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Running Head: LILY OF VALLEYLily of ValleyStudent’s NameInstitution Affiliation
LILY OF VALLEY2Lily of ValleyThe lilies have been gracing many gardens and nurseries in many parts of this world foralmost three thousand years. There are a variety of lilies which have not been around for thislong however they spring from genetic pools which originated when people were stillnomadic hunters and gatherers (Castle, 2015). As people keep experimenting with new typesof lilies, they should take pride to know that they are a part of a tradition which stretches backto almost 1000 B.C.1. Concrete ExperienceThe Kolb experimental learning theory provides a four stage cycle that learner’s use. Thesestages are; concrete experience, which involves doing and having the experience firsthand,reflective observation which is reviewing and reflecting on one’s experience, abstractconceptualization where a learner makes his or her conclusion from the learning experienceand lastly active experimentation that involves the learner in planning and also trying outwhat they have learnt from the experience. The theory is focused on the internal cognitiveprocesses of a learner (Stout, 2015). I applied the Kolb learning styles in my reflection paperfor the experiment of planting and taking care of the Lily of the valley. The following was myexperience in this experiment.My experiment in planting lilies was a very good and fruitful practice. I learned a lot from thewhole experiment. Patience and care were the top values I learnt to practice during thisexperiment. The experiment was also challenging as at times I almost felt like giving up onthe plants when they failed to respond to the treatment I gave them. However, I sort someprofessional advice when it got too tough, and I am happy to have not stopped whenever theurge to stop got to me.
LILY OF VALLEY3Finding the Planting LocationI had to get a location where the soil was able to drain well. Places where puddles of waterlasted five to six hours after a hard rain were not ideal for my experiment. However, it waseasy to get a perfectly drained piece of land for my experiment, so I had to amend theavailable piece of land. I added some organic material which raised the level with about twoto three inches. This improved the drainage system of this land. Compost, peat moss,decomposed manure or ground bark all work well with in improving the drainage system ofsoil (Castle, 2015). For my piece of land I used decompose manure as it was readily availablearound my neighborhood.PlantingLily bulbs can be planted either in fall or early spring. I chose to plant my lily bulbs duringthe fall. I did this at least four weeks to the last frost date. This was important so that theycould put down strong roots before the ground froze.Lilies will grow as a single erect stems coming from the bulb. The flowers are held in clustersat the very top of the stem however, in some species they can be borne along the stem (Bier,Ackerman, Barbel, Jan, &Jan, 2013). Lilies are not normally grown because of their foliagebut their flowers, therefore, they will work very well when growing in between or with othershrubs of fuller perennials. I grew my lilies with other shrubs to also prevent direct wind fromweakening the stems. Lily flowers come in a multitude of colors upward, downward andoutward facing flowers could be trumpet-shaped, open, or re-curved.I planted my ixias in the full sun. I ensured, however that it was in areas that are shelteredfrom high winds. There were big trees around the area which served as windbreakers. Strongwinds directly on young lilies have a high chance of causing stunted growth as well as weak
LILY OF VALLEY4stems which will make the lilies less beautiful. I then dug holes that were about four inchesapart and made sure their tops were also four inches below the surface of the ground. I wasadvised to place the bulbs to slightly pointy end faced upwards.After I had planted the bulbs, I watered my plants well. I gently soaked the soil and settled itaround the bulbs. The bulbs began to grow roots in about a week and a half. There was noactivity at all above the soil at this time.Staking -Generally the oriental hybrids like trumpet hybrids together with their large andheavy blooms as well as the foot tall stems needed staking. I figured that growing Lilies withother shrubs is a great way to provide a natural framework for the lily, hiding the not-so-fabulous legs and protecting them from the strong winds.Watering the Lilies –Lilies will benefit a lot from rains in the springs. However, my liliesbenefited from me a generous gardener during the middle of their growing season. Afterbloom, however, this is just the new growth in spring, the lilies become very susceptible torot and therefore, I did not overwater the plants. I never allowed the soil to overly wet for theplants to sit in.Fertilizing –Fertilizing is very important when it comes to planting in areas that are notproperly nutritional (Bier, Ackerman, Barbel, Jan, &Jan, 2013). Just the nutrients are veryimportant for the proper functioning of the human body; plants also need nutrients so as tofunction properly. In my case, my lilies will bloom only when provided with enoughnutrients.I used a top dressing of well-routed decompose manure. This was very beneficial to myyoung lily bulbs as they were growing. I found it best to lay down my fertilizer at the timewhen the shoots were emerging from the ground. This gave my lilies an ample time to absorb