Thursday, June 21, 2007

Calla lilies, Zantedeschia

We bought these callas two years ago, forced them in the fall of 2005, dried the tubers and planted them outdoors in late spring 2006. Lifted and dried the tubers again that fall and planted them this spring. In each successive year they've steadily grown larger and even the flowers have increased in size forming large misshapen blossoms half the time. The pink one is just starting to bloom and is not as robust as the white. It's in shade for most of the day and that may have something to do with it's lack of vigor.

I was quite taken with the pink flower's quality - like a hand painted photograph. I also converted it to greyscale which I also like but I think the subtly colored one suits the flower more.


Blogger Entangled said...

The blush pink one IS lovely, and I think accentuates the form of the flower. I had calla lilies during my tropical phase, but tossed them all on the compost pile one year, where they surprised me by leafing out in the spring.

5:07 AM  
Blogger snappy said...

Gorgeous Calla Lilly Pics!How do you get the whiteness of the flower stand out when it looks quite shaded?The photos are great to look at.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Hello Ki,

Since my callas made leaves but very few flowers this year, I'll enjoy yours instead! Mine are also a pale pink and the white with spotted leaves.

I've been trying to catch up on the last couple of weeks, and especially loved your waterlily post - what a meltingly lovely color. Your syringa post reminded me of my tree lilac, placed and pruned to filter the hot afternoon sun back in IL. But when you look at the flowers and smell them, it's easy to remember they're closely related to privet!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

1:41 PM  
Blogger DeeMom said...

Calla lilies remind me of a dancer, graceful and exquisitely delicate.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Welcome back Annie. I hope you had a wonderful trip.

Callas are unpredictable. The first year we had them, they were mostly leaves with very few flowers. The subsequent years have been much better with one bulb producing severals flowers. They are a bit tall though - the white ones standing about 2 1/2 feet tall.

Waterlilies are almost too beautiful to be real. Thanks for stopping by. I'll visit your blog asap.

Hi deemom,
You've described the flower exactly. Indeed the misshapened white flower looks like a dancer ruffling the hem of her dress.

5:47 PM  
Blogger lisa said...

Amazing how the flower's beautiful form is stunning even in black and white! Nice job!

8:48 AM  

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