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Ispahan
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 6, 2011
3:22 PM

Post #8879237

Hi all,

Help a newbie out and share what your favorite lilies are and why. There is no minimum or maximum number you need to come up with, but let's try to come up with some lists (photos are good, too!).

I am new to growing lilies, but I have admired Lilium regale in many gardens so far. It is what inspired me to start searching for lilies bulbs this fall and sparked the resulting lily obsession I am now experiencing.

So, c'mon and share your favorites! :-)

Cheers,
Corey
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 6, 2011
5:59 PM

Post #8879441

Hi Corey,

It's not my absolute favorite, but the lily that most surprised me with it's beauty and charm Crystal Blanca, the shorter cousin of Casa Blanca, which I grow with white borage...

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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 6, 2011
6:01 PM

Post #8879444

And it a pot. Truly haunting in moonlight.

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Ispahan
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 7, 2011
6:35 AM

Post #8879915

Donna, your 'Crystal Blanca' is beautiful. I love white lilies in general. I can only imagine how nice the fragrance was when this was in bloom for you.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

November 7, 2011
11:53 AM

Post #8880284

Casablanca is nice and looks great in a moonlight garden.

I would have to say one of my very favorites is Golden Stargazer. The fragrance is amazing as well...

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dhaven
Solon, IA

November 7, 2011
11:59 AM

Post #8880289

I planted Conca D'Or orientpet lilies in 2009, in semi shade under a huge oak tree in a hosta bed. They bloomed that year with 6 inch flowers, and were around 3 1/2 feet tall. This year they were 7 feet tall with 9 inch blooms and wonderful fragrance. They bloomed for nearly a month--what's not to love? I second Casa Blanca, it's another lovely variety. A friend has a huge clump of Triumphator, 7 feet tall and around 7-8 feet in diameter. It's in full sun right next to her pond, and a real show stopper. I just added Triumphator this year, and look forward to seeing it grow. I was also quite pleased with several varieties from the "Tiny" series of small asiatics planted last year. They bloomed profusely this year, and were slightly taller than expected at around 20-22 inches.
Ispahan
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 7, 2011
1:59 PM

Post #8880458

Wow, dhaven, those Triumphators sound enormous! They way you describe it, it sounds more like a shrub than a lily.

Casa Blanca and Conca d'Or seem to make almost everyone's list of excellence, and both have been elevated to the NALS Lily Hall of Fame due to their endurance and garden worthiness (Casa Blanca in 1994 and Conca d'Or in 2011).

OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

November 10, 2011
3:39 PM

Post #8885155

Haha! Someone should tell B&D about Triumphator. Their listing says 3 to 4 ft tall. Mine was while in a pot, but the second year in the ground it hit 7'

Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

November 10, 2011
4:35 PM

Post #8885210

Last year was my first year with Triumphator. I am expecting 6-7 ft next year. Can't wait!

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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 10, 2011
6:20 PM

Post #8885351

Is that the California effect? I know that Steve from Greenwood had giants when he lived in the Ft. Worth area.
OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

November 10, 2011
8:00 PM

Post #8885509

Could be. dhaven is in Iowa though. Didn't say where the friend was.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

November 11, 2011
1:26 AM

Post #8885621

Don't think it is CA - same thing happened with my Conca D'or... Are these the ones that are advertised as 'lily trees'?
dhaven
Solon, IA

November 12, 2011
11:40 AM

Post #8887155

The friend with the 7 foot Triumphator is also in Iowa. That clump looks more like a sculpture than a shrub--it's completely vertical, with no bushiness at all, just straight up to the blooms. It's located right next to a small pond, and surrounded by black lava rock, very striking.The Triumphator clump is in full sun, while my 7 foot Conca D'Or are in dappled shade all day, with no direct sun at all. So apparently soil preparation, drainage, and general husbandry (watering, weeding) are more important than light levels. Neither of these varieties are the ones called lily trees, but given good conditions, they will reach 6-7 feet. I've seen both Triumphator and Conca D'Or listed from a variety of sources, including wholesalers, and the height is given as 3-4 feet. For the average gardener, who will plant the bulbs with no special preparation and then completely ignore them, that may well be an accurate height.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 12, 2011
2:33 PM

Post #8887398

d haven, I think your last point is a very good one. It explains a great deal.

