Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Rest of the Lilies

July is rapidly coming to a close and there are only a few more blooms waiting to show their stuff: a couple of new daylilies, purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), some Asters, Liatris spicata, and the blanketflowers (Gaillardia grandiflora).
Pictured: LA Hybrid Lily "Courier" - a cream colored lily that towers above the rest in this raised bed.

All of the lilies are now open, and I am considering which ones will need division next spring. If no one volunteers, I will foist some lilies upon my co-workers in the spring and beg them to take them home, like abandoned puppies.
The deep pink lily is LA Hybrid Lily "Fangio". I favour this lily over my darker red-wine colored Asiatics. The LA Hybrids have wider petals/sepals with more cup-shaped flowers than the Asiatics.
The clear yellow flower is LA Hybrid Lily "Yellow Tycoon". It is different from many lilies because of the lack of dark spots in the center of the flower.
It's a pity that the lily season is relatively short. They are so bold and beautiful with their large, bright blooms and they make such amazing cut flowers!

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