The truth is, I don't know much about lilies, except that they have a reputation for being short-lived in Southern California. Last year, in a fit of pandemic-related frustration with my limited planting options, I ordered two varieties of what were called "tree lily" bulbs from a catalog I was flipping through. Although I was careful planting them, I had very low expectations so I was frankly surprised when I saw three plants pop up in the back garden and another three in the front garden this spring. I was even more surprised when they developed buds. The buds slowly grew larger and larger but, as temperatures rose, I began to fear that an ill-timed heatwave would take them out before they bloomed. However, all five buds of the 'Pretty Woman' variety bloomed this past week. (I'm still waiting for blooms from 'Purple Prince'.) As we're currently in a heatwave, I went ahead and cut one stem of two blooms for "In a Vase on Monday," the meme hosted by Cathy of Rambling in the Garden.
|Back view: I wasn't sure what to combine with flowers as flashy as the lilies but I kept to a relatively restrained color palette|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Abelia grandiflora 'Hopley's Variegated', white Agapanthus, Daucus carota 'Dara', pale green Eustoma grandiflorum (aka Lisianthus), Leptospermum 'Copper Glow', and hybrid Lilium 'Pretty Woman'|
|While the short stems of the foxgloves set the color scheme, the flowers of Monarda 'Peter's Purple' stole the show|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Abelia grandiflora 'Edward Goucher', Delphinium 'Pacific Giant', Digitalis purpurea, hybrid Monarda 'Peter's Purple', Polygala fruticosa, and Scabiosa columbaria 'Flutter Rose Pink'|
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