Donna
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 16, 2012
12:31 PM

Post #8970076

Triumphator doesn't hit 5' for me but it's mainly due to the fact that the sun doesn't get to the lily field until around noon here in June and July. They did expand beyond all expectations and the fragrance is lovely. No staking needed!

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OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

January 16, 2012
3:52 PM

Post #8970404

Boy pirl, you sure got that right! They multiply like bunnies! They should come with a warning. Lilies, in general don't do well here, but Triumphator has broken all the rules for me. Mine hit 7' last year, and all my neighbors commented on how pretty they are. They are already up about 8" this year, while no signs of any of the others.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 16, 2012
4:53 PM

Post #8970493

What a stunning picture, pink on pink with the hydrangeas and coneflowers, with very different textures, and the counterpoint of the achillea. I LOVE pictures like this!

This is artistry.
Moby
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

January 16, 2012
5:04 PM

Post #8970509

Pirl, what is the big floppy-looking white/ pink lily in the upper left corner?
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 16, 2012
5:59 PM

Post #8970566

pirl, your picture is just gorgeous. I already have Conca d' Or which was planted last spring, and Crystal Blanca that was planted in the fall. Now, I'm going to have to add Triumphator to my wish list for spring.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 16, 2012
6:27 PM

Post #8970593

OC: Glad you're enjoying them as well.

Thanks, Donna!

Moby - the one directly above the cone flower? If so, it's a tired Triumphator ready to shed its petals.

Annette - you'll love it!
Moby
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

January 16, 2012
8:38 PM

Post #8970722

Ahh, I see ~ that's why it looks so big.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2012
7:47 AM

Post #8971174

So true!

Bonbini is another winner here.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 17, 2012
8:42 AM

Post #8971271

I love every one of mine and cant pick a favorite.
Brindisi is large bloomed and goes well with summer pastel Yarrows

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 17, 2012
6:14 PM

Post #8972056

Nice pictures pirl and ge. pirl what is the other plant in the picture with Bonbini? It's quite striking.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 18, 2012
2:23 AM

Post #8972360

I also like Garden Treasure

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 18, 2012
4:42 AM

Post #8972454

Oh JoAnn - very nice. How tall are they? I really love them with the monarda.

Arlene - I too was wondering what you have growing with Bonbini...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 18, 2012
4:50 AM

Post #8972462

I believe they are OT's and about 4 -5 feeet.
Purple Prince with Echies ( purple coneflowers )

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 18, 2012
4:52 AM

Post #8972463

I also like Altari

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 18, 2012
6:37 AM

Post #8972560

Jo Ann - that's a terrific photo of Garden Treasure. Great color echoes!

Thanks, Annette and Carolyn. That's an astilbe behind Bonbini.

I don't know how old your Purple Prince are, Jo Ann, but mine got huge last year. They were close to 6'.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 18, 2012
8:57 AM

Post #8972776

Mine were just a second season,something to look forward to if the voles leave them alone
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 18, 2012
9:32 AM

Post #8972837

Tons of blooms!

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 18, 2012
11:15 AM

Post #8972987

I love the cololr Pirl

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 23, 2012
2:22 AM

Post #8978488

More lilies
Tiger Baby

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 23, 2012
2:25 AM

Post #8978489

Menorcas

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 23, 2012
9:04 AM

Post #8978973

I love African Queen

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

January 23, 2012
10:57 AM

Post #8979119

I just planted Bonbini last fall along with the others ordered from Faraway Flowers. I hope all the new ones start forming clumps like yours. The taller ones I have like Conc d'Or and Ice Caves seem to just send up one huge tree (stem is at least 1" thick) with no babies around.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 23, 2012
12:09 PM

Post #8979234

Mary

Oriental lilies are not going to clump like Asiatic lilies. Conca D'Or is an Oriental - I am not familiar with Ice Caves.

Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

January 23, 2012
2:49 PM

Post #8979512

Ice Caves I got from The Lily Garden:
Tetra! ‘Ice Caves’ () has fragrant, snowy white flowers, with a semi-recurving “sunburst” form that emphasizes icy green throats. This tetraploid strain has long-lasting flowers with tremendous substance!
4 to 5 feet (and eventually taller), early to mid July.

It bloomed last year but I am hoping it will be even bigger this year. I will have to see which ones I have and whether they are oriental or asiatic.


pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 23, 2012
4:47 PM

Post #8979731

Here are the stems on Conca d'Or. I love them so much that I ordered more for another garden. They were huge and this was only their second year. I moved them so they'd show off even more than they did.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 24, 2012
1:22 AM

Post #8980085

I love the ones I planted in'09

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

January 24, 2012
8:25 AM

Post #8980448

Is your Conc d'Or just one bulb or did it send up multiples after a couple of years? Mine consistently sends up one huge 'trunk'. It was commented that this type of lily doesn't 'bush out' as others do
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2012
8:44 AM

Post #8980472

Mary - I had several baby bulbs but not the 60 and 70 baby bulbs I had from other lilies.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

January 24, 2012
9:06 AM

Post #8980494

Holy cow. Well, we shall see how they do this year. It will be the third summer for some of the large orienpets from TLG.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 24, 2012
9:07 AM

Post #8980496

I dont believe the d'ores multiply like asiatics.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2012
9:14 AM

Post #8980507

Mary - for me the Orienpets multiply well, sometimes too much making it difficult to find new places for all of them. I've had Asiatic lilies that didn't multiply at all but I generally don't lift them to check what's below the soil line.

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Moby
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

January 24, 2012
9:17 AM

Post #8980511

Neither orientals nor trumpets are quick to multiply, so it follows that OTs won't either. Wish they would though I do enjoy those big, stately stems. :)
Moby
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

January 24, 2012
9:18 AM

Post #8980515

Guess we cross-posted! You must have the magic touch when it comes to orientals, Pirl.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2012
9:19 AM

Post #8980517

Our Orientals don't multiply but Triumphator certainly does!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2012
9:20 AM

Post #8980519

Or maybe it's the compost, Moby!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2012
9:23 AM

Post #8980522

75 baby bulbs and major scales for this no ID lily!

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2012
9:27 AM

Post #8980526

The no ID mother. That bulb also gave me a lot of big bulbs and they were moved to another area.

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 24, 2012
12:45 PM

Post #8980738

A few of my favorites:

Queen Of Hearts. One of Lisa's lilies of course (Buggy Crazy). Very tall, nicely scented without the cloying scent.

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 24, 2012
12:47 PM

Post #8980745

Miss Feya, it stands just at eye level for me.

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 24, 2012
12:48 PM

Post #8980747

A lot of other favorites, including Ice Caves, which was glorious this year.

But also Kentucky, because it matched the vase my daughter just had given me. LA lily, lightly scented.

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Charmed_Garden
Reading, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 25, 2012
5:28 PM

Post #8982315

'Centerfold' multiplied in number and girth. The mother bulbs resemble heads of cauliflower. I had to use a machete to hack down the canes this winter. But...'Casa Blanca' is so majestic. 'Landini' is the darkest red I have seen. It is not purple nor is it black, but it is beautiful.

