Sunday, October 26, 2008

Toad Vs. Toad

So, what is my pick for the overall best garden toad lily? This year I'm going to go with Sinonome (with a silver medal to Tojen). I have Sinonome growing in a rather unfavorable spot, in a dry area under a large black cherry tree, yet it is almost three foot tall, with dozens and dozens of flower buds on each stalk. The pictures above show it at present, having already been in bloom for a month; not really a flattering pair of photos, but just to show how many still-unopened buds are present. I can't imagine how long it must bloom in a milder climate than ours, where freezing temperatures didn't cut it down.
So cue the national anthem; Sinonome takes this year's gold.

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I have some sinonome as well and they are beautiful, standing tall and blooming for months on end. However, I do think they are infected by the virus. I am not sure what to do with the plant. I have other toad lilies that don't appear to have the virus. Should I rip out the sinonome?
Anony... it does indeed have the virus. I don't know what to tell you about getting rid of the virus-infected toadies; Sinonome seems SO healthy and vigorous, I'm keeping it.
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