Blooms From My Yard – Blackberry Lily

Welcome back for another post from Chasing the Blooms. This post is the first about the different varieties of plants in my yard and flower beds. We have a diverse mix of perennials and annuals, with the belief and wish to have blooms stretch the outdoor growing season to its limits. It is a bit harder now that I no longer have my greenhouse business which presented us with a unique opportunity to have an unlimited selection for our own use.

So what do you do when that kind of source goes by the boards? You accept the kindness of friends and family as well as the marked down carts at Lowes or home Depot. New varieties can be explored in this way and introduced into your floral plan. The origin story for this particular plant traces back to my uncle Charles, a former biology teacher. I saw it in a flower bed at his home during a family gathering,. expressed interest and was the recipient of a plant when the season drew to a close.

The "blackberries" or seed pods that developed after the seed pods ripened.

The “blackberries” or seed pods that developed after the seed pods ripened.

When I got my plant it looked like the photo above. The main difference was that I had a single plant where the photo shows the three that developed from it this past season. I talked with my aunt and she said there was two ways they knew to propagate the plant, by the root and using the seeds hidden within the “blackberries”. I don’t know about you, but my best intentions with seeds are a stack of unfulfilled promises, so i depended on the root route.

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The beginning of the blooming process. You will notice the bloom casings as they develop near the top of the plant.

My reward was the emergence of the first triangular leaves around the end of May. The plant developed in a fan-like form as it steadily grew larger. My excitement was palpable as i anticipated the gorgeous bloom, being a lily lover as I am.

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One of the less desirable qualities of the plant is the short bloom duration. Each bloom is . open for only one day. Thankfully I had three strong, healthy plants that sported multiple blooms.

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Eventually the blooms stop and the slow process of waiting for the “blackberries” to emerge begins. The seed pods slowly form and then develop over more than a month’s time. While i kept a watch and photographed the stages I was not as diligent with marking a calendar to judge the time frame.

 

 

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This fall I continued the tradition of passing along this beauty to another plant lover, giving one of the roots to a friend in a nearby town. She posts pictures to her Facebook account about as often as i do (OFTEN) and I knew she would enjoy this as much as I do. I hope you have enjoyed learning about the Blackberry Lily and will come back for more posts on Chasing the Blooms.

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