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Princess Lilies

Alstroemeria, also known as Princess Lily or Peruvian Lily, is new to my garden this year. These plants are not really lilies at all, but are tuberous perennials. I bought one of these as a thick root in a tiny 3 inch pot in early May and have had it in a container on my patio. I had it in full sun and it very quickly filled the pot with foliage but very few blooms. I moved it to an area with only morning sun and it looked much healthier and has bloomed repeatedly since.

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Astroemeria
Alstroemeria

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These dwarf hybrids reach about fifteen inches tall in a pot, and are hardy only in Zones 8-10. I’ve read that the rhizomes can be lifted and stored over the winter though, and I’ll probably do that with mine. The flowers are gorgeous.

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Alstroemeria Sara
Alstroemeria Princess ‘Sara’

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Alstroemeria
Princess Lily in a container

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2014 Garden

My garden survived the polar vortex winter! :) Some photos from this spring and summer (you can click on any of these photos to view larger):

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garden and gazebo
Garden beds and gazebo

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coleus bed
coleus bed

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Matchsticks Mums

This perennial chrysanthemum is blooming in my garden right now. ‘Matchsticks’ is well-named, the tip of each quilled yellow petal is orange-red and looks like a wooden matchstick. I didn’t pinch this mum back this year and it’s about thirty inches tall now and is just past peak bloom. I think this is one of the prettiest mums I’ve seen. Click to enlarge photos.

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Matchsticks Mum Flower

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matchsticks mums

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matchsticks mums
Chrysanthemum ‘Matchsticks’

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End of Summer Garden

Here’s a bunch of garden photos I’ve meant to post over the past few weeks, click any photo to start. (There are links to “view full” size on individual photo pages, at bottom right of each photo under “Comment” and “Reblog”.)

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