I might have been too hasty in suggesting the introduction of the The Camellia Walk . It’s really not ready for its close-up! Quick peek down below.
And there is only’ Hana Jima’ blooming there now.
Sparkling Burgundy, below, (there are 3 of them in the garden) is located in the circle of friends, and the other two are not part of the camellia walk at all.
My friend Marsha has Camellia japonica ‘Daikagura’ blooming now! (thanks for the photo Marsha.)
I have been out gardening from dawn to dusk. Weather is perfect and much needs to be done as one season ends and another begins.
The cutting garden along with the potager has been seriously neglected this season due to health issues. So now its time to pay the piper . I do this with the ‘weed dragon’
and no matter how careful…there is always some collateral damage.
Still, I use this tool. For large neglected areas … perfect.
Eggplant & basil still producing in the potager. But salad greens must be sown now & cabbage, kale, onions & garlic. I hope I am not too late on the winter veg.
Here is what I have learned about Lilium formosanum, The Formosa Lily.
It DOES have a fragrance… at night, not as sweet or strong as ‘Casablanca’ lilies, but potent none the less. They last perfectly for exactly three days in the vase before starting to decline. With judicious grooming the bouquet can last 4-5 days. I had to remove it from the house as both my husband and I experienced symptoms of allergy. Still we endured another 24 hours before relegating it to the veranda.
In the garden they are still going strong.
In the cutting garden their tall and lanky habit is exposed. BUT in my mind’s eye I have combined them with the Hydrangea paniculata blooming at the same time.
I think that would be a lovely plant marriage. The H. paniculata will provide the camouflage the gawky lily stems require, and the white flowers, one lacy…
the other bold …
will be a fabulous combination. (as is the one above) See this post on combining plants.
All in all the adventures with lilies comes to a close…for now, the seed heads are very interesting and I expect PLENTY of seed to share.
I wonder if the clematis buried in all that foliage could be persuaded to climb the lily stem…???
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