Monday, February 1, 2016

Recommended Lilium varieties for
Brightside St Louis

Gardeners in the St. Louis area often ask for help in finding the best lilies to thrive in St. Louis. The cultivars below are generally available from lily growers in the United States and Europe, and they’ve been vetted by members of the Mid America Lily Society for being hardy in our St. Louis area.

Top 5 lily bulbs that thrive in St. Louis

“Regale” (any variety.) Species.
White center, looks like an Easter lily. Some varieties have dark pink on recurve. Blooms in June.

“Royal Sunset”  Longiflorum-Asiatic. 
Gold, orange and yellow. Blooms in June.

“Black Beauty”  Oriental-Trumpet.
 Deep red, white edges, small flowers. Blooms in July.

“Scheherazade” Oriental-Trumpet.
 Deep red centers, cream edges. Blooms in July.

“Silk Road” Oriental-Trumpet.
Red centers, white edges. Large flowers, heavy scent. Blooms in July.

Other bulbs that do well in St. Louis

“Tiger Babies” Asiatic.
Pale orange with spots, blooms in June.

“Iowa Rose” Asiatic.
Rose with spots, blooms in June.

“Sun Ray” Asiatic.
Yellow. Blooms in June.

“Kentucky” Longiflorum Asiatic.
Pale orange with spots, blooms in June.

“Red Alert” Longiflorum Asiatic.
Deep dark red, blooms in June.

“Serrada” Longiflorum Asiatic.
Bright yellow, blooms in June.

“Royal Trinity” Longiflorum Asiatic.
Peach, blooms in early June.

“Eyeliner” Longiflorum Asiatic.
Cream with purple edge, bloom in June.

“Anastasia” Oriental-Trumpet.
 Pink and white, large flowers, blooms in July. Scented.

“Robina” Oriental-Trumpet.
Dark pink, large flowers, blooms in July. Scented.

“Flashpoint”   Oriental-Trumpet.
Dark Red with white edges, large flowers. Scented.

“Nightflyer”  Asiatic.
 Dark purple, almost black. Blooms in June.

Most L. A. (Longiflorum-Asiatic) lilies are very reliable in St. Louis. They come in a wide range of colors, and they bloom early June – late June.

Many, but not all, Oriental-Trumpet lilies and Asiatic lilies do well in St. Louis. Hardiness depends on the cultivar.

--By Kim Peterson

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Digging Lilium Bulbs

This week I've been digging up lilium bulbs. Some will be replanted in my gardens and some will go to other people.

These are Scheherazade Oriental Trumpet lilies. They've been in the same place for a decade. These bulbs produce flowers that range from 5 feet to 7 feet high.

The group on the left are oversize and in need of division. When they are this big and this close together, they compete for nutrients and are stunted in growth. I will pry apart the three bulbs on the left and re-plant them, giving them more space.

--By Kim Peterson

Monday, May 4, 2015

Botrytis in Lilium in St. Louis

In the past week I’ve seen disease in lilies in my St. Louis garden. It may be botrytis, a fungal disease that lives in ground soil and, when weather conditions are right, it attacks lilies and other susceptible plants. Due to our long, cool spring of 2015 I believe the fungus has made an appearance in my garden.

Botrytis disease on lilies is characterized by brown spots on leaves and buds. So far, all of the lilies affected in my garden have shown the disease in their wilted tops. The top 2” – 4” flops over from diseased stem. It is smaller lilies less than 1’ high that are showing signs of this disease. All of my bigger lilies at 3’ – 4’ look healthy. So far, anyway!

Another factor that may contribute to this possible botrytis disease is lack of sunshine. I am seeing these wilted lily tops in my garden with a fair amount of shade. Lilies in other locations, those in full sun, all look completely normal and healthy.

A fungicide treatment will stop the spread of botrytis. To prevent continued infection, all leaf and stalk debris should be picked up in the fall. Lily bulbs themselves are not infected by the botrytis fungus, so it is unnecessary to throw the plant away.

