Looking Floral

I am not a gardener. Let’s just say I have a garden plan, a philosophy, and a husband willing to do my bidding. I am completely enamored of “low maintenance” gardening. Never heard of it? It is the put it in the ground and walk away. I have no desire to fuss over plants – either flowers or shrubs. I will confess to seeing some of the beautiful gardens and outstanding roses and other gorgeous flowers and having a twinge of wistfulness. In the end it is not enough to spur me to make the effort to cultivate those type of gardens.

All my flowers are perennials. I have at least 5 different varieties of hostas (they are very hearty and grow quite well with the evil walnut trees). In addition, I have 3 varieties of day lilies. One is the common “Indiana Ditch Lily” which grows wild along most Indiana country roads. These are protected and it is against the law to dig them up. Of course that didn’t stop people a long time ago so there are plenty of them being grown in flower gardens all over the place! I also have a mutation of the ditch lily which is quite spectacular. And then my beautiful and misunderstood, “Mary Todd-Lincoln” lily in a brilliant yellow. It is not very hearty and I have it tucked away from the others. In the last 5 years it has grown from a single flower to being able to put out several stems supporting about 5 flowers total. These are massive flowers and so heavy that I keep thinking I should cut them before they snap off!

The rest of my “floral” display could be considered invasive. I have Lily-of-the-valley which refuses to remain in the confines of the garden. It has spread through the yard. Same with the violets. The violets love the shady areas where even the grass has a hard time growing (those walnut trees are a true pain). So we leave them. Currently they are thick and lush and when they bloom it is magical. The daffodils, lilac, forsythia, and mock orange have not thrived but at least they are still alive.

What prompted this post was a trip to check out my lilies. The Mary Todd is nearly done. The Ditch lilies are still putting out their color. But my mutant lilies are blooming in profusion! Without further ado – my Lily Explosion!

44 thoughts on “Looking Floral

  1. Gorgeous! Ditch lily? Wow. Love hearing about your ecosystem, there, both yours and the state’s.
    It’s funny that you mention gardening, or not; I was so sad yesterday about my muddy mess, here. Gah.
    AND a wild chef forager type posted on IG yesterday, a beautiful walnut orchard and the green growing beneath, or one of the few greens that will grow near walnut. It’s all so interesting!

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    1. The only thing I’ve seen that really thrives around the walnut trees is poison ivy and Virginia creeper. About 5 years ago I put some deep red lilies in the bed but after a couple years they were gone. Those ditch lilies only want their own kind (I suspect my fancy ones are close enough genetically that they can thrive)… Mud is good -especially for the amphibians and reptiles which signal a thriving ecosystem. Do you know what kind of greens were growing beneath the walnuts? Sparky wants to know!

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      1. Do you mean the Sparky that has a piece of my art above his desk, receiving all of y’alls love? πŸ˜‰ I’m glad you said the name of what grows, or I would have spent hours trying to find that post again. YES, the ground beneath those beautiful trees was covered in Virginia creeper, which was indeed, headed up the trunks of those trees.

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        1. Yes the one and only Sparky – the only man for me! The Virginia creeper is so invasive and for some of us sensitive souls in sensitive skins it has the same effect as poison ivy! We are waging an ongoing battle. Seems the evil trees like evil plants… Though to be honest I was hoping you were going to say something like “Oh the greens under the trees were a combination of Swiss Chard and Kale”, I could get into that…

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    1. I wish I could keep plants indoors but this house is not plant friendly. There are not enough windows (4 upstairs and 2 downstairs) and they all face East & West… So inside I have silk plants, which require no fuss at all!

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  2. I love daylilies and I’m guessing the photos are of the ditch lily in Indiana. Beautiful! Enjoy what remains of their flowering and I hope some of your other perennials do better next year.

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    1. Yes the ditch lily is a day lily. Right now they are everywhere! All the perennials are doing very well – but then the only “new one” is my columbine in the front of the house and it is long past blooming. It is only one plant but I’m going to let it self seed and hopefully it will fill in the space where it sits… My Hostas have sent up long spears which should bloom before the end of the month and usually last well into August…

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    1. I love the daylilies. We have tons of them. I’m hoping that the ones along the fence (in the shade of the walnuts) get enough light to thrive… So far they are doing great and have put out buds but they are a little behind my others!

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            1. And that is exactly why I love them!! My Mary Todd lily is not made of the same tough stuff and needs a little more attention. Sparky planted her next to the house so that she is sheltered from the wind…

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    1. It is always a pleasant and welcome event when you come by this blog! My garden does best when I ignore it! We try to keep the weeds at bay – that is Sparky’s mission!

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  3. How wonderful to have a yard that’s self-sustaining. About the only things I have that seed themselves every year are sweet alysum and black-eyed susans (a sunflower type weed that’s reminiscent of triphids). My carefully watered and tended day lilies pale by comparison to yours.

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    1. My lilies just grow – I don’t tend them at all. But then I’m in the Midwest where the soil is rich and the rain plentiful… I planted cone flowers but the walnut trees killed them (I was under the impression that cone flowers were nearly indestructible).

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    1. Thanks! They are very nice – we’ve had rain all day yesterday and now today too but they are still blooming (the only “sunshine” we’ll get today)!

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    1. Thanks Trish – daylilies are beautiful! Seems that 35 years in Virginia would have spoiled you for NYC! I hope you have at least some house plants that give you a little color in the concrete jungle!

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    1. Yes Bonnie – the orange flower with only one set of petals is the common lily. When they are all blooming it is quite spectacular… How are you and Wil doing?

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