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Ten feet tall Easter Lilies

Ten feet tall Easter Lilies


Last winter, I transplanted the bulbs of two standard size Easter lilies, which were growing in a small meadow in the back of my property.  They are now in a raised bed that I built for strawberries. As you can see, one plant is now 10 feet tall, while the other 6.5 feet tall.   The flowers are about 5 inches in diameter.  Amazing!  

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    I love seeing your lilles. That’s awesome Richard. They are loving their new home since you transplanted them. Those are exceptionally tall. When they are planted in ground in good soil and light they will take off. Working in floral industry over 30+ years I saw many of them pitched out for the next seasons pretties. I rescued what I could usually giving them out to whoever came down the path . Kids particularly so they might get a plant growing urge. To watch it come back again and grow for them. All kinds of Plants have always been in my life. They give so much.

    • The location is not terribly good soil and tends to dry out. I mixed wood chips from when they cut down my trees with top soil, hauled from the woods in back of the house . . . then during the winter months, occasionally spread ashes over this areas of the garden.


    And you should see my Moonflower. It’s grown to encircled a tree and is around 7-8 feet tall. It’s had multiple white blooms every night (blooms last only 1 night) that are 6 inches across and about 9 inches long with a soft sweet fragrance. It’s great to enjoy such lovelies.


    My mother-in-law used to have her husband go to the woods near their home for soil every spring. She had her own special blend of ingredients for her homemade potting soil for her flowers. She used it for potted plants and around things planted in the ground. Very oldtimey practices they followed.


    Are these electric powered lilies? Maybe all that lightening at your house has a benefit?


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