May 5, 2010

Digging up Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley!  Their darling little white bell flowers smell sweet and slightly haunting.  Familiar, like spring.  THEY ARE ALSO INVASIVE AS HELL.  DARTH VADER COULD NOT POWER THROUGH A SERIOUS CLUMP OF LILY OF THE VALLEY ROOTS.

Conveniently, a local historic Museum's annual plant sale takes place on May 15 (www.wistariahurst.org). So I dug up ALL of the freaking lily of the valley from our front yard and brought them to Wistariahurst (No. That is not spelled incorrectly. Even though the plant is spelled 'Wisteria' the name of the historic house is 'Wistariahurst'. No one knows why.)

The Master Gardeners who organize the plant sale were hard at work. Also? The WistERia is in bloom!

17 comments:

  1. I love wisteria and Lily of the Valley, lol.
    Stopped by from SITS, great photos!

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  2. So THAT is what Wisteria looks like?! I have always liked it, but never knew what it was.

    And Lily of the Valley...one of my favorites, but I didn't realize it was a tough plant. It's so dainty.

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  3. Oh - beautiful photos! So happy that a neighbor has lily of the valley so I can enjoy, but not have to battle it when it tries to take over!

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  4. What beautiful gardens and home, loving the pics! Also, the spreading is why I haven't planted LoV yet... I want some but oh my I do not want to deal with that right now lol! Stopping in from SITS.

    ~Kelli @ Smidgens.

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  5. Gorgeous pics!

    The street where I grew up in Virginia was filled with dogwood trees and wild wisteria. This brings back some memories :)

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  6. Wisteria is so beautiful you have to be careful where you plant it though, I've actually seen it bend metal before! The stuff is strong as nails, not unlike the lily of the valley I suppose. :)

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  7. For normal folks, LotV are impossible to kill. For my mom, who adores them, they wither up and die.

    If you haven't linked up this post to Reluctant Entertainer's May 5 Linky, it's a great place to showcase these beautiful photos. My first time giving it a shot. All flower day. Perfect for us who've just started to see colors.

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  8. Loved the wisteria pictures (But it does make me think of the tv show - desperate housewives. Hehe)

    Loved the comment about Darth Vadar and the Lily of the Valley. Lol.

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  9. that wisteria is divine!

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  10. Those pics are absolutely gorgeous, and the Wisteria is making me long for a covered porch.

    Sounds like you are putting the Lily of the Valley to good use. And now I know how you were able to idenitfy it so quickly on my blog, haha ;)

    Have a great weekend,
    A.

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  11. Hey there! I left you an award over on my blog. Drop by when you get a chance to pick it up!

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  12. fabulous photos. but you are right these plants are so potent.

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  13. Down here in Zone 9a Lily of the Valley would wither away in the heat and humidity. Wisteria, however, thrives and smothers. In my garden column, Thicket To Paradise, I'd always caution people about it. It can bend metal!

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  14. AnonymousMay 18, 2010

    Some of your lilies of the valley have moved to the garden of my Holyoke rowhouse. Thank you!

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  15. Never knew that about Lily of the Valley so I'll take note if I ever decide to plant some! We're considering a major backyard redo to make room for a swing set... UGH!

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  16. The plants in your garden are fantastic, but what I love is the Wisteria vines in front of your door, the lavender flowers are stunning, is that your garden arbor?

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  17. Hi Vic!@ shed plans. That is NOT MY HOUSE! That is a local historic home. www.wistariahurst.org

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