Sunday, October 18, 2009

#34 Agapanthus / Lily of the Nile

I bought one of these at Lowe's for $30, a pot-bound bunch. "Peter Pan Lily of the Nile," it said. It took the whole passenger side of the car—pot in the floor, and flowers everywhere. I took it out and looked at it and loved it. I planted it and loved it more.

I went back to the store to get more. There were three. I bought two of them, but they wouldn't fit in the car so I pushed the cart home (three blocks). Here's a photo of the cart full of flowers!

Here's the first one I got, though, in the front yard:

When I was in Surrey, in the U.K., at Julie Daniel's house, they had one in their back yard. There were more near the Thames, near the Spelthorne library and museum.

I have gathered seeds, to see if I can start any that way, and I suppose they will divide under the ground where they are, if they survive the winter.

They're not naturally local, but if mine do well and I share with friends, someday they'll be "natural" in a way.


Anonymous said...

My partner has an Agapanthus fetish. I wrote about it on my post 'Home for wayward Agapanthus'.

Sandra Dodd said...

How cool! I read it twice, and loved the story about the shovels. And it was posted just a day before this one. Nice!

You said they don't survive freezing. Now I'm worried. I could build them insulated solar-heated dome houses for the winter. Ask Rick to write and advise me!! :-)

Sandra Dodd said...

Those plants didn't survive. Bummer. I read about them, and I should have kept them in pots and brought them in in winter. They were beautifully exciting while I had them, though.

Moon Over Martinborough said...

So sorry to hear that! If it's any consolation, they're not in danger of becoming extinct. They're about to take over our backyard in New Zealand...

Sandra Dodd said...

I would be glad to trade you some tumbleweeds and cactus, but the world doesn't work that way. :-)