Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Calla Lily

Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)

Even though it's overcast my calla lilies still look awesome. I've got 5 blooms and the stems are straight and sturdy. They also require nothing from me in order to look this good. I brought this plant with me when I moved  a year and a half ago. It used to be planted on the north facing wall of my house in the woods. The soil there was almost pure clay and the compaction from construction really ruined any chance I had of growing plants there easily. This calla lily plant could hardly grow from having it's roots soaked and the slugs just loved it.

Seeing it now looking so tall and healthy makes me happy that I thought to bring it with me. While I've struggled with the soil here (moles and construction debris) this plant seems to love it here. This is the type of gardening I'm after, where once settled in the plants can thrive without my constant attention. 

This flower is popular in both weddings and funerals, I wouldn't recommend it to my friend who just announced her engagement.  I think she should have flowers that are vividly colored and tropical for her wedding vows. I'll have to ask her what she has in mind.

Congratulations M!


  1. That thing is serious! I would put it smack into the middle of my edibles garden so there would be some structure there instead of just a big odd space! Gosh, it's really beautiful.

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  2. I think it would stand out in any garden, but I literally have to step around it in my tiny back yard.