I got my very first lilies in 2004, 3 fat Lilium regale bulbs which I first planted in a large tub. Since then my collection has grown to around 80 Lilium regale, my next door has got 20 of mine and a friend of mine has another 15 – all from the 3 bulbs I got 8 years ago. Each flower produce an abundance of seeds, and each seed has the potential to become a new plant, so if I wanted to I could soon have thousands of new lilies! But I haven’t got room for thousands, or enough friends and neighbours, so I only let a few go to seed every year to replenish my stock.
|The scent of Lilium regale is the most heavenly scent you can ever imagine, if you like lilies – it fills my whole garden and I can smell it into my kitchen through the open door.|
|It takes a good few years from seedling to mature plant, but after a few years you get a couple of flowers, later on you can get up to 20 flowers on one stem.|
|Each stem on every mature plant produce many flowers and they don’t open all at the same time so the flowering season lasts for weeks.|
|The rain caught me out today, I had to take cover several times!|
|Lilium regale is pure white inside, with purple and white outside.|
|I have many types of lilies, both oriental and Asian, but my Lilium regale is absolutely my favourite. None of the other oriental lilies have started to flower yet, so I have more lovely scent to come :-)|
|Aren’t’ they beautiful?|
If you are ever thinking of growing lilies and haven’t done it before, start with this one. Easy to grow, easy to propagate from seeds so you can get many more and they don’t really get any pests apart from the lily beetle. The rain was pretty bad this afternoon so I had to give up taking more photos, but while I was standing there, in the middle of all these lilies, with the rain drizzling, I can tell you there isn’t any more exquisite perfume than what was surrounding me – the air was heavy with the scent of lilies. Wish I could post the scent here for you too!! Until next time, take care.