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 25, 2012
6:21 PM

Post #8982388

So pretty!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2012
3:03 AM

Post #8987586

cant think of a lily I dont like.
These are my 7 foot Regals

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2012
3:04 AM

Post #8987587

Satisfactions

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

January 30, 2012
7:45 AM

Post #8987866

Both are beautiful. 7'?? amazing. I guess the hot summers really make a difference in height. I don't expect mine to ever get that tall. And up against a white house probably makes a difference too.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2012
9:29 AM

Post #8988039

That stretch of the house has just the right moisture for Ligularias as well as lilies. It stays damp but no bulb rot.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

January 30, 2012
9:36 AM

Post #8988051

Huh... I may plant some lilies among my ligularia. I have them on both the east and west fence. Be interesting to see where they do better. The east fence doesn't get sun til around 8-10 depending on time of year, and the west fence (facing east) gets sun from first light til it goes behind the house about noon or so, then out again for some late afternoon sun. Interesting experiment. I heard that down south ligularia is considered a shade plant but obviously not if they grow with your lilies.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2012
9:45 AM

Post #8988063

That area was sun fron 2- sundown until last year when the vibernums came out. I expect it will be considered full sun now altho not a full 6 hours.
Ligularias like things a bit damp.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 30, 2012
2:18 PM

Post #8988405

Oberon46, don't think you can't have tall lilies...im a zone 5a and I grow em 9 feet tall. ^_^

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 30, 2012
2:35 PM

Post #8988425

Hoping mine grows and looks like yours Maniac!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 30, 2012
5:05 PM

Post #8988587

Pixie has the magic touch.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

January 30, 2012
6:28 PM

Post #8988709

Nine feet!!! Well, I will continue to hope. I think I need to work more on what I feed them, building up the soild and all. Seem like a lot of plants and flowers in such small areas. Seems like they would just suck the life out of the soil.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 31, 2012
1:58 AM

Post #8988985

I plant with compost. Soil here is clay.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

January 31, 2012
7:11 AM

Post #8989250

Our soil is pretty much just, well, dirt. then about two feet down you hit a little clay, then a sand strata.
Charmed_Garden
Reading, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 1, 2012
7:01 PM

Post #8991425

Invest in a compost maker and a tiller. I go through bales of peatmoss. I should have bought stock in Lowes! Our dirt is clay, well it used to be. Now it is humus rich well draining mother earth. Every season topdress compost. Around here we also use crushed cocoa shells as mulch. The smell is fantastic! Hershy Park has its perks beyond the rollercoasters!
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

February 1, 2012
7:46 PM

Post #8991470

I buy bags and bags of soil from Lowe's -- so you will have to share the stock! LOL. I get compost locally and put it plus bagged manure in three new beds. Need to top dress in the fall in the established garden beds I guess. Fall, yes??

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 2, 2012
2:47 AM

Post #8991673

We have clay also and dressed with compost in the fall. It schmmoooozes all winter,Plants love it.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

February 2, 2012
7:07 AM

Post #8991885

Well, another new task for the year. But that is good. Thanks

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 2, 2012
7:34 AM

Post #8991932

Our town composts the leaf collection in the fall. We also compost household organic matter and use it when we plant.
The town composted leaf stuff is free to residents but we pay 50 dollars for delivery of about 5 yards.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
7:40 AM

Post #8991950

I do the same thing Jo, no town compost, usually my own leaves and veggie garden matter. I save household scraps from cooking all but the months of Jan., Feb, and March...can't get to the bins most years.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 2, 2012
8:14 AM

Post #8992002

Pixie - we save it in the plastic coffee containers and put them in the garage, emptying them in the compost during the mild days of winter. When we have too much snow cover we just save it in the garage and it decomposes fairly fast. We have the free town "mulch" here but don't use it. Unless it's tested I don't want the risk of battery acid and other items that are not conducive to good gardening or healthy vegetables.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 2, 2012
8:28 AM

Post #8992019

This is the first year for town compost. We are here going on 5 years and mulched the first and third years.
We will compost in another 2 or 3 years and compost ever after.
Mainiac
Poland, ME

February 2, 2012
8:39 AM

Post #8992029

I absolutely LOVE Big Brother. The photo doesn't do it justice, but in person it gives a real WOW factor! THe blossoms are a good 12 " and a heavenly fragrance. It is a real attention getter. It's on O/T.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 2, 2012
8:39 AM

Post #8992030

I use our own compost for the soil, to help plants grow.

