first daffodil blooms of 2012 are now on display in my garden!  Every year I like to track the first daffodil of the season.  It amazing how much each year can differ.  The warmer the weather the earlier the flowers appear.  We're almost a month earlier than last year's daffodil blooms! Here's a look back at the dates and posts for the daffodils of the past several years! First Daffodils from 2009-2011 (Spring Hill, TN): February 12, 2009 March 17, 2010 February 25, 2011 As you can see this is the earliest the daffodils have bloomed in my garden yet.  It's been an extremely warm winter so far which is obviously the reason for the early blooms! Are there any daffodils blooming in your garden?

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Two Signs of Spring

Are you looking for something, anything to keep you going until spring time?  Are you frantically searching the garden for signs of life?  Here are two early signs to look for that will tell you spring is just around the corner! The daffodils are rising!  The foliage of daffodils always comes up early but these are especially early.  This photo was taken on December 31st, 2011.  Our winter has been much warmer than usual which is a possible reason why the daffodil foliage is coming up so early.  I'm hoping that we don't end up with a year similar to 2007 where warm weather came early followed by a dangerous cold snap.  2007 damaged and killed many sensitive plants and trees including Japanese maples and crape myrtles.  Two of my favorites! Another early sign of spring is the bud of my Lenten rose (Hellebore orientalis).  It's a sure sign of…

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Surprised By the Red Spider

Red Spider Lily that is!  This Saturday I was mowing and passed by one of the garden beds on my riding mower when this bright red flower jumped out at me.  Did it really jump?  Nope but one day it wasn't there and now here it is. Spider lilies (Lycoris radiata) are also called a variety of names like Naked Ladies (which are actually Lycoris squamagira), hurricane lilies, and surprise lilies. You can see why the last name fits but the other names have their logic too. If you examine the picture you will note that there are no leaves.  Those come later on after blooming but for now this lily does look rather naked!  These lilies also appear during hurricane season which is why the hurricane lily name has become attached to this beautiful flower. I don't know how this spider lily came to grow in my garden. There…

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Irises in Spring

Irises! when you think of springtime, do you think of irises? Of course I'm sure you think of all kinds of flowering plants, bulbs, and trees but irises are distinct. They offer a variety of colors, of shapes, and sizes to decorate the spring garden. The irises in my garden have recently begun to color our gardens with their displays and here are a few of the more interesting ones that have bloomed so far. Purple Bearded Iris - Unknown Variety  Any ideas? Lavender Colored Bearded Iris - Unknown Cultivar - Heirloom? came from my parent's garden Purple and yellow bearded irises - Unknown variety - rather plain. This next iris is my current favorite!'Solar Fire' iris that I planted last year. The orange and red colors on ruffled petals are amazing! Irises are the state flower of Tennessee!

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Already Time for Irises

THis first of the irises to bloom this year are the reblooming white irises we have in the Japanese maple garden. It's a small garden just to one side of our patio that ,of course, has a Japanese maple! It was a gift a few years ago to me for Father's Day. The reblooming white irises came home with me from a plant swap last two falls ago and bloomed again in the fall last year. White is nice but with all of the other iris colors that exist I wonder what potential hybrids could be made? That's one experiment that is on my list to try this year - hybridize my irises. I'll talk about the other (more colorful) irises I have in my garden later but for today we'll gawk at my white irises! The white iris works very well when planted against this backdrop of Japanese maple…

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A Daffodil Photo Op

I planted these daffodils late last fall. I found them after they went on sale in December and planted them soon after. They are just now blooming while all the other daffodils are fading which is pretty neat! I may plant a few late daffodils each year to achieve the same effect!

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The First Daffodils of 2011

The daffodils are officially in bloom here in my Tennessee Garden! Every year I like to mark the beginning of the daffodil blooms as it is one of the many signs of spring. (Coming very soon: Forsythia) It's hard not to get excited about spring's arrival after such a cold winter isn't it? The first daffodil of 2009 was photographed and posted on February 12th! Very early while the first daffodil of 2010 didn't shine until March 17th. It looks like we're right in the middle this year with February 25th! This year the daffodils in the birdbath garden are the first ones to appear in full bloom.  You'll notice that the birdbath is actually that copper piece of metal resting beside the daffodils. Looks like it's time to solder.  These daffodils are planted among some daylilies. You can see the fans emerging in nearly every garden. Also appearing in…

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