“Favorite Lilies”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
I haven’t been growing lilies very long; this is only the third summer that I have had them in my garden. I started growing them by accident. I only noticed lilies after I had to find an alternate route to work because of road construction, and I started going through an older neighborhood where there were many gardens that had blooming Easter lilies. After seeing them do well in so many older gardens, I just had to have some. These are about the only true lilies that are grown around here. About the time that I put in the Easter lilies, I bought a child’s watering can to use in a wreath. In the watering can was several bulbs – liatris, some glads, and some Triumphator lilies. These lilies looked bad. Long, leggy, yellowed stems. I planted them and quickly forgot about them. They did nothing. The next spring, I noticed lilies coming up, and it took me several minutes to figure out where they came from. To say I was surprised these poor lilies had made it to sprout up is putting it mildly. I couldn’t believe how lovely the flowers were, so this year I ordered some Triumphator lilies from Beck and Becky’s Bulbs, and again success.
This is how the flowers looked when they first open – big trumpets with dark pink centers and a green throat. I planted these near the pink vitex and a Blushing knockout rosebush. The colors work so well together especially as the lilies age since the pink fades slightly.
Even when the lily flowers fade, the soft pink is still lovely.
One more thing that makes thes lilies so fantastic is the fragrance. While it does carry a distance in the garden, it is not overpowering or cloying. It is a delightful, fresh scent.
As you can see, I have really fallen for these lilies. Now, the only problem is do I order more of these next year or wait a while until they multiply and then spread them around the garden. If they multiply like the Easter lilies did, I won’t have to wait long to have more. I don’t think I can have enough of these lovely pink and white beauties.