Monday, June 06, 2011

Well, here's a surprise...

Last year, out of the kindness of her heart, Julie, that wonderful lady over at A Succulent Life, sent me a Gloriosa Lily...

I am ashamed to say that I thought I killed it. I neglected to dig it up in the winter as I'm supposed to in this zone. I'm a bad plant parent. I am a bad plant recipient. I should be taken out and beaten soundly. But, I thought to myself, there's a very thick layer of straw mulch over that tuber... maybe by some miracle it survived our record breaking cold weather this winter.

This spring, nothing.

But, evidently, the thick layer of mulch was enough. Imagine my surprise when this morning I walked out and saw this dangling over my head in the carport...

There's still not a shoot showing by the ground though. What happened, is that evidently, the lily sprouted and sent it's shoot up inside the hollow metal pole that holds up the carport... and after it reached the top, it grew out and began blooming...

Determined little thing, ain't it?


  1. Wow, that's amazing! And a beautiful surprise flower.

  2. Oh, no way, Claude!!! This is hilarious!!! I love it!!! Hehehe.....I know you were shocked when you found it! I will be giggling all day now!!! Thanks for showing!!! that the stem over on the left of the picture??? Not in the pole, but over to the side???

  3. Claude4:17 PM

    very observant julie... actually, two stems have came up through the pole... or maybe it's one stem that has split... I dunno...

  4. Oh, how cool! I was gonna ask you want more tubers??? Moms place is swarming with them. I plan on doing a video of them all for the blog soon...maybe Saturday.

  5. claude5:19 AM

    can't take any right now... I may be moving soon...

  6. OH!!! Good luck with the move, if you go!

  7. It should be called Inspiration Lily or Persistence Lily. Or maybe the Julie Sweetheart Lily. Yes, it's certainly good to be blogging again. I hope your move is a smooth transition. Need any boxes?

  8. wow - the stem grew all the way up in the dark....really miraculous it survived.

  9. And surprisingly, it turned out well. very good. I love that orange lily.

    Lisa from guitar-lessons-motivating-desire