I apply mulch, in the form of long needled pine, every year.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 2, 2012
8:41 AM

Post #8992033

Beautiful, Mainiac. It reminds me a bit of Conca d'Or and Cherbourg, both of which I bought from you. Such heavenly scents!
Mainiac
Poland, ME

February 2, 2012
8:42 AM

Post #8992036

I took a huge liking to this tall Asiatic that blooms in August. WHY? Becuase by August the Asiaitics are done but not this one. It's name is August Ruby.

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pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
8:45 AM

Post #8992042

Neat!
Mainiac
Poland, ME

February 2, 2012
8:47 AM

Post #8992046

Robina, Another O/T that is impressive in person

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Mainiac
Poland, ME

February 2, 2012
8:56 AM

Post #8992056

And who couldn't love this little drama queen, Pink Cream, from no other than Buggycrazy? I hope I always have this one in my garden. She is just so photogenic and I wait impatiently each year for her to return.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 2, 2012
8:56 AM

Post #8992057

This is Baruta I just found the pic.Garden Treasure is in the background.

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pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
9:27 AM

Post #8992077

Pink Cream is the one I have lusted after since I first saw it 4(?)years ago!
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:02 PM

Post #8992584

Thank you for the preview! I ordered August Ruby from you. It looked completely unique, and I can't wait for it to bloom.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2012
7:00 PM

Post #8992740

Donna

I was sitting here coveting August Ruby - who has that one for sale? I would love to order for myself as well.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
7:44 PM

Post #8992784

Faraway Flowers is sold by dear Ramona (Maniac above). Here is the link:

http://www.farawayflowers.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=august+ruby&osCsid=1d74800e8b4b54aea24f139ddd425301&x=0&y=0

She describes it as a late blooming Asiatic - early August, as the name indicates. There is a notation that it is rarely seen for sale anymore. I always grab those if I love them. And only $5.00!

I was getting very pastel so I started adding reds like Red Alert, Hiawatha, and when I saw August Ruby I thought it quite perfect. I see lilies on her site that are very different from those seen elsewhere. Her GW reviews are excellent! I think it's a lovely thing.

Donna

Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

February 3, 2012
1:31 AM

Post #8992930

Oh Donna!

Thank you!. I did not know Mainiac was Faraway Flowers.

DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 3, 2012
5:48 AM

Post #8993048

I just found out about a year ago. Isn't she fabulous? She maintains a low profile, and you don't know because she does not tell the world. And she is such a pleasure to do business with! And she has varieties that I have never see. And "new" does not mean $25.00!

She's in my top three - Faraway Flowers, B&D and The Lily Garden.

Donna
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2012
6:04 AM

Post #8993062

Jack and I have had the pleasure of meeting Ramona three times and we toured her Cape Elizabeth gardens one July. She is a lovely person as well as a great lily dealer and eager to please.

One more thing about Ramona - her photos are true to color. That's of ultra importance to me and I value it.

