This year Nature Girl has swamp lilies in the flower bed in the back yard.
Our first summer living by the swamp, we were astonished when the swamp lilies bloomed. Last year we were watching them and tracking their progress. They are pretty amazing.
We saw little clumps of swamp lilies here and there in the Conservancy Woods. We also saw them in the piney woods just west from the Conservancy. There is a place just downstream from a bend in the river where the riverbank trail is getting undercut.
Here you can see a group of very small pine saplings that look like they will land in the river with the next storm.
Just a few yards down the trail we saw a clump of swamp lilies in a similarly undercut spot. I called the owner of the piney woods, who graciously gave permission for us to harvest them before they are lost to the river.
You have to excavate quite a lot to harvest a swamp lily. The bulb is very large, and the feeder roots that grow from the base are fragile. I wish I had thought to take a picture of the bulb, but we were anxious to get them replanted quickly so as to reduce the stress on these plants.
We did not expect them to bloom this year, but here they are.
Not many flowers will grow in the back bed, because the ground stays too wet. Swamp lilies will not make a popular choice for two reasons. One is they like it wet, and the other is that they do not bloom for a very long period. But they are so spectacular I am happy to have them.
Last year’s post about swamp lilies: