Thursday, July 17, 2008

Oriental Lilies and Bat Skeleton

The Oriental lilies are really blooming up a storm this year. We bought the lilies about 3 years ago and they've increased in size and especially height. The large white and yellow lilies are about 7 feet tall and very fragrant. They always remind me of the artist Singer Sargent's painting "Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose".






















This bat skeleton was found on a rock lining our small pond. At first I didn't know what kind of animal it was but the long bones of what would be the equivalent of our fingers were the clue that identified the skeleton. Unfortunately the bones were too fragile to save for our collection of bones, skulls and skeletons. I didn't know bats had so many sharp teeth!

11 Comments:

Blogger Nancy J. Bond said...

Your lilies are outstanding! They're huge!

6:19 AM  
Blogger Mother Nature said...

Love the lilies.
Donna

8:19 AM  
Blogger Roses and Lilacs said...

Your lilies are fabulous. I have only two Orientals and a few Asiatics. Love the pale yellow. I will look for that one.

I'm enjoying your site. Your photos are wonderful.
Marnie

12:24 PM  
Blogger Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Wow! That's the way Lilies are supposed to look. They're huge.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Nancy,
Thank you. The lilies outdid themselves this year. I wonder if it was the early warm spring?

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Hi Donna,
Thank you. I do love the lilies. They require almost no care yet seem to get better each year. Thanks for stopping by.

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Thank you very much for your generous comment Marnie. I'll add your site to my list of links so I'll remember to stop by for a visit as well.

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Hi Mr. McGregor's daughter,
I always thought those photos with lilies towering over people were somehow faked. Well it's all true. The yellow white one which unfortunately I don't know the name of is much, much taller than I am. The stem must be at least a 2" caliper size, equal to a sapling! Thanks for your wonderful comment.

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Jan said...

Those yellow lilies are absolutely gorgeous. I bet they make a fabulous show in your garden.

Jan
Always Growing

6:34 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Jan,
They are definitely head turners. Not only are the flowers huge but they tower over everything around them so they are easily visible in our overplanted jungle. Thank you for your comment.

5:51 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Wow!! Stunning lilies!! It is so cool to see them growing (as opposed to being in an arrangement)! Not to mention, the blooms are huge!

7:57 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Jessica,
They look great in an arrangement too. We had some on a weak stem that fell over so my wife took it to work to give to a co-worker. Apparently it caused quite a stir at the office. So much so that several people are looking for large lilies to plant in their garden.

But they look better growing in the yard imho.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I see here, Stargazer, Muscadet and I don't know the yellow ones. I have a really pretty yellow one, or should I say white with yellow and maroon spots. I don't know the name of that one either (and I can't find it in my database), but it's not blooming yet. I'll take pictures when it blooms.

I love oriental lilies, and have a bed of them started. I'll have to mark them this summer so I can plant more without digging into the ones established.

2:59 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Julie,
I found out the name of the yellow-white lily - Conca d'Or. We went to a nursery in Bucks county PA and they had some of the lilies in a vase. I asked if they knew what the lily was and one of the check out ladies looked it up for me. She pronounced it concador. I Googled it to get the correct spelling.

When we lived in our old townhouse, one of our friends who lived in the neighboring quadrangle grew some Lilium regale the highly scented trumpet lily. The perfume of Conca d'Or is quite strong but nothing compared to L. regale. I've always wanted to buy a plant but never seemed to actually order it. I will redouble my effort to do so.

5:43 PM  

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