Lilies and Daylilies
People walking past our front garden these days will be treated to the seductive sweet fragrance of our OT hybrid ‘Conca d’Or’ Lilies.
‘Conca d’Or’ is a hybrid of Oriental and Trumpet Lilies. It blooms earlier than the Oriental Lilies, but has a similar fragrance. It has greater height than Orientals, and an allegedly sturdier stem.
‘Conca d’Or’ and similar Lily varieties are also called Orienpets, a singularly awkward name that I will no longer use. For one thing, it sounds too much like Chia Pets.
Anyway, I really admire the ‘Conca d’Or’ flowers with their petals of lemon yellow fading into ivory margins. The flowers look velvety yet sturdy at the same time. And I love the scent of virtually any fragrant lily.
There are three ‘Conca d’Or’ Lilies at the sidewalk end of the Driveway border, though one is undersized. Last year, I planted five more in the Sidewalk Border, behind the ‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm (Monarda didyma). OT Hybrids are supposed to grow four to five feet, but in their first year I think these new Lilies are closer to three feet tall, so they are swallowed up by ‘Raspberry Wine’.
I’m hoping they grow enough next year so that they can be seen more easily from the sidewalk.
Along with the Lilies, we have a number of Daylily (Hemerocallis) varieties in bloom, though others will flower later in the season. I divided ‘Eye-yi-yi’ last fall, but they have returned unfazed.
These are ‘Chicago Apache’.
I also divided ‘Mary Todd’ last fall, and she has been slow to recover from the shock, with just a few flowers this year. She always was a fragile sort. I hope that, given time, she makes a full recovery.
When ‘Conca d’Or’ is finished blooming, we still have the Oriental Lily ‘Casa Blanca’ to look forward to.
Has it been a good year for Lilies and Daylilies in your garden?