1 This is the formal Summer House garden. A lot of work has already gone into this area and my future plans for it keep evolving. This photo was taken in early November, before the tall ginkgo biloba dropped all its fan-shaped leaves.
2 Wilmer dug the beds using a garden fork to loosen the soil.
3 Long swaths of the garden had been prepared for the planting of lilies and allium.
4 My plan was to have assorted white lilies and white allium growing in the beds.
5 I chose four different lilies - These are the bulbs of Anastasia, Casa Blanca, Regale Album, and Conca Dor.
6 Orienpet lily Anastasia - huge glistening white flowers with slightly recurved tips and deep rose-pink brushmarks overlaid with a paler pink flush, dark rose speckles and a three-cornered white and lime-green center. Photo credit: John Scheepers Catalog
7 Chinese trumpet lily Regale Album - The inside of this flower is white with a pronounced yellow center while the outside is pure white. Photo credit: John Scheepers Catalog
8 Oriental lily Casa Blanca - The most spectacular white Oriental Lily of all time, Casa Blanca's huge, white flowers are richly fragrant and outward facing! Photo credit: John Scheepers Catalog
9 Orienpet lily Conca Dor - Like an upward and outward lemon-meringue pie, it is lemon-yellow with paler cream-yellow petal margins and a delicate, three-cornered green center. Photo credit: John Scheepers Catalog
10 And three different white flowering allium - Multibulbosum, White Giant, and Mount Everest
11 Allium Multibulbosum - Multi-flowering, 3 to 4-inch compact spheres of white to pale lilac florets with green midveins and eyes. Photo credit: John Scheepers Catalog
12 Allium stipitatum White Giant - White Giant has 6 to 8-inch snow-white globes comprised of hundreds of little florets with tiny black eyes. The foliage is quite spectacular, particularly for Allium. It stands upright and stays a beautiful dark green color until the flower blooms and dies. Photo credit: John Scheepers Catalog
13 Allium stipitatum Mount Everest - A most coveted variety, it has 6-inch snow-white globes with green eyes. Photo credit: John Scheepers Catalog
14 Gyurme helped Wilmer to measure the beds precisely.
15 Bamboo stakes and string were used as markers.
16 Three different supplements were used to enrich the soil specifically for bulb planting - Azomite, granular limestone, and bone meal.
17 Ryan broadcast the three supplements over the beds.
18 Useful tools for this job - garden fork and assorted bulb planters
19 Ryan used the garden fork to dig the supplements in.
20 Meanwhile, the measuring and marking continued.
21 As you can see, everything is evenly spaced in this garden.
22 Ryan started laying out the lilies for planting.
23 He spaced them evenly, about 12-inches apart, in rows of three, staggering the middle row. Staggering makes the beds look fuller when the plants emerge from the ground.
24 Because lily bulbs do not have the protection of a papery skin as other bulbs do, sunlight can harm them. Therefore, Ryan laid out small sections and planted them right away.
25 Using the bulb planter, he removed a 6-inch core of soil.
26 The lily was placed in the hole, root end down.
27 Lilies require direct sunlight for most of the day but do very well grown in full sun during the morning hours and shade from about 2pm on. They also like well-drained soil.
28 Using the soil from the bulb planter, the holes were filled in.
29 Once all the measuring and marking was complete, Wilmer dug holes while Ryan space the lilies.
30 It's good to have a system when you're planting 400 lilies!
31 At the same time, Gyurme prepared the area where the allium bulbs were to be planted.
32 Ryan wanted a more natural look for the alliums, so he tossed the bulbs randomly in their beds - 500 of them!
33 Alliums have a papery skin and are not affected by sunlight the way lilies are. Large allium bulbs should be planted 6 to 8-inches deep and 8 to 10-inches apart. Now we just have to be patient until spring arrives!