Thursday, August 02, 2007

Random pictures

'Stargazer' asiatic lily is blooming now.

This Anemone robustissima seems to be blooming about two months early.

A huge mushroom is growing in our neighbor's yard right at the edge of the front sidewalk. It's easily as large as one of the big portobellos. Just a solitary mushroom.


Blogger Marie said...

I love your lily pictures but the mushroom takes the prize. It's fun to find something unplanned and totally natural. I don't know anything about mushrooms, any idea what kind it is?

5:47 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hello Marie,
It may be a Reddening Lepiota but it never turned a reddish brown and I didn't peek under it to see if it had a ring around the stalk. It pretty much retained the conical shape and didn't flatten out like I thought it would. If it is a Reddening Lepiota it's rated as good for edibility but I wouldn't want to try it without positive ID.

5:24 AM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oh my gosh... what a lovely setting you've made for that Stargazer. The yellow-tinged false cypress (I'm assuming?) with its fine foliage just adds such a quiet punch.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Connie said...

Your Stargazer lily is gorgeous! I have a few, but they are in a neglected spot too far from the hose, so don't get watered as they should and are rather sad looking. Yours looks so lush....I can almost smell that haunting fragrance.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Matron said...

Stargazers are my favourite cut flower. I come home from work and the whole house is filled with perfume.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kim,
The blurred yellow conifer is not a hinoki but I can't remember the name of it just offhand. I'll look it up because it is a very nice evergreen shaped like a large ball. There is a larger Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea' just in front of the lily too so I had to shoot over it. The lily was there first but all these yellow conifers got planted around the lily so I should move the lily as it is being slowly crowed out but it seems happy where it is. Thanks for the comment.


Hi Connie,
The fragrance is pretty heady. We have some lilies in an out of the way place too that seemed to have died from unintentional lack of water and neglect. Sad but a lesson not to plant things in partially hidden places I guess. Thanks for stopping by.

Hello Matron,
Unfortunately we only have this one plant and it looks nice out in the garden so we won't cut it. We did cut some of the other large asiatic lillies that had a wonderful smell and it did fill the house with it gorgeous perfume. After a while though it got a little stinky but we kept it until it got brown and wilted. So we enjoyed it for at least three weeks - two in the garden and a week indoors. A nice gift indeed.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Digital Flower Pictures said...


I have been so enjoying your photographs this season. WELL DONE!

7:18 AM  
Blogger kate said...

Wow the size of that mushroom is something else. Those are great pics!

Your stargazers are especially lovely. There are so many blooms - I am most envious!!

I so wish I could grow Anemones but they are really tough to keep alive here. It does seem early for them, but this year, everything seems to be early. My fall asters look as if they are about to burst into bloom.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Those are honking big mushrooms!

6:22 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Chris, Thanks. I think I'll have to move up to a DSLR and a speedlight before I really will be able to take good pictures but using the point and shoots are a good learning tool.


Hi Kate,
I'm really surprised the 'Stargazers' produced so many flowers this year. It hasn't performed well previously and we haven't done anything differently.

I thought anemones were a tough plant. I didn't know they were not very hardy. But the -20F you must occasionally get are not conditions for marginal plants.

This has been a strange year. I could swear that the Anemone robustissimas bloomed about Oct. last year. It seems to me they were about the last of the Anemones to bloom. I'm not complaining, they look great anytime of the year. I haven't looked closely but I don't think our Asters are even budding yet.

Hi Sandy,
It was strange to see such a big 'room growing next to the sidewalk. Even more remarkable, no one kicked it or knocked it over. You would think it would be irresistible to a kid. ;)

4:23 AM  

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