Monday, 3 November 2008

Time for a question to gardeners


Now ignoring the gorgeous dragon, unimaginatively called George, can anyone identify the berries please?
We were clearing the garden and found a small group of tall thin green leaves, about 12-14 inches in height, similar to those you have on lilies, and two stems of these berries. Well, there must have been flowers presumably, a lily of some sort maybe?
They were quite well hidden by other foliage, so the flowers were not seen at all. Neither of us can remember planting anything in this spot, of this ilk, so haven't a clue how they got there, presumably birds or wind, or birds with wind, who knows?
The open one looked like the closed one until it dried out, and apart from wanting to know what it is, I would also like to know how to plant the seeds, and when.
A quick word on gardens in general... around here they are looking decidedly sorry for themselves, very bedraggled after a wet weekend, all the flower heads that were left for the birds to peck at are dark and grungy, not the most appetising of meals I wouldn't have thought. Soggy leaves everywhere, squidged walnut outer casings ready to catch you unawares and cause you to slip and lose your footing momentarily. Still there is some colour from marigolds and grasses, and lots of budding flowers on my wallflower plants, which line the path down to the bottom of the garden. Another month and it will be time to put the outdoor lights around the holly trees for the first time this year, and along the hedges that separate the garden into different areas, traditionally not done until the weekend after my birthday on the 7th December, by which time, a neighbour who decorates his house for charity, will have already spent a weekend or more hanging lights and goodness knows what else this year. Very colourful, a bit OTT, but in its own way, fabulous and uplifting, as well as helping worthy local causes.

10 comments:

Calico Kate said...

Possibly an Iris?? We have quite a few down on the shore where the yellow flags were in the summer. But don't know how/if/when to plant seeds as I fort they grew from bulbs or corms or something - not much of a gardener me!

Arosebyanyothername said...

I believe that they are Iris too, although what variety I cannot say.

Frances said...

I have no idea what that plant might be, but very much like the picture!

James A-S said...

My guess, PFG, would be Iris foetidissima except that you confuse me by mentioning Lily like leaves (little leaves scattered up a central stem) rather than sword like Iris leaves. So, in other words, I dunno.

Lesley said...

More lily than iris, I think.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I wish I was more into gardening. A friend of mine gave me some tulip bulbs yesterday and I didn't have a clue what to do with them. Before she watched me try them in the lamp, she had to teach me a little about planting!

CJ xx

carolyn said...

Looks like an Iris to me.

Mid Life Hopes said...

I love George!!
He is adorable.
:)

VP said...

I immediately thought of Iris foetidissima when I saw your photo.

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