Saturday, May 17, 2008

Mystery Challenge!

Ok, garden experts! I need help. This lily (I am assuming it is a lily of sorts) is stunningly beautiful. But I have no idea what it is. The entire stem is bright red, unlike the daylilies I know. Do you know what it might be?

I've done some google searches and come up empty. I'd love to have your ideas to search through. It lives in dappled shade, gets good water and the soil is probably mostly black clay so I think it's pretty hearty in that sense.

I planted them at our previous house and loved them so much that I divided them and brought these with me. I'd love to have more, but that would require a name!

Any ideas?

Ok - mystery #2 of the day! I found this amazing moth in our outdoor kitchen, where he/she hung out all day long in this spot. Must have been cozy! It looks like something you'd draw when you were doodling. Any idea what it might be?
And these are not mysterious at all, just pretty! Had to share a shot of my morning glories in their full morning glory! Don't they look happy?


Vanillalotus said...

Okay after searching for half an hour I found your lily. I love to search and find out new things. Especially if I can help some one. Your lily is called a Jacobean Lily, or Aztec Lily. It's latin name is Sprekelia formosissima. Here is a website with more information and it says there are 5 vendors online selling this.

Your moth is a giant/great leopard moth. I have seen this moth and other similar on other blogs.

Hope I helped you some.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I don't know what kind of lily that is but I would love to have one. It is gorgeous.

The doodle moth is quite pretty. I looked in my moth book to no avail but I see that Vanillalotus has found it for you.

Shellmo said...

Glad vanillalotus was able to identify that beautiful lily! And what an interesting moth!

Diana said...

Vanilalotus - Wow. You are HUGE! Thanks for finidng that. Makes sense that it's in the amaryllis familly, because it looks more like that than a lily, especially the leaves and stem. I'd googled and looked to no avail. So glad we can put a name to the moth as well. My daughter will love that it's a leopard moth - cool name for a cool critter! I'm so glad you had such success. Thanks.

Thanks Lisa - it is so pretty and so dramatic when it blooms. Now that I know what it is, I might have to order a few more!

Shellmo - Yes, I'm glad to have the mysteries solved. It's such a good feeling to go, ah- haaaa!

Curtis said...

Sorry I can't help you with the Lilly. The Moth matches the counter top very interesting. And I like your Morning Glories. They are Glorying it up.

Diana said...

Curtis -- Yeah - the moth was so cool and graciously stayed there for hours letting us watch it. And the morning glories put a smile on my face every morning with the way they open up to welcome the day. Thanks for visiting.

East-Side patch said...

I also had one of these Leopard months last year - I will post pictures of it in my next blog. The lily is very cool - where did you get it from do you remember?
keep up the good work!