For the past four years this lily sends out its buds Late May early June, but the deer devours them before flower emerges. This year I was determine to assist in the survival to see exactly what was behind the buds. I used deer defense, and it survived. I was so surprised at the size of the lily and the awesome aroma. I picked both flowers and placed them in a small vase of water. For seven continuous nights my entire living room was perfumed from sunset until sunrise. Anyone knows the name of this lily? I must have planted it some four years ago.
Hello All, I am new to this site, but I am thrilled, I feel as If I have found a new family all with a love for beauty of plants and flowers alike. Thanks for all the detective work that went into identifying one of my most precious fragrant loves. You all deserve a badge of honor for a job well done. Chantell, thanks for all those links, and yes! I am new to the site, Ispahan and Gena, by George you did it we have a name for that Orange beauty. I notice it is being grown as a house plant, you know for sure I will be moving it indoors. Saying good by to air fresheners.. Thanks!!!!
Vi - we've got a great bunch of folks here! The fragrant forum is always a welcoming bunch - we never tire of talking about the fragrant ones...plus it gives each of us new ideas of what our next treasure hunt will be for. There are lots of forums - I can't speak for all but I can the 'family' here and over at the Mid Atlantic - you're welcome there as well!! There's also a photography and pet forum in the event those are things you enjoy as well as your gardening.
It's one of the new crosses, Trumpet and maybe Asiatic, they also crossed Trumpets and Orientals and those are called Ornipets, the petals have little raised nubs like orientals, that's usually how to determine which is which. African Queen is a solid orange. Go to B&DLilies.com for pix. Just love the fragrance on the trumpets, wonderful!!!!! Yes the Orientals are fragrant too but the easter lily types are my favs. and all the new X's they are making, some are fragrant and some aren't much at all..
this dwarf I grew from seed and is Lily formosa, got seed from Park's seed and took 2 or 3 years to begin bloom. Only get 6-8" and just a tad smaller bloom than the trumpets, again wonderful fragrance!!!!
Pretty one, Kathy! I can smell it from here! My favorite is still 'Silk Road' http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/108438/ Sadly she didn't come back after the 2nd year...on my 'must have' list to plant this fall though
I believe that's one of those new ornipets. I shouldn't say new, that cross was made 10 years ago (ish). I just love lilies...I have many that have been in for years and years...Rarely do I ever get to see the blooms tho. I actually have had a few that were missed without chomp marks, lol...One day my kritter fence will keep unwanteds out of the garden...PLEASE!!!!!!
Pix:Here's one that was missed Lilium pumilum at 18".
Hey that one above, check out the name Boogie Woogie, not sure, just a thought...
Chantell, a pointer that might help...I put straight peatmoss in the bottom of the hole (about 10-12" deep). On top of that 2-3" of peat I place my bulb, then mix more peat with the next layer, and the top is just straight garden soil. I try to make my hole 12" wide depending on which type of bulb. The Asiatics and Tiger Lilies are a bit more vigerous and multiply quicker so the hole get bigger for those. It's fun to see a patch of lilies in the garden, just love it...
Oh another thing...if you have a problem with heavy soil that doen't drain so good causing bulbs to rot, ( the above mix is great but go deeper and add a layer of course sand for drainage...builders sand is course, play sand isn't and can cause problems.
Here's a pix of a newbie, Lilium parryl, got this spring and still need to look up info on it, lol...
Hmmm I didn't think of rot, Kathy...glad you mentioned that. Maybe that particular bulb is more prone to that as the other bulbs seem to have done just fine for years now...ugh. I use turkey grit to amend the soil - I will absolutely remember to include a good heap of that when I plant...thank you again.
I agree about the rot. I have some Orinpet lilys that I dearly love. Silk Road. (the BEST!!) They moved with me from Idaho to Montana and are living in front of our home but under the roof overhang, without gutters. ugh! Anyway, the bulbs that stick out far enough to get too much rain pouring down on their spot ended up coming out sort of brownish looking with small rot spots on the flowers. The ones back a ways where they are protected by the overhang are perfectly fine. A few years ago I dug some of them up and was real glad that I did. Another season like that and there wouldn't have been anything left of the bulb to save. Anyway, yes, be sure you have decent drainage. The Orinpets are definitely worth growing. Very fragrant. Long lasting in the yard or vase and extremely beautiful. I also like the way the Silk Road faces outward instead of hanging downward. Much nicer for seeing their beautiful insides.
Really? Thanks Viv, now you got me hooked on Lily's...and the rest of you didn't help with your photo's either.
Viv, after you move it indoors, please collect seeds and please send me some. Please. Your photos were superb, the color of your little beauty is fantastic! I love awesome aroma, what more could a girl want?