Sad Lily, Happy Lily, and a Fountain Restored
So today we have a bit of garden miscellany.
First off, the Asiatic Lilies have begun to bloom. These are the descendants of a naturalizing lily mix – red, orange, and yellow lilies – that I planted about ten years ago. Their bright colors always look cheerful.
At first they did naturalize, until the nearby Crabapple started shading them out. They went into decline, then started multipying again when I limbed up the Crabapple. The last couple of years, though, their numbers have been shrinking. I’m thinking I may provide them with some Lily reinforcements this fall.
Lately I’ve been concerned about a sad-looking ‘Conca D’Or’ Lily in the Driveway Border. It’s been losing its leaves from the bottom up. Does anyone know what the problem could be?
Oddly, the two ‘Conca D’Or’ Lilies close by seem perfectly fine.
This variety is an Oriental-Trumpet hybrid that blooms in July. The flowers are luscious and wonderfully fragrant. I hate the thought of losing them to some pest.
On another front, our fountain-birdbath has been repaired. I managed to break the base in two while trying to wrestle the damn thing onto a concrete paver. The paver was supposed to make it easier for us to keep the fountain level.
How exactly I broke the base is not clear in my memory. I can only say that there are risks associated with having just one person try to do what is clearly a two person job.
This was about two months ago. I repaired the base in fairly short order, but left the top lying on the ground. The top is the part that’s really heavy.
Every Saturday morning for the next seven or eight weeks Judy and I would look at each other and one of us would say, “We should really put the fountain back together this weekend.” Then we would go back to our laptops until the following Saturday.
Anyhow, this past Sunday the fountain was finally restored. Here it is. If you look closely you can see the crack in the base. Having a working fountain again reminds me of how nice it is to have even just a bit of running water in the garden.
Are your Lilies suffering from mysterious illnesses lately? And have you been putting off any heavy lifting?