Published June 4, 2010
I have been working on my Star Crazy BOM June blocks and will have them finished to show tomorrow but today I took more photos of the flowers as they are looking good right now.
This lilie is called a "Crinum". I don't know how many of you are firmiliar with it. In the south it was very popular in years gone by and I read that now you can rarely find them in nurserys and have to be special order. The best place to find them is in old estabished gardens. My gardening friend who died 5 years ago gave me about 10 of these bulbs. She had been cleaning out plants in an old yard - (same friend I got a lot of my plants from that I mentioned a month or so ago). When she found this plant while cleaning up the yard she started to dig it up and kept finding more and more of a bulb - it was huge. She finally had her husband come help her. When they got it all dug up she laid the back seat of her station wagon down and they managed to get it in the back of it somehow without damaging it - it was over 3 feet wide and weighed about 40 pounds. She drove to every nursery in town and showed it to them asking if anyone knew what it was. Finally someone recognized it. They told her about it and said it was safe to divide and replant and how to do so. She gave me about 10 or more pieces and I don't know how many other people got bits of it too. I planted them and left them alone for about 10 years. Last year I decided to redo the garden it was in and dug them all up and had close to 30 bulbs. Only problem with digging up and dividing this plant is that they usually do not flower well for the next year or two. This year they are coming back but not near as many flowers as they have had in the past.
Butterfly Weed. A reader - I don't remember who - identified this for me a couple weeks ago when I posted a photo of it first starting to bud out - it looks really pretty now and to think it was free and just flew in somehow and landed in my garden. I have 3 of these plants blooming this year.
wild daisies - sunflowers - what ever you want to call them, they look a lot like black eyed susans but the leaves are different from them. These grow wild and I managed to scatter enough seeds that took and have taken over this area.
The purple coneflowers are starting to flower, I have a lot of them too scattered all over the place - all originated from one plant about 15 years ago that I started from seed.
No Dear Jane block today – I was bad and took a day off. I will get back to them this weekend I am sure. But today I was trying to finish the Star Crazy blocks due but only made 2 of the star blocks although last night I had brought a bunch of pieces that needed to be cut apart and now I need to trim all of those half square triangles (48 of them) and put aside until needed at the end of the year. I also have one Irish Chain block to make this month – then they can be put aside and I will get back to work on other things.