We had our first ever "corpsing" class this last Saturday in the Graveyard - our good friend and fantastic photographer Marci took pictures. Loving gardens as she does she snapped this picture of one of the students through my hanging flower baskets.
When a person speaks of a Cemetery Lily, an image of a Calla Lily usually comes to mind. But in The South, the term Cemetery Lily refers to a Crinum Lily.
The Crinum belongs to the Amaryllis family. It can withstand drought, poor soil, scorching heat and the native Swamp Crinum Lily even enjoys soggy soil. Yet, despite what Mother Nature (and Man) throws at it, this hardy bulb will provide years and years of blooms. The Crinum will have long strap-like leaves with multiple blooms borne on a stalk. The blooms are quite fragrant, especially as evening draws nigh.
Crinum originally migrated to America via ships arriving from South Africa and other tropical areas. It adapted well to the Southern climate and was planted around homesteads and grave sites. Today, these Crinum can still be seen blooming.
There was a surge in popularity in the 1920s and again in the 1950s, with many new varieties being bred. Preferring hardiness zones 8-10, some Crinum will survive to zone 5-6 with mulch. All Crinum can be grown in a pot if enough room for bulbs and roots are provided. For more info go to The Bulb Society .
Our beautiful Header is courtesy of The Frog Queen.Special thanks to Marci Brandt for the photo .
When Seeds Are Planted
Intriguing things begin to grow!
On January 6, 2010, Jeanne, over at The Candy Corn Chronicles, began a two day series on the state of our plant and seed industry, and how much peril heirloom and native plant seeds are in of becoming extinct.
Over the next few days, Chris, aka, The Frog Queen, over at Frog On The Pumpkin, Becca of Magikal Seasons fame, and myself shared some of our thoughts and ideas about our gardens and our dreams.
Finding that while we are diverse not only in our climates, and our personal favorites in styles of gardening, we all agree in promoting a healthy green planet.
Taking it a step further, blending in our combined love of all things magickal and spooky into a group blog format, wasn't a stretch at all!
So here we are. Presenting a diverse assortment of botanical topics for your reading pleasure. We hope that you will join in with your comments and questions, sharing new ideas and rediscovering old ones.
Becca, Chris, Jeanne, Sherry & Suzie
"It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought."
It is not the intent of this blog, or its contents to promote any herbal medical preparation or application, but merely to outline any potential medicinal properties of certain herbs, when discussing the plant as a whole.
We are not qualified medical personnel, nor certified herbalists and therefore it is strongly recommended that no one use any herbal treatments without seeking professional advice beforehand.