And when I say tiny, I mean it. When I first fell in love with these lilies, it was online. I imagined gorgeous Stargazer lily-size blooms based on the photos. Of course I didn't read the size descriptions. I fall into that trap all too often when shopping on the web. I went ahead and bought a whole bunch of seeds to start indoors …
One seedling succeeded one spring ago. But after I transplanted outside, it wilted away like the others. But it soon had some new buddies growing strong all around him. My green-thumbed mother-in-law had found some mature toad lilies from a friend and a shop. And managed to procure a few for me!
A "slug cup" took the place of that poor seedling.
It was a rough first year for those toad lilies as icky squishy slugs moved in last summer. I was worried I would have no blooms but they prevailed.
Those pretty orchid-like blooms are about silver-dollar size. So they might be smaller than expected BUT just look at all that detail in such a little thing!
Four varieties thrived last year but I've since forgotten all their names except one — Samurai. It's the first one to bloom each year and was featured two posts ago back in August.
Earlier this summer, I realized I had planted those lilies way too close to each other.
Lots of new babies popped up and are competing for spots. I'll have to dig up a few when they sprout next spring to spread them out — and share them with my friends and family.