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The Oriental Ladies.

Saturday, 29 Oct 11 Cloudy 30°C / 86°F

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After the Asiatic Lily show began a couple of weeks ago, it’s now the turn of the grand Oriental Lilies. They have finally bloomed and are filling the shadehouse garden with a wonderful heady fragrance. I just love these grand ladies.

I couldn’t resist the urge to cut the blooms and bring them into the house. They’re taking pride of place on the kitchen bench right now, but the fragrance fills almost every room in the house.

These beautiful blooms came in a mixed pack of bulbs, so I don’t know the varietal names. I have to say, even though I don’t know who they are, they’re most welcome in my home.

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Day 85

Lilium x auratum x speciosum or Oriental Lilium - mixed

Lilium auratum x L. speciosum

Blooming

Shadehouse garden

Comments

  • orientallily

    orientallily wrote:

    Beautiful!

    Posted on 29 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    I thought you would appreciate them, Orientallily!! Who needs air freshener when you have these in the house!

    Posted on 29 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • flowerweaver

    flowerweaver wrote:

    Wow! :)

    Posted on 29 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • anelson

    anelson wrote:

    amazing!

    Posted on 30 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    They really are beautiful! I used to grow them in Spain many years ago but in the 10 years we’ve been back in the UK I’ve not grown any on our balcony in spite of the fact that my wife loves them! I’ll have to remedy that for next year!

    Posted on 30 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Thanks for your comments Flowerweaver and Anelson. They are indeed spectacular looking and smelling blooms!

    Amarylis, you will definitely have to grow some next year. They are just such beautiful blooms. This is only the second year I’ve grown them, and I am now hooked!

    Posted on 30 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • LouiseM

    LouiseM wrote:

    Thanks for the lily fix! I’m with you on the fragrance of the Orientals – heavenly.

    Posted on 30 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    You’re most welcome, Louise. I’ve just got to figure out how to keep them going and coming back next year now.

    Posted on 30 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • violaodorata2

    violaodorata2 wrote:

    Stunning!

    Posted on 01 Nov 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Tossa

    Tossa wrote:

    I just love liliums I have about twenty tis yearand some have been huge

    Posted on 01 Nov 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Mamabluestem

    Mamabluestem wrote:

    Wow, those are some beautiful blooms!

    Posted on 02 Nov 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Viola, Tossa and Mamabluestem, thank you for your comments. Having only tried these gorgeous plants for the second year, I will definitely be adding to the collection.

    Posted on 02 Nov 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • LillyPilly

    LillyPilly wrote:

    Ahh, lovely. Be careful, when Mum grew them I was constantly being told I had an orange nose. That fragrance is too hard to resist, but the pollen is messy!

    Posted on 06 Nov 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Oh I’ve already found out that it’s hard to remove the stain left behind by the pollen, LillyPilly. Thankfully I was wearing some old gardening shirt when it happened! My nose so far has escaped the tell-tale sign of too much sniffing!!!

    Posted on 06 Nov 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • LouiseM

    LouiseM wrote:

    Regarding the pollen – which stains beyond belief – I always snip the stamens on any open flowers before I bring them inside and then try to remember (not always successfully) to remove the stamens on the other blooms as they open. Nothing quite stains like lily pollen – the only “downside” to such heavenly flowers.

    Posted on 08 Nov 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Thanks for that tip, Louise. Simple but effective. Unfortunately there are little stains left behind on my white kitchen counter-top now that I’m having trouble removing. The price I’ve paid for having them on show in the house!

    Posted on 08 Nov 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • LouiseM

    LouiseM wrote:

    So Bernieh, what material is your countertop? (Been there and then some…but I must have my lilies!) A little paste of baking soda and white (regular) vinegar has brought a lot of my lily-pollen-stained pale surfaces back. Just a thought.

    Posted on 08 Nov 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Louise, the countertops is just plain white laminex. Thanks for the idea for cleaning the spots. I will most definitely try that as I have both those ingredients in the pantry. If it works, then I will certainly bring in more Lilies!

    Posted on 09 Nov 11 (almost 3 years ago)

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