This is Robert Swanson:

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 24, 2012
5:05 AM

Post #9017998

O K for tall lilies.Here are some short ie.Border lilies.
Tiny Snowflake
Lemon Ice with JI aNYTUS

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cedargrove
Bellingham, WA

February 25, 2012
2:58 PM

Post #9019806

To everyone who contribed to this thread----Thank You. I realy enjoyed the pictures

and all the good information. You all have great plants.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 10, 2012
2:29 AM

Post #9036532

I also LOVE this lily from Lisa ( Buggy Crazy )
Canova with Campion Alba

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

March 10, 2012
8:49 AM

Post #9036899

Seems like there are quite a few white lilies with that beautiful green center. I have Ice Caves. This will be the third year (second since I had to move them). Hope they start getting bigger.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 10, 2012
9:10 AM

Post #9036920

I had looked at Ice Caves.Beautyful.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 11, 2012
3:37 AM

Post #9037702

These are some of Buggy Crazies.Alas she is out of business
#1 Brooke
#2 Canova
#3 Firestar
#4Lemon Sauce
#5 Zeuse

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

March 11, 2012
8:58 AM

Post #9037971

Has anyone grown Bonbini? I attended out annual Botanical Garden workshop and one of the vendors who sells lily bulbs was saying that it probably wouldn't come back up here and if it did it wouldn't bloom. Said only LA's were dependible. Which I know isn't true as I have all kinds of asiatics, orientals, trumpets, orienpets, etc. Hm. Maybe orienpets ARE LA's. I get confused (easily).
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2012
9:11 AM

Post #9037993

Yes, I have had Bonbini for a few years and love it.

LA's are a cross between longiflorum and Asiatic.
LO's are a cross between longiflorum and Oriental.
OP's (Orienpets) are a cross between Oriental and trumpets.

The late Chocolatemoose grew lilies in Alaska so you may want to search Plant Files and see if she had Bonbini.

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pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2012
9:13 AM

Post #9037998

Been growing Bonbini for 3 or 4 years now.

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pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2012
9:17 AM

Post #9038003

Pirl, she did, it's in this thread...
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1009475/?hl=bonbini
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

March 11, 2012
9:39 AM

Post #9038035

I found it. One of her remarks reminded me that she might have better luck with lilies than I do. Fairbanks gets way warmer in the summer than we do. Both extremes -- colder in winter and hotter in summer and much dryer. I didn't realize that she had to dig up some of her lilies. I think all of mine survive just fine, but we never see -25 and lower like she did. Surely do wish she was still with us. I would have driven out to North Pole to visit her when in Fairbanks visiting my MIL.
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

March 12, 2012
12:35 PM

Post #9039733

Orientals are my favorite, and Stargazer or Rubrum is my favorite oriental. The little spots on the petals are actually beautiful, raised, soft hairs that give it indescribable depth.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

March 12, 2012
9:45 PM

Post #9040521

[quote="pirl"]Yes, I have had Bonbini for a few years and love it.

LA's are a cross between longiflorum and Asiatic.
LO's are a cross between longiflorum and Oriental.
OP's (Orienpets) are a cross between Oriental and trumpets.

The late Chocolatemoose grew lilies in Alaska so you may want to search Plant Files and see if she had Bonbini.[/quote]

A cross between Oriental and trumpets is an OT.

OP in lilium circles means "Open Pollinated". :-)

Rick

pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2012
5:14 AM

Post #9040687

Sorry!
Moby
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

March 13, 2012
8:11 AM

Post #9040922

LOL And "OT" in any other forum means 'off topic'. :)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2012
9:05 AM

Post #9041006

And OT means overtime pay in the workplace.
fernman23
HENDERSON, NV
(Zone 9a)

March 13, 2012
11:10 AM

Post #9041164

this SORBONNE is my fave, like CASA BLANCA, With a lovely strong perfume. Lnog lasting in the Vase (overnites in the Fridge, lol) Tis a beauty...

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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 13, 2012
4:27 PM

Post #9041559

Fernman I have both. I agree about both and Sorbonne ROCKS!
dmac085
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7a)

June 9, 2012
9:18 AM

Post #9158099

I love Garden Party (oriental) and Golden Stargazer.

One I've always wanted that isn't available wholesale or retail any longer is the oriental lily Journey's End. I saw a photo of it in a catalog years ago (I was a teenager and I'm 44 now) and wasn't into gardening then. Now, I would love to have even one bulb of that one:)

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