.to my delight a wonderful gardener and blogger-I don't plan to reveal her name at the moment-lest she be bombarded with requests for bulbs, sent me these bulbs!
No, dear __________, I don't want to share!
The gracious gardener-Sandra Jonas, has opened the doors!, Her beautiful blog Recreating Eden... is a "go to garden source" for me. I am a gardener wanna be and I somehow feel Sandra is a flower godmother of sorts-there's something about her freedom in opening up the rules a bit to suit-and finding solutions in the Southern climate where we both dwell - thank you Sandra.
suffice it to say I am overwhelmed with Lillium formosanum.
according to ___________, Allan Armitage* warns gardeners:
“Unfortunately bulbs are susceptible to virus diseases, particularly lily mosaic. The virus causes rapid decline of the bulb and increases the potential of infection to other bulb species in the garden. To avoid infection, it is not advisable to plant Formosa lilies among other lilies.” Last year it seemed ___________ was dismayed to read that in Armitage -but thankfully I read __________ blog & was warned. In a bed absent of bulb mates-
Lillium formosanum is ecstatically blooming.
_____________ suggests planting Lillium formosanum with Hydrangea paniculata SO...
maybe Next Year-but for the moment---As _____________ says I am savoring my Beverly Nichols moment-INDEED!
Beverly Nichols writes : "The regal lilies do indeed praise the Lord. Some of my own, last summer were so exultant that they praised Him through no less than thirty snow-white trumpets on a single stem, and even the most accomplished angel could not do much better that that." (Forty Favourite Flowers, BN)
& I must admit I am having a Mary Delany moment too!
Mrs. Delany, as she is affectionately known-was 72 years old when she took this task in hand-so it's never too late, I have 20 years on Mary, yet not so sure about her skills.
Flora Delanica, as her collection of 1000 botanical + “paper mosaicks,” is known, is detailed and intricate. Her stunning realism was admired by the likes of artist Sir Joshua Reynolds & the botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who said her "mosaicks" were the only imitations of nature he had seen where he would venture to describe any plant without fear of committing error.
A great patron of Mrs. Delany was Queen Charlotte, and both Charlotte and the King decreed that any and all of their most interesting and beautiful flowering plants be transported to the lady immediately.
Surely an application to natural beauties must enlarge the mind?
Can we view the wonderful texture of every leaf and flower... "Wonderful and marvellous Art thou in All thy works!" MARY DELANY
& how do I thank __________?
must dig up something.
Now a proper thank you to Sandra and a way to share-with bountiful results for Me and my readers,
Sandra's an expert- read more about her at Recreating Eden... here
I've linked her blog in the text- but here it is if you missed it! here
Sandra's LILIES here- and more details here
* Allan Armitage is THE acknowledged expert in herbaceous perennials & is professor in the department of Horticulture, University of Georgia. Author of Herbaceous Perennial Plants. A Treatise on their Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes. (a must for every garden library)