Lilies, Freckles, Trumpets, and Chia Pets
My ‘Conca d’Or’ Orienpet Lilies are in bloom, creating a deeply luxurious sensory overload.
The fragrance, which can be detected from about six feet away, is deliciously sweet but not heavy. I planted these lilies near the sidewalk, and passersby close their eyes as they are momentarily enveloped by the scent.
The flowers themselves are a glowing mix of cream and golden yellow, although here’s an odd thing: the clump I planted last year has freckles, while the clump I planted two years ago does not. Photographs generally show this variety without freckles.
Possibly the freckled lilies are really a different variety. On the other hand, The Lily Garden website says that Orienpet Lilies have color variations due to a “complex ancestry and the interaction of many pigments.”
With or without freckles, the flowers look so delicate but when you touch them they feel stiff, waxy, and thick.
Orienpet Lilies are relative newcomers to the hybrid Lily scene. They are a cross between Oriental, Trumpet, and Aurelian varieties. To the Lily breeders I say: well done!
However, I think the people responsible for naming lilies could have done a better job. “Orienpet” is a singularly clumsy word. Also it sounds too much like Chia Pet. And I’m not sure that the average person would understand that the “pet” part comes from Trumpet. My suggestion: call them “Eastern Trumpet” Lilies. Same number of syllables as “Orienpet”, but rolls off the tongue much more easily.
As for ‘Conca d’Or’ I was trying to figure out where the name came from but got tired of googling. ‘Golden Conca’ is as far as I got. Not sure what a Conca is, though there are towns in Italy, Corsica, and Catalonia with ‘Conca’ in the name.
Anyhow, ‘Conca d’Or’ plays very nicely with both the lavender ‘Summer Beauty’ Allium and the orange ‘Eye-yi-yi’ Daylily.
As these Lilies mature, they should get much larger. I can’t wait.
What’s the favorite Lily in your garden?