Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Time to Celebrate the Whites.

During my time working in retail horticulture I was fortunate to work with and meet many very experienced plantsmen and plantswomen who introduced me to many different plant species not least the range of Liliums that are readily available for all situations in the garden. I recently posted images of the Pinks and Reds so in celebration of our Wedding Anniversary (37 years) today I thought it very appropriate to give some space to the Whites.
Lilium Casa Blanca grows in a shady spot but the blooms shine out in every direction like light bulbs.
Unfortunately we suffer dreadfully from the voracious attentions of the red Lily Beetle (Lilioceris lilii) as the larvae can easily decimate the foliage and sometimes even crucify the stems, seed capsules and flowers from May through to the end of September. From March onwards I can often be found searching for the adults and ensuring they meet a very quick death between my fingers but regardless of my efforts every year many still slip through the net and I therefore accept that some of the Lilies will ultimately suffer...such is the life of the gardener and his garden!
Ok not totally white but Lilium Calgary, a short stemmed upward facing variety, performs well in a pot.
Finally, the paper thin, saucer sized blooms of Hibiscus 'Red Heart' have begun to open in the last few days and soon the whole bush will be a mass of white, red centred blooms, opening and closing each day, with fresh faces appearing as the older ones fade and fall to the ground. 
The original shrub, now over 25 years old, many years ago produced masses of seedlings and I religiously potted on 50 or so in the hope of finding something different. The majority that eventually flowered reverted, as expected, to a pale bluish-mauve and one of these three seedlings (bottom image) is now blooming at the other end of the garden and reaching over seven feet into the sky. Many, of course, were given away to friends and work colleagues but nobody has reported back or admitted that their seedling produced a different colour! 

We spent a quiet relaxing day at home after my early am 'health check' (blood tests, heart rate etc. which indicated that I'm still alive and kicking subject to learning the full results in about a week!), a bit of pottering about in the garden and we had some rain this afternoon....at long last. Best of all was an enjoyable evening meal at 'The Star'.     FAB.    

20 comments:

  1. I love Casa Blancas, had some, lost them to pesky little Chipmunks, and your white Rose of Sharon/Hibiscus are wonderful. I have them as well and the Hummers usually make visits as well as bees~ Very nice entry~

    ReplyDelete
  2. Beautiful series of photos, and I LOVE your Header! Those white flowers have a special beauty all their own.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Good to hear you are alive and well, someone has to keep a check on those darn lily beetles. Beautiful pics

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hi Frank....I know how you feel about the red beetle for I have them to and I also use the grab and pinch method on them !!
    Lovely photos of the whites so delicate and soft!!
    I lost most of my lily flower buds to a late frost...and I miss my bloom!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Super images Frank, love the colours, despite a wet July down here everything is a blaze of colour in the garden.

    ReplyDelete
  6. HI Frank, firstly happy belated anniversary, glad you enjoyed a quiet and peaceful day.

    White blooms, for me, are the best. I love the calmness and serenity they bring to a garden.
    I have lost a few lillies this year to our little red friend....or should I say enemy.
    Beautiful blooms, beautiful photography.

    BTW I sent your seeds last Thursday, I do hope that you have received them.........

    ReplyDelete
  7. Congratulations on your Anniversary Frank. Sorry I'm a bit late; got detained. lol

    Beautiful pictures of the 'whites'; and that Hibiscus is a real stunner.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great captures! Love the blooms on the Lilium Casa Blanca!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Beautiful flowers, and pics! I'd love to visit your garden.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Beautiful shots Frank, I enjoy the wild whites where I live, a favorite is the mariposa lily with just three white petals. Very nice post!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Frank - gorgeous! I finally pulled out our hibiscus because of beetles making the leaves look like skeltons. But.. at least they provided some nice bird food!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Some stunning flora there Frank - your garden must be so colourful at the moment.

    Many congrats to you and Anita :D

    ReplyDelete
  13. Great images. We have both the lilies and hibiscus at home, but I am missing them this year. It's so nice to see them here. :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Lovely images and bright vibrant colours.Like the [red heart]

    ReplyDelete
  15. Lovely images and bright vibrant colours.Love the hibiscus red heart

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thanks for all your good wishes and so glad you enjoyed 'The Whites'.
    Sorry to say I am way behind on my blog reading but I'll catch up with you all very soon.
    Cheers, FAB.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Add my best wishes for a Happy Anniversary. We also celebrate one later this month. Flower shots were very nice for such a special occasion.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I have loads of lilies and many Casa Blancas amongst them. We have the Lily Beetles here, but so far so good with the hand picking. I'm hoping to keep ahead of them. I have not grown Hibiscus other than in a pot. Looks like a lovely combo with the lilies, though. You've inspired me to try that. Now, if only I can find some more space.......Nice post.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Hi Beatrice. Thanks and I hope you enjoy yours later this month.

    Hi Robin. Yeah, I know what you mean about finding a little more room for another plant.

    ReplyDelete

I hope you enjoyed your visit and I always appreciate your comments and feedback.

If 'Word Verification' shows up then it's a Google glitch. Just ignore it and click 'publish' as usual.

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails