Flowers yellow and green, nodding. Leaves narrow, glandular, reputedly smelling of aniseed when crushed! Summer-growing/flowering, winter dormant.
An easy-to-grow alpine, this forms a low mound of downy silvery-green leaves, bearing claw-shaped clusters of orangy-red pea flowers in early summer. Blooming continues for many weeks, particularly in cool summer regions (check!). Tolerates poor soil and dry locations well, once established (check!). Plants often self seed: move seedlings to a new location while small, if desired.
lilium davidii X Lilium leichtlinii var maximowiczii (RM10-188), RM09-8-02 X RM65-108-1 (RM10-247), L. davidii X RM09-1-17 (RM10-341), and Orange Monster X RM09-8-05 (RM10-175). I know all that doesn't mean much to anyone, even Ken Cox, so we'll just have to wait for them to flower (they come with phyto-sanitary certificates) so it all seems legit.
Then I turned to good old Chilterns after that rather other-worldly experience, even though that the sort of thing I intend to be doing soon, though not with Lilies, everyone's been there, done that.
Oh, while you were reading that the postie came with a bearded iris hybrid called "Mocambe" although a Google search throws up nothing (and it's not Morcambe), two x 20 Alstroemeria Ligtu hybrid seeds (so I can experiment with sowing, given my lack of heated greenhouse, and an amazing five very healthy Iris bucharica bulbs with so many off-sets I have no idea why they cost only £2.75. I know it's getting to end of the planting season but what a bargain from eBayer PukkaPlants.
|Grit, slow-release granules, perlite, JI no 3 and peat-style compost, which should suit all three plants|
|Extremely good quality bulbs from the eBay seller, all 5 came with quite chunky off-sets which will flower themselves the season after next|
I have so much more to list but I think I'm going to have to break it into stages for your contuned interest and my sanity. So perhaps we'll end, for now, on Chilterns order number five of the season (there's a sixth), so let's plunge in (it's very lily-based).
|Lilium Regale: Not my favourite, I think because it's so common ( I mean prevalant, not vulgar) and perhaps because I can buy "Three bunches a Fiver on yer Lilies now girls" every Sunday from 8am.|
|Lilium Martagon var. Album. Some of the seeds may have a greenish hue. Well, the flowers, not the seeds.|