Are other St. Louis residents seeing brown spots on lilies? How about wilted tops? Please comment and let me know how this cool spring is affecting your lilies.

B & D Lilies, a large grower of lilies in the Western United States, gives thorough advice about combating botrytis here:

--By Kim Peterson

Sunday, March 15, 2015

MARLS Flower Design Class a Success

On March 14, 2015 nine enthusiastic student designers made wonderful flower arrangements in a hands-on design class lead by Jean Morris at Barr Branch Library. The Mid-America Regional Lily Society sponsored the class.

The goal of this class was to show how anyone can use a few basic principles to create a harmonious and balanced flower arrangement.

Completed harmonious and balanced design

Jean Morris, who is a well-known iris expert and plant educator, taught the class. Jean’s work with the iris and daffodil societies has made her a superb teacher of simple design used in flower society shows. She enthusiastically recruits new designers for shows through her talks about design. She showed that a simple approach using "papa bear, mama bear, and baby bear" placement of plant materials produces a harmonious and balanced creation. This design principle works with a variety of flowers and plant materials. It is a great basic approach to design competitions.

Jean Morris instructing students about Line material

Before starting design work, Jean showed everyone a few simple pieces of equipment that designers should have on hand. A low container with a wide opening is always easy to work with. To hold plant materials, use needle holders, foam, or aqua holders. Be sure to buy "wet" foam made for fresh flowers! It needs to be soaked for a few minutes before placing in container. "Stickum" is an essential tool for keeping holders in place; just make sure that your container is clean and dry. All of these materials can be purchased at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.
When entering flower shows, pay attention to the show schedule. It lays out the rules for the show. Each design will be staged in a specific way, and that determines the measurements of your design. If the show provides a background of 32" high, your design may not exceed that height. Some shows stage designs on individual tables or on pedestals.

Each class in a standard flower show is made up of four entries. A designer can enter only one design in each class. The classes all have different themes and design objectives. Read the schedule carefully and follow the directives in it.
Jean talked about the classes she has planned for daffodil and iris shows this spring. All sounded challenging and fun! And fun is the point of a design show--stretching your creative brain is enjoyable!

Judges of the design competition look for several things. Here are some tips: white containers are generally not used because they detract from flowers. Plant material should be fresh and unblemished. Containers should be clean and free of debris. Containers in unusual shapes and textures add interest to the overall design.
Most importantly, judges look for a pleasing design that demonstrates balance, appropriate proportion, scale, rhythm, dominance, contrast, and unity.
After this introduction, Jean demonstrated the first step in making a design. Designers use three pieces of plant materials to create the “line.” "Papa bear" (or sky) is the tallest element in the design. The student designers in this class used myrtle. Jean showed how mother-in-law tongue from her houseplants works beautifully as another kind of line material. Next the "mamma bear" line, shorter than the first, goes in to the side of the first piece. Finally, “baby bear” is placed on the other side, shorter than the other two pieces. All of these should be placed as though they are coming out of the same center.

Linda Blake, Robbie Blake, and Dorothy Lockhard
placing line materials in their designs.

Next, place three flower stalks in a way that repeats the line. The tall flower should be the smallest. The middle flower should be a little bigger. The shortest and largest flower should be placed at the bottom of designs to show a careful balance to the design.
Several of the student designers practiced placing line materials in a variety of ways, evaluating the differences, and seeing which placement was best.
The next step is to add additional flowers, if desired. Small flowers of a different variety, and in a contrasting color or texture, add visual interest. But additional flowers may not be necessary—spare, elegant designs that show off each piece of plant material can be compelling.

Nearly completed designs

The final step is to add small greenery around the bottom of the design to hide mechanics of the foam or pin holder.
It was remarkable that each student produced a lovely, distinctive design, with all using the same kind of orange lily and myrtle! This result shows the creativity inherent in each person. We all bring unique ideas and views to the task of making a flower design.

