Tuesday, June 16, 2009


I came home to several surprises, the mulch being one of those! I had several new plants in bloom. One in particular really surprised me. Last summer I dug up a whole mass of plants from the hunting camp. I wasn't 100% sure what they were, since I had never seen them bloom. I did some research and was fairly positive that the plant I had found was a crinum lily. However, everyone that saw the plant told me it was an amaryllis. I planted them last August, and they have done nothing. Much to my surprise when I got home, the plant was blooming....and get what.......................... It IS a crinum lily!!!!! HA!!! I was right!!! I must have planted 30 of them, and they are all about to bloom! Can you believe that!!! the cosmos I planted from seed are all doing great.....can't beat plants from seed. For $1 I have gotten tons of cosmos Summer poinsettia is growing.....just growing very slowly. I don't know how big it will get, it may grow as large as a regular poinsettia. I am enthralled with the lime green and hot pink coloration on it. It is about 6" tall right now.
Dinner Plate Dahlia is growing by leaps and bounds!!! It has EIGHT blooms on it!!! It had 10 but the stalk those 2 were on fell over while I was gone and broke! Oh well, you win some and ya lose some. I have since staked it up better.
Crocosmia given to me by the Hydrangea Queen (Ramona). They are kinda hard to photograph...so here is my attempt at getting a shot of them
I really don't remember what this is....but I "think" I got it from a friend (Janie did you give this to me? If so what is it?). I have several of them, I don't know what it is, but I like it!!!!!
Any ideas?
The Hydrangea Queen also gave me this....Bee Balm....oh how I love it!!!
it is so fun and flirty to me....I know...strange description of a plant! All plants remind me of something. One day when I have nothing better to blog about I will go through all of my flowers and tell you what each one reminds me of.....I know ya'll are dying with anticipation for that one...LOL!!!
This bee balm reminds me of a Court Jester.....yes I said it....a jester! I think its the hats they wear.....the bloom looks like that me....
Marilyn from Wheel Chair Gardener gave me this one....again I didn't write it down, so I don't remember what it is...I am guessing a Begonia of some sort. It is in full shade. I am getting REALLY bad about nor writing down plants in my journal. It is this whole blog thing......I forget to journal due to blogging......shame, I need to get on it!
Today will probably be a 2 post day, since I have some more pics from my trip to share.
Also BILBO is on the move again!!!! He will be leaving his beloved Jane Austen in Lincolnshire, England and heading to North Carolina to visit Anna @ FlowerGardenGirl
You can read about Bilbo's tea with Mrs. Austen by clicking HERE
then read about his departure by clicking HERE
I will let ya'll know as soon as Bilbo arrives in beautiful North Carolina
Bon Voyage Bilbo!!!!!!!!!


Dirt Princess said...

The Dirt Queen says the pink mystery plant is Phlox.....duh!!! This is why she is the Queen and I am the Princess....see how that works..LOL!!! It then came to me that Mrs. Carolyn Brown (my 80 year old garden buddy) gave me that phlox. Now I will write that down!

Jamie and Randy said...

Dirt Princess, I think your flower is a wild spider lily Amaryllidaceae Hymenocallis / Hymenocallis occidentalis. They have lovely blooms. Some people call them Swamp lilies. I think they look just like Peruvian Daffodils. :-)

Dirt Princess said...

J&R now that you say it....you may be right. I have seen them growing in swamps around my house (or flowers similar). Thanks for the info!

Darla said...

You came home to a lot of great surprises!! I too love my Monarda, Scarlet Beebalm. Mine is about 4 to 5 foot tall. You flowers are looking beautiful.

Mama said...

DP you have the best plants and flowers, I was looking for dinner plate dahlias last weekend, yours are gorgeous and I am waiting patiently for my bee balm to flower, again! yours are so pretty. glad you had a wonderful vacation and happy you are back. I am also delighted to see that Bilbo has been to England and Lincolnshire of all places (we used to have a house right there). I am off to read that post right now, happy days, Kathy.

Outside In said...

Beautiful blooms, I think Jamie and Randy is right about the wild spider lily, I have a drawing of a Crinum Lily and it does look different. Your flowers are all looking great!

EB said...

In a hurry, have only looked at pics - but the top one is stunning!

Kim and Victoria said...

I'm so impressed with your crinums! Beautiful.
And those dinner plate dahlias.
We have crocosmia also, love it.

Jean said...

We had so much rain and cloudy weather my bee balm seems to be a bit stunted. I did plant a pink variety besides the red and it is looking good. Supposed to be shorter than the red. I was going to say the violet flowers did look a bit like phlox...but I see someone beat me to it.

