Friday, July 24, 2009
Oriental Lilies, Part One (enough nasty stuff for now)
I love this part of the "lily season" because the Asiatic late bloomers are still going strong, a wonderful hybid called "orienpets," seen in the top four photos here, is in it's glory, and the early Orientals are coming into bloom.
Orienpets are a cross between Chinese trumpet lilies and Oriental hybrid lilies. They are just beautiful forms and very sturdy flowers, but most have no fragrance.
The Orientals, on the other hand, should bloom well into August here, and many have a heavenly aroma, especially in the evenings. In fact, one stem in a room can send perfume wafting throughout the home! They are mostly in shades of white, pinks and rose, both plain and with some markings. Since their bloom time is just beginning, I am hoping to capture each different variety to share here over the next few weeks.