Where does the time go? It seems just a short while ago that I was looking at tiger lilies in full bloom. But that was back in July. And then in August, there were bulbils.
|Tiger lily, Lilium lancifolium|
Our native wild tiger lilies produce seeds in the usual fashion, from fertilized flowers. This import from Asia usually needs to be hand pollinated; our local insect pollinators don't quite manage. But the plant has a second string to its bow. Along the stem, in the leaf axils, it grows tiny bulbs. These fall to the ground and plant themselves; at the base of each bulbil, even while it is still attached to the parent plant, tiny white roots are sprouting, ready to dig into the soil.