In a Vase: Gladiolus, Lisianthus, and Lilies

There's definitely a time in mid-summer when I feel as if all of the "fancy" flowers start blooming in the garden. Most of the summer flowering bulbs like gladiolus and lilies have a certain elegance about them that makes it a little bit difficult for me to use them in cut flower arrangements. I'm very…

In Bloom: ‘Gaucho’ Oriental Lily

'Gaucho' lily is a beautiful variety of oriental trumpet lily with an absolutely insane fragrance. I planted five of these small bulbs in the spring and they're just now starting to open. After doing this whole "blog thing" for several years, I completely realize that these photos aren't the best - but I wanted to…

Growing Calla Lilies

Hi Lovelies, So here we are on day 22, and I'm still behind in the vast majority of things that I need to get finished. I've still got to transplant over half of the anemones and ranunculus, I still have a bag of tulips to go into the ground, I still have hundreds of daffodils…

Origin Stories

Hi Lovelies, Origins - I've always been interested in them. Being from what most would consider the south, I'm quite accustomed to hearing phrases that you wouldn't run into elsewhere. On occasion, I hit the ole' Google machine and do a little searching for the things I hear. I realize this doesn't sound like the…

Sour Feelings and Pretty Zinnias

Hi Lovelies, I hope all is well! It's been about a week and things are finally starting to change around here. I'll admit to having some sour feelings about the garden lately. I think a lot of it stems from things that are simply out of my control. This season has been a roller coaster,…

Growing Stargazer Oriental Lilies

Hi Lovelies, I know, I know. Stargazer lilies have been around forever, why are you even bothering to write a post about them? Well my friends, because I love them, of course. Speaking honestly, I have the tendency to fall in love with whatever's blooming profusely at the moment - but these beauties have never…

Growing Casablanca Oriental Lilies

Hi Lovelies, Well, another week has passed. To catch you up, it's been raining here - a lot. Upon walking into the garden yesterday, I instantly sank to my ankles deep in heavy clay mud. Yuck! I'm not ever sure you could call it mud, honestly. If you've ever sank deep into slimy river silt,…

Movin’ Along

Hi Lovelies, Just thought I would take the time to quickly check in. Last time I took to writing, everything was pretty stressful. I didn't have a place to grow anything and precious time was slipping away from me as I frantically searched. I'm happy to say, that though I've lost a few succession plantings,…