My Rant partner Elizabeth Licata sent me some martagon lily bulbs last fall and told me that they like shade and acid soil.
I'd forgotten where I planted them, and the foliage of the lilies in the photo above came up in such a compact fashion, I just thought it was something else I'd planted and forgotten: some unfamiliar shade-loving perennial. I don't think my inability to remember what plants I've stuck in the ground is early-onset Alzheimer's. I think it's an overloaded mental hard drive, something that happens to working mothers with book projects on the side who buy a lot of plants.
Then, these perfect tiny lilies appeared yesterday. Wow. I love the contrast between the rust-colored stamens and the pink/mauve flowers.
These are as pretty as any giant Oriental lily. Maybe prettier, because more unexpected!