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Views from the Greenhouse – And the winner of the Calla Lilies Race 2012 is…..

 As we walked through Annie’s garden last night she pointed out that her Calla Lilies would soon be flowering. So it was with a rather smug and satisfied smile, that I was able to tell her mine already had! I bought a pack of five last year, put them in a pot and to be honest not much happened, I think two actually flowered. I was a bit disappointed but as I didn’t need the pot right away I left them – frankly I forgot they were there!  It is a nice pot so I left it on the patio. I’m so pleased I did as I now have some very nice Calla lilies – even though they recommend changing the pot soil once a year.  I love the narrow vase shaped  flowers set off against the beautifully shaped green leaves. I think the reason for this year’s display is the sheer very high rainfall we have had – June was the highest amount ever recorded. Calla Lilies require a lot of water.

Adrian's Calla Lily

Calla Lily in bloom!

Calla lilies or to give them their posh name “ Zantedeschia” come from South Africa. In truth it is not really a lily. I actually had mine in a good position as they do like the sun or partial shade. They can be grown in pots or in the garden boarder- though they do like it to be well drained. We like them as a cut flower at home as they tend to last quite a relatively long time and one of these days I will tell you about the Lily man in Suffolk….

I think next year I will grow them in the garden. They develop new bulbs which I can then spread over an area that I will set aside for the purpose. I have read that they can spread and really take over. So I will be careful where I put them. In the meantime I’m going to savour this year’s flowering – better luck next year Annie!

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