Monday, August 8, 2011
Success at Growing Bellacamda, aka Blackberry Lily
Walking through the garden while barely breathing in the stifling heat of this summer I was stopped in my tracks by a surprise bloom; that is the bloom of blackberry lily or Belamcanda chinensis.
I have tried for years to get blackberry lily established in my garden because the beautiful flower are followed by shiny black seed pods that look like blackberries. These seeds are wonderful for using in flower arranging and for interest in the garden. I enclose the long shot so you all can see that blackberry lily resembles an iris. I had started these lilies from seed about two years ago and planted them in the garden last year. The area I planted them had caused them to be shaded by some peonies so this spring I moved them to outside the vegetable garden on the southern side in order to provide them with more sun. While walking along I noticed the plants were knocked down (Mr. Fix-it drives in this area:(. I bent to pick up the plant when I spied the beautiful flowers.
What a feast for my eyes and the success of growing this is even more sweet since I started them from seeds-seeds I probably received from a fellow garden blogger. Thank you to whoever gave me those seeds!
The new buds have a unique curl to them and make the plant even more interesting to me....
in the garden....
For my local readers who have access to the military base I have to let you know the plants at the PX are marked down 75%. The PX normally has nice varieties, many Proven Winners plants, and unique selections. Check them out if you are looking for new plants to fill some spots in your garden. The plants won't last long-so hurry!
I am going to be taking a little break from blogging but you can bet I'll still be in the garden.....be back soon.
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