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Monday, August 18, 2003

Oxblood Lily.

last december i bought (and planted) two oxblood lilies (rhodophiala bifida).

the foliage disappeared months ago, but i had carefully marked the planting site, mulched it and kept it clear of st. augustine. every now and then i think about the lilies and check the spot. nothing.

until yesterday, that is. yesterday i found what can only be a sprouting oxblood lily. yay!

if all goes well, it should bloom in the next month or so.

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can't wait to see that!

Posted by: jenn | Aug 19, 2003 9:37:07 AM

i swear i'll post pictures if/when it blooms! (i take zillions of digital pics, but get too lazy to review, crop and post 'em.)

Posted by: erica | Aug 19, 2003 8:43:11 PM

Yeah, the photo selection and prep process takes more time than the garden, doesn't it?

Posted by: jenn | Aug 20, 2003 4:22:30 PM

I have a nice stand of Oxblood lilies all through my perrennial bed. I love them. My questing is, Is it necessary for me to leave the leaves on the plant all winter, spring and into the summer until they die and the new ones come up after the blooms? They are limp and take up a lot of space where I would like other things to show. If I must I will because I value them. Thankyou.
Gloria Martin

Posted by: Gloria Martin | Apr 22, 2006 4:33:47 PM

I have a nice stand of Oxblood lilies all through my perrennial bed. I love them. My questing is, Is it necessary for me to leave the leaves on the plant all winter, spring and into the summer until they die and the new ones come up after the blooms? They are limp and take up a lot of space where I would like other things to show. If I must I will because I value them. Thankyou.
Gloria Martin

Posted by: Gloria Martin | Apr 22, 2006 4:33:49 PM

I collect many heirloom bulbs from abandoned homesites and farmsites in my home county (Williamson). I have collected and have access to hundreds of oxblood lily bulbs. I enjoy trading the bulbs with local nurseries and fellow gardeners. If you are interested in trading with me please let me know. I'm not out to make money, more to save our native oxbloods from extinction. I think of myself as the "Johnny Appleseed" of rhodophilia bifida. No other garden bulb is as true to Texas as the gem Oberling first introduced. They are like old friends. You may see them only for a week or two each year, but you can count on them to visit without fail at the close of each summer.

Posted by: Phil MacNames | Sep 8, 2006 4:45:34 PM

According to my records, I sent you 15 oxblood lilies in October, 2005. I'm curious to know whether you received them, and if they bloomed this year.

Posted by: M Sinclair Stevens | Oct 3, 2006 8:23:49 AM

I love oxblood lilies and, if you're reading this, you do, too. I've been fortunate in my searches to locate many abandoned oxblood bulbs in sites throughout Central Texas. I've traded with and sold to a number of other devotees and am very happy with the E-Mails I've received this September thanking me for spreading the beauty of rhodophiala. I plan to "harvest" a great many bulbs this winter and would like to share them with others. Trading is fun, but I can also use a few dollars to finance my son's upcoming college expenses. I'm seeking a dollar for two large bulbs plus you pay shipping. I'll throw in all the smaller bulbets I uncover free of charge. If you prefer to trade, let me know what you have. I'm passionate about heirlooms and have collected many. I live in Round Rock, Texas, so if you're close we could even go on a "dig" together. Happy hunting. Save the oxbloods.

Posted by: Phil Oxblood | Nov 14, 2007 7:49:23 PM

I love oxblood lilies and, if you're reading this, you do, too. I've been fortunate in my searches to locate many abandoned oxblood bulbs in sites throughout Central Texas. I've traded with and sold to a number of other devotees and am very happy with the E-Mails I've received this September thanking me for spreading the beauty of rhodophiala. I plan to "harvest" a great many bulbs this winter and would like to share them with others. Trading is fun, but I can also use a few dollars to finance my son's upcoming college expenses. I'm seeking a dollar for two large bulbs plus you pay shipping. I'll throw in all the smaller bulbets I uncover free of charge. If you prefer to trade, let me know what you have. I'm passionate about heirlooms and have collected many. I live in Round Rock, Texas, so if you're close we could even go on a "dig" together. Happy hunting. Save the oxbloods.

Posted by: Phil Oxblood | Nov 14, 2007 7:51:38 PM

I have a 6 foot ficus benjamina in my home and the leaves are turning yellow and dropping. Is this normal for this time of year? This will be the first winter that it is in the house. It used to be on the front porch for several years.

Can anyone help me with this?

Posted by: Barbara | Nov 18, 2007 9:50:33 AM

Hi
My wife listen to to KLRU and she say a talkshow related to Ox_blood lilies. I would like to purchase some bulbs that are already acclimated to this area. We live a few blocks from RRHS. Please call me at 255-1975 or e-mail. I am not the gardener...my wife is.
thanks
Manuel

Posted by: Manuel Guerra | Dec 8, 2007 1:11:48 PM

Hi Phil Oxblood,are you still digging O.bulbs.
I'm looking for bulbs to plant in Mississippi
this fall.I don't know what I might have to swap but I'd like to buy some.

Posted by: Shirley | Sep 18, 2009 12:23:07 PM

Phil Oxblood, I am also interested in buying some bulbs from you if you still have any?
(north central Texas)

Posted by: Amy | Sep 21, 2009 6:35:44 PM

Yes. I am still digging bulbs. In fact, I have discovered thousands in the last few weeks which good use a good home. They're doing fine where they're at (and where they've probably been for a century), but I'm sure they'd look much better in a true garden. So if you'd like some please E-Mail me at pmacnames@austin.rr.com.

Posted by: phil macnames | Oct 2, 2009 3:53:25 PM

I have a friend that has a small (about 4 or 5)cluster of oxbloods. His usual bloom in the spring and fall as long as we get a nice amount of rain. After seeing them in bloom, I would love to have some of them also but feel his cluster is too small to break up. I can't afford much but would be willing to pay for a nice start of them. The bulbs that Clark Gardens had for sale were $3 each which at this time I couldn't afford.

Also am looking for some bulbs like my grandmother had in her yard. Don't know what they are actually called but everyone around Frisco called them the Christian flower. Hers were a soft pink color and resembled a spike of gladiola blooms. I have often wondered if they were a miniature gladiola.

Does anyone know if the giant spider lily comes in any color other than white? Back in the spring I found some giant white ones at Clark Gardens and paid $7 a pot (5or6inch) for them.

Posted by: Mary Christian | Oct 2, 2010 6:25:51 PM

Forgot to leave my e-mail so that anyone can let me know about my questions. E-mail me at idaredd@peoplepc.com. Thank you.

Posted by: Mary Christian | Oct 2, 2010 6:28:46 PM

Trying to reach Phil MacNames, i purchased some oxblood lilies in the past, would like to get some more but lost his email address. Anyone known how to reach him.
Thanks
LGC

Posted by: L G Coffee | May 12, 2011 9:07:53 PM