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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Peppermint Finally Identified




My sweet Joe had this odd sculptural plant growing in a wine barrel at the old house when I met him.  We moved it to the yellow house two years ago and it grew very large but never bloomed. Joe did not recall if it bloomed or not. Lo and behold it does. 
After two years here is the bloom:


It is a Peppermint Lily. 
 Do you see those stripes?




Here you can see the tall leaves of this lily. 
It is as tall as our lantana which is also tremendous.


The Peppermint Lily as seen through the cast iron bird feeder.

Have you had any garden surprises?

Linking with: Wow Us Wednesday's

joy and peace
Olive


24 comments:

  1. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Really beautiful lily - and yes, we have lots of surprises every year arriving in the garden, and I do not know where they come from. One of natures mysteries.

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  3. LOVE that lily! No real surprises. I did plant a couple peonies and nothing happened -- I kind of forgot about them and was out watering last weekend and saw that one is finally coming up -- I was a little surpised :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  4. What a nice surprise! It is a lovely lily. I like the last photo of it through the bird feeder.

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  5. It's gorgeous! I'm generally too literal to see names in objects, but this is a stick of peppermint lily.

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  6. Always! I never know what's going to show up. Like a banana tree. That rarely gets bananas, but probably will after we move. Love the suprise peppermint lily! Ann

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  7. Wonderful!! I have a plant out in the back...don't know the name that I got many years ago...don't even remember the name...it never bloomed until last year...and boy did it bloom! Your lily is really pretty...love the subtle stripes!

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  8. What a beautiful surprise Olive! I love lilies and that peppermint lily is just gorgeous!! Enjoy your day, Gail

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  9. I've never heard of that but it's absolutely beautiful.

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  10. It is so pretty. Never heard of that one.

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  11. That's a beautiful lily. I've had bit of ivy pop up between the patio bricks. Who knows where that came from!
    -Karen

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  12. I love the delicate stripey colours - it's gorgeous. I bought a Platycodon (Chinese Bellflower) last year and potted it up. It looked as if it had gone toes up in the winter and then all these tiny shoots started to appear. I thought it was a weed and was going to throw it out. Luckily I didn't as a mass of gorgeous blue flowers came out and are still flowering. I was well chuffed with that one.

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  13. What a pretty lily! Glad it did so well after you transplanted it.
    be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  14. Very pretty, love the colors:@) Does a surprise include checking the zucchini this morning and finding a cucumber beetle? Ugh.

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  15. Olive, The first time I planted hollyhocks...was a surprise. I bought some 25 cents plants at the end of a season at walmart..no little id tags in the pots. So when I planted it I did not know what to expect :):) I love that peppermint lily. Sure is a nice picture thruthe feeder too. Smiles, Susie

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  16. Sweet Olive! I have had lots of surprises in the garden, but none nearly as beautiful as you! The color of the peppermint day lily is just gorgeous!

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  17. Adore the lily and your photos. You are becoming quite the photographer. You'll have to let me know how the succulents on your front door are doing. Hope you enjoyed your day!

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  18. Beautiful flowers. I love the stripes. My yard is a constant surprise. Every year I get different flowers in certain spots. Not sure why.

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  19. What a beautiful lily Olive!!!! Your photos of it are just stunning too. I think I will have to look this beauty up to see if it will grow here.

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  20. That flower is named appropriately isn't it? It's very pretty! Does it smell like peppermint too? That would really be something! Ha!

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  21. what a beautiful lily, you must be so pleased it flowered.

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  22. What a delicate looking blossom.

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  23. Beautiful lily. I don't think I've ever seen one like that before. Love the shot with the lantana in it.

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I adore your comments. They are like finding unexpected chocolates. olive