A “White House” That Delights
The OT Hybrid Lilies are done blooming, in fact I’ve snipped off the tips so that they won’t waste energy making seeds. Happily, the Oriental Lily ‘Casa Blanca’ has taken up where the OT Hybrid left off.
‘Casa Blanca’ means “white house”, of course. Unlike the White House in the nation’s capitol, though, ‘Casa Blanca’ delights your senses and does not push you to the edge of despair – quite the opposite.
Instead, that heavenly fragrance and those softly gleaming white flowers combine to transport you to a better place, at least in your own mind.
We have two little clumps of ‘Casa Blanca’, each of about five bulbs. Last fall I planted some bulbs in the Sidewalk Border, in an area I had carved out of the diminishing turf. They are planted among the ‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm (Monarda didyma). I think they look good together.
Unfortunately, these Lilies are mostly hidden from people passing by on the sidewalk. Next year I hope they will be tall enough to be clearly seen. Regardless, that wonderful scent is definitely noticed.
The second clump of ‘Casa Blanca’ is in the Back Garden Raised Bed. They have done reasonably well, despite the fact that this bed is in part shade. Of the five bulbs I planted two years ago, three are robust bloomers, one is undersized with just a single bloom, and the last has gone to the great Garden Center in the sky.
If you look closely in the photo above, you will see a stalk in the center with no flowers on top. Sadly, that had been the stem with the most blooms I think there are some birds that like to perch on top of the Oriental Lilies. As a result, you have to be careful how you stake them, or they are likely to snap off near the top.
I brought the broken stem with the flowers into the house, and Judy put them in a vase on the back porch. This is a really crappy picture I took with my phone. On the plus side, our back porch now smells deliciously sweet.
To my mind, fragrant Lilies are superior to the scentless Asiatics, though the Asiatics are certainly colorful. I haven’t grown many fragrant Lilies, so that makes it harder to sat that one or the other is my favorite. But I will anyway: ‘Casa Blanca’ is my favorite fragrant Lily. How about you – do you have a favorite?