Steph said...

Love all your flowers! Some are so unusual.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi SQ, Whatever they are, you have some gorgeous flowers blooming right now. That Crinum Lily is very pretty and quite unique. Wow!!!!

My hubby keeps a spread sheet with all of our flowers and their names on the computer. That helps SO much.


The Impatient Gardener said...

Whatever that top lily is, it is wonderfully exotic! What a great surprise to come home to. Now ... about that mulch ... does the Hunter want to visit Wisconsin?

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Those lilies are really neat looking. I've never seen them before. I agree with you the bee balm does look like a jester.
Bilbo will have a great time with Anna.

My Mother's Garden said...

Oooh...love the bee balm! All of your flowers are beautiful. What a treasure the crinum lily turned out to be with those unique looking blossoms!

Susan said...

Your crinum is gorgeous! Tell me more about the summer poinsettia. Is it really a poinsettia? Annual or perennial? Thanks.

Brooke (CreativeCountryMom) said...

So pretty, and yes, phlox is my guess too. Does it smell sweet, mine like that does, but is not blooming yet.

Susie said...

I think the lily is just beautiful! I think the pink mystery plant is a garden phlox. I have one just like it blooming right now. It too is very pretty!

Ginger said...

That bee balm is so pretty! I would love to see a picture of the dahlia from afar to get some perspective on the size of the blooms.

Tootsie said...

I love that lily!!! you did come home to a load of great surprises!

Dirt Princess said...

Kathy you are the 2nd or 3rd person that has told me they used to live in or near Lincolnshire....how funny! I bought my Dinner Plate Dahlia at a discount store for $3!!! Can't beat that.

Outside In I thought it looked different from a crinum, but wasn't sure. I have only seen these types of lilies in or around water here. So thats what threw me off

Emily I am glad you dropped in for a quick view :-)

Jean sorry my mom aka The Dirt Queen called me to inform me as to what it was :-)

Steph thanks

Betsy I do that in my journal, but somehow I manage to lose track. At last count I was around 122 plants!!! And I know I have been given many more since then. I need to catch up. Maybe it will rain soon, and I can catch up on it

Impatient Gardener I was shocked that he did it for me, so I am not sure if he would be willing to come to Wisconsin LOL!

Catherine I am glad to know I am not the only one who sees the resemeblance :).

Mothers Garden actually it is a wild spider lily, I was close.....but I love it no matter what it is!

Susan It IS a poinsettia, but it is called a summer poinsettia. A friend gave it to me, I should have put it in a pot until I see what it does during the winter, if it dies she can give me another one :). It will grow to be the same size a a regular poinsettia (which get REALLY large). But instead of being red/green the summer poinsettia is lime green/hot pink. It is pretty vivid. I cannot say at this point if it will be an annual/perennial here where I live in zone 8b. I know a lady who grows regular poinsettias, and keeps them in a pot. She moves it under trees during the winter and covers it during frosts. So far it is doing great and is over 6' tall

Brooke you know I haven't even smelled it!! I will smell it when I get home. Often I am so overwhelmed by a bloom that I don't take time to stop and smell the flowers

Susie the phlox was a total surprise. I don't remember planting it! I saw it growing, there are about 6 of them, and I let them be, and when I came home it was blooming and I was HAPPY!

Ginger I will get some more photos of the Dinner Plate for you. It gets REALLY big, I have read height wise of over 8'. This is its first year and it is like Jack's Beanstalk! The blooms will get up to 10" in diameter. They are currently the size of my hand, and they are AMAZING! I will be buying more of them. I just wanted to try my hand at them first before I bought 10 of them and had them all die. But apparently they like me as much as I like them. But you really need a heavy duty stake. A skinny puny wooden dowel will not do it. I have a thick plastic stake holding it now, and it is pulling it down. Its time for back up reinforcement

Tootsie you should have come and redone my bedroom while I was gone.....apparently you were on a kick!

Jesikarena said...

I love that summer poinsettia!! Beautiful! The crinium lily is quite impressive too!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

I believe it is a phlox but do not know which one.
How great was that to come home to all that mulch and beautiful beds.
I never have seen a lily like that one.

Marilyn Jones said...

Pink flower is definitely a Phlox. I don't remember the name of the purple flower that I gave you. I've been trying to find out for myself-- if anyone knows, please shout out! It has purple tinted green leaves with fuzzy hair on them and grows about 5" tall.

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