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14 Thursday, March 20, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Lilies. the exotic ladies of the garden by Pai Babcock Easter lilies (L. Longiflorum), the perfect symbol for the season. The purity of birth and rebirth mirrored in delicate, pristine white flowers. The Easter lily is as central to this holiday as the Christmas tree is to its holiday. Enjoying the masses of flowering lilies in garden and floral centers, I'm reminded it's time to plant these exotic ladies of the garden. An impressive variety of Lilium bulbs, Asiatic and Oriental hybrids, make selection difficult. For many of us, the price forces us to choose only a few favorites. However, the payback in pleasure is immense. The lily also pays dividends by multiplying and returning year after year. It's tempting to buy one each of as many of these lovely ladies as we can afford. I've done this. The impact in the garden is disappointing. A group planting of the same variety and color makes a more impressive and pleasing display. I've decided to buy one or two groups each year to give me the beauty of a mass planting and the joy of adding new varieties. These aristocrats of flowerdom have been admired for their regal beauty and fragrance for over 2,000 years. Lilies are gorgeous cut-flowers. In a vase, they will last for ten days and in the garden for weeks. Their exotic colors, markings and bearing compel attention where ever they appear. Lilies are eye-catching alone or in the company of other plants. They combine beautifully with other perennials or against a background of evergreens. Smoke Signals Indian Trading Post Authentic Indian Jewelry and Home Decor. Watch Batteries Replaced Open 7 Days a Week 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Near 160 & Basin) In spite of their splendor, many gardeners are reluctant to plant lilies because they have heard horror stories about how difficult the plants are to grow. The key to growing healthy, happy lilies in our desert is to prepare the beds properly. Lilies like a well drained soil rich in mulch or humus that will retain moisture. Wet feet won't please them, but i i Bishop Veterinary Hospital  Tonopah Clinic L Dr, Lind will be in Tonopah /[ April 2 . .'U Front downstairs office- 42 Belmont St. Appointments/Info, Call 482-6453 after 5 p.m. Dr. Linda will be in every other Wednesday 8 a.m.. 1 p.m,: Dogs, cats and other small animals, including spays, neutering, dentistry, minor surgery,etc. 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.: Horses, cows, etc. ,,,.,+.+ [  Tonopah5:30p.mto7:30p.m.  1 [ Round Mountain: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ]| [ Same dates as Tonopah Clinic 11 CHAIRS TABLES CHINAS COFFEE-ENDS ROCKERS BAR STOOLS LAMPS MIRRORS EASTER QUALITY FURNITURE- LOWEST PRICES/ AUDIO TVNCR STANDS ENT. CENTERS ENT. WALLS PICTURES DRESSERS HEADBOARDS NITE STANDS HOME DECOR POSTER BEDS PIER GROUPS BOOKCASES COMPUTER FURN. DESKS SOFA/LOVES MATTRESSES ANTIQUE REPRODUCTIONS ACCESSORIES AVAILABLE PLUS MUCH, MUCH MORE! o LAS VEGAS PRICES! 1201 S. HWY 160 o PAHRUMP, NV 89048 1-701-751-2760 1-888-2-OAKBARN they won't tolerate a dry soil. The beds should be at least 20 inches deep, double digging will provide enough depth, Mixing in a generous amount of well rotted manure or compost will provide most of the required nutrients as well as make the soil more viable. They pre.fer a neutral pH of 7. Lilies love the sun but will welcome afternoon shade during our hot summers. I have some in unprotected beds and others that thrive in a bed surrounding a globe willow tree. The shaded flowers last longer. Selecting the best stock is also important to success. Lilies, unlike other bulbs, never go completely dormant so it's important to buy fresh stock. To be in prime condition the bulbs should be freshly dug and kept refrigerated to retain vigorous, live roots ready to start growing at planting time. Spring is an ideal time to plant, and fall works well, too. My bulbs were purchased from Park Seed Company in Greenwood, South Carolina, and there are other reputable mail order suppliers. If you decide to purchase lilies from a garden center, check carefully to be sure the roots are viable and have not become dry. Your Easter lily can be planted in the garden when the flowers fade. It will die down but may return for fall flowering. Remember, the flower was forced at an unnatural time. In a year or two, it will adjust to bloom in its natural midsummer time. When we discuss lilies (lilium), many of us think of the Daylily (Hemerocallis). This is a lovely flower but should not be confused with the lilium. Daylilies bloom in succession with each bloom lasting only one day. Some varieties, like the popular, bright yellow Stella d'Oro produce flowers from summer through fail. Daylilies are not as exotic as liliums, but they are still eye-catching beauties. One of the beauties about them is they are easy to grow. Daylilies grow well in our desert with a minimum of care. They prefer well drained soil but will tolerate a wide range of soils, from sand to heavy clay, and will grow in a wide range of soil pHs. They also thrive in containers. Like the lilium, they live happily with other plants, Daylilies make a spectacular statement when planted with bearded iris and Shasta daisies. They are complementary to a wide range of plants and places from beds to rock garden to driveways and will naturalize bringing beauty to untended areas. Easy to find, daylilies are available at most garden centers. A wide range of colors is available with the best selection l know about through Oakes Daylilies in Corryton, Tennessee. Call 1-800-532-9545 for a catalog. When purchasing, as with lilium, think long-term investment. When you invest in these exotic, or not quite so exotic, ladies of the garden, lilies will light up your life.