Pat Kelley and Mary Ann Campbell
with their completed designs.

The Mid-America Regional Lily Society would like to thank Jean Morris for the great presentation on flower design. We hope that students in the class will practice their skill and will enter an upcoming daffodil, iris, or lily design competition!
Jean Morris’ complete tutorial can be found on the website of the American Iris Society at this link: 

--by Kim Peterson 

Progress at Jewel Box Lilium Planting

New Signs at Jewel Box Lilium Area

We are proud to unveil our new signs promoting Lilium, in the Lilium area at the Jewel Box. 

Signs promoting Lilium at the Jewel Box in Forest Park

Lilium Summer blooms are progressing

Our mid-tier blooms of 'Royal Sunset' an LA Lilium, and 'Conca d'Or' an Orienpet Lilium are blooming at the Jewel Box. 

Lilium Bloom has begun

Our first blooms, the Pixie Lilium, are blooming at the Jewel Box. 

A closer view of our Pixie blooms

Late Spring Progress

Lilium growth is on target and looking nice.

Alyssum is planted among the Lilium.

Fred and Jean at the Jewel Box planting site

Looking forward to the Summer Blooms!

Early Spring Progress 

Status simply put:  as planned!  
The daffodils are in striking peak bloom, blending our planting with others in the area. 

The bed itself looks great with only a few weeds starting. It has been visited recently by a deer, but the daffodils did their job, the beast just passed on. 

Our lilies are starting to show healthy growth peaking through the mulch.

Looking forward to their continued growth!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sad News for MARLS Charter Member

'Yelloween' Lilium

Our MARLS founding member Fred Winterowd, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 12th.  Fred was our mentor, teacher, friend, and an outstanding person.  We will miss him greatly.  Please remember his wife Jean, and their family, in your prayers as they struggle with this tragic event. 

A memorial service will be held, in Fred's honor, at 2:00pm on August 30, 2014 at New Horizons Presbyterian Church located at the following address;

    9424 Everman Dr., Overland MO 63114

Please send thoughts and tributes of Fred to Jean Winterowd at the following address;

   10099 Midland Blvd., St Louis, MO 63114

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Our first morning at the 2014 NALS Convention

This year we attended the North American Lily Society Convention in Bloomington, MN.  Being my second NALS convention, I was really looking forward to the exciting events and garden tours.  We arrived late on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, but made sure to get-up early for the NALS convention check-in on Thursday morning.

NALS Convention Check-in Counter
NALS Convention Registration Counter

The very friendly and helpful Jeanne Bauer was at the registration counter in the Hilton MSP Airport, Bloomington, MN and gave us our name badges, convention material and pointed us towards the Lily staging room.

In the Lily staging room, we once again found our Mid America Regional Lily Society member, Kim Peterson, working hard to prepare her flowers for display in the Horticulture Division at the Lily Show.  As Kim's flowers soaked-up water from the long ride to Minnesota we looked around the Lily Show staging room.

Lancifolium Lilium
L. lancifolium that Kim was preparing for Horticulture Exhibition

As we looked around the room, we found an amazing assortment of Lilium soaking-up water and in various stages of preparation for the Horticulture Division at the NALS Lily Show.

Horticulture Entries for 2014 NALS Show

Horticulture Entries for 2014 NALS Show

Horticulture Entries for 2014 NALS Show

This beautiful display of gorgeous Lilium in a bucket were used to create the First Place entry for Class 4: Kansas City Royals in the Design Division.

Class 4: Kansas City Royals entry
Class 4: Kansas City Royals entry

The Design Exhibitors were working hard to create extraordinary Designs for the NALS Show.

Design exhibitors preparing for NALS Show
Design exhibitors preparing for NALS Show

We spent an amazing few hours that morning among the Lilium in the NALS staging room.

--By Lynn Slackman