The very striking Asiatic Lily Pearl Jennifer is very deserving of its place in our garden.
It was not until I started reading posts from garden bloggers from all over the world that I realised how long it had been since we had any significant amount of Lilies in the garden. In early Spring of this year we planted Asiatics in the round garden, Orientals going up the garden path, Tree Lilies (Orienpets) in the main border. They developed well, Asiatics flowering July/August, Orientals and Tree Lilies just coming in to flower in the first week of August. Today we are looking at the Asiatic, Pearl Jennifer and, Pearl Stacey.
Pearl Jennifer was introduced in 2010, bred in the USA by Dr Robert Griesbach. The flowers with a stunning shade of bright yellow and prominently marked with burgundy spots, will be sure to please all lovers of the Asiatic Lily.
What I really like about this Asiatic is the sideways facing blooms, so many of the Asiatics face upwards. Planted in the round garden in March, flowers started to open in mid July and continued to flower right through the month of August. Flowering period may not last so long further south where the temperatures are higher. The stems are strong, however they were leaning a little forward and I felt more comfortable giving them a bit of support.
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Height – 90/120cm 3 to 4ft
The one below planted at the same time is Pearl Stacey.
How do you describe such a colour? outstanding may be sufficient, it is a peachy apricoty soft orange, slightly darker in the centre, no spots on this one. Flowers at the same time as Jennifer and of course bred by the same guy.
I think in the past I did not pay enough attention to the planting instructions for Lilies resulting in success in the first year and decreasing performance in subsequent years. This time I have been more particular, here is planting instructions from H. W. Hyde.
Oriental hybrids and Nepalense need an ericaceous soil (acidic)
Asiatic hybrid prefer a more alkaline soil (a good quality general garden compost)
Oriental-trumpet and Tree Lilies (orienpets) are not fussy and will grow in either alkaline or acidic soil. None of them will grow well in clay soil.
Plant your bulbs at least six inches deep with a layer of grit under the bulb to help with drainage. Feed your bulbs with tomato feed whilst they are growing.
I am getting into the habit of having my camera with me wherever I go. On a trip to Raemoirs Garden Centre back in July I snapped a picture of this perennial which I have never grown before.
Prunella Vulgaris Rose Pearl
The bench was packed with tubs of this plant in full flower. Blooms of a pink purple hue were profuse along with the healthy glossy dark green leaves.
This perennial/herb also known as self heal is a compact plant growing to a height of 6/8 inches. It is said to be fully hardy flowering late Summer through till the Autumn.
The common form Prunella vulgaris is found growing wild throughout the country and was used for healing sores and ulcers.
The next time I spot this one I don’t think I will be so hesitant to purchase.
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