Lilies, anyone?

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Hoy
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Gene wrote:

My best stem of L. mackliniae so far.  Six flowers:

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Everything here is very early because of several weeks of hot, sunny, dry weather in early May.

Here it is the opposite, everything is very late because of several monthe of cold, dry weather all winter and spring. It is better now but I can't grow lilies like that anyway :o

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

RickR
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Truly breathtaking, Gene! :o

The colors are so complimentary and subtle.
  They really bring a lot of depth to the character.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

tropicalgirl251...
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Gene they are really very beautiful

Krish

Saskatoon,SK,Canada
Zone 3a
one of the sunniest cities in Canada.
Temperature range +30C to -38C.
average annual precipitation 347.2mm.

RickR
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Cleaning up the last of my stem bulblets this fall, I felt the need to share....

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Fermi
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Rick,

that could've been a pic out of "Rix and Phillips" !

Very artistic,

cheers

fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

RickR
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Each bulblet has a piece of granite grit under it to prop it into position for the photo op.

And then this crawled out of one of them.....

Identified by a friend, it's a species of Pseudoscorpion (Chelifer sp.), a predatory mite.  From its butt to the end of its pincers, it is not more than one millimeter long.

----- Cool!

I am really pleased with what my new camera can do.  Of course, still being a pocket camera it has its limitations.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Mark McD
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Rick, your Lily bulb collage is wonderful, so colorful, bright, and well presented. And then that little nasty pseudoscorpion, what is it a predator of? Impressive that a pocket camera can take such a photo of that lil beastie at only 1 mm in length.  And what new camera are you using?  Current technology in photography is mind boggling, when thinking about the older days of SLR cameras and expensive film and film processing; with current digital technology it's easy to go out into the garden and shoot hundreds of photos, at no expense.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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RickR
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Pseudoscorpions may be nasty looking, but are not nasty at all.  When I first saw it, it looked like a speck with giant claws.  Not knowing what species it is, I guess I can’t say for sure what it eats, but these beneficial arachnids eat other small mites, and many insects like aphids, beetle larvae, caterpillars, etc. 

I think that pic is about the limitation of the close up feature with my Sony RX100M2.  (I splurged.)  I have had it for about a month, and although all my photos with my previous Panasonic point and shoot were taken with auto mode (no other option), the auto mode on this Sony is terrible with anything even remotely close up.  I quickly learned how to remedy that!  The backlit technology of the 1 inch sensor (giant for a pocket camera) really allows for low light use and 20 megapixel compilation.  Probably the greatest single improvement over my old Panasonic Lumix TZ4.  The camera doesn't focus closer than 4cm, but the high pixel count compensates a lot.  This was the original photo (at 4cm) that the image above came from:

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Fermi
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The promise of things to come

Asiatic Liliums

Asiatic Liliums planted a few months ago are soon to flower

cheers

fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

Fermi
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The first to flower is an Asiatic called 'Tiny Padhye'

Lilium Tiny Padhye

cheers

fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

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