Phillip Oliver is an Assistant Professor/Librarian at the University of North Alabama in Florence. He is also a Master Gardener, writer, blogger and photographer and presently serves on the Florence Beautification Board. He has been writing articles for Alabama Gardener since 2007. He chronicles the progress of his personal garden on his website "A Southern Garden" and on his blog "Dirt Therapy" at

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Lily “Caravan” and “Silk Road”
by Phillip Oliver - posted 07/02/15


The lilies are beginning to bloom. I think they are spectacular plants. They struggle to reach for the sun in our garden and the stalks aways flop over and have to be staked, otherwise the beautiful flowers end up nodding towards the ground. This is one of my favorites - "Caravan" - which I purchased many years ago from The Lily Garden in Vancouver, Washington.

Another good one is "Silk Road" (pictured below).




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