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steveTusteveTu Posts: 2,667
I have suddenly (we've lived here for 20+ years and I've never seen them before) got some flowers appear down the side of our conservatory. There are about 6 or 7 stems each with a cluster of flower heads. Looking at plantnet they seem to be lilies (lililum bulbiferum - orange lily). I can only think my wife planted them and this is the first time they've appeared - how long can they lay 'dormant' without flowering? The only change to the environment is that a new down pipe was put on that side of the conservatory and it's now getting lots more water. I love the fact that these things just seem to appear - but I must admit it also thoroughly confuses me.

UK - South Coast Retirement Campus (East)


  • B3B3 Posts: 25,296
    They may have come under the fence. 'Dead ' clematis will appear years later too.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    What do the leaves look like? Are they long thin and scrappy? The way they are clustered, they could be Daylilies. Hemerocallis.
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,323
    I also think it is a Hemerocallis. 
  • edited June 2019
    It is a daylily, but there are over 80,000 hybrids, so it would be hard to be more precise! In the USA the wild species are know as ditchweed as they enjoy lots of water, but they also tolerate drought.
  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Posts: 3,845
    Sorry Steve, thought you were calling me

    I plant mine deep, at least a 18”. With some grit underneath, they have ever let me down.  I have Turks cap scattered through the wood, strong perfume, too much for the house 
    then I have Parker’s varied bag planted in deep stone urns.  Apart from someone attacking them to take as her entry to the flower show I have never had a problem
    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • steveTusteveTu Posts: 2,667
    Apologies for not getting back to you all - the kids took me up the pub yesterday afternoon. They should know better at their ages....
    I'm not sure they've grown through from next door as we both have conservatories virtually butting up to each other - with a concrete fence between. Down the side of our conservatory my wife had some plants - a vine (don't ask - she steadfastly refused my brilliant idea of making a hole in the conservatory glass and training the vine up inside - a la Hampden Court), some helebore I think (given what I've learnt here) and some 'other' green leaved (that helps eh?) things that AFAIK never bloomed - which I would now guess are these lilies/daylilies.
    I'll nip out a bit later and get some shots of the leaves and the general environment.

    UK - South Coast Retirement Campus (East)
  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    The water might have triggered them into growth, day lilies really like it damp. 

    They are a nice surprise to find. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,260
    Those pesky kids ,Steve  - eh?  :D
    They can travel underground a bit, so it may be that they've not come from the direction you expect, or they may have been a bit dormant during drier weather, and it's happened as Bijdizee suggests. 
    Definitely a day lily  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • steveTusteveTu Posts: 2,667

    OK - I assume that daylilies only last a given the blooms last a day (I thought they closed up and would re-open again in the sunshine - but no - dead head shown), then they're day lilies. Aptly named.

    @Fairygirl - kids!? Who'd have them eh? I swear they only dragged me up the pub because they wanted to go up there - nothing to do with me really..... I was quite content with watching a black and white movie with a nice cup of Earl Grey!

    Thank you all.
    UK - South Coast Retirement Campus (East)
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,260

    OK - I assume that daylilies only last a day......Aptly named.

    Hemerocallis is their proper name, but as you've seen, the common name arose because of their short lived flowers. 
    Shame you can't move them into a more suitable site.
    I'm sure you enjoyed your 'unwanted' outing all the same   :D
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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