Wednesday, July 8, 2015


I'm amazed by the big lilies. 'Scheherezade' is a lily I purchased from The Lily Garden a few years ago. The catalog reports that it grows to 4-6 feet the first year, and up to 8 feet when established (and grown well). Probably not in this climate, but said to be a good "beginners" lily. The first year it was a 2-3 feet tall, and with a few flowers.

July 20, 2013
Last year, it was four feet tall and few more flowers.
July 14, 2014

This year, it is 6 feet tall, with a number of flowers. What really amazed me is that I realized that no matter how tall it gets, it has the same amount of time to do it in since whether 2 feet tall or 6 feet tall, it has to reach bloom time at the same time. Seems obvious in hindsight doesn't it? Still amazing.

Here it is popping out of the ground March 25, 2015. From here on, it grows with a vengeance.

Here it is, one an a half weeks later, April 4, 2015.

11 days later, 3 weeks from emerging, April 15, 2015.

Another 11 days later, 4-1/2 weeks from emerging, 4 feet tall on April 26, 2015. 

May 11, 2015,  6-1/2 weeks from emerging, about 5 feet tall.

May 17, 2015, 7 weeks from emerging.

May 25, 2015. 8 weeks from emerging. Buds are starting to form, so reaching its maximum vegetative height. Growth now is directed at developing flower buds.

 June 7, 2015. 10-1/2 weeks from emerging.  Flower stems elongating.

June 20, 2015. 

 Producing tertiary flower buds (one out of focus towards you).

First flower opened July 1, 2015. 14 weeks later. I suppose that's not that fast if you are talking about beans.

And I did have to tie it up for support.

More flowers than last year. 

 July 8, 2015. 15 weeks after emergence. Yes, that's almost 4 months, but it reached nearly 6 feet in 2 months. I think that's pretty amazing. Sure, the redbuds can grow 6 feet in a summer, but there's something special about lilies. So if you are the kind of person like me, who gets their jollies by watching things grow, these lilies are just the ticket.

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