Monday, April 15, 2013

Tricyrtis hirta - Toad Lily

Toad Lily - Tricyrtis hirta
Ugly name - but cool plant!! This speckled plant flowers during autumn. It is very discreet, with the foliage acting as lush green filler in the garden, then this weird flower comes along. I love it! Flowers last for ages in a vase, and keeps flowering for several months. Chop it back in winter, then it regrows in Spring. My unofficial  propagation technique involves yanking a piece out of the ground, chopping the tip off, then plonking in the ground. Easy. Free. Good.
Leonotis leonurus - Lion's Tail
And probably, possibly, maybe the last time I mention orange flowers for a while - this great shrub is looking fantastic at the mo. Growing up to about 1.5m in the back of the border at home, the furry orange flowers are really great. It is currently participating in an unscientific experiment to see how long it will last in a vase (see below). Great for floral work as the spires poke out above the bulk.

Yikes! Just realised I've done orange and purple in the same post - AGAIN!!!!! Can't help it, but I realise I really must move on from this infatuation!! Rx


  1. oh well, why ever not combine them...such a startling and fabulous combination of colours...

    that arrangement is traffic stopping Rachel! I bet it lights up the whole room. x

    1. Thanks Virginia. Traffic stopping might be too generous a word for my humble little arrangement, but it would certainly stop the bees in their tracks! There are so many flowers around at the moment - mid-autumn. Can't leave them outside to get rained on can we? The Chrysanthemums and dahlias are going full noise. Love them. R