Friday, March 18, 2011
Eremurus, Foxtail lily, Desert candle….oh how I love you. Why will you not bloom for me? These blooming Eremurus were photographed in June of last year at Dancing Oaks Nursery in Monmouth, OR. Look at those tall bloom spikes! I bought my first Eremurus at the spring 2009 HPSO Sale, that’s 2 summers of hoping I might see the tall glorious flower spike…only to watch the foliage shrivel and disappear sometime in July without a single bloom having made an appearance. This year I’ve been given a bonus! Instead of just one little tip of foliage busting out of the soil there are three! That triples my chances of seeing a bloom, right? Like the plant addict I am I figured more plants equal an increased chance for blooms. So I just purchased Eremurus Cleopatra bulbs at Garden Fever, to put in the front garden. I’ve heard that fall is the time to plant Eremurus, but spring seems to be when I find them available. Have you grown Eremurus? Have they bloomed? What is your secret?