One TALL lily

This TALL lily teaches a good don’t-believe-everything-you-read lesson for gardeners … a plant description’s estimated height may not be the plant’s true height in your garden.

This Asiatic lily ‘Rosella’s Dream’ is supposed to top out at about 4 feet tall. That’s how tall she grew last year, her second summer in my garden.

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As you can see, Rosella has lovely pink blossoms. Her stalks are sturdy, as are her flowers … stood up to the only good, but brief, downpour we’ve had since her blooms opened.

But Rosella is acting a differently this year. Most of her stalks have exceeded 4 feet in height and one is taller than the 5 feet 6 1/2 inch gardener that cares for and so enjoys her flowers.

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Rosella has reached for the stars, standing about 6 feet tall.

Here she is from the opposing view.

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She certainly doesn’t want to be out done by her companions. It’s as if Rosella is taunting the pale-yellow, lemon-scented day lilies (Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’). “Look at me, way up here!”

Could this be a result of the mild winter we had? Could it be that Rosella really likes the warmth of the adjacent concrete-block retaining wall? Did heavy spring rainfall play a role in her height?

It’s hard to tell. All three factors likely worked together to help Rosella’s Dream reach this new-to-me, eye-catching height, which has thrown a monkey wrench into the scale of this border. Rosella played well with her flower-mates when she held her height at 4 feet. Now she is hogging the show.

I’ll give her another chance, next year, to show that she can play nicely in her current location. If she insists on being a show-off she may just find herself uprooted to a new spot nearer the fence, where her height won’t detract from her companions.

Have you observed extra tall or robust lilies this year?

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4 comments for “One TALL lily

  1. July 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Not this year, Joene, but several years back one that looked just like yours grew to some eight feet or more (I swear), inspiring the nickname “beanstalk.” Enjoy. And, watch your back.

    • July 23, 2012 at 12:13 am

      Wow, Lee, eight feet? Now my six foot lily doesn’t seem so tall after all.

  2. July 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    That is a tall lily, and I can see how it’s not working design wise. But what a treat to see her rise up so high. Some gene got switched on, or some combination of just the right nutrients gave her a growth spurt. Wow.

    • July 23, 2012 at 12:15 am

      Laurrie, I hope this year’s height is unusual. It is certainly a show stopper, though.

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