Sunday, May 27, 2007

Callalilies for HipWriterMama

HipWriterMama, you wanted to see the callalilies in my front yard. Here they are:

Here are the callalilies in the context of the South garden:

Behind the sweet-pea tent, there are seven sunflower plants growing. I planted two different kinds of sunflowers, but I suspect that only one kind is growing.(The race is on, Jules!) To the right of the tent, we've got cucumbers and winter squash growing in the front, strawberries in the middle, climbing nasturtiums under the tent to the right, and rhubarb in the back. The copper tape around the base of the callalilies seems to be effective in repelling slugs.

My last gratuitious garden photo is a composite of the East garden:

Thanks for indulging me. Now, please read Saturday's post and let me know if there are any questions you'd like me to ask Penny Esmarkus, children's book historian extraordinaire.


jules said...


jules said...

By the way, you should totally riff off the Pivot Questionnaire. You know, not use the same questions but use similarly weird questions ...

GraceAnne LadyHawk said...

You can grow calla lilies. Oh my. And how beautiful they are.

In another place my nom de LiveJournal is Girasole, which is the Italian word for sunflower. I really love lilies and roses, but I possibly love sunflowers most of all.

We have a tiny front yard and a tiny back yard and some things, like lilies of the valley and the old climbing roses that bloom for my birthday each June, do well. But sunflowers? Alas no. Not enough sun, ever.

Do post flower pictures at any opportunity. Oh please.

ckline72 said...

Congratulations on your goal to grow sunflowers! Make sure to get some good seeds for different varieties. That’s half the fun. They are easy to grow and enjoy. A few friends and I are working a great site devoted to sunflowers. It will have everything imaginable about sunflowers with all kinds of great information, links to the best products and a discussion area. The forum is already open! Check us out at

HipWriterMama said...

Oh Alkelda, the calla lilies are so beautiful! I never knew there was so much foliage to these elegant flowers. Do you end up getting more blooms on the plant? How long is the blooming season?

Thank you so much for this visual treat. I second the vote for more garden pictures.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

HipWriterMama: You're welcome. There will be more blooms on the plant (note the furled spirals), and I've already snipped off two that were badly mauled by slugs. For us, the blooming season depends upon how long they last before they get fried by the South light. I'm planning on keeping them well-watered and maybe they'll flourish for a month or longer.

CKLine: Thanks for the information. I'll check out the forum.

GraceAnne: I love Girasole. Then again, I love Italian (why oh why didn't I take Italian instead of French? Probably because it wasn't offered and I was bad at languages to begin with). A language that can turn a bat into a "pipistrelle" has my vote.

Jules: Thanks! I ended up spending much too much time last night working on the questions. I like the purple on the house, too. Our house is in increasing need of repainting, but I'd like to keep the whimsical quality of the colors going.

cloudscome said...

I am so impressed! I love the tipi. I can see how hard you have been working. I would love to have you add a link to this post to my Sunday Garden Stroll this week!

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Cloudscome: Thanks! I just added the link this morning.

Anonymous said...

I have never seen calla lilies as anything but a houseplant. How nice that must be to be able to grow them in your garden. I guess the Seattle climate is more suited to them than Arizona where I am.

By the way, I love the colors of your house!

I found you on the Sunday Garden Stroll.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Mom Unplugged: Thanks for stopping by! I didn't know you could grow callalilies as a houseplant.