I was just thinking the other day about when the lilies on the west side of the house will bloom. I knew it would be any day.
To reach my car I have to walk right by them so when I left the house early yesterday morning to work a trip to Montego Bay, I glanced down at them in the dark, and thought, I bet today is the day they’ll bloom.
Sure enough, I pulled in the driveway last night, when it was almost dark out, and several had bloomed.
Today I fed the lilies Miracle-Gro and took these photos while they’re at the height of their beauty.
Longfield Gardens in New Jersey sent me these bulbs over a year ago. The lilies above are called “Playtime.” They have a lovely fragrance, not too intoxicating–not yet anyway. When the others bloom, they will become intoxicating.
Actually, my lilies have slightly brighter colors than the same lilies on Longfield Garden’s website. I don’t enhance any of my photos so what you see is what you get. However, ten days ago I fed them Miracle-Gro for the first time this season knowing that they would be blooming soon. I think this is the reason my lilies are bolder in color.
This lily is called Lily Oriental Salmon Star. The stripes are a salmon/peach shade and the freckles are a dark pink.
Did you know that lilies can be deadly to a cat?
If a cat bites into a lily leaf or petal, licks the pollen from its paws or drinks water from a vase containing lilies, he or she can develop kidney failure which is often fatal. (According to University of California veterinarians)
Lilies are among my top five favorite perennials.