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Image Spotlight: Words
By Sharon Brown on October 14, 2012

Sometimes all it takes is a word or two.

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ImageLaVonne
Oct 14, 2012 9:52 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

I love that Gloriosa Lily...don't think I have seen one like it. Might have to talk Marti into putting some in the garden.
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ImageSharon
Oct 14, 2012 11:19 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
A friend sent them to me back in the summer. I had no idea what they were till they started blooming and climbing. They've bloomed non stop since late August, early September. They change color as they bloom, going from yellows to pink to multi to rose. Gorgeous plant.
ImageLaVonne
Oct 15, 2012 12:55 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Now I know I must get some!
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Imagenap
Oct 15, 2012 6:54 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I couldn't agree more! What a lovely flower! (It just might have been helped along by a loving gardener...)
ImageSharon
Oct 15, 2012 10:18 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Here's the story on the gloriosas. A friend sent me a box of tubers, funny looking things, back toward the middle or end of June. The drought had taken hold here and I couldn't dig holes in the garden, so I stuck them in a big pot thinking they'd never make it in 100* heat every day. One day in late August I saw these tall (18") spikes growing from that pot and thought it looked a little strange but moved them out of the shade where they'd been to a spot where they would get a little more sun. They grew. And grew. And sprouted leaves at the tips of the spikes. Then the leaves started touching, the tips twining around each other like they were holding hands. Weird. Then they grew so tall they started holding hands with the holly tree and anything else they could reach. I finally realized they were climbers so I quickly stuck a piece or two of broken wood into the pot, also a little metal stake and untangled the hand holding thing enough to prop them up a little bit.

Then they bloomed. And bloomed. And bloomed. And still continue to bloom.

Next year they get a spot of their own and a place where they can climb as much as they want.
They are gorgeous. Take a look:

http://allthingsplants.com/plants/view/86971/Gloriosa-Lily-G...

Imagevic
Oct 15, 2012 11:43 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Ditto here on the Gloriosa's - Just beautiful!

As for your quote today - I totally agree Thumbs up When we stay busy, we don't have time to grumble or be miserable about anything - Hurray! Hurray!
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ImageSharon
Oct 15, 2012 11:44 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Exactly, Vic. Don't have time to worry, either.
Imagemcash70
Oct 15, 2012 12:56 PM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
vic wrote:Ditto here on the Gloriosa's - Just beautiful!

As for your quote today - I totally agree Thumbs up When we stay busy, we don't have time to grumble or be miserable about anything - Hurray! Hurray!


I agree I agree
ImageLaVonne
Oct 15, 2012 3:49 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

A climber...well Marti is just going to have to make room for it in the garden..maybe along one fence...hummm?!
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Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
ImageSharon
Oct 15, 2012 3:50 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
As long as it has something to hold on to, it will be fine.
SunnyBorders
Oct 15, 2012 6:51 PM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Lovely pictures, Sharon.

But who should we thank, the blooms or you, for listening to them?
ImageSharon
Oct 15, 2012 6:56 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Sometimes we just do what we think we need to do and hope for the best, you know that, Charlie. For awhile they kept trying to hang onto my hair, grab a curl or two, every time I walked by and I realized they needed something besides me to hold on to. I couldn't stay in one place long enough to help them.

So, that's when I got them a make shift trellis. Smiling
They are great plants.
Imagequilter5
Oct 17, 2012 5:47 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
What a glorious color your plants have. Even now so late in the season. Just beautiful Sharon.
ImageSharon
Oct 17, 2012 8:57 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Hi Barb! Thank you.
ImageLaVonne
Oct 17, 2012 11:29 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Sharon, do you have your Gloriousa Lilies outside year round?
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ImageSharon
Oct 17, 2012 11:41 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
This is the first year I've had them, so not sure whether to bring them in or not.

I'll check.
It's still in the 80s here, and no frost predicted, so I might have a little time to decide. You are in a colder zone than I am, but I'll check to see what I can find out.
ImageSharon
Oct 17, 2012 11:48 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Here's a great site and tells us what we need to know. You will have to scroll down for the info:

http://www.gloriosa-lily.com/

I'm going to bring my tubers in and store them in damp moss or leaves or something to keep them viable, but not wet. Then I'll re plant in spring against something they can climb. At the moment they are in pots so from what this site says, it might get too cold for them if I leave them out. If you get some for your area, they definitely should be brought in for winter. I think there's a zone difference between here and your part of the state.
I hope this helps you decide.

I don't yet have enough tubers to share, since I just got them a few months ago and it's all new to me, too.
ImageKyWoods
Oct 17, 2012 3:09 PM CST
Name: Renée
Northern KY
Beautiful blooms, and true words, indeed!
ImageLaVonne
Oct 18, 2012 8:49 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

We are in zone 6. Marti says they can't stay outside over the winter so for now I will have to settle with admiring yours. If she ever build a green house we can weatherize the maybe I can grow it on a trellis and a sled footed large pot that will move fairly easy to move in and out of the greenhouse as needed.
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Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
ImageSharon
Oct 18, 2012 9:26 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
A greenhouse is a good idea.

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