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Gardening ` ARUM LILY `


I said that I would tell you my personal history of the` Arum Lily` in my garden.
I have two names that this Lily could come under 1.Italicum ( Lords and Ladies)
2. Maculatum (Adder Root) and it is this last name that the root lives up to.
We were buying a house and it had a natural stream at the bottom of the garden and the stream had a slight bend to it and sitting on the bend half in and half out of the water sat this lovely Lily in full bloom flowers as big as dinner plates. My builder said that he would have the plant removed as it was too big ,Three foot by Four FT. and I said "you touch that plant and I will not buy the house " husband nearly had apperplexy, (the builder and I are still great friends), needless to say he left well alone. I have taken root cuttings at least four times since that day when I have moved house, and I would not dream of going without it.My Lily is the first thing I plant up when I get itchy feet.Oh I did give his daughter a lovely cutting in bloom to say thank you.

This is a root section December 2009

oops not mastered this photo bit yet !!

Also a Root section 2009 notice the healthy leaves.And it was left out all winter.

This is the host plant in bloom .

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Oh wow ... good plan to leave well alone! What a lovely plant to inherit redsongbird. Even the leaves are a fab shape! Can you post some pics when it's in bloom please??!! :o)

13 Jun, 2010


Lovely blog and picts, Red, your lillies look stunning~I am hoping the cutting you did for me comes up half as well lol! :~))x

13 Jun, 2010


That reminds me of the arum lily in my father's garden. I must bring it up here before we sell the house.
I'm glad you saved yours.

14 Jun, 2010


Thanks for the last photo ... I'm not going mad as that wasn't there when you 1st posted!!
They are beautiful ... so elegant.

14 Jun, 2010


Morning Fluff no you are quite sane . I am just getting into this sorry. (::)

14 Jun, 2010


Hey hey ... no worries ... (::) ... just copying your little sign ... cute!

14 Jun, 2010


Lovely Arum you have there, RSB! :-) The pot of flowers looks really lovely!

14 Jun, 2010


Hi, the plant you have is Arum ethiopia. Arum italicum and arum maculatum are the same family but native to GB and much smaller. A friend gave me a pot of baby ones some years ago and I have separated, potted up and given away masses of them. I now have six very large ones which flower well.They are in individual pots and I feed them nitrogen (sulphate of ammonia)when they are in flower. They are outside always, ( no room indoors) I let them dry over the winter - they look a bit shattered in the Spring but always recover. The pots are in a box and the plants covered with bubblewrap at present and I hope they survive the very cold weather !!
Success to your arum growing.
(I would love a stream - lucky you!)

29 Nov, 2010

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