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I just wanted to post this picture I took earlier today. We have a lone tiger lily out in front of our house. Each year, it only puts out 5 or six buds, and it's always a late bloomer. All our other lilies (regular yellow lilies along the side of the house) have been blooming for ages and are still going at it. This is the penultimate bloom on our tiger lily, and I wanted to get a good shot of it before the last one blooms (probably in a couple of days). There's something I love a great deal about this flower. Its persistence and peaceful beauty. It never gets any bigger, and would not survive a split like our other lilies certainly would. It's so small, in fact, that when I've tried to pollenate to get more seeds, the pod falls off from the weight before it matures. It wants to be special. :-)

Here, you can see my girl Periwinkle looking on. She's ever the camera hog and demanded inclusion in the shot.


New York Built's picture

(Sigh!) Back in the old days, I had a garden, a house, young children and a married life...the legal kind in New York. When I finally got the gender right, I lost full citizenship, but that's another comment.

My garden gave me endless pleasure...it revived me, reminded me to go with change, to be at peace with myself and just grow. The persistence of its beauty was like a friend, a gift to myself that I could count on, year after year.

I had a bed of daffodils and day lilies, that needed no real care, except for...the runts, the odd fellows, the sickly ones, the special children of my garden.

I know how you feel, brother.

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Thomasknits's picture

First of all, I'm thinking the whole purpose of this post is to use the word "penultimate" correctly... which I don't blame you, it's one of my favorite words to use too.
Also, that is a gorgeous flower.


QueerJoe's picture

I was thinking the exact same thing Thomas...so many folks think "penultimate" means "the ultimate of ultimates." I love the little darling in the background...what a doll-baby!

jessemkahn's picture

@periwinkle: you go girl. you're very photogenic.

rmbm612's picture

From the picture and your description of the bloom time (late July to August) I be willing to bet that the name of your daylily is Frans Hal. I'm surprised that it isn't growing out of its spot. Daylilies require a mimimum of 5 hours of full sun to thrive. You didn't mention how much sun your lily gets but if it doesn't get at least 5 hours of full sun a day you might want to try moving it to a different location. We have quite a daylily collection going here in Minneapolis and just this week had to move a Frans Hal because it was just taking over. Its an old cultivar but I like it because its one of the last of our 85+ daylilies to bloom.

YugiDean's picture

Thanks for the info. I looked up Frans Hal, and it looks like your right. Tiger lilies look differently all around. Interestingly enough, I do not think this flower gets more than an hour of sunlight on a good day. Then again, just when it starts to get some sun peaking down on it, I go off to work, so I'm not really sure how much it actually gets. It must be getting enough, though, because my partner bought this house 3 or so years before I moved in, and that was 3 years ago. He said it was already there when he bought the house and it's remained pretty much the same since then. It's small enough and I'm green-thumbless enough that I'm too afraid to move it. LOL

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jonathan1986's picture

Oh very nice, I didn't know we were allowed to post pics of our gardens, I happen to love gardening, though my garden is currently past it's prime, lilly's just never seem to survive in my garden, but this one is gorgeous, I love those colours, anyone might say it;s yellow and orange, but somehow noone has ever really been able to recreate the colours nature can produce!

Also, the dog is kind a cute, though mine of course is cuter, or at least that's what she said when she studied the picture!

Then of course my Dog's a diva, her favourite phrase to use in conversation with other dogs is (read with French accent) 'You may sniff my butt but we are not going to 'ave sex!'

BuduR's picture

Lillies and Orchids are my favorite flowers. Once upon a time I had a huge garden with many varieties also had hosta's who are some of my favorites.
But is it wrong that I noticed Periwinkle before I noticed the flower? I don't usually like small ankle bitters, but she seems to have so much personality that even a photograph can't hide it.
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