Lilium ‘Black Out’ And ARTiculture

Lilium ‘Black Out’ (Asiatic lily) – May 25, 2017

Asiatic lilies planted in a patio container last summer did poorly but they redeemed themselves this year.

Lilium ‘Black Out’ opened this week, but on its own time, not mine. I had been watching and waiting, hoping it would be ready in time for ARTiculture, my local garden club’s flower show on Tuesday. Instead the flowers waited until Wednesday to reveal their deep red beauty.

Lilium ‘Black Out’ (Asiatic lily) – May 25, 2017

Lilium ‘Black Out’ (Asiatic lily) -May 26, 2017

Entries for flower show had to be delivered on Monday for judging on Tuesday morning.

With no lilies available (and gardenias were still just fat buds also on Monday), Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’ served double-duty. She made her debut in my Monday vase early in the morning and by afternoon she was entered in the Horticulture division of the show.

Fragrant Pair -May 22, 2017

Only two flowers were entered in the Paeonia class and both were mine.  Peony ‘Pink Parfait’ was my second entry. Both peonies had been cut in bud stage several weeks earlier and stored in the refrigerator. They held up very well using this technique.

The judges created a sub-class and both flowers earned blue ribbons—a fun ending to the story.

Peonies at ARTiculture


12 thoughts on “Lilium ‘Black Out’ And ARTiculture

  1. Kris P

    Flowers can be so uncooperative at times! Both your lily and your peonies are wonderful. I was surprised to learn that a peony flower’s life could be extended for such a long period in the refrigerator, not that I have any peonies to try using that technique. Congratulations on your blue ribbon!

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      All the flowers I’d waited on to bloom in time for the show are now open, but too late for this year’s judging. I’ve used that peony trick only twice but it worked great.

  2. Christina

    Well done with the peonies! Great forethought to chill them and then get them to flower on time (not easy I’m sure). The lily is gorgeous.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Peonies were really beautiful this year so I’m glad I could preserve some in the refrigerator for the show. The lily has been great. I gave up lilies for a while because the deer love them and I didn’t want to encourage them to jump the fence. Glad I tried this red one.

      1. Christina

        I’ve given up on lilies too because of the red lily nettle that devours them, however this year the lilies that are in the garden are doing quite well.

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