Friday, June 26, 2009

Asiatic Lilly?

My neighbour gave me this plant this Spring and this is what it looks like when it blooms. My sister-in-law says that it looks like an Asiatic Lilly. This flower is so beautiful that it looks fake.
The real kicker is that it spreads like a weed. My neighbour thought these were dead so she discarded them in her yard only to find them thriving later. She dug them up and gave them to me.

And here is a bit of a mystery: I don't believe this to be Blossom End Rot because all the tomato plants were planted on the exact same soil and none of the other tomato plants are exhibiting this problem. Unless, of course, that Perestroika tomatoes have a higher need for calcium. This plant is growing in a self-watering bucket so as an experiment, I stopped filling the reservoir and began watering the plant from the top. I may be imagining things but the new tomatoes seem to be less affected by this. I will try to add lime to it tomorrow to see if the problem disappears altogether.

In other news, it's been in the 100's for the past week or so and it promises to be the same for the foreseeable future. My melon bed has grown Jurasically and the Sugar Baby vines, which are supposed to be 3-4 feet long are now close to 7 feet long! I have baby watermelon and canteloupe.
I harvested my first tub of potatoes. I got about 5 pounds out of it. Not bad.

Over and out.


  1. The lilies are GORGEOUS!!!! It has been hot here in North Florida as well. Would love some rain..

  2. Those look like Asiatic lilies to me, too. I've got the common orange variety, and you're right about them growing like weeds. I tried to dig up the bulbs once, and all they did was split and multiply!

    As for the blossom end rot -- I do think it varies by variety; last year it decimated my paste tomatoes, but the others were hardly affected at all. This year I'm trying a medium-sized tomato called New Yorker that's supposed to be resistant -- we'll see how that goes.

  3. The lilies are so so nice! I can see why you said they look fake. Good job! Have a great weekend!

  4. Your lily is beautiful! I love the sunny yellow!
    One of the tomatoes I grew last year had blossom end rot for no reason, either, it was a golden yellow tomato, the red types were not effected. Hope the problem resolves itself.

  5. Thank you all for your comments. I wanted to try to cut the rotten part of the tomato out and eat the rest but I decided against it at the last minute!