Tag: Orienpet Lilies

Lilies and Daylilies

People walking past our front garden these days will be treated to the seductive sweet fragrance of our OT hybrid ‘Conca d’Or’ Lilies.

Blooms of Mid-July, Part 1

By the middle of July it feels like we have reached the gateway to high summer in Chicago. Let’s see what’s blooming in the garden, starting with the main part of the front garden: the Driveway Border, Sidewalk Border, and the Island… Read More

Sad Lily, Happy Lily, and a Fountain Restored

So today we have a bit of garden miscellany.

Is Yellow Just Too Common?

Why is it that Sissinghurst has a White Garden but not a Yellow Garden? Perhaps yellow is just a bit too insistently cheerful, like those morning people who sing and bustle about while you try to burrow into your newspaper. Also, I… Read More

Lilies, Freckles, Trumpets, and Chia Pets

My ‘Conca d’Or’ Orienpet Lilies are in bloom, creating a deeply luxurious sensory overload. The fragrance, which can be detected from about six feet away, is deliciously sweet but not heavy. I planted these lilies near the sidewalk, and passersby close their… Read More

Great Gardens Make Good Neighbors, Part 2

Change of plans: this post will not be about Brent and Becky’s Bulbs catalog, but I will get to them in the near future. Instead I want to write about the garden of Linda Ernst, who has developed an inspiring garden that… Read More

It’s Alive!

First, the good news. As a result of frequent applications of the Stare of Life, several of the plants on the winter death watch have broken dormancy. Specifically: both my two year old fringe trees (Chionanthus virginicus), the bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis… Read More

Bring Out Your Dead?

I have been working very hard at not jumping to conclusions about which plants got killed off during our brutal winter. However, I am becoming increasingly fretful. Here’s the situation as of today. Gone forever After two seasons in my back garden,… Read More

Ordering Bulbs for Fall Planting

At the beginning of the week I finally got in my order for bulbs to plant this fall. Once again, I used my favorite source for bulbs, John Scheeper’s. The order was mostly bulbs I had planted before, but I am also… Read More