Crinums aka Hot Country Lilies

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The original bulb was purchased from Riverbanks Botanical Garden during their plant sale.  Sometimes it is difficult to “see” what the plant will look like when you are holding the bulb in your hand.  I picked some beauties simply based on the verbal description.

Horticulturalists at Riverbanks tell us original crinums were originally brought here by slaves.  You find crinums growing wild in unkempt cemeteries, vacant lots and in poorer sections of town.  In my opinion, they get bad publicity, “I’ve sprayed ’em with Roundup, cut them down with my mower, you just can’t kill them.”. Why would you want to?

I suspect this crinum is blooming earlier than normal because of our mild winter and the protected location in the garden.  The other varieties planted in the ground have a lot of green; but, no flowers yet.  I’m anxious to see them bloom again.  And they are invited to grow wild in my garden.

What’s Blooming?

DSC_0011 DSC_0012 DSC_0014 DSC_0015 DSC_0016I enjoy working in my garden.  Playing in the dirt is not just for kids.  This is another area I can go out to cut a spent bloom and find myself hours later.

By Southern standards, we had a “harsh winter.”.  None of my lantana came back.  I know it is sold as an annual, but mine was a perennial.  Was.  Much did survive and I enjoy it every day.