Archive for the ‘Tiger Lily’ Category

I’ve been busy and didn’t garden the past week. But, as always, Mother Nature moves on without me. The Tiger Lillies are in full bloom. Quite spectacular aren’t they?

Tiger Lily - yellowish white with brown spots - Summer 2011

The white ones may be my favorite. Something about the barely there lemon yellow tinting and fleshy-ness of the petals, the soft brown freckles.

Catching the light of the Summer Sun

But then again, the yellow ones are like fireworks and never fail to catch my eye in the garden when they’re blooming.

Like fireworks on the 4th of July

The shot below is the perfect way to study plant parts, should you be so inclined. The long yellow stem-like things with the fuzzy brown package at the end are the stamens which are made up of the filament (the little yellow stem-type part) and the anther (the fuzzy brown package). The anther is in the business of manufacturing pollen, which is what the fuzzy brown stuff is. The stamens, including the filament, anther and pollen, are the male part of the flower.

The yellow stem-like structure with the brown ring around the end hanging down in the center is the female part of the flower, or pistil. It’s made up of a stem-like tube called a style and the little brown ring at the end is called a stigma. At the base of the style, deep inside the flower, are the eggs and ovaries. Sperm cells from a grain of pollen left on the stigma (little brown ring) will germinate and grow its own delivery system, called a pollen tube, that extends down the style to get to the ovules at the base of the pistil in order to impregnate the eggs – and that’s basic plant sex. Woo! This complicated process is aided by all the spots and stripes and contrasting colors, which are actually road maps to let pollinators (bees and birds and such) know where all the action is, like Mother Nature’s version of flashing neon signs in the Red Light District. Didn’t know you were going to have a brief sex-ed class today, did you!? Happy Monday!

This is where the Magic happens

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Lily - May 2010

California by Amy Correia

I’m moving out to California
to find my place in the sun
beneath the lemon trees
and I’m living on
oranges and gasoline
hummingbirds humming
helicopters hovering
will you take me in
to your soft brown hills
tiger lily thrills
Palm trees
look like spiders in a starry sky
they look as strange as I feel inside
my suitcase is heavy
’cause I packed it full of childish lies
nowhere left to run
California here I come
I was born in a small town
Sunday school
grandfather pines
Saturdays my mother
didn’t bother me
making my mudpies under solitary skies

Lily - May 2010

Lilium lancifolium, columbianum, Stargazer Lily, Easter Lily…the list goes on and on, there are so many different types of Lily in the species. This orange one is not a true Tiger Lily since it has no spots but I love them because they are like a burst of sunshine in a sea of green.The white ones I have will open in another week or two. They get the sun a little later in the season. Fine by me, since the orange ones will be almost finished by then.

Lillies prefer rich and moist, well drained soil and to be left alone. I don’t even pick the flowers for vases because they don’t seem to like it much. I leave them alone to bloom and when their season is over I cut the entire plant down near the ground and wait for next year. That’s it! They seem to be pest resistant as well. One of the easiest plants I have.

Lily with Buddha - May 2010

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