|First bloom on OT 'Forbidden'|
|Forbidden starts to open more blooms above and below...|
|This is the taller LO called 'Vendella'... I've noticed a few spots on these petals that may be a touch of botrytis from our very wet spring so I lightly sprayed some Benlate (Benomyl) which should take care of it...|
|I caught a photo of Sarah taking a break from weeding... reading amidst the powerful fragrance of the lilies is an amazing experience!|
|A few asiatics mixing well with delphiniums in another part of the gardens...|
|Regale album... a distinct and powerful fragrance in the and about the Regale lilies|
|The generic Regale lily above and below...|
|OT 'Purple Prince' above and below...|
|OT 'Julie Fowlis'|
|My favorite LO is 'Gizmo'... an entirely different form from my other LO's, it looks a lot like an oriental...|
|Trumpet lily 'African Lady' is still a powerful presence in the gardens...|
|Just coming into bloom... OT 'Friso'... like a darker and slightly harsher toned 'Silk Road' but still beautiful...|
|Overview of Regales and later Asiatics...|
|Early blooms on seven foot stalks of OT 'Leslie Woodriff'... hybridized by Robert Griesbach, this plant is named after the originator of the OT crosses...|
|Last for now... OT 'Silk Road' just opening today...|
You may notice the absence of pollen bearing anthers on many of the filiments of my larger flowering lilies although I generally try to photograph before doing the removal... I remove them for two reasons...
1. most importantly to keep the pollen from staining the tepals (petals) of the blooms.
2. to keep pollen off of visitor's noses and clothes, as it can create quite a stain.
I also suspect the individual blooms may last longer with the anthers removed, although I have no proof of this. The theory is that the blooms last longer if not pollinated. Also, by removing the anthers the production of ethylene is curtailed... ethylene is involved in abscission or the shedding of certain unnecessary parts of its bloom... yes? Let me know if you have better info on this as I'm not certain this is totally correct! I find what appears to be conflicting info on this when I've looked into it.
Bottom line though... I do this mainly for cosmetic reasons!
More lilies to come over the next week or so... and by the way thanks to the 150 folks or so who visited the gardens on the past two Sunday afternoons... I enjoyed talking with many of you and we'll have a last get together next Sunday from 2-5 pm.