Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Foxtail Lily (Eremurus himalaicus)
It seems most of the species in Eremurus go by the name Foxtail Lily. This was a nice one because of its snow white color and large size. I would like to try a nice patch in front of some Diablo Ninebark. They make a nice cut flower. I used to have a small amount of Foxtails (Eremurus x isabellinus) at the Estate but come to think of it I haven’t seen them since the last round of construction in 1998 (guess they are gone). I saw this one at Wave Hill. On my first visit to Wave Hill this spring I noticed, for the first time, that they have a huge specimen of Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata). I have never seen one in bloom before. But when I got down there again a month later this is what I found.
I did notice about 5 bracts still hanging on the tree but that didn’t give the joy I was looking for. I did manage to snap this picture.
The flower inside had already turned to seed so I didn’t bother showing that. So sooner of later I hope to see both this tree, the Jacaranda Tree and the Royal Poinciana Tree (Delonix regia) in full bloom. I did see the Royal Poinciana Tree in about the same state of bloom as the Dove Tree once in Key West, Florida. I just got to get the timing down.
I moved all the foliage out of the Conservatory yesterday despite the 2 inches of rain we received. We needed the rain but it didn’t help matters. I also planted some more annuals and Karen made up most of the large pots for the container garden. It takes about 17 large pots. For annuals I planted some ‘Easy Wave Red’ Petunias with some Sweet Cream White Marigolds. Near the Dahlias, which perked up a bit from not being hit with the blazing sun, I planted some White Petunias with Heliotrope. I used 4-inch pots so they didn’t look bad when they went in.