Every year is different. The weather is different. Bloom times are different. Growth rates are different.

1. Asiatic lily. This is one of five that were planted late enough last winter to be blooming right now, after others have finished. I would not have planted them so late, but that was when one of the neighbors shared them. They are a different color of the same sort of lily as the rose lily that was also blooming late last week.P90608

2. Peruvian lily. It seems to me that they were only beginning to bloom by this time last year. This year, they started blooming sparsely more than a month ago, and were blooming as profusely as they are now more than two weeks ago. There are pink and peach Peruvian lilies here too. I showed them off last years. (A peach flower can be seen out of focus at the bottom of the picture. A pink flower can be seen out of focus at the lower left corner of the previous picture #1 of Asiatic lily.P90608+

3. Rhododendron. Some bloom early and get battered by winter weather. Some bloom late and might get slightly roasted in the arid air of late spring. This one always bloom late like this, and has no problem with the weather. I do not know what cultivar it is. It certainly seems happy.P90608++

4. Dahlia. #1 Asiatic lily bloomed late. #2 Peruvian lily bloomed early. #3 rhododendron bloomed late. This dahlia did both. Dahlias typically only begin to bloom late in June. As you can see, this one already bloomed. I would not have shared this bad picture of a deteriorating early bloom, but was impressed that it bloomed at all. You see, it was dug and stored TWO winters ago, and then forgotten about. It somehow survived in storage through last year. I found it late last winter, and after determining that part of it was actually still viable, buried it right behind the lilies #1. It grew as if nothing had ever happened, and bloomed a year late and a month early. It has nice buds on in, so should resume bloom right on schedule, and continue to frost.P90608+++

5. Boston ivy. Four were planted over winter to climb a concrete retaining wall and a pair of concrete pillars supporting a bridge. The plan is to remove the Algerian ivy that hangs down over the retaining wall as it is replaced by the Boston ivy climbing up from below. I do not want to remove the Algerian ivy until necessary. I just want to keep it out of the way. I did not expect the Boston ivy to start growing like a weed so early. I cut the Algerian ivy farther to the left after getting this picture.P90608++++

6. Flowering cherry. Two plants; above were early. Two were late. One was both early and late. Well, this one won’t break the tie. These flowering cherries bloomed on time and are well foliated as they should be. In fact, they are better foliated and healthier than they have been in several years. They were so unhealthy last year that we had planned to cut them down and replace them by now. We just have not done so because we have not found replacements for them yet. Therefore, we are late; but it is not their fault. If it were at all possible, I would not remove them.P90608+++++

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:


20 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Off Schedule

    1. Lily beetles? I am probably fortunate to not know what those are. I grew Asiatic and a few other lilies as cut flower crops in 1986. They were simpler back then.


    1. Yes, I just mentioned to someone else that I grew Asiatic lilies, as well as Peruvian lilies back in 1986, when they were much simpler. We grew only a few different colors of Asiatic lilies; white, yellow, pastel orange, pink and pinkish red. After growing Peruvian lilies, I realized that those that were available in nurseries were were compact and low growing garden varieties that were very different from the cut flower types. The three at work are the original cut flower types, which I prefer.

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  1. When I first began paying attention to wildflowers, the variability of their ‘where’ and ‘when’ sometimes frustrated me. Now? It’s more a matter of sweet curiosity, and enjoying them as they appear.

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    1. Realistically, that is all we can do. We have a few that are very reliable, including a rhododendron that always blooms for Mothers’ Day. Otherwise, we take them when we can get them. Their diversions of schedule are more intriguing than of any real importance.


  2. Peruvian lily is also in my Six ; a red one.
    About asiatic lilies , these are gorgeous flowers isn’t it ! I’m waiting for 2 of mine that grow in my greenhouse (It’s a little cool in France right now)

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    1. I am rather behind schedule, so have not seen yours yet.
      I have grown only a few other types of lilies, and it was years ago, but I found that I prefer the simplicity of the Asiatic lilies. I grew the very fragrant and very ornate rubrum lilies (along with Asiatic lilies) back in 1986 as a cut flower crops, and they were interesting to grow, but I would not have wanted them in my own garden. They look like tortured starfish with measles.

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      1. Thank you. The Peruvian lilies are rather sloppy in the landscape where they bloom, so we lean them up onto braces like cut flower crops. People notice the flowers more than the bamboo stakes and sticks below. I would prefer dahlias, but could not get rid of the Peruvian lilies even if I wanted to.


    1. Well, I am still an arborist. Besides, I really should show off more flowers than I do when I get the chance, even if I did actually grow many of them. I do not know what cultivar the dahlia is. Nor do I know what the flowers will look like when the plants gets growing well. I intend to take care of it and get it to bloom well because someone who was here before my time took care of it. I did not bother to identify the critter who photo-bombed it.

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    1. Because the neighbors drive through the landscapes we maintain, many of them share their surpluses. I just planted a bunch of mixed zonal geraniums that a few different neighbors dropped off over the past few years. We have a few potted roses as well.

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  3. Wow! The colour of that rhododendron sure is vibrant! The dahlia seems to have an unusually shaped flower, is that so, or is it the angle of the photo.

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    1. Unusual? About two thirds of the petals (outer ray florets) have fallen off. It is deteriorating. It was a normal radial daisy-like bloom earlier.
      The rhododendron just might be the brightest red of the few that are in this landscape. There is one that looks just like Taurus, but it